IN THIS ISSUE
- Laser versus Inkjet Printers
- QRX Recycling Program Draw
- New Service Technician
Laser versus Inkjet Printers – Know the Facts
It used to be that laser printers were dominant in enterprise environments, while inkjet printers were the go-to pick for home users with colour printing needs.
Times have changed and consumers are the big winners as they can select the technology that best meets their needs across a range of price points, features and technologies.
Inkjet printers started out as the low-cost alternative to laser printers, providing a less refined finished page but at a much better cost, and often as a colour alternative in the days when all laser printers were monochrome.
Recently HP introduced a new generation of Inkjet Printers based on HP PageWide Technology. This technology takes proven, advanced commercial printing technologies and adapts them, to a home or business environment. Using this technology HP Officejet Pro X Series desktop printers and MFPs deliver up to twice the speed at half the printing cost compared to colour laser printers.
Laser Printer vs Inkjet:Different Technologies
The difference comes in the way the technologies adhere ink to the page. Inkjets spray ink onto the page through tiny nozzles, creating microscopic dots. Uncoated paper—everyday white paper—absorbs ink, which causes bleeding, blurring the edges of everyday text. Specialized photo paper can prevent the bleeds and control drying times, allowing for professional-quality color prints. However, everyday text will not look as sharp on an inkjet as on a laser because of the bleed factor.
Laser printers work by using high heat to fuse powdered ink to paper. There is no bleeding effect, because laser toner does not absorb into paper. Prints are smudge-proof, need no drying time, and rarely require specialized paper. However, the sharp, crisp edges from a laser don’t allow for the same subtle gradients of colour that an inkjet can produce. Colour lasers must lay down colours one at a time, and toner has a bit of opacity, unlike wet inkjet inks. Although colour lasers aren’t the preferred choice for maximum photo-quality prints, they can produce speedy and crisp results with solid image quality and perfect text.
If it seems both types have their advantages, you’re right. To make the best choice, first consider your printing needs, and then dig into the tech specs.
What Will You Be Printing?
The primary factor in choosing a printer is what you’ll be printing on a regular basis.If you’ll be printing a lot of business documents, consider a crisp and speedy monochrome laser printer. Monochrome laser printers’ sharp text and quick output make them ideal for high-volume document printing when readability is a priority.
If you’ll be printing a wide mix of images and documents in your home or small business, consider a general-purpose inkjet printer. Even the cheapest inkjets can now produce photo-quality colour.
High-volume document printing, infrequent colour needs, and the need for speed: If that describes you, a colour laser printer makes a good choice. A small office without a need for photo-style prints can produce office presentation packets and newsletters that look great and print quickly.
If photos are your focus and you don’t need to print larger documents, consider a specialized inkjet photo printer. Inkjet photo printers typically pack ultra-high resolution into a small package and often allow you to plug your camera directly into them, bypassing your computer entirely.
Other Printer Features to Consider
Surface matters: Do you prefer to print on photo-sized paper? Inkjets and laser printers both have unique paper requirements. Because of the high heat used in fusing laser toner with the page, laser toner will not bond with photo printing paper, and small stock tends to curve with the fusing rollers.
Print size: Many laser printers offer multiple paper size capability. But if you need wide-ranging size capabilities, inkjets are more flexible. If you want to feed in photo-sized paper and collect finished professional-quality prints from the tray, choose either an inkjet with borderless printing capability or a designated photo printer. If you have limited need for unusual paper sizes, a laser printer could work for you.
Printer specifications usually include maximum dots per inch (dp i). This measurement is shown as maximum horizontal resolution by max vertical resolution, as in 1200 × 1200 dpi. Generally speaking, printers with higher dpi numbers can produce higher-quality prints. The minimum dpi guidelines for different applications have increased as printer capabilities improve. A dpi of 300 will suffice for good quality, while 600 dpi might be used for presentations. Photo-quality image resolution starts at 1200 dpi, and 2400 dpi is considered professional photo quality.
Beware Print Speed Claims: Another number that manufacturers might inflate is print speed, which is measured in pages per minute (ppm). No two manufacturers use the same standard print procedure for measuring ppm. Some might print text on the lowest quality setting, while others might print a single small graphic. To speed up graphic-intensive prints, look for printers with lots of internal memory.
Ultimately, start by considering your most frequently-printed items. Don’t be distracted by the dizzying array of options—focus on cost of ownership, resolution, and print speed.
For all your hardware needs consult one of our expert sales representatives. We will help you select the best printer(s) for your needs at the most affordable cost.
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QRX Recycling Program Draw at YCDSB
The Environmental and Office Services Department, of York Catholic School Board in partnership with QRX Technology, coordinates a recycling program for old printer toner cartridges for any interested York Catholic schools. Currently 75 schools have taken advantage of this program, up from 63 schools last year.
The recycling program, not only cuts down on waste, but also offers a series of draws, three times a year, where participating schools can win prizes, such as printers and tablets, as well as the grand prize; 1 of 3 trees supplied and planted by Bouwmeister Landscaping, valued at $750 per tree.
The QRX Prize Draw Winners for December were:
- St. Edward CES in Markham (Samsung Printer)
- St. Mark CES in Stouffville (Samsung Tablet)
- St. Angela Merici CES in Woodbridge (Samsung Tablet)
The Grand Prize Winners were:
At Your Service…
Mr. Jerry Beitler has recently joined QRX Technology Group as Service Technician. Jerry is a certified printer service technician with over 30 years of practical experience. His primary role is to provide printer service and technical support to current and new QRX customers in the Greater Toronto Area.
We wish Jerry great success in his new position!
QRX Technology Group was selected as one of the top 100 IT Solution providers for 2012.