The most obvious difference between inkjet and laser printers is that while inkjets use ink, laser printers use toner to produce an image. Toner is an electrically charged powder that is fused to paper fibers using heat during the printing process.
In this manner, what is the best printer to buy with the cheapest ink?
The best printers of 2018: inkjet, color, mono and laser printers
- HP Deskjet 3630. Small, affordable and smartly designed.
- Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 review. Economical print costs for volume printing.
- Canon Pixma TS8050. High quality, all-in-one printer.
- Epson EcoTank ET-4550.
- Canon PIXMA TS9150.
- Samsung M2885FW 4-in-1 Multifunction Xpress.
- Samsung Xpress M2070W.
- Brother DCP-9020CDW.
How long do laser printers last?
All of these questions will determine how long your printer will last (last--meaning the amount of money it would take to fix the printer vrs. the cost of a replacement printer). But generally, under normal usage, the inkjet printers last about 3 years and the laser printers last about 5.
Do laser printers dry up?
A laser printer requires no ink. Laser printers use toner, which is plastic and iron particles which melt to the paper with special heated rollers called a fuser unit. No ink means nothing to "dry up". Laser printers may cost more up front, but the cost per page is a little as a tenth of what it is for inkjet printers.