Do I Need an Inkjet or Laser Printer?
Deciding which new printer to get can be intimidating for those of us who don't quite know the difference between the main types: laser and inkjet. There are a few long-term factors to consider before making a purchase.
While price is a driving factor, it's important to understand additional factors before making your decision. Here's a little background on each printer type as well as pros and cons you should be aware of.
Not sure which printer type you have currently? Find out.
Laser printers use a special laser to produce an electrically charged image on a drum, which is then rolled through powdered toner. The toner fuses onto the paper using heat.
Laser printers have traditionally been used for business applications because of their high printing speeds and ability to handle large volume printing. In general, laser printers tend to be more expensive than inkjet printers.
- Usually costs less to operate on a daily basis
- On average, toner cartridges have a longer life
- Sharp text quality
- Fast printing speeds
- Can be more expensive at time of purchase
- Images and detailed graphics may not print as well
- Toner cartridges can be very costly to replace
An inkjet printer propels tiny droplets of ink onto the paper during printing, which then must dry. They are the most common type of printer due to their low cost, high quality of output, capability of printing in vivid color, and ease of use.
Unfortunately, frequent ink cartridge replacement may drive up the daily operating cost.
- Most models are very affordable
- Great for occasional home or office use
- Capable of printing photo-quality images
- Produces vivid colors
- Can be costly to operate and maintain
- Has a slower printing print speed compared to most laser printers
- Ink cartridges tend to have a short life
Compatible Label Materials
Since each printer type is mechanically different, some label materials need to be specialized for each type. While our standard paper-based materials will work with both laser and inkjet printers, our glossy options, metallics, and more require a laser and inkjet variation.
Use the chart below to compare material options with their compatible printer types. Identifying which material you want may help you determine your desired printer type.
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