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Inkjet vs. Laser Printers: Pros and Cons
1/7/2015
Company handbooks, client invoices, your checklist for the day - your printer has a never-ending workload.

When it comes to selecting the machine you're going to rely on for the foreseeable future, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming, especially choosing between inkjet and laser printers. Various buying guides provide helpful insights, but it all comes down to the tasks you're doing that will make the decision for you.

Whether you're looking for something to simply get the job done, or a high quality machine to produce copies of your prized photograph, it's critical to know the pros and cons of each. Check out these differences between inkjet and laser printers:
Inkjet Printers
Pros of Inkjet Printers:

Lower initial cost: When you set out to purchase a printer, an inkjet printer will typically have a lower initial cost than a laser printer.

Delivers photo quality: Inkjet printers are excellent at blending smooth colors and printing quality photos. If you're planning to use your printer for printing photos the majority of the time, an inkjet will provide the quality you're looking for. They're also known for their ability to print onto a variety of paper types.

Compact design: Inkjet printers typically feature a more compact, lighter design that's easier to fit into smaller spaces in your home or business.

Cons of Inkjet Printers:

Frequent ink purchases: As you use your inkjet printer, you will need to purchase inkjet ink when it runs out - and it's not cheap.

Slower printing speeds: Though inkjet printers succeed at printing quality photos, they're typically slower at printing than laser printers and are not meant for high volume printing.

Not ideal for small text: Inkjet printers are not ideal for printing fine, small text. There's a chance the text could appear fuzzy or grainy.

Laser Printers
Pros of laser printers:

Excellent speed: If you're looking for quality as you print a high volume of text-heavy prints, a laser printer is the ideal choice as they're typically faster than inkjet printers.

Precise text quality: Laser printers are known for their ability to produce small text and precise, fine lines.

Handles high volume: When your business has 200 pages in the printer queue, a laser printer will be much better equipped to handle the high volume of prints.

Cons of Laser Printers:

Inferior photo quality: Though text quality remains superior, the color and photo quality that stems from laser printers isn't as great as an inkjet model.

Bulky and heavy design: If you've got the space, a laser printer will be just fine, but with limited space the bulkier, heavier design may not fit into your office. It may take a short amount of time to warm up, too.

Costly: The benefits of laser printers don't come without cost. Typically more expensive than inkjet printers, laser printers will cost more, but could be cheaper to maintain.
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