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Ink Jet vs. Laser

Friday, May 25th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Printing Help
 
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Q:
Can you give me any pointers on whether an ink jet printer or a laser printer is better? I’m looking to buy a new printer, but I’d like to hear from you first. Any help would be appreciated!

A:
In this day and age, probably two of the most popular printers are the ink jet and the laser printers. They are more high tech and they can help you get your print jobs done in a matter of seconds. So, if you’re debating over whether to buy an ink jet or a laser, you may want to take a look at the following information. It’s time for a little ink jet vs. laser!

Let’s start with the ink jet printer. A good ink jet printer will print out quality documents, photos, etc. for you and it comes at an affordable price. (You can usually find a decent ink jet for around the $50 mark). On the other hand though, ink jet printers eat up your ink a lot faster than some of the other printers on the market. And unfortunately, the cost of an ink cartridge is usually about the same price of the printer. So, even though you’re getting a pretty good deal on the actual printer, you may end up paying more for it in the long run.

So, let’s now take a look at the laser printer. Laser printers tend to cost a little more in the beginning, but they can sometimes be more cost efficient in the end. They don’t use as much ink as the ink jet printers do, but they still give you quality work.

Now, you may be wondering how you can choose between the two with the information I’ve given you. It seems like they both do about the same type of work and they both might end up costing you the same amount in the future. Well, in this situation, you really have to evaluate your printing needs. If you don’t print too often (you know, a document here and there), you will probably be better off with a good ink jet printer. If you don’t print very much, you won’t be using very much ink and you won’t have to change the cartridges as often. And with the ink jet being a less expensive buy, you’ll benefit more from this in the long run.

However, if you do print a lot (consistently throughout the day), you may want to think about getting a laser printer. Since laser printers use less ink, you won’t have to buy replacements all the time and once you cover the initial cost of the printer, you’ll be all set. Laser printers also work much better for businesses that print a lot on a very regular basis.

So, even though both the ink jet and the laser printers are good buys, one might be better than the other for your specific printing needs. Either way you look at it, you’re going to get a good quality printer and your print jobs will look amazing. You can’t complain about that, now can you? Now, go on and get the printer of your dreams and enjoy all the perks that come along with it!

~Erin

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