by Staff Writer
Whether you have have a home office or a small business, laser printers can provide many benefits. Although these printers do cost more initially, laser printers save you time and money when compared to inkjet copiers and printers. Here are a few facts about laser printers that will help you decide how one can help your home or office.
The advatage of speed: Average laser printers can print up to 16 pages per minute (ppm), which is significantly faster when compared to the 11 ppm of high-end versions of the inkjet printers. Some high-end laser printers can print as many as 20 pages per minute. Printing speed has a significant impact on the time it takes to print large documents and print jobs.
High print quality: With a laser printer, the print quality remains consistent regardless of the number of copies made. Also, the ink dries faster, so smudging is less of a problem printing with laser than with inkjet printers. The higher print quality is a great advantage when printing large-format photos and graphics with a color laser printer. With a regular monochrome laser printer, the difference with inkjet is harder to see, especially with text documents.
Cost and value: Laser printers do cost more initially than inkjet printers. Laser printers do better when it comes to operating costs, though. Considering the cost of toner, infrequent drum replacement and paper, laser printers print at about 3 cents per page compared to as much as 15 cents per page for inkjet printers.
Ink and toner cartridges: Another difference is that laser printers use toner to make the copies while inkjet printers require ink cartridges. Toner cartridges are usually designed for higher volume, so they need to be changed less frequently.
Multifunction laser printers: Laser printers can also come with the ability to provide other useful functions. Printer, fax and scanner combinations are increasingly common in small offices or home offices because they save room and money. One multifunction laser printer can act as the printing center and fax hub for an entire office when connected to an office computing network.