Inkjet vs. Laser


Inkjet and Laser printers have their inherent advantages and disadvantages, even if improvements to the core technology are helping both types of printers to push past their limitations. If a business wants a high-quality, affordable color printer, the Inkjet is their best bet. If they need something fast that could handle heavy workloads, then the Laser is the better option. These days, manufacturers are constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to meet customers’ needs. HP’s PageWide is just one example of a new print technology capturing the customers’ attention with its ability to deliver high-quality color and handle heavy workloads. With several types of printing technologies available, consumers enjoy greater customization as well as savings.

HP PageWide Technology challenges the limits and tradeoffs of conventional printing, allowing businesses to reach new levels of performance and competitiveness. It lends powerful savings with up to 50% lower cost per page than color laser printers and printing speeds up to 70 pages per minute. To further compete with color laser printers, HP designed a new paper tray to meet the needs of PageWide array printing, which includes fast, face-down, correct-order output with built-in duplexing. These printers save significant power by eliminating the fuser required for toner-based printing technologies. Customers choose HP PageWide Technology because it creates exceptional office printing that helps set the pace, push projects forward, make teams work more efficiently, and improve the bottom line.

Particularly attractive to professionals that want to print quality materials for external use such as producing their own marketing materials, Laser printers still have the edge when it comes to clean, crisp black text and color graphics. However, Inkjets have recorded dramatic improvements in terms of text to the extent that the quality is good enough for all internal and most external uses. Inkjets won’t produce gallery-quality work, but will produce great results for the typical business project needs.

Public opinion says that laser printers are faster, but the reality is a little more complex. Laser printers typically can reach speeds of 60ppm and even 70ppm, but a new generation of Office-ready Inkjet printers has emerged with speeds that can reach up to 75ppm. However, Lasers do pull ahead on the time it takes to print the first page. The fastest Inkjets take upwards of 9.5 seconds to wake from sleep and output the first page, but the fastest Lasers can manage it in 7.5 seconds or faster.

In terms of overall cost, Laser printers are expensive to buy but cheap to run, while Inkjet printers are cheap upfront but cost more in the long-term. A Laser toner cartridge will manage thousands of prints and an Inkjet cartridge will need to be replaced far more frequently. An affordable and eco-friendly Laser option is HP’s LaserJet Pro series, which saves paper by consolidating two-page copies into single-space documents. An equivalent Inkjet in an affordable price range would be the HP OfficeJet Mobile All-in-One series, which has better output quality than most Inkjets and is compact for easy office fit.

There is no catch-all answer to the question of Inkjet vs. Laser, especially with technology like the HP PageWide that now combines all the ideal needs for solid printer performance. Factors to consider vary from quality, workloads and the kind of tasks the printer needs to be able to handle. Lasers may win when it comes to professional quality prints, heavy loads, and the ability to scale up to serve large teams, but Inkjets aren’t far behind in many of these areas, and typically can beat Lasers on overall running costs.