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High Speed Laser Printers - Finding the best product reviews and best offers for high speed laser printers
High Speed Laser Printers - Finding the best product reviews and best offers for high speed laser printers

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 You require a new printer but you do not know whether to buy an inkjet or a laser printer, as you are notaware of the differences between the two. Each user or organisation is faced with the dilemma while buyinga new printer. Most customers operate under strict budgetary constraints and it is only normal to considerinitial purchase costs and space limitations. However, it is prudent to take into consideration the long-termoperating costs associated with the particular printer. The choice of printer will, largely, depend on your requirements. Inkjet printers are usually ideal for homeusers who have limited text and photo printing needs. Laser printers are better suited to larger officeenvironments with high-volume and high-quality printing requirements. The differences between a laser and an inkjet printer are generally categorised into a few broad segments,namely, cost (initial and maintenance), speed, quality, space and networking facilities. It is also essential tounderstand the technology behind the manufacturing of the laser toners and ink cartridges as this is a majorcontributing factor towards the cost. Difference in Technology & Networking Facilities between Inkjet and Laser Printers - The technology used for inkjet cartridges is simpler and the parts are less expensive than the laser toners.The black inkjet cartridge has only black ink. The color inkjet printer contains two main ink cartridges, forblack and other primary colors respectively. The primary colors are then divided into three compartmentsfor cyan, magenta and yellow ink. The primary colors are consequently mixed to produce all other colors.The cartridge contains a reservoir which has compartments with metal plates and a number of tiny nozzleson the print head of the cartridge. The number of holes or nozzles depends on the resolution of the printer. Itis usually 21 - 128 nozzles per color. The ink gets heated, when the current starts flowing through the metalplates, after the print command is given. The heat causes vapor bubbles to form inside the cartridge andmake the ink swell up. The ink then flows out in droplets from the nozzles onto the paper in a fewmilliseconds. A vacuum is created (once the ink droplet flows out) which draws more ink into the nozzlesensuring a steady supply of droplets as required. This common technique is called Thermal Inkjet and thecoinage of the name 'BubbleJets' by Canon has been due to the bubbling vapors. The Laser toners use a more elaborate and complex technology. A powder called Toner is used by laserprinters, fax machines and photocopiers to print text and images on laser and photo paper. Initially carbonpowder was used but now manufacturers use disposable cartridges which can sometimes be refilled. For thelaser toners, individual carbon particles are mixed in a polymer which melt in heat. This binds to the fibersin the paper. The laser printers consist of the printer toner and the drum. The positively charged toner getsattracted to the negatively charged drum. The toner is transferred to the paper by the drum. The tonercontains special wax that melts and dries in milliseconds. When the toner is transferred, the fuser appliesheat and pressure to make a durable image. The fuser system is made up of the hot-roll and the back-uproller.
 The high-end laser printers generally come with networking facilities for you to connect to your computernetwork directly. This cuts down additional costs associated with networking, as is the case with ink printers. The ink printers cannot be linked to a network directly. Networking has to be via a computer,therefore more expensive. The laser printers are larger in size than the inkjet printers. The latter is, therefore, space saving and ideal forthe home and small office users. Difference of Quality & Color between Laser and Inkjet Printers - Since Inkjet Printers spill out tiny droplets of ink to print, the resolution is lower than the laser printers.Laser Printers printer better quality text, as their resolution is higher. High resolution also helps the laserprinters create precise fonts without fuzzy edges. However, the cost-effective inkjet printers are usuallyrecommended for inexpensive color printing. These can print high quality text, large photo prints, graphics,banners and greeting cards at less than half the price of a color laser printer. Nevertheless, it should also beseen if the cost of ink and paper suits your maintenance budget. Laser printers are capable of producinggood quality prints on all kinds of printing paper but the inkjet printers will require inkjet paper to producegood quality prints without any fuzzy edge brought about by 'bleeding'. Difference in Speed between Ink and Laser Printers - If laser printers lose out to their inkjet counterparts on account of price, they are way ahead when it comes tospeed of printing. Users who need large volumes of printing also prefer the laser printers. Laser printers aremore suited to general office use than the inkjets. The least expensive laser printer can print around 10 to 15pages per minute. The inkjets are usually rated on the speed of draft or quick printing mode, which issuitable only for proofreading purposes. The HP Deskjet 5650, which is a fast color inkjet printer, prints at aspeed of 21 ppm Black, 15 ppm Color in the draft mode. However, the speed drops considerably when highquality black text is printed and it also takes longer to print a letter-sized quality photo. Difference in Cost between Ink and Laser Printers - The most important factor governing the choice of a printer is - cost. The cost can have two sub-categories -initial cost and operating cost- - which finally becomes the deciding factors in a purchase of a consumeritem. The inkjet printers have a low initial cost but a higher maintenance cost when compared to the highinitial purchase cost and low operating cost of a laser printer. The price of a monochrome laser printer canrange from $ 130 (e.g. Brother HL2040) to over $ 3,000 (e.g. HP Q3721A Laserjet 9050) and the pricerange of color laser printers can be from $ 350 (e.g. Samsung CLP 510) to over $ 6,000 (e.g. HP Q3717ALaserjet 5550hdn). Conversely, the cost of color inkjet printers can range from approximately $ 35 (e.g. HP9067A Deskjet 3930) to $ 2,000 (e.g. HP C7791D Designjet 130NR). However, laser printers are a betteroption for long-term office use. They are designed to handle high volumes and have a higher capacity of ink 

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