Should I Buy an Inkjet or Laser Printer?Posted by On

If you’re planning to buy a new printer, you may have questions about the differences between inkjet and laser printers and which might be better for your purposes.

Although many small business owners swear by one option or the other, the truth is that both laser and inkjet printers have benefits – and potential drawbacks. The right answer for you will depend on your usage and priorities.

For example, laser printers typically have a larger up-front cost but, particularly if you’re printing a relatively high number of black and white pages, a lower cost of operation. That’s because inkjet printers are typically inexpensive; some lower-end inkjet printers can be acquired for less than $50. But supplies, like HP inkjet cartridges and others, can be expensive, and the page yield per cartridge is generally not high.

Thus, if you expect to print a lot of black and white pages, you may save money in the long run by investing in a laser printer from But if your priority is to keep up-front costs low and you’ll be printing relatively few pages over time, the inkjet printer may be the way for you to go.

There’s another reason you should consider volume when choosing your printer, as well. Laser printers tend to operate much more quickly than most inkjet printers. Many also allow for a larger paper stock in the printer and better stacking and organization of the finished product. If you’re typically printing small jobs, those factors may not be important. If, however, you’re routinely printing hundreds of pages, purchasing a laser printer designed for higher-volume printing may save you both labor and aggravation.

Rather than buying in to the myth that one type of printer or the other is inherently superior, think about the features each offers and your particular needs and make the decision that’s right for you and your business.


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