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Comparing and Contrasting Inkjet and Laserjet Printers

There are essentially two types of printers–laser printers or inkjet printers. Really, there are more, such as impact printers, but most consumers in the home opt between the aformentioned types. So, if you are looking for a new printer for use in your home, then please– keep reading! Now I will explain the pro’s and con’s of the two.

Laser Printers’ Advantages

Laser printers print faster than inkjets. They also “draw”, or “print” the characters more precisely, meaning the print job comes out cleaner with less chance of ink smearing. The saying “you get what you pay for”, in this instance, holds true. A laser printer truly is just a better printer. Therefore, it is more expensive than an inkjet printer so I will refer to this again in the “disadvantages” section about laser printers. Still talking about price however, while the laser printer itself is more expensive, the laser toner is cheap and long-lasting. Lots of offices use lasers because they don’t have to replace the toner a lot. In recent years, prices of laser printers have gone done a lot, so now they are affordable not just in the office anymore.

Inkjet Printers’ Advantages

Inkjets cost less than lasers. I actually was just recently in the market for a cheap printer. So if you are in the market for just a plain type of printer, then maybe you should go with the inkjet. Today’s inkjet printers usually are of good value.

Laser Printers’ Disadvantages

Laser printers are sometimes large. So, if your office space is limited, it may be difficult to get a laser printer. Some laser printers can cost a lot of money. A good one could cost over one hundred bucks.

A lot of inkjets are fragile and can break easily. Though as we have learned, inkjets are cheaper than lasers. I have seen inkjet printers have ink smears. This is a rare occurrence in a laser’s case. To clarify, sometimes the inkjets leave inkspots. Another disadvantage is that while the printer itself is less expensive than its laser counterpart, the ink cartidges can be expensive. Moreover, inkjet cartridges run out relatively quickly and need to be refilled at shorter intervals than the toner in laser printers.

So it’s kind of like buying a cheap razor with expensive blades, or an explensive razor with more durable blades, if that makes sense.

Conclusion: Should you get a Laser Printer or an Inkjet?

If price is your only concern, go with the inkjet. While the cost of the printer itself is reasonable, replacing and refilling those black and white and color cartridges can creep up. I recommend buying the inkjet if you are concerned about space in the home. An inkjet is good for basic, “get-the-job-done” printing. As a matter of fact, I use an inkjet.

You should buy a laser printer for use in an office setting. If you print a lot, buy the laser printer, because that it was it’s designed for. Remember: the laser printer is of higher quality than the inkjet.

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