Inkjet- or Laser printer - What do you print?


















































Inkjet-or Laser printers - whoever has the choice should first examine their printing behaviour.

Inkjet-or Laser printer - which printer can do more?
This is a question that often divides opinions. There are good reasons for both technologies, from cost factors to power consumption. The decisive factor is that the user is clear about his needs and his personal printing behaviour - and this is best done before the purchase.

First of all: If you're looking for the famous "egg laying wool milksau" when choosing a printer, you're looking in vain - the two technologies are too different with their strengths and weaknesses. The ultimate, unrivalled all-rounder is and remains an illusion. However, both laser printer and inkjet models offer clear advantages for very different target groups.

And it is precisely these advantages that ultimately determine the choice of printer. Anyone facing a decision should therefore calmly ask themselves a few questions - and answer them:

The frequency: How often do I print?

The regular use of an inkjet printer is the be-all and end-all. Those who use it too seldom sometimes have to expect faulty printouts: streaks, irregular and pale colors are the result of dried ink in the printer cartridges. The rinsing out of the nozzles by the integrated print head cleaning or the exchange of the complete printer cartridge helps against this. And in the long run, that's money.

The laser printer does not know this problem: the toner consists of fine powder that cannot dry out. It is therefore immediately ready for use again even after months of use - without any loss in quality. A clear plus for all those who only need to access their device from time to time.

The quantity: How much do I print?

Those who print large quantities don't want to have to wait long for their printouts. While the inkjet printer prints line by line, a laser printer prints the printed image on paper in a single step. The result: high printing speeds for both black-and-white and color prints.

In addition, toner cartridges have a much longer service life than ink cartridges: They need to be replaced less frequently - and this is a not unimportant argument when it comes to high print volumes.

The field of application: Do I print privately or in a professional environment?

For companies in which different employees access a single printer, the printing speed is often decisive - a clear vote for the laser printer. The fact that it consumes a lot of power when heating up is less important when it is in permanent use. For private users, on the other hand, the printing speed is often irrelevant and the inkjet printer is completely sufficient.

Even more decisive - both in the job and in the private sector - is what exactly is to be printed and what quality is required:

The documents: What do I print?

Those who value brilliant photo prints will not want to do without an inkjet printer. It is unbeatable when it comes to colour intensity and quality and also prints perfectly on special papers such as coated photo paper and DVD blanks. The reason: ink mixes well and finer colour gradations are achieved.

Ink droplets are tiny in comparison to toner color particles and can resolve images much finer. If, on the other hand, it is a matter of color prints on simple copy paper, a color laser printer can deliver high quality, but text and graphics prints look different:

Here, the quality of a laser printer cannot be surpassed. Its strengths are razor-sharp texts and contours - compared to these, the text printouts of an inkjet printer appear almost frayed. Those who mainly travel in black and white and in the text area will appreciate this quality.

Quality standards: What do my printouts have to achieve?

In contrast to inkjet printers, laser printouts are UV-resistant, smudge-proof and mostly also document-proof - a strong argument for users who use their printers, for example, in the professional environment of public authorities or banks.

This is simply because the toner powder is immediately and permanently fixed to the paper under the influence of heat. Documents from the inkjet printer, on the other hand, can be easily blurred and fade relatively quickly when exposed to the sun.

The cost question: What do I want to invest?

While simple inkjet printers are already available from 59€, for a laser printer one has to dig a little deeper into one's pocket. There are entry models without WLAN connection for approximately 100 €, but often the purchase of a higher quality device pays off. Multifunctional devices, on the other hand, are mainly available in the case of inkjet printers.

The laser printer can decide for itself the question of the running printing costs: Replacement toners are indeed expensive with approximately 200 to 430 €, but the costs per page are still lower compared to the inkjet printer - even if ink cartridges meanwhile have a higher range than a few years ago and the printing costs are gradually approaching.

The inkjet printer also scores with the electricity bill. This is mainly due to the fact that a laser printer needs a lot of energy to heat up: If it is switched on and off again and again, this is also financially noticeable.

Sustainability: How important is environmental protection to me?

Laser printers do not have the best reputation with environmentalists, because toxic fine dust particles are released with the exhaust air - especially in open-plan offices with many laser printers, this leads to considerable air pollution. However, high-performance fine dust filters help to effectively reduce the pollution immediately.

By the way, recycling is an issue for all major manufacturers, regardless of the technology: Empty toner cartridges and printer cartridges are taken back everywhere today.

Handling: How uncomplicated should my printer be?

Ink cartridges have to be replaced more often, that's for sure. However, with most devices, the replacement itself can be done in just a few steps. How easy it is to operate a printer depends less on the technology than on the manufacturer and model.

Additional functions: And what else can my printer do?

WLAN, Duplex, Fax & Co: Which functions a device is capable of depends on the model. In principle, everything is now possible - both in laser quality and with inkjet printers.

Conclusion? Best both!

It's quite clear: Whoever has both has all the advantages. Unfortunately, the user usually has to decide on a variant. But if he knows what, how much and how often he wants to print, he can choose the printer according to his personal needs - and probably does everything right.