Printer Ink, Printer Toner. Are they referring to the same thing? This has been a point of confusion for many. Let us quickly decipher the main differences between the 2 items.
Printer Ink cartridges carry color liquid ink while Printer Toner Cartridges contain very fine color powders in solid form as shown above.
- Printer Type
Printer Ink cartridges are used in inkjet printers. These are the common home printers that is being used at home for various printing purposes. Printer Toner Cartridges are employed for use in laser printers which is more commonly used in office where larger scale of printing is required
Printer Ink cartridges uses the inkjet technology where ink is pumped out through the cartridge and sprouted through the printer print head micro fine nozzles and sprayed onto the paper to form text and images.
Printer Toner cartridge with the help of drum cartridge uses the laser technology to “draw” text and images on the paper and toner powder is subsequently “attracted” and “dissolved” to form up the required text and images.
Inkjet printers are very commonly used in the home or small home office settings with low to average printing needs. Laser printers on the other hand prints fast and is economical in the mid to long run, hence they are commonly used in the office to handle heavy printing demands. Having said that, inkjet printers are more versatile and can print on many materials which laser printers can’t
Inkjet printers are typically less expensive as compared to laser printers. Inkjet cartridges are also relatively cheaper as compared to toner cartridges. However, in comparison for the mid to long term printing needs, laser printer toners tend to exhibit more cost savings as they tend to print more pages for every cent incurred (i.e the cost per page is relatively lower).
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- Photo Printing
Inkjet printers are way more skilled and meticulous in terms of photo printing. They are able to produce more vibrant colors and long-lasting prints with the right premium ink type combination. Moreover, the inkjet printer is able to accommodate more paper material types like vinyl and decal stickers as compared to a laser printer.
The latter employs laser technology which is high in temperature and hence not all paper material is able to withstand it. Furthermore, typical home laser printers typically are not able to contain more than 4 colours while for inkjet printers, the number of colour shades of cartridges it can contain is way more which produces great quality photo prints
Inkjet printers are slightly more vulnerable to maintenance issues as the print head is often clogged with ink due to many various factors. Laser printers do not have such issue but having said that, laser printing is a complex technology with many various components required to work hand in hand to produce a good quality print. Hence any component like the doctor blade, fuser, waste bin, OPC drum is faulty, the print quality will be severely affected and requires technical assistance
On a positive note, Inkjet printers nowadays are equipped with an auto print head cleaning function which activates periodically, this minimizes the risk of print head issues but take note that this function consumes ink in the process.
Now you know the key differences between ink, toner and its respective printers, you are in a better position to make a wise purchasing decision.
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