Comparing Laser and Inkjet Printers

If the time has come for you to buy a new printer you might have realized that there are quite a bit of options out there.  But while there are quite of bit of variables you have to weigh when buying a new printer, no comparison may be more fundamental than whether you should get a laser printer or an inkjet. Of course, these are very different machines that yield mostly similar results so their differences may seem somewhat inconsequential at first.  If you look closer, though, you will begin to understand how importance this choice can be.


The first thing you will notice when comparing an inkjet vs a laser printer is the initial cost.  While in many ways both are similarly priced at the consumer level, you have to look at what you get for that price, for one.  As an example, you may find that an inkjet model and a laser model might both offer multi-function options (like printing as well as scanning/copying). The difference here, though, is that the laser printer might only offer black-and-white copies.  Image result for Comparing Laser and Inkjet Printers

Breaking price down, though, the “cheapest” inkjet printer rings in around $65 while the “cheapest” laser printer could be double that (around $135).  


The more you use your printer the more upkeep you will need to perform. For the most part this generally means replacing paper and toner (ink) every once in a while.  The costs differential of ink and paper between a laser printer and an inkjet printer is somewhat inconsequential.  However, the amount you spend on ink and paper can depend on the type of printer you have and what it is capable of doing, so you will want to factor that into your purchase (when weighing initial costs, as discussed above).


This is where we start to see the difference. A laser printer is massively faster than an inkjet printer (20 pages v 6 pages per minute, roughly).  Laser printers are also generally superior to inkjets in terms of text quality as well.

On the other hand, if you really want quality color prints, the inkjet is a better choice.  They are capable of producing more subtle shades than the laser printer.