Trying to make a document look merry and bright with a grayscale color scheme can be a near impossible feat. During the month of December, even something as simple as an office memo could make your company feel a whole lot merrier with added graphics in red and green. Many homeowners and businesspeople believe that if you want bold color, you have to go with an inkjet model. The color quality of laser printers, however, has improved vastly over the last decade or so. Both inkjets and laser printers can create incredibly smooth color documents. That’s why, before deciding that laser printers are only for black and white jobs, those looking for a new color printing solution should objectively consider the pros and cons of each printer type.
Inkjet Photo Printers vs. Color Laser Printers
If color is truly your top priority, an inkjet printer might be the way to go. Most come with the standard CMYB color array, although some offer additional hues for better color representation. If you plan on printing lots of photos and photo-quality documents, an inkjet printer is usually your best bet. Some color laser printers allow photo printing but the quality you’ll see with an inkjet will be better. Because they print more slowly, inkjet printers are better at handling special paper varieties and images with fine details. Inkjets often have features that make photo printing easier including memory card readers, camera connectivity and built-in editing software. Sometimes inkjets won’t have quite as much functionality as laser printers in terms of mass printing, multiuser printing, copying and sharing. They may also be less cost-effective than laser printers in terms of startup costs and price per project. This is why even color lovers shouldn’t hastily rule out something from the laser printer family!
If you’re after a printer that can support high-volume printing and large teams of people, a laser printer is almost always the ideal option. Their speed is an obvious benefit. Most are significantly faster than inkjet printers with higher pages per minute (PPM) rates. They feature high duty cycles so they won’t freeze up when faced with a slew of jobs from multiple sources. Since laser printers are made for quick printing, they will often have larger paper trays. Laser printers use toner instead of ink to print. Still, you can manipulate the settings on a laser printer to generate more color saturation at a fraction of the cost of inkjet printing. Ultimately, you may be hesitant to print photographs with a color laser printer but they are great for printing logos, charts, clip art and colorful text.