All You Need to Know About Inkjet and Laser Printers
Planning on buying a printer but wondering which printing technology is right
What's important here is what purpose you will use this printer for. Will you
print frequently or occasionally? Is black and white printing sufficient for you
or will you also print colors and possibly photos? First you need to decide if
you should get an inkjet printer or a laser printer. Let's look at the features
of these two printing technologies.
Inkjet Printers can be categorized as 3-color inkjet printers, 4-color
inkjets and photo printing inkjet printers. The 4-color inkjet printers are the
most popular ones in the printing industry.
4-color Inkjet Printers usually hold two ink cartridges (one for black and
one for color). Some hold two additional ink cartridges to separate the colors
and have one ink cartridge for each color (black, cyan, magenta and yellow).
3-color Inkjet Printers are usually equivalent to the low-end 4 color inkjet
printers with the exception of holding only one ink cartridge at a time. So you
need to switch the ink cartridge to change between black and color. The 3-color
inkjet printers are no longer popular as the 4-color inkjet printer prices are
The photo printing inkjet printers are a bit more complicated than the first
two. Many of the 4-color inkjets print photos with good quality and most photo
printing inkjets carry the same features as 4-color inkjets with just a few
special photo printing features added such as directly printing from the digital
camera. Most of the photo printing inkjets use additional colors such as light
cyan light magenta, green, and red to provide true photographic quality outputs.
Laser Printers have two different technologies for black & white (monochrome)
and color printing. Among the laser printers, monochrome laser printers are the
most popular ones in the industry. Generally, laser printers are faster than
inkjet printers. Laser printers are quite popular as they offer fast printing,
good print quality and low cost per page. They use toner cartridges instead of
ink cartridges found in inkjet printers.
Whether itís for home offices, businesses or home users, I can say that
Monochrome Laser Printers offer the best balance between print quality, price
and speed. With their prices dropping down to around $200 (personal laser
printer) they start to become a good alternative to inkjet printers. As
monochrome laser printersí toner cartridges cost less, they are less expensive
to maintain. However if you print color, you may want to go for an inkjet
Color Laser Printers are generally designed for offices where a lot of
graphics or photographs are being printed. If you are a home user, probably you
will not need a color laser printer. The high-end laser printers are capable of
printing good quality photographs but still none can reach the true photo
quality of high-end inkjet printers.
Once you choose between monochrome and color laser printer, you can decide
whether you need a personal or workgroup laser.
Personal Laser printers are suitable for text and simple graphics. Most of
the personal lasers in the market are monochrome laser printers. Because of
their high prices, the color laser printers were not attracting personal users.
But as some models with prices less than $1,000 have been released, color laser
printers are likely to be more popular among personal users too.
Small to Medium Workgroup Lasers are designed for small offices or workgroups
within large firms. In addition to the standard features, they have specific
features designed for multiple users such as larger input and output trays,
duplex (double-sided) printing, sorting, and stapling. They support printing
over networks (standard or optional). They also have fast processors and more
memory which enables them to handle multiple tasks at good speed. Most of the
workgroup laser printers are monochrome.
Whichever type of printer you choose, be sure to get one that has features
you will actually use. Do not overpay for a printer with excessive features you
are never likely to use.
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