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Depends on what you are doing, to print black and white documents only it is better an monochrome laser. To print photos, few color and black and white documents for a home users is generally better an inkjet.
Good color laser are big and expensive.

Laser toners cartridge cost a bit more but last longer.

Generally, if you print only B&W, it is better a laser.
If you print some documents and you want to print photos, then get a good inkjet.
If you want to print loads of B&W and color, and you do not need to print photos, then you can buy a color laser.

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How to Differentiate Between Laser Printers & Inkjet Printers


You require a new printer but you do not know whether to buy an inkjet or a laser printer, as you are not aware of the differences between the two. Each user or organisation is faced with the dilemma while buying a new printer. Most customers operate under strict budgetary constraints and it is only normal to consider initial purchase costs and space limitations. However, it is prudent to take into consideration the long-term operating costs associated with the particular printer.<br /> The choice of printer will, largely, depend on your requirements. Inkjet printers are usually ideal for home users who have limited text and photo printing needs. Laser printers are better suited to larger office environments with high-volume and high-quality printing requirements.<br /> The differences between a laser and an inkjet printer are generally categorised into a few broad segments, namely, cost (initial and maintenance), speed, quality, space and networking facilities. It is also essential to understand the technology behind the manufacturing of the laser toners and ink cartridges as this is a major contributing factor towards the cost.<br /> <b>Difference in Technology & Networking Facilities between Inkjet and Laser Printers</b> -<br /> The technology used for inkjet cartridges is simpler and the parts are less expensive than the laser toners. The black inkjet cartridge has only black ink. The color inkjet printer contains two main ink cartridges, for black and other primary colors respectively. The primary colors are then divided into three compartments for cyan, magenta and yellow ink. The primary colors are consequently mixed to produce all other colors. The cartridge contains a reservoir which has compartments with metal plates and a number of tiny nozzles on the print head of the cartridge. The number of holes or nozzles depends on the resolution of the printer. It is usually 21 - 128 nozzles per color. The ink gets heated, when the current starts flowing through the metal plates, after the print command is given. The heat causes vapor bubbles to form inside the cartridge and make the ink swell up. The ink then flows out in droplets from the nozzles onto the paper in a few milliseconds. A vacuum is created (once the ink droplet flows out) which draws more ink into the nozzles ensuring a steady supply of droplets as required. This common technique is called Thermal Inkjet and the coinage of the name 'BubbleJets' by Canon has been due to the bubbling vapors.<br /> The Laser toners use a more elaborate and complex technology. A powder called Toner is used by laser printers, fax machines and photocopiers to print text and images on laser and photo paper. Initially carbon powder was used but now manufacturers use disposable cartridges which can sometimes be refilled. For the laser toners, individual carbon particles are mixed in a polymer which melt in heat. This binds to the fibers in the paper. The laser printers consist of the printer toner and the drum. The positively charged toner gets attracted to the negatively charged drum. The toner is transferred to the paper by the drum. The toner contains special wax that melts and dries in milliseconds. When the toner is transferred, the fuser applies heat and pressure to make a durable image. The fuser system is made up of the hot-roll and the back-up roller.<br /> The high-end laser printers generally come with networking facilities for you to connect to your computer network directly. This cuts down additional costs associated with networking, as is the case with ink printers. The ink printers cannot be linked to a network directly. Networking has to be via a computer, therefore more expensive.<br /> The laser printers are larger in size than the inkjet printers. The latter is, therefore, space saving and ideal for the home and small office users.<br /> <b>Difference of Quality & Color between Laser and Inkjet Printers</b> -<br /> Since Inkjet Printers spill out tiny droplets of ink to print, the resolution is lower than the laser printers. Laser Printers printer better quality text, as their resolution is higher. High resolution also helps the laser printers create precise fonts without fuzzy edges. However, the cost-effective inkjet printers are usually recommended for inexpensive color printing. These can print high quality text, large photo prints, graphics, banners and greeting cards at less than half the price of a color laser printer. Nevertheless, it should also be seen if the cost of ink and paper suits your maintenance budget. Laser printers are capable of producing good quality prints on all kinds of printing paper but the inkjet printers will require inkjet paper to produce good quality prints without any fuzzy edge brought about by 'bleeding'.<br /> <b>Difference in Speed between Ink and Laser Printers</b> -<br /> If laser printers lose out to their inkjet counterparts on account of price, they are way ahead when it comes to speed of printing. Users who need large volumes of printing also prefer the laser printers. Laser printers are more suited to general office use than the inkjets. The least expensive laser printer can print around 10 to 15 pages per minute. The inkjets are usually rated on the speed of draft or quick printing mode, which is suitable only for proofreading purposes. The HP Deskjet 5650, which is a fast color inkjet printer, prints at a speed of 21 ppm Black, 15 ppm Color in the draft mode. However, the speed drops considerably when high quality black text is printed and it also takes longer to print a letter-sized quality photo.

