Printers are an office cornerstone and a staple of most households. They are vital for work, school, and everyday life. Before printers, inscribing information on paper was limited to handwriting, typewriters, and industrial printing presses. Many take the utility and importance of these devices for granted. Unfortunately for printers, their usefulness and ubiquity is clouded by their poor reputation. The dreaded “paper jam,” the dire “low ink” alert, and other common printer pitfalls are what cause us to think about printers at all these days. And with the ever-increasing number of types and parts, maintaining and managing printers has only become more complicated and complex in the past decade.
If you’re considering replacing your old printer, or are buying one for the first time, it is important to understand the difference between the various types. The two major types of printers include inkjet printers and laser printers.
Which one is best for you and your printing needs?
Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of inkjet and laser printers.
The most common type of printer, inkjet printers, are the best option for most. If you are occasionally printing out recipes, homework assignments, and maybe occasionally photos, then this is the printer for you. Inkjets transfer by spraying droplets of ink that are absorbed by the paper. This allows for vibrant colors and a quick drying time. Due to the fact that the ink needs to dry, there is the risk of it being smudged during or after printing. Inkjet printers are the most affordable types of printers.
Common in most large offices and schools, laser printers are best for large volume printing. While more expensive than inkjet printers, they are also usually most cost-effective in the long run. Many are surprised to learn that these devices do not use any liquids in their cartridges. That is because the “ink” used for laser printers is not ink at all. Laser printers are more efficient and print much faster than inkjet printers because, like photocopiers, they use toner. A mixture of solid powders, which are mainly composed of polyester and pigments, are transferred onto the paper using electricity and heat.
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Even in the age of smartphones and tablets, we still rely on printed materials for everyday work and personal needs. Printers have become a home and business staple, but they can be expensive to repair, maintain, and keep stocked with ink or toner. Fortunately, the experts at Priority 1 Computers know about printer ink and toner and can help you select the highest quality, budget-friendly options for your needs. We take into account your specific print volume and needs when offering advice or recommendations. Contact Priority 1 Computer Services today at (954) 417-1865 so we can help you with all of your ink and toner needs!