The Printer Wars

Printer wars. Which one is the right one? Need a Printer?

Choosing one can be difficult, especially when there are so many options.

Naturally there are several questions you need to ask yourself to narrow down your search criteria.

  • Printer for home or the office
  • Speed or Quality
  • Colour or Black & White
  • Do you need scanning & copying features
  • What is your budget
  • How much space do you have

Once you have worked the above out, you can then start your search.

Choosing an Inkjet:

The often traditional choice of home users is an Inkjet printer as it is frequently the ‘cheaper’ option and also smaller and more compact.

Inkjet printers are ideal when printing both text and image documents and they can also produce high quality photos on the right imaging surface.

If you were after a more professional high resolution photos for school projects and marketing the inkjet printer should be considered.

They do have limitations associated with them. Mainly in the form of higher running costs and slower print times.

Choosing a Laser:

This type of printer uses toner rather than ink, which has a heating component built in that seals the toner into place.

Laser printers are predominantly used in an office environment but can also be suitable and sometimes more economical choice for a home user.

If you are working out of your home and have kids in school, having a laser printer can make more sense.

Especially since the laser printer is ideal for high volume printing with a lower cost per page. Has faster print times per pages and an overall lower cost of ownership.

There is also a choice of just having a black & white printer or a colour printer.

Both inkjet and laser printers have great for and against qualities about them. Neither one is a clear winner. It all depends what your requirements are.

Robert Brown
18/06/2020

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