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What driver can I use to be able to print on pvc cards ??? 55x 86 mm


No special driver is needed for this action but it is better to do it with Laser Jet printer instead of ink jet.

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Which type of printer is best for home use and why? Lazar or Inkjet?


It depends upon the use of the printer. In my view LaserJet printer is far better and more reliable as compared to Inkjet etc. However, Laser Printers cost higher. Laserjet printer have less issues and need less servicing etc.

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Apr 20, 2011 | Printers & Copiers

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Which model printer is suitable for home purpose inject or laser


Both types of printers are OK for home use.
The color inkjet printers are cheap printers for color printing, the only disadvantage is if they are not used regularly then the nozzles in the print head can become blocked and if the head cleaning process cannot clean the nozzles then the print head needs to be replaced. These print heads are usually expensive to replace.
If you only want to print black documents I would recommend you purchase a laser printer for the best cost per page printing and they can stand long periods of non use.
Color laser printers are now cheaper, but for photo print quality inkjet printer are better especially when they use 6 or more color print cartridges.

Jan 30, 2011 | HP DeskJet 656cvr InkJet Printer

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Whats the difference between laser printer and inkjet printer


The difference between a laser jet and ink jet printer are:
A. Laser jet
1. It print faster (approx. 10:1)
2. It uses toner or powder form
3. No waste pad full
4. Brighter printout
5. High durability
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Recently i bought a HP printer F4185 feb/mar this year but then i was not using it frequently. unfortunately the ink dried up and i was asked to change the printer head. the problem is , why the ink...


Inkjets have always had varied results for service life. Yes, they are very sensitive to not being used. They will dry up from exposure to air. This is just an inherent problem, that is not specific to HP. It can happen with any inkjet printer.

But with the cost of laser printers, you can purchase a personal laser printer, for slightly more then a really good inkjet.
Lasers do not suffer drying out from exposure to air.

You can buy a personal laser for around $100. The quality is a lot better then inkjets, and the print on the page will not suffer age deterioration (fading) as bad as an inkjet.
If you need to do color, here is another area where lasers have dropped in price. You can get a really nice color laser for around $250.

Yes, the toners are more expensive, but cost per page to print is actually lower. And you will find that laser toners do last a lot longer.

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one suggestion..this printer likes it better when it's on a direct usb connection..

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Whether my printer is a LASER printer


You can call hp tech support toll free number - 1-800-585-2494 and they will give you all information regarding to your printer. for more information you can visit: HP Customer service .
Hope this will help you better.

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Print paper


Not much,in most cases both can be switched, thermal is different, lasers use toner not ink, Premium inkjet paper has better ink asorbition properties with little spread, and paper designed for lasers can cope with the heat applied when it passes via the 180 deg fuser that melts the toner to it. Generally paper used in inkjets and laser is just standard 80gsm paper

Never use labels/transparentcy's designed for inkjets in laser machines they wont cope with the heat,

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