Laser printers are more expensive than inkjets, and they use more expensive toner cartridges, but over the long term, laser printers are still the most economical choice due to lower cost per single page, as well as higher print speeds.
While conventional inkjet printers require that you wait until printing is complete before you can save or move the documents, Laser printers use a much smaller toner cartridge compared to the ink cartridge. If you want to print more documents in less time, you should opt for laser printers over dot matrix or inkjet.
In conclusion, if you are a low-volume printer, use pictures as your primary prints, and you need the highest quality, but you are not too concerned with the printing speed, an inkjet printer would be a better choice.
If money is not an object, or if you print a lot, a laser printer is probably going to serve you just fine, but for home use or modest print jobs, it may be better to save a little money and invest in an inkjet.
Since the toner will last longer than either the ink and the cartridges, the cost per page is reduced even more. If you are looking for a simple way to save on printing needs, invest in a laser printer.
Depending on what kind of laser printer you own, you may save more money on the cost of refilling your toner if you use a system that has the ability to refill your printer with toner directly (as opposed to throwing out the whole cartridge and replacing it).
Because toner is used in the laser printer, the laser printer is capable of printing on different types of paper than an equivalently priced ink cartridge.
The printing capacity of the Canon PGI-280XL ink cartridge used in this Canon printer is relatively lower compared with HP 80X CF280X used in the HP LaserJet Pro M401N printer, which is capable to print minimum 400 pages.
The HP 80x cf280x toner cartridges used in HP LaserJet M401n printer are cheap (2-packs at just $33.99 at Colest) and they can print large volumes of pages (at least 6,900 pages are possible).
Thanks to a combination of a high-performance printers electronics, finely tuned opticals, and use of micron-sized toner powder, a typical laser printer offers print resolutions around 1,200 dots per inch.
Inkjet and laser printers typically feature a resolution between 600 to 2400 dots per inch; at around 1200 dots per inch, the dots are closer than the human eye can discern, which results in very high-quality text and graphics.
The use of microscopic dots also gives a printer greater flexibility with type styles, easily accommodating text with Chinese, Arabic, and other non-Roman characters.
Laser printers still produce color photos with respectable quality, but they cannot compare with the deep, vivid colors produced by inkjets.
Both inkjet and color printers can produce borderless images (just as with a film print), but the real photo sublimation printer is far slower than inkjet, and the specialty paper and specialized ink ribbons required for that make it far more expensive in the long run.
Laser print has also fewer processes involved than other print technologies, explaining why it is faster. Laser printers are well-suited for office life, because they are capable of continuing to print documents for hours at a time, and because of their enormous mechanical efficiency, the print quality is going to be spot-on each and every time.
Multifunction printers are laser or inkjet printers which combine other functions apart from printing in one piece of equipment. Many multifunction laser or inkjet business-class printers include an internal hard drive, which the device uses to cache incoming print jobs.
As a result, while some desktop laser printers look and function well, they are not a cheap option for those who do not have high volumes (resisting an impulse purchase of the fanciest printers, in this case).