What is the difference between inkjet printers and laser printers?
Differences between inkjet printers and laser printers
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Difference in technology
What is inkjet technology?
An inkjet printer makes prints by spraying small drops of ink onto a page in a certain pattern. This ink comes from plastic capsules called ink cartridges. These cartridges are sold with all kinds of ink colors. Many printers only have the basic colors black, cyan, magenta and yellow, but there are also inkjet printers with space for 9 different cartridges. This makes an inkjet printer capable of producing beautiful color prints. They often don't print very quickly, so they're primarily intended for home use.
What is laser technology?
A laser printer doesn't use ink, but toner cartridges to make a print. Toner is a powder that's melted on a page at a high temperature. It's sold in large toner cartridges, allowing you to print for a long time without replacing your cartridges. Toner cartridges are cheaper than ink, but is less good at making color prints. Laser printers are often fast and efficient. Excellent for the office. Do you print a lot at home because you're self-employed or a teacher? Even then a laser printer comes in handy.
Difference in costs
When is inkjet cheaper?
Many inkjet printers have a lower purchase price than laser printers, but the printing costs are higher. For the cheapest inkjet printers, you pay between 40 and 50 euros. These inexpensive printers can also scan, copy, and print in color. An inkjet printer doesn't have to warm up, so it uses less electricity than a laser printer, which does need to heat up. Ink cartridges are expensive to use and often have to be replaced. Do you print occasionally? An inkjet printer is the most economical choice.
When is laser cheaper?
An average laser printer, on the other hand, costs more to purchase, but prints more affordably. The cheapest laser printers costs between 70 and 90 euros. These models can't scan, copy, or print in color. More expensive models do. A laser printer also uses more power and you have to replace the printer drum after 10,000 to 30,000 prints. However, toner prints more affordably than ink, which can save a lot of money in the long run. Do you print a lot? A laser printer is the most economical.
Difference in performance
Inkjet printers almost always make prints with better resolution and color reproduction than laser printers. This way, you can provide text documents with colorful images or print sharp photos. You see little difference between text documents from an inkjet or laser printer. Inkjet printers print slower than laser printers, on average. Printer ink isn't waterproof and the paper can feel wet if you print in color. In addition, ink can dry up and the nozzles can become clogged. That's not the case with laser printers.
Laser printers print a lot faster than inkjet printers. Most models print more than 25 black and white pages per minute, so a print takes just 2.4 seconds. Color laser printers exist, but these only offer space for the 3 standard colors and never have a high print resolution. You can provide a report with color images, but you can't print photos. The prints from a laser printer are both waterproof and dry, and the toner in the cartridge never dries up.
An inkjet printer offers a solution when you want to print at home, want a cheap device, and/or print high-quality images and photos. A laser printer is useful for the office, thanks to its speed, affordable toner, and large cartridges. Choose which printer suits you best.