Inkjet printers and laser printers have several differences that determine their prowess and usage. They are both good printers but one’s needs and ability should determine which printer is best for them. To clearly bring out the difference between these two printers, it is best to compare some common basic factors.
Laser printers are definitely faster than inkjet printers. Laser printers operate at average speeds of 15-60 pages per minute. Inkjet printers operate at an average of 10 pages per minute. Also, laser printers can handle multiple jobs at one given moment and they have faster processors.
Output entails the price, method and quality of printing. In terms of method, laser printing applies ink on the surface electrically while inkjet printers apply ink directly. The spraying of ink by inkjet printers means that the printing surface might get messy or create a blur. Laser printing is more precise. The price of laser printing falls at 6 cents per page; that of inkjet printing falls at 7-8 cents per page. This only all applies to black ink; colored printing increases the price of both and that of laser printing is higher than inkjet printing. Laser printers produce the highest quality of work when used in printing, however, their production is very expensive. Inkjet printers are efficient enough for professional photo printing and card making.
The initial purchase price of an inkjet printer is much cheaper than that of a laser jet printer. Inkjet printers have existed for a long time hence their technology ceased being expensive. Laser printing is a somewhat newer technology hence laser printers are quite expensive.
Inkjet printers use liquid ink that is stored in cartridges. Depending on the amount of printing done, this ink needs to be refilled every so often. Also, the usage of liquid ink means that if the printer is not used for a long time, the ink dries up and any usage will require replenishment. Laser printers use powder ink that is stored in toners. When the same amount of work is done using both printers, the powder is noticed to last longer than the liquid ink. Also, toner powder does not dry up no matter how long a laser printer goes without being used.
Generally, laser printers are faster and produce higher quality of work. However, they are expensive. As such, they are perfect for large scale businesses. Inkjet printers are also efficient in producing quality work and they are affordable enough for all sectors such as homes and simple businesses.