Inkjet vs. Laser Printers - Which one is right for you?

hi I'm Nadine Oh welcome to staples tech

TV today's episode is about a Chet

versus laser printers you might not

think it's the most exciting topic but

it's a pretty important decision to make

for your home or small office so which

one is right for you the first thing to

consider is your printing habits what do

you mostly print plain text graphics

photos or mix of each second

how much do you print in an average day

or week with that in mind let me give

you some of the pros and cons of each

type of printer first up inkjet printers

ink Jets are ideal for printing photos

as they do a better job than lasers of

blending colors smoothly something jets

have special photo ink that creates

subtle shading and contours and special

photo paper is available to produce the

best results if you have a highly visual

business such as real estate or design

you should consider an inkjet for photo

heavy promotional materials

ain´t jets also allow you to print on a

variety of media including fancy cotton

or textured stationery specially coated

fabrics canvas banner size sheets and

some can print on specially coated CDs

and DVDs

ain´t Jets are also smaller and lighter

than most laser printers and are

generally simpler to maintain well

that's all fine and dandy but what are

some of the cons of ink Jets first is

speed compared to laser printers most

ink Jets are slow to average performers

second is plain paper print quality

something jet models produce gray grainy

text or oddly colored graphics when

using plain photocopy style paper a good

tip for printing text on paper is to

search out ancient models whose black

ink is pigment based rather than dye


third is paper handling eight Jets are

designed for small office or home users

with lower capacity input trays of 50 to

150 sheets for office use look for a

model that has 150 to 250 sheet main

tray and a standard or optional second

tray and if you print a lot an automatic

duplexing feature is recommended for

double-sided printing and last tricolor

cartridges lower end ink Jets use

tricolor cartridges that contain cyan

magenta and yellow inks in a single

package this means you have to replace

all three colors as soon as you've

depleted one of them hence having

dedicated cartridges for each color is

more cost-effective now let's have a

look at laser and LED printers consider

laser and LED printers if you need to

print perfect text they create precisely

drawn black text and color text is

usually almost as good if you print

mostly text with occasional simple

graphics a laser LED printer is the way

to go lasers and LEDs print quickly and

most are faster than inkjet printers

they are designed to handle high-volume

printing easily featuring 150 or 250

sheet input main trays while some

feature automatic duplexing for

double-sided printing lasers and LEDs

also print exclusively on any laser

compatible playing paper basically any

standard office paper will meet that

requirement that's because these sheets

are smooth surface and designed to

handle the high temperatures of the

fuser mechanism lasers and LEDs can have

a soul thicker and banner sized media

but anything

heat sensitive cannot be run through

them some laser printers have high-yield

cartridge options which promise a lower

cost per page than you get with a

standard size cartridges however this

option is only really beneficial if you

print a lot otherwise you have an

expensive cartridge singing your printer

for months also designs that separate

the toner from the drum may provide cost

savings so that's something worth

considering so what are the cons with

laser and LED printers well the first is

mediocre photo quality these printers

can handle simple pie-chart level

graphics but they struggle to print

smooth looking photographic images

second would have to be the large size

lasers are bigger and heavier machines

some compact lower end lasers are

available but most standard office

models are rather bulky and heavy third

in day-to-day management monochrome

laser printers are easy to manage

however color printers are more

complicated because they have four toner

cartridges and four drums

if shopping for your office look for

models that come with software that

enable you to control access to color

features to help with the cost of

managing and buying new cartridges and

lastly if you thought that lasers were

cheaper to run than inkjets

well that is not necessarily the case

lower end lasers with an affordable

price might rely on expensive toner

cartridges so instead of looking simply

at the cost of the cartridge look at the

cost per page to get a better idea of

how much money you'll spend over time a

cost per color per page of three to five

cents is average these days anything

higher is expensive anything lower is a

good deal in summary ink Jets are

easy-to-maintain printer idea for

printing photos and various documents

and have the ability to use different

paper types lasers and LED printers on

the other hand are perfect for speedy

high-volume printing of Playtex or basic

graphics and both are available in

space-saving all-in-one versions for

scanning making copies or with some

models even faxing yes faxing so there

you have it

hopefully you're a little closer to

deciding between an inkjet or laser

printer for your home or office check

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