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Should you buy a laser printer or an inkjet printer?

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When it comes to buying a printer, the choice can be difficult. Ink. Laser. Ink. Laser. INK! LASER! Well, what's the difference? Is one better than the other? Is the cost of owning an inkjet printer really that expensive? Do you need to buy a new laser printer whenever your toner runs out?

Here's what you need to know.

Updated May 18, 2017: Added links to the best inkjet and laser printers you can buy.

Ink printers

Most consumer printers are what's known as drop-on-demand (DOD) printers and are divided into thermal DOD and piezoelectric DOD. From here, most home-use printers fall under the thermal DOD category, like those from Canon, HP, and Lexmark. At the end of the day, they're both inkjet printers.

Inkjet printers use hundreds of tiny guns to fire ink at the paper and every character they create is made up of dots. The dots are so tiny, you just can't see them. Thermal DOD printers and piezoelectric DOD printers have different mechanisms for firing the ink.

Thermal DOD printers

As the name might suggest, thermal DOD printers use heat to fire the ink at the paper. The print cartridges consist of a series of little chambers, which each contain a heater. An electric current is passed through the heating element, heating up each chamber, causing immediate vaporization of the ink and a pressure build-up so great that the ink fires toward the paper.

The force of the ink firing out of the chamber is so great that it pulls the next drop into the chamber, ready to fire again in rapid succession. Canon trademarks this process as "Bubble Jet," since it's a bubble of ink that bursts onto the page.

Since there are no special materials involved in thermal DOD printers, the print heads are relatively inexpensive to manufacture compared to other inkjet technologies.

Piezoelectric DOD printers

Most commercial and industrial printers use the piezoelectric DOD method, though Epson and Brother consumer printers use this method as well. Instead of a heating element, there's a piezoelectric material inside each ink-filled chamber behind a nozzle.

Piezoelectricity is the electric charge stored within solid materials. When the material in the ink chambers gets charged up, it changes shape, causing an increase in pressure, forcing the ink out.

Since special piezoelectric materials (lead zirconium titanate) are required in the piezoelectric DOD printing process, the print heads are generally more expensive to manufacture.

Laser printers

Laser printing produces high-quality text and graphics through an electrostatic process where a laser beam is passed back and forth over a negatively charged drum, scanning the image and text directly across the printer's photoreceptor. This tells the drum to selectively collect powdered ink, also known as toner, which it then transfers to paper.

The paper is then heated to fuse the toner to it. This is known as a xerographic printing process, which means that no liquids are used.

Which is better?

Which type of printer is better for you depends on your printing needs. Laser printers are generally more expensive, but they produce more sheets, per dollar, than inkjet printers do and they're less wasteful when compared to inkjet printers.

That being said, laser printers take time to warm up and can be considerably more expensive.

Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each:

Inkjet printers

An inkjet printer

An inkjet printer

Pros

  • Best for ink-heavy printing, like images and photographs.
  • Do a better job of blending smooth colors than laser printers.
  • Low starting cost, and ink cartridges are cheaper than toner cartridges.
  • Inkjet printers can print on all different types of paper, including glossy, and can even print on some fabrics.
  • There's no real warm-up time needed.
  • Inkjet printers are usually smaller than laser printers and are generally easier to maintain.
  • Ink cartridges can be refilled and reused.

Cons

  • They're not great if you plan on printing a lot.
  • Generally slow compared to laser printing.
  • Inkjet ink is water-based, so it's susceptible to fading and running.
  • Automatic ink cartridge cleaning wastes a lot of ink.

The best Inkