If you’ve ever been shopping for a printer, you might’ve had some options on the technology behind your machine. There are three major varieties of how a printer can get your images on paper. Here’s a rundown on what they are and what they mean for your business.
Laser printers are the most common for business use, and for good reason. The technology behind it involves a laser that fuses a powder toner onto paper. This laser goes line by line down the page at extremely high speeds. Within the class of laser printers, there are various color options that present itself. There’s monochrome, single-pass color, four-pass color, and solid ink. Depending on what you’ll be using the printer for, your best option will change. However; monochrome is the most common as it’s simple black and white.
LED printers use a similar technology to laser printers, except with LED lights instead of a laser. Unlike laser printer that have a moving laser, LED printers uses stationary lights to fuse the toner onto paper line by line. This adds an aspect of reliability that laser printers don’t have because of their moving parts. Due to their design as well, LED printers are sized smaller than Laser printers.
Inkjet printers are a different ball game. Instead of fusing powder onto paper, Inkjet printers use actual ink to create images and letters on paper. This technology is cheaper than the options above, making it attractive to at home use. Even though the initial investment for printers like this is lower, the cost of the ink is notably higher than the toner for Laser and LED.
When looking at the three options together, Laser and LED fit into a similar category. They require a higher initial investment, but cheaper long term costs. As well, they are both faster than Inkjet printers, but that comes with a slight compromise in quality. Inkjet printers are ideal for home use due to their cheap initial investment and high quality capabilities for photos and such. When choosing a printer for your business, we are here to help. Please use our lease pricing tool and we will be in touch shortly after for further assistance.