INKJET VERSUS LASER
"WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INKJET AND LASER PRINTERS?"
Printers have come a long way since the 1980s. Back then, dot-matrix and laser printers were the most widely used printer type, with inkjet printers being far too expensive for the bulk of the market. Today, remarkable innovations in technology have led to printers that are cheaper and better then ever before. The dot-matrix printer has fallen by the wayside as laser and inkjet printers have emerged as the leading printing technology.
Inkjet and laser printers cover a broad spectrum of costs and capabilities. When trying to choose between the two, there are several factors to consider, including price, speed, cost per page and the number of pages a printer can handle each month without breaking down. Below are some "pros and cons" for each printer type.
An inkjet printer sprays wet ink directly onto paper during the printing process, which then must dry.
With some models costing less than $100, inkjets are a smart choice if you're looking for an occasional -use, at-home printer. And since inkjets produce vivid hues and high-quality graphics, they work great for color application and photo printing.
Surprisingly, the biggest disadvantage of inkjets is that they can be costly to operate. In comparison with laser toner, the ink cartridges used in inkjet printing yield a higher per-page cost. Additionally, certain inkjets use a 3-in-1 style cartridge that must be replaced if any of its colors run out; a wasteful process. Inkjets also provide lower print speeds. Their ink tends to smear when wet.
Laser printers use a special laser to produce an electrically-charged image on a drum. The image is then rolled through powdered toner and the toner is fused to the paper using heat.
Laser printers cost less to operate on a daily basis - just a few pennies per page. Laser toner cartridges typically last much longer then inkjet cartridges, resulting in a higher volume of pages per month (duty cycle). In addition to sharp text quality, new laser printers also offer fast, efficient printing speeds, upward of 40 pages per minute or more.
Laser printers range from $100 to over $1000 to purchase. Unlinke inkjet models, laser printers do not work well for printing photos and high quanlity graphics. Additionally, the toner cartridges which are required by laser printing tend to be costly.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR SHEETED LABELS:
"WHY DOES ONE PRINTER WORK FOR ONE TYPE OF LABEL AND NOT THE OTHER?"
Some Compulabel Brand sheeted labels may work best with certain printer types. Our standard white matte labels are designed for color inkjet as well as black-and-white and color laser printers. The paper stock used to produce the material "anchors" ink and toner, providing crisp, dark images iwth both printer varieties. In contrast, our Fluorescent Labels are made to perform only with black-and-white laser printers. This is because their face stock is tinted with ink, which prevents adhesion from inkjets and hinders drying. Compulabel also offers special material labels that are printer-specific. Compulabel Brand Polyester Labels are designed with superior toner receptivity and also provide great results with laser models.
"WHICH PRINTER SHOULD I USE TO PRINT MY LABELS?"
The printer type you should use depends on what you are printing. If it's speed you're looking for, you might wish to consider the ultra-fast laser printer. Lasers are also a great choice when you're printing in black-and-white, since they produce crisp, dark images at just a fraction of the cost. However, if your project calls for color, an inkjet printer is your best bet. Inkjets are capable of printing rich, vivid hues as well as photographic-quality images.