Inkjet vs laser printer, which printer is best for home use?
Are you the only person who stuck asking; should you get inkjet or laser printer?
No, Not at all,
Many customers, you can say “8 customers among 10” asked me the very same questions.
And in this article I will try to help you decide which printer is best for your home.
First let me differentiate between,
Inkjet vs laser Printer
Inkjet Printer: Inkjet printer uses ink: It is suitable for low volume printing, and is the first choice of home users.
Laser Printer: laser printer uses toner, is suitable for high volume printing, and is mostly used in small or mid-sized offices.
I hope you got some idea about their printing mechanism, am I right?
Next, move on to Printer Types or you can say Price comparison.
In general Inkjet printers are cheaper, smaller in size, and have the ability to print both text-based documents and high quality images, especially photos
On the other hand, laser printers may be expensive while you purchase and uses costlier toner cartridges comparing to inkjet cartridges.
But here it offers you overall lower cost per page, faster print speeds and typically involve a lower total cost of maintenance.
Now let’s discuss the strengths and weaknesses of laser and inkjet printers. By that you can make your next purchase with confidence.
Firstly, you need to understand
What is the use of printer in your home?
Like, if you’re looking for a home printer for occasional printing, most people would advise you to get an inkjet printer, even we too.
But, a common complaint found with inkjet printers is that the ink dries up if you don’t use it often. 🙂
If you have the enough budget for it, I strongly recommend you get an basic monochrome laser printer, the laser toner does not dry up if left unused.
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If you’ll be printing a small volume of documents and color images regularly, inkjet printers will be the best choice and it get your job done.
Laser printers are known to be more durable and can print large quantities of black and white documents frequently.
Though laser printers were originally built for office use, they are now growing in popularity as a home printer for economical reasons.
You can checkout this article by that you can be aware which laser printer is best for your Home “Best Monochrome Laser Printer for Home and Office Use in India”
Should I get a color laser printer or an inkjet printer to print color documents?
Color laser printers are good for everyday color printing but if you’re looking to print professional high resolution photos, go with a photo inkjet printer.
High quality photo inkjet printers are specially engineered to produce vividly detailed photos with the tonal variety and deeper blacks that photographers and creative’s need.
Many professional photo inkjet printers use pigment-based ink,
which is more fade-resistant and works with a wide variety of art paper types as well as a range of paper sizes,
but you can also find dye-based photo inkjet printers if you don’t require the longevity of pigment ink.
Let’s div into more depth;
Monochrome Laser printers: Excellent for text and documents
Colour Laser Printers: Excellent for text, documents, and can print medium-quality color images.
Photo Inkjet Printers: Great for printing high quality photos with wide colour range and tonal depth.
Laser printer: They are built to accommodate the demands of a workplace so they are engineered to print faster you can get between 15 to 100 pages per minute (PPM).
Inkjet printer: Not all but most of inkjet printers print slower at about maximum of 16 ppm.
“Since laser printers are faster, they are able to produce more documents compared to inkjet printers and therefore have a higher monthly print volume.”
Print Speed Summary:
Laser Printers: 15 to 100 pages/minute
Inkjet Printers: 16 pages/minute
Print volume also called as how much your printer can print at a given time.
A laser printer is considered to be the best printer in office because of its capability to quickly print large amounts of documents.
And on the other hand inkjet printers are meant for home use, it’s print volume is significantly smaller.
The upfront cost of a laser printer may seem like its biggest weakness. After all, inkjet printers have a much lower upfront cost with newer models priced as low as Rs. 3000.
While laser printers are significantly more expensive with the cheaper ones priced at around Rs. 10,000, still thrice the price of the cheapest inkjet.
When compared with laser printers, inkjet printers have a lower price partly only because inkjet printers have a minimum life span of 3 years,
Whereas laser printers have a lifespan of at least 5 years and this is all depends on frequency of use.
Ink or Cartridge Cost
A most important factor to be considered before you decide to buy printer is cartridge price.
In the same way as explained above the inkjet and laser printers widely differ in price, cartridge prices for a laser and inkjet printer also widely differ.
Laser printer cartridges, also known as toner cartridges, can print significantly more pages than any inkjet cartridge!
If the price of laser toner is too steep for you, consider trying more affordable toner cartridge compatibles in the market.
On other hand cheap inkjet printers have a high cost per page and use cartridges that can print only a few hundred pages that you’ll end up having to replace cartridges frequently.
Inkjet Printer Overview
- They are usually smaller and lighter
- Easily fits in a bedroom or home office where space saving is valued.
- The price of an inkjet printer is much less than most laser printers.
- Can print on a variety of paper types, including glossy photo paper, textured art paper, and fabrics.
- Ink refill kits can reduce the cost of printing.
- Ink is expensive, especially for users who print on a regular basis. They continually forced to repurchase more cartridges, because ink cartridges can only print a few hundred pages.
- Very slow when you compare to laser printers.
- Small paper trays of 50 to 100 sheets, which can be frustrating for a user who prints a lot.
- Low monthly duty cycle
Laser Printers Overview
- Most laserjet printers print much faster than inkjet printers.
- Laser printers produce sharp text. If you’re a high volume printer that only requires text documents, laser is the way to go.
- Higher monthly duty cycle, means they are better prepared to handle high-volume jobs.
- A price-by-price comparison favors laser printers over inkjet printers if you print on a frequent basis
- Toner, on average, is cheaper in the long run for high volume printers because their cartridges can print out thousands of pages in comparison to ink cartridges.
- Can handle simple graphics, but complex images and photos are a challenge.
- Although there are some compact laser printers on the market, they are generally bigger and heavier than inkjet printers.
- Laser printers can’t handle the same variety of paper that inkjets can.
I have breakdown the major difference in both the printers. Depending on your requirement you can choose or buy appropriate printer.
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