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What's the difference between ink and toner cartridges?

November 11, 2020
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What kind of HP printing solution do you use - and do you know what makes them different to possible alternatives? There are many different types of printing solutions, but we are referring here specifically to the distinction between Inkjet printers and Laserjet printers. Let's take a look at the difference between ink and toner cartridges. 

ink and toner

Not everyone knows the fundamental difference between the two, which is essentially about the contrast between ink and toner. Let’s clear up what sets these two systems apart and find out which of the two might be most suitable for you.

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Ink vs Toner - Cost Factors
Which Is Best For You

Ink vs Toner - Cost Factors

Printing ink, which is used in Inkjet cartridges, is a liquid, much like that used in pens. Toner, on the other hand, is a fine, dry powdered plastic, which is melted onto the page using laser technology. When it comes to cost, it is difficult to draw broad comparisons between ink and toner, since there are considerable variations depending on the specific product you choose and the page yield. As a general rule, inkjet printing is almost always more expensive than toner printing, especially for high volumes. Laser printers tend to be more expensive than inkjet printers, but the cost of maintenance and cartridge replacement is much lower. Toner cartridges are much more affordable over time and are also more efficient, better quality and less wasteful. You won’t have to worry about smudging or bleeding, for example, which can commonly occur with ink printing.

Which Is Best For You

Toner printing is ideal for large-scale, corporate office environments where high volumes of simple, text-based printing are required. On the other hand, inkjet printing is very much the best solution for smaller businesses, home offices or graphics-based printing. Inkjet printers are usually cheaper and more compact and offer superior colour and photo printing. For users with more varied needs, i.e. who are not merely printing large volumes of text, inkjet printing is a great option. 

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