Inkjet vs. Laser Printers
There was a time when inkjet & laser printers knew their place. If you wanted high-quality, cost effective color printing for the home or professional quality photo prints, you went for the inkjet. If you needed something fast that could handle heavy office workloads, you bought a laser. Now, though, everything seems mixed up. Even color laser printers have reached price points where they’re tempting to home users, while business inkjets are making their way from the small business market into larger enterprises. If you’re buying a printer for your office, which should you choose?
Inkjet vs Laser: Speed
Conventional wisdom will tell you that laser printers are faster, but the reality is a little more complex. A few years ago, inkjet printers topped out at around 30ppm in black-and-white and 10ppm in color, while many laser printers reached speeds of up to 40ppm in black and white or color. Now that laser printers have reached speeds of 60ppm and even 70ppm, surely the inkjet is left eating dust? Surprisingly, not. A new generation of Office-ready inkjet printers has emerged with revolutionary print heads that span the width of an A4 page. These can also reach speeds of up to 75ppm, matching and even beating the fastest performance laser can come up with.
Inkjet vs. Laser: Workloads
Lasers are built to handle massive monthly workloads, with monthly duty cycles of anywhere between 2,000 and 20,000 pages, depending on the model. Even the toughest inkjets can’t match that, with monthly workloads more in the 1500 to 5,000 pages range.
Lasers are expensive to buy but cheap to run, while inkjets are cheap upfront but cost you more long-term.
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