Laser Printers

The ‘Model 3800’ by IBM was the first laser printer, introduced in 1975. Very soon, the ‘ND 2 by Siemens and the ‘9700’ by Xerox also came out. The technology of laser printers was revolutionized by the introduction of the LaserJet in 1984, by HP. After that, the prices of laser printers have continued to drop.

A laser printer uses a laser beam to print images of supreme quality. This is done by first producing the image on a photosensitive drum with the help of a laser beam, and then transferring the image onto paper using a usual printing process.

Accuracy, economy and speed are the major advantages of laser printers. This is because the laser can move very fast and print with a better speed than an ink jet. And since a laser travels in a single line, it is more precise, thereby avoiding the spilling of ink. Even though laser printers are more expensive than inkjet printers, their toner is cheaper and long lasting. It is because of this that laser printer is used more often in offices.

Cost can be a disadvantage of laser printers, as they are expensive compared to mechanical printers. The maintenance required by laser printers can be very costly. Also, the quality produced by laser printers is very book-like, and hence they can also be misused.

Before one decides to buy a laser printer, there are a few features that should be kept in mind. These include the speed and printing capability (24 ppm for a workgroup printer), the standard resolution, which is 600 dots-per-inch, the printer languages and the paper handling of the printer. The top brands of laser printer include Hewlett Packard, Lexmark and Xerox.

Should I Buy an Inkjet or a Laser Printer?

In the world of printing, there are essentially two kinds of printers– laser printers and inkjet printers. Really, there are more, such as impact and photo printers, but most consumers in the home choose between these two So, if you are looking for a printer to use around the home, then keep reading. From now, I will tell you about the disadvantages and advantages of these.

The Lasers: Advantages

Laser printers print fast, are precise, and have greater print quality than inkjets. In this case, you really are getting what you pay for. A laser printer truly is just a better printer. Therefore, it is more expensive than an inkjet, but I will talk about this in the “cons” section. While the price of the machine may be higher than an inkjet, the laser toner is cheaper and lasts a long time. Most offices use lasers because they don’t have to replace the toner a lot. In the beginning, laser printers were very pricey. Nowadays, however, they are reasonably priced and affordable for home use.

The Inkjets: Advantages

Inkjets are not only cheaper than laser printers but they are pretty reliable as well. For example, I was in the market for a reasonable printer a few weeks ago. If you are just strictly looking for a cheap one, then buy in inkjet. Today’s inkjet printers usually are of good value.

The Lasers: Disadvantages

These can take up more space than an inkjet. So, if your office space is limited, it may be difficult to get one of these. Some cost a pretty penny. A good one could cost over one hundred dollars.

The Inkjets: Disadvantages

Most inkjets simply do not last as long as laser printers. Also, of course inkjets are cheaper than laser printers. But sometimes their print jobs are not as clear as lasers’ are. In other words, sometimes inkjets can leave ink spots on the paper. Another disadvantage is that while the printer itself is cheaper than its laser counterpart, the ink cartridges can be expensive. And also, the cartridges on the inkjet need to be changed more frequently than for the laser printer.

So it’s kind of like buying a cheap razor with expensive blades, or an expensive razor with more durable blades, if that makes sense.

Conclusion: Which One?

If price is your only concern, go with the inkjet. Just realize that the price of the print cartridges also adds up, because you need to replace them fairly often. I recommend buying the inkjet if you are concerned about space in the home. An inkjet truly gets the job done. In fact, I currently use an inkjet.

Offices usually use the better and more expensive ones. If the printer is used a lot, then it is probably a better value to buy a laser printer because that thing is a workhorse. If print-job quality is your concern, go for the laser.

There you have it. Thanks for reading!

All You Need to Know About Inkjet and Laser Printers

Planning on buying a printer but wondering which printing technology is right for you? Then read on.

What’s important here is what purpose you will use this printer for. Will you print frequently or occasionally? Is black and white printing sufficient for you or will you also print colors and possibly photos? First you need to decide if you should get an inkjet printer or a laser printer. Let’s look at the features of these two printing technologies.

Inkjet Printers can be categorized as 3-color inkjet printers, 4-color inkjets and photo printing inkjet printers. The 4-color inkjet printers are the most popular ones in the printing industry.

4-color Inkjet Printers usually hold two ink cartridges (one for black and one for color). Some hold two additional ink cartridges to separate the colors and have one ink cartridge for each color (black, cyan, magenta and yellow).

3-color Inkjet Printers are usually equivalent to the low-end 4 color inkjet printers with the exception of holding only one ink cartridge at a time. So you need to switch the ink cartridge to change between black and color. The 3-color inkjet printers are no longer popular as the 4-color inkjet printer prices are continually dropping.

The photo printing inkjet printers are a bit more complicated than the first two. Many of the 4-color inkjets print photos with good quality and most photo printing inkjets carry the same features as 4-color inkjets with just a few special photo printing features added such as directly printing from the digital camera. Most of the photo printing inkjets use additional colors such as light cyan light magenta, green, and red to provide true photographic quality outputs.

Laser Printers have two different technologies for black & white (monochrome) and color printing. Among the laser printers, monochrome laser printers are the most popular ones in the industry. Generally, laser printers are faster than inkjet printers. Laser printers are quite popular as they offer fast printing, good print quality and low cost per page. They use toner cartridges instead of ink cartridges found in inkjet printers.

Whether it’s for home offices, businesses or home users, I can say that Monochrome Laser Printers offer the best balance between print quality, price and speed. With their prices dropping down to around $200 (personal laser printer) they start to become a good alternative to inkjet printers. As monochrome laser printers’ toner cartridges cost less, they are less expensive to maintain. However if you print color, you may want to go for an inkjet printer.

Color Laser Printers are generally designed for offices where a lot of graphics or photographs are being printed. If you are a home user, probably you will not need a color laser printer. The high-end laser printers are capable of printing good quality photographs but still none can reach the true photo quality of high-end inkjet printers.

Once you choose between monochrome and color laser printer, you can decide whether you need a personal or workgroup laser.

Personal Laser printers are suitable for text and simple graphics. Most of the personal lasers in the market are monochrome laser printers. Because of their high prices, the color laser printers were not attracting personal users. But as some models with prices less than $1,000 have been released, color laser printers are likely to be more popular among personal users too.

Small to Medium Workgroup Lasers are designed for small offices or workgroups within large firms. In addition to the standard features, they have specific features designed for multiple users such as larger input and output trays, duplex (double-sided) printing, sorting, and stapling. They support printing over networks (standard or optional). They also have fast processors and more memory which enables them to handle multiple tasks at good speed. Most of the workgroup laser printers are monochrome.

Whichever type of printer you choose, be sure to get one that has features you will actually use. Do not overpay for a printer with excessive features you are never likely to use.