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Inkjet Printers vs. Laser Printers: Pros and Cons

When you're trying to select the right printer for your printer needs, there are a lot of things to consider. There are two main types of printers to select from, to start with: laser printers and inkjet printers. These two main types of printers can be difficult to select from. Here are the pros and cons of each.

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers work by putting small amount of ink in little dots onto a sheet of paper. The ink is quick drying and the printer goes back and forth to drop three different colors, cyan, magenta, and yellow, onto the paper. If you take a magnifying glass and look at something printed by an inkjet printer, you'll be able to see the little dots that the printer made.

There are a number of pros with going with an inkjet printer. To begin with, inkjet printers offer great quality at a great value. They can be used on all types of papers and are often the ideal types of printers for people who are looking to do photos, as the dots spread a bit on the paper making a flawless look. The fact that they're inexpensive to purchase makes them great for small business and for home offices.

There are a few cons to inkjet printers as well, of course. The main flaw that many people find is that the ink can become expensive to purchase, as cartridges need to be replaced fairly frequently, especially if you do a fair amount of printing. If you do a high amount of printing, you may find that an inexpensive inkjet printer isn't able to handle the capacity that you need it to handle, and it may unexpectedly break down.

Laser Printers

Laser printers work by applying lasers to an area of a photoconductive drum. An electrical charge makes toner particles cling to the cylinder, which forms a shape that is transferred to the printed page through pressure and heat. A laser jet printer often goes over the paper a few times - one for each color, which includes cyan, magenta, black, and yellow. There are also single pass laser printers which allow the page to be printed in one pass, however.

Pros and Cons

Laser printers are perfect for getting high volumes of things printed, and are extremely fast - faster than inkjet printers by a long shot, which is why many businesses use them. They are perfect for black and white printing, and many businesses uses a monochrome laser printer. They often have high volume paper trays and they allow more networking options than most inkjet printers.

Laser printers, however, cost more than inkjet printers. This can be more than many companies are able or desire to pay, and are often more expensive than homeowners are able to pay. And most laser printers can't print on any type of paper, which is something that inkjet printers can easily do.

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