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Printer Basics: Laser vs. Inkjet

How to Determine Which Type of Printer Is Right for You

Choosing which type of printer best suits your needs can be a complicated task. In general, there are hundreds of printers to choose from but on a broader scale, it comes down to a Laser or Inkjet printer. But before choosing, however, it’s important to understand the difference between both types.

Laser Printers

Laser printers are generally the largest of the two printers and use something called toner to produce the text and images. Often, Laser printers are used for businesses that need to produce high-print volumes, and often offer more business-like features such as additional capacity traps, large replacement supply yields and advanced security options. Benefits to laser printers include being able to handle a high-print volume with speed, while also producing clear, sharp images and text. As compared to InkJet printers, laser printers are also ideal for those producing large quantities of black and white images or text.

InkJet Printers

X1Jet Premium Inkjet Printer

InkJet printers rely on dye or pigment-based ink to operate are typically found in houses, schools or smaller-scale businesses. These printers are a great option for people who want high-quality, high-resolution color printing results and/or who print a lot of graphics or images. Additionally, these types of printers tend to cost a bit less, making them even more ideal for small scale production.

Questions to answer before purchasing a printer include:

After understanding the two different types of printers and their benefits, take some time to answer the additional guiding questions below before making a purchase:

  • Will you mostly in black and white or color?

  • Is this printer going to be used for high-volume or low-volume projects?

  • How quickly do you need your printer to work?

  • Is this printer being used for business or personal reasons?

  • Do you need business features?

  • How much would you like to spend on a printer?

  • Are you printing image-heavy documents or text?


Do you still have questions about which printer is right for you? We can help. With over 30 years of printing, packaging, and labeling experience, our team is prepared to support you and guarantee you choose the right printing solution. To learn more, contact us today at (904) 263-2804 or sign up for a free consultation.


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