Laser Printer vs. Inkjet Printer

So you need a new printer, but you're not sure whether to get a printer that uses laser or inkjet technology? If you know the difference between laser printers and inkjet printers, consider yourself ahead of the game. Many people have no idea, therefore, do not know which type of printer would best serve them from both a use and cost standpoint.

The type of printer you need is determined by what you need it for. If you need a printer for your home (or home office) an inkjet printer will more than likely work fine. If you need a printer for your business / office and need to be able to print in large volumes and also need to print high quality documents, a laser printer may be the best fit.

The main differences between laser and inkjet printers are broken down into a few areas:
  • Printer Cost & Maintenance Costs
  • Quality
  • Speed
Printer & Maintenance Costs

Laser printers are more expensive than inkjet printers, but print higher quality documents more quickly and efficiently. It comes down to the following:

  • Home
    Most people that need a home printer will likely find that an inkjet printer will work best for them from both a cost and maintenance standpoint and a print quality standpoint. Those that operate a home office with more serious print needs may require a laser printer, but even in this case, inkjet printers would most likely suffice.

  • Small Businesses
    Small businesses differ a great deal. Many small businesses use both inkjet printers and laser printers. They use inkjet printers for individual office use and laser printers for documents that must be printed in large quantities and high quality documents.

  • Large Businesses & Corporations
    Large businesses also use a mix of inkjet and laser printers but on a much larger scale. It isn't uncommon for a large corporation to have 150 inkjet printers and 40 laser printers.

Laser printers have the ability to print very high quality documents. Since inkjet printers spill out droplets of ink to print, the resolution tends to be lower than with laser printers. So if you're looking for inexpensive black or color printing, inkjet printers are your best bet (and the quality is very good). If you need the ability to print documents of the highest quality in the shortest amount of time, go with a laser printer.

Print Speed

Laser printers can print much faster than inkjet printers. Speed is a factor that concerns many businesses. That is why laser printers are so popular among businesses and organizations worldwide. Laser printers have the ability to print very quickly. The average laser printer can print anywhere from 10 pages per minute to 25 depending on too many factors to count. The fastest laser printers can print up to 200 pages per minute in black and white and up to 100 pages per minute in color.

So now that you've read this, we hope it is obvious what type of printer you need. Just be sure to do your research and ask lots of questions before you buy your next printer. Also be sure to buy all of your printer ink & supplies at

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