I know a lot of people are wondering how on earth to pick a printer today. With thousands of choices of brands to types to price ranges, it can make you want to cross your eyes. While I am so far happy with my own printer (an HP Deskjet D1660 Color Inkjet Printer), I know a lot of people are tempted to buy a new laser one. It is tempting with prices and a wide range of wireless models, but the truth everybody wants to know is if they save money in a long run? So we will be taking a look to see if it is indeed a better value or not.
Laser printers seem to be a higher upfront cost at this point, with inkjets being much cheaper. While some inkjet models suck ink cartridges dry, many people don’t realize that laser printers also often use more toner than needed. It can be annoying for many who cannot afford to pay a couple hundred every few months to refill both toner cartridges. Granted, they do sell cartridge refill kits, they are not as easy to obtain. Inkjet cartridges are much cheaper and are also much easier to refill at home. So in the long run, it might be cheaper for those who use their printer a lot to invest in an inkjet.
Many of the printers from today are wireless capable, so you should have no issue finding one that does feature that.
Laser printers are traditionally bigger and bulkier. You won’t find one that is smaller or more compact, which means those with tight space might find themselves pressed for space. Inkjets are usually much smaller and have become more compact for those who need a small unit.
Inkjets have the risk of spewing out ink when you replace your ink cartridge. But lasers bring breathing risks, ozone, and other small risks that make them more dangerous than the classic kind.
You may hear people say laser printers produce the better picture, and while that might be true-inkjets have come a long way. Many now produce amazing quality images and copies, so the price increase might not be easy to justify.
With the new trend of green technology, many are wanting certified green printers. The good news is that you should find both types of models having the green features that many seek for. HP comes to mind as one who uses that as a standard in today’s market.
I will say your need for one will depend on how much you want to use it and what you will use it for. If you print a lot of glossy photos , or need high quality documents, a laser might be your better option. Also if you can afford the price increase or hardly use it, then you may find it as a good choice. However, for those in need of a printer that will require a heavy use may not want to invest if they do not have extra money to spend on toner or maintenance.
Tell me, do you use inkjet or laser? If so, do you like your model? Let’s start a conversation on printers and see which one really stands out the most.