Disadvantages of a Laser Printer

There are very few disadvantages to owning a laser printer in general but one of them is definitely the cost. The money that you could spend on a very high-end inkjet printer will only buy you a very low-end color laser printer with limited capacities. Color laser printers with multi-functions such as a copier and a fax all in one are even more expensive. However a middle of the line black and white laser printer is comparable to the price of a top of the line color inkjet printer.

Another disadvantage is the cost of the cartridges inside a laser printer. Sometimes the cartridges cost almost as much as the printer did which is why many people throw the entire printer out and buy a new one after the cartridge expires in year or two.

The cartridges for laser printers are several times more expensive then the cost of the toner cartridges for inkjet printers. However they do last longer especially if you remember to set the printer in black and white printing mode when printing black and white and only using the color mode when it is really needed. Another way to make an expensive color laser toner cartridge last longer is to keep the printer in low quality mode unless you are printing out the final document.

If you live in a hot or humid climate a laser printer may not be the ideal solution for you. This is because running these machines can make a room very hot. The fuser inside them, which is the device that melts the plastic granules that constitute the powder that makes up the toner onto the paper, heats up to as high as 200 degrees Celsius.

Another limitation of a laser printer is that they only really print on certain kinds of paper. If you want to print out photographs then a laser printer is not for you as they are not yet capable of printing high-resolution images. Also you cannot put photographic paper through a laser printer. For the best quality images you need to buy a bubble jet ink printer that can transfer an image onto photographic paper. The color quality that you get with a bubble jet ink printer is just as good if not better than the color quality that you can obtain with a laser printer. A high-end color printer that produces quality color images can cost as much as $3,500 to $10,000 whereas you can get a good quality ink jet printer for about $200.

Another disadvantage of laser printers is that many of them are limited by the amount of memory that they are sold with. This can sometimes limit the number of fonts that you can use. To expand the memory of your color laser printer you usually have to buy a small RAM board. This is the only reliable way to install memory so that the color laser printer can utilize a number of fonts.

The more expensive a laser printer is the faster it is. The affordable models only print out about four pages a minute. Top end models print out about twelve pages a minute but they are not really affordable for the individual.

Laser printers, especially the color laser printers, can also be heavy and take up a lot of desk space or room in the office. At the time of writing there was also no such thing as a portable laser printer. The reason that a portable laser printer has yet to be invented is because a battery does not yet exist that is small enough to provide laser printer functions with enough power so that it can be taken on the road.

Laser Printers And Inkjet Printers – Advantages And Disadvantages

When choosing a printer the first choice will be whether to buy a laser printer or an inkjet printer. The following summarize the main advantages and disadvantages of inkjet and laser printers.

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers works by propelling droplets of ink onto the paper. The ink is released from small removable cartridges and if it is a colour inkjet printer there will normally be a black cartridge and three different coloured cartridges. You can either replace the whole cartridge or refill the cartridges with a special refill kit.

Advantages

  • Inkjet printers are considerably cheaper to buy.
  • High end printers are capable of producing good quality images when used with special paper.
  • Most models are relatively light weight and compact so they don’t take up too much space on the desk.

Disadvantages

  • Due to the cost of ink, running an inkjet printer over time is a more expensive than a laser printer.
  • Prints emerge from the printer slightly wet and may need time to dry.
  • Printing is slower and therefore inkjets aren’t designed for high volume printing.

Laser Printers

This printer incorporates a laser beam as a part of the image processing. Rather than using ink a laser printer uses toner, a dry plastic powder combined with carbon black or colouring agents. The consumable a part of the printer is encased in a cartridge which needs to be replaced from time to time.

Advantages

  • Laser prints are generally very high and very accurate.
  • For high volume printing laser printers are considerably cheaper to run.
  • Printing is fast so they can handle large volumes.
  • Due to the technology used prints from a laser printer emerge from the printer dry to the touch.

Disadvantages

  • Buying a laser printer can be expensive when compared to an inkjet.
  • Colour laser printers are significantly more expensive than a colour inkjet.
  • Laser printers are larger and heavier as they need to contain the imaging drum and laser technology.

Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer – Affordable, Reliable Quality

If you are looking for a new laser printer and want to find a good quality but affordable monochrome laser printer, you will want to check out the Brother HL-2140. I bought the HL-2140 about six months ago and I’ve been using it regularly since then. I use the printer mainly for archiving documents and for desktop publishing projects. I have put the Brother HL-2140 to the test over these past six months and it has performed reliably and well.

I selected a monochrome laser printer based on my home office printing needs. I have an ink jet printer for those rare occasions when I need a print with color but for my regular daily office tasks I use a black and white (or monochrome) laser printer. I have been using an older HP Laser Jet 4M for the last decade but it recently had a part go bad and it turns out it is cheaper for me to buy a new printer than to repair the old one. So I went shopping online and discovered the Brother HL-2140. After doing some detective work on the printer, I decided to buy it.

The printer was easy to set up and begin using. From sealed package to first test copy, only 30 minutes had elapsed. The instructions and the CD-ROM software were simple and easy to comprehend.

The HL-2140 printer doesn’t take up much desktop area measuring 14.5 x 6.7 x 14.2 inches (W x H x D) and it weighs 15 pounds. It is mostly made of plastic and while it is fairly firm, I would recommend opening the trays and other printer openings carefully as rough handling may result in breaking of some plastic parts. It’s not made for rugged handling.

This Brother laser printer is fast (prints up to 23 pages per minute) and the paper cassette tray holds enough sheets (up to 250) to keep you ready to print at the click of a mouse. I find the laser printer to be much more economical to use than an ink jet and since I don’t need it for color prints, this Brother monochrome laser printer suits my printing needs very well.

The starter toner cartridge seemed to run out of toner quickly but this is par for the course for consumer printers. I found information online on how to extend the toner cartridge’s capacity and now, hundreds of sheets later, I am still using the original starter toner cartridge.

I paid $80 for the printer during a summer promotion. It can be found online for around $100, at the time of this writing.

I am happy with the Brother HL-2140 Laser Printer. Brother is a well-respected company and I have previously owned some of their other products, each of which gave many years of economical, reliable service in my home office. I am equally pleased with the performance of this printer. I recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable, reliable quality monochrome laser printer.