ann-199314 16:46 05 Aug 2004

Hi - Can somebody please tell me what the difference is between a laser printer and an inkjet printer. We will have to buy a new printer soon and I would really like to know the difference. Thanks again, Ann

  SantasLittleHelper 17:24 05 Aug 2004

Hi Ann, put very basically, a Laser printer works by a heated roller laying down toner( or powder) onto the paper. An inkjet printer puts microscopic dots of ink onto the paper to form words or pictures. A Colour Laser printer is still quite expensive when compared to inkjet printers, although the price of colour lasers is dropping, they are still approx £200 to £300 dearer than inkjets. A good guide to the best inkjets for your money is in the Test section of PC Advisor. Hope this helps, if you need any more info please ask.

  Pesala 17:29 05 Aug 2004

A laser printer works like a photo copier by melting plastic toner onto the page. Normally black only, but colour laser printers can be had for around £500 now.

Inkjet printers work by squirting tiny bubbles of ink onto the page. Normally have four colours CYMK = Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. Some have three colours in one cartridge, and black in another. Some have four separate ink cartridges.

Laser printers are cheapest for lots of text printing, and the printout is not so easily damaged by moisture.

Colour inkjet printers are cheaper to buy but generally more expensive to run, but they can print coloured photos.

First step is to estimate how many prints you will need each month, and whether you need speed or quality or both. Also, do you have a scanner or digital camera already?

Another option is a multifunction device: Printer, Scanner, Copier (Fax) in one unit. Convenient, but perhaps a bit more pricey for running costs.

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