Choosing a printer: Inkjet or Laser


Choosing a printer

Choosing a printer for your office can be a difficult decision. With so many different models, functions and sizes, you may not know where to begin. So where should you start? One way to narrow your choices down is by narrowing the types of printers you will be choosing from: inkjet or laser.

What’s the big difference?

A laser printer utilizes toner cartridges that are applied onto a photosensitive drum onto paper, while an inkjet printer sprays ionized ink onto paper via one or more ink cartridges. While they are both capable on provide high quality prints, there are key differences that will have an impact on your office. Today we will be examining three important characteristics, including cost, speed and quality.

From a financial perspective

Don’t be fooled by the initial price. Inkjet printers may appear to be much cheaper than laser printers, but as is the case with all printers, that is just the initial price. Inkjet printers require ink cartridges, which can become incredibly expensive for your business. One point for laser printers.

Don’t lose speed or quality

Inkjet printers are significantly slower than a laser printer because toner is faster than inkjet. Toner also gives you greater precision, meaning that if you’re printing smaller, the quality will be better. Better quality and an accelerated printing process? Another point for laser printers.

If you’re printing in colour, you’ll be better off with a inkjet printer, as colour laser printers can be quite expensive. This means that unless your business is a significant size, this point is going to inkjet.

What’s the best for your business?

When you’re selecting a printer, you’ll want to examine the speed, quality and the financial implications for your business. A small business would benefit from a inkjet printer, while a medium to large business would benefit from a laser printer. Need some additional help in making your decision? Connect with Brock Office Automation, Niagara and Hamilton office machine experts, and let us help you choose a printer that will work best for your business. Decision not yours to make? Read our blog about how to convince your boss to upgrade equipment in the office.



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