We hear about ink and toner all the time, but what’s the difference? It turns out there’s a lot to learn about these printing features. Let’s start at the beginning.
Starting with the Basics
Very simply put, ink is a liquid used with inkjet printers and toner is a powder used with laser printers. Ink can either be dye-based, the majority, or pigment-based. Dye-based cartridges are more economical with vibrant color but are susceptible to smudging and fade decades later. Pigment, on the other hand, dries fast and creates archive quality prints. Toner uses powder and the drum which can come with or without your cartridge.
Which Should You Use?
Your printing needs will determine whether you need ink or toner. For at home users or businesses with low-volume printing needs, an inkjet printer provides quality text, color images, and photos. The only reason you would not fit an inkjet printer is if you are planning to print a lot. Inkjet cartridges can be expensive to fix.
Those with high-volume printing needs, on the other hand, should only consider a laser printer. A business that is pumping out massive text documents will benefit from the lifespan and low-cost of laser cartridges. The downside is that the powdery substance of toner can make photos appear low quality. It depends on what type of projects you want to create. If photos are something, you print very often you can send them to a third party shop.
Saving on Printing Costs
Other factors you can look at when deciding between the two types of cartridges are page yield, size, and cost per page. The yield will tell you how many pages you can expect from the cartridge and gives you a way to compare competitors. The size will also account for page yield. Last you can look at your dollar value per page that you’re spending to print a document. A cartridge with a higher page yield will be more cost efficient.
Choosing between ink and toner will depend on your printer, or if buying a new printer your equipment will vary depending on if ink or toner fit your needs better. To get more information on distinguishing the two, call us today!