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Old 06-03-09, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Inkjet vs. laser printers

Which is better in terms of black and white/color print quality and speed?
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Old 06-03-09, 04:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Inkjet vs. laser printers

laser:
black and white (color is alot more expensive)
significantly faster
toner is cheaper/lasts longer

inkjet
hard pressed to find a black/white only inkjet printer
slower
ink alot more expensive

with regard to quality, it really depends on how much you spend. Cheaper lasers have very fuzzy text and look like crap if they print pictures (banding/gradients visible). But if you shell out the big money you can get quality color laserjets that do great with pictures. Inkjets are better for photos because they produce sharper images and can saturate the paper with alot more ink.

What are you going to be using the printer for? text or pictures?
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Old 06-03-09, 06:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Inkjet vs. laser printers

Laser for text, ink for pictures. I'm happy with my low end HP laserjet, it prints so fast and its cheap to maintain. If I need pictures printed theres a billion places to go that will give you better quality than something you'd print out of a home printer anyway.
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Old 06-03-09, 06:54 PM   #4
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Default Re: Inkjet vs. laser printers

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laser:
black and white (color is alot more expensive)
significantly faster
toner is cheaper/lasts longer

inkjet
hard pressed to find a black/white only inkjet printer
slower
ink alot more expensive

with regard to quality, it really depends on how much you spend. Cheaper lasers have very fuzzy text and look like crap if they print pictures (banding/gradients visible). But if you shell out the big money you can get quality color laserjets that do great with pictures. Inkjets are better for photos because they produce sharper images and can saturate the paper with alot more ink.

What are you going to be using the printer for? text or pictures?
Most of this.

I actually haven't seen a laser yet that prints poorly, but I've only seen HP and Xerox lasers. IMO you can't go wrong with either of them. I had a 4M plus (15 year old printer) that would print better looking pages than a lot of inkjets.

Inkjets on the other hand have been nothing but problems for me. I don't think I've ever had one where the ink dried up or stopped printing for one reason or another. If you use it frequently it will probably stay working, but I generally use it then it will sit for a month or two before it gets used again. It never fails that the next time you goto use it that it won't work. The laser I can flip the switch, let it warm up and the first page out is flawless.

As for the picture thing I would agree an Inkjet is still king. I haven't seen a color laser or solid Ink (Xerox) printer that has impressed me. If you want a color laser you probably have to go all out to get something that is usable. For the cost of that though you could buy Inkjets and just throw them away every time they stop working.
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Old 06-03-09, 06:55 PM   #5
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Default Re: Inkjet vs. laser printers

New laser printers are also quite excellent for color printing and photo's although a top of the line inkjet will probably give you better quality than a similarly priced laser multifunction.
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Old 06-03-09, 07:01 PM   #6
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New laser printers are also quite excellent for color printing and photo's although a top of the line inkjet will probably give you better quality than a similarly priced laser multifunction.
What brand/model are you referring to? I've definitely been wanting a color laser for the reasons mentioned above but I haven't seen anything worthy.
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Default Re: Inkjet vs. laser printers

the upper xerox printers are pretty good at color prints...
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Default Re: Inkjet vs. laser printers

If you're mainly looking for B&W, laser is the way to go for sure. Way cheaper in the long run and faster.

I picked up a Brother HL-4050CDN (color, duplex, and network) a little over a year ago (on sale for $300 - regular $650 or something like that) and I am just having to replace the color toners now. Black is still running strong. Yes, it's expensive to get replacement toner because its a color laser, but compared to inkjet, way cheaper. I've printed ~2000 pages on it. On my old inkjet I could get maybe 400 pages max on a set of cartridges (this is printing documents for school with color here and there).

And the quality of text printed is WAY better than it is on inkjet. The ink on an inkjet kind of "soaks" into the page and gives a slightly fuzzy look (you don't really notice it until you compare a laser print to inkjet, the difference is astounding).

The new toner I just picked up are the high yield ones rated at 4000 pages for color and 5000 for black. That would be approximately 12 complete inkjet cartridge replacements (at ~ $80 for 3 color + black on my old inkjet, that's $960 on ink versus the $450 I just payed for toner. It will quickly pay itself off.

And duplexing is a great feature too. I used to hate having to flip the paper over and print the other sides manually on my old inkjet (especially when half way through it sucked in 2 pages and totally screwed the whole thing).
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And duplexing is a great feature too. I used to hate having to flip the paper over and print the other sides manually on my old inkjet (especially when half way through it sucked in 2 pages and totally screwed the whole thing).
god that used to piss me off so much. I'd have like 5 minutes to print something before I had to run to class and it'd grab two pages and print it over both of them and screwed everything up lol. Or I'd mess the orientation up so it'd print both things on the same side....god what a nightmare
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Default Re: Inkjet vs. laser printers

If you want high quality color from a laser you have to spend money. They also have sub-dye setups that are outstanding for color. Xerox high end colors are nice (after they bought out Tektronix of course). Some of them use the ink sticks, and they kind of get the embossed look though.

As far as the OPs question.....yes laser is the way to go for quality and speed. They initially cost a little more to purchase, but will save you money and headaches over the lifespan of the printer.
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I have worked part time at Staples before and a lot of their profit comes from printer related items like ink, paper, and cables. Most people here are saying for text go with laser which used to be true but HP for example has some new injets that rival laser quality and actually print way faster as well at least within a certain price range. The ink cost on these is also about the same or better than laser. One can actually do over 2k black pages on only a 35 dollar cartridge. Here is an example of a couple.

http://www.staples.com/office/suppli...DP1607:CL40303

http://www.staples.com/office/suppli...DP1607:CL40303
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We use a Brother HL-5250DN black and white laser printer and its very nice.

It prints extremely fast, the text is crisp and after using it for over a year its been very reliable. My sister prints mailings for her boyfriend's business so it gets a lot of use. The other day a relative of mine had a bit of an emergency dealing with a few dozen papers for their childrens' home schooling that needed to be turned in, so I printed off a couple hundred sheets for them in a matter of minutes without a single hitch.

The drivers are also very solid. Its connected to a print\file server running Vista Ultimate x64 and it always works from any system in the house.

I couldn't be happier with this thing.
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