Should I Buy A Laser or InkJet Printer?

You are considering buying a printer, but don't know if you should choose laser or inkjet? We will tell you the difference between the two technologies and help you make up your mind!

Let’s first start with the definition of Laser cartridges and Inkjet cartridges. Laser cartridges are basically toner cartridges that are filled up with powder and a heated fuser while Inkjet cartridges are filled up with ink that is spread into the paper while printing, creating microscopic dots.

While Laser and Inkjet printers are totally different devices filled up with totally different supplies, learning their pros and cons will help you find the one that will best fit your needs.

The criteria you need to take into consideration while deciding between Laser and Inkjet are the following:


  1. Number of printed pages per minute
    Laser printers tend to be almost 4 times faster than inkjet printers. Our team’s experiment with black and white printing pages has resulted in 19 pages per minutes for a laser printer vs. 5 pages per minute for an inkjet printer. It is a significant difference if time is for you an important factor.  Printing with laser cartridges can save your team up to 4 hours a day. It is something to take into consideration especially if you have goals and deadlines to achieve.
  2. Text printing Quality
    The quality of text printing differs significantly between laser and inkjet printers. While you might see a slightly small difference when printing large fonts, small fonts tend to be highly noticeable when printing with different printers. Inkjet printers holders tend to complain about the dots their printed papers contain while printing a relatively small font document compared to laser printers.
  3. Supplies
    As we have already mentioned before, laser printers use toner cartridges filled with toner powder. They are easy to use and replace, if you follow the instructions of course. Quality toner cartridges do not leak or dry out, if the cartridge is kept in the sealed original packaging. This means that you can buy several cartridges if there is currently a good deal and store them until the previous cartridge runs out of toner! Unfortunately, this trick won't work with inkjet cartridges: the liquid ink dries out in some time even if the cartridge is sealed. Therefore, it's always a good idea to check the production date of an inkjet cartridge before making a purchase.

We hope this short overview would help you to choose your ideal printer! If you feel that we haven't answered all you questions, please leave a comment, and we will try to provide you with more information!