What is the difference between a laser printer and an ink-jet printer?

Laser printers and ink-jet printers are the two most frequently used printers. ink-jet printers print brightly, but the printing speed is slower and the consumables are more expensive. Laser printers print faster and have higher precision. In fact, these two printers use two completely different printing technologies. Let’s take a look at the difference between these two printers.

The laser printer is a printing output device that uses a combination of laser scanning technology and electrophotographic technology. The printing information is converted into a laser drive signal through a control interface. The laser scanning system generates a laser beam with printed information, and then the electrophotographic technology enables the laser beam transferred to the print media. Compared with other printing equipment, laser printers have the advantages of fast printing speed and high printing precision.

The ink-jet printer was developed after the pin-type printer. It uses a non-impact working method, which has the characteristics of small size, low noise, and many printing media. At present, the main ink-jet printers use two types of piezoelectric ink-jet technology and thermal ink-jet technology. In addition to technical differences, thermal bubble ink-jet printers need to install nozzles in each ink cartridge, which increases the cost of the ink cartridges; but the nozzles of piezoelectric ink-jet printers are integrated in the printer.

The common printing format of laser printers is A4, A3 format laser printers are expensive, but ink-jet printers are simpler and cheaper to make A3 format, so if you often need to print large format materials, you can choose ink-jet printers. The printing speed of the laser printer will be much faster than that of the ink-jet printer, so if you need to efficiently print the A4 format data, it is recommended to choose the laser printer.

 The main consumables for laser printers are toners, and many companies now choose toner cartridges, which greatly reduces the printing cost; ink-jet printers use special inks, and some companies have also launched printers with their own supply systems, but relatively printing costs will be higher. So in terms of printing cost, the printing cost of laser printers will be lower.

From the above information, we can see that laser printers are generally suitable for office use, where high work efficiency and mass printing are required. The ink-jet printer is suitable for homes or places with small print volume, or where high-precision photos need to be printed. In addition, it should be noted that ink-jet printers need to be used frequently, and at least one or two prints per week are required to avoid nozzle clogging.