Lasers all the way

Published On: 2015-05-13

Category: Tips

I'm not a fan of inkjet printers. Every inkjet I've owned took constant refills to keep up with my sparse printing. The ink would dry out or the ink head would get clogged causing streaks. One color of ink would run out and the entire thing becomes inoperable.

I'm also not a fan of those all-in-one combination centers. I've seen these run out of ink and refuse to scan. I had one that the scanner quit working so it refused to print and receive faxes. I've found it better to get the individual items you need.

I'm a big fan of laser printers. A laser printer:

  • Uses toner which is already dry so it never dries out.
  • Prints many more pages per cartridge.
  • Cheaper to refill.
  • Will start fading when it reaches the end, give the toner a shake and it will last another few pages at least.
  • Will print consistently even if you wait a long time between prints.

The only disadvantage is that a laser printer will cost more up front then an inkjet.

If your buying a laser printer there are two available choices: Color and monochrome. A Color laser printer will use four separate toner cartridges and will cost more to print and refill. The print is comparable to an inkjet but photo paper may not work properly for color inkjets.

One tip I have when purchasing is to look toner cartridge prices online before you commit to buying. You may find a slightly more expensive model that will be cheaper in the long run because of a cheaper and more common refill cartridge.

If you need any help purchasing a new printer. Please don't hesitate to contact me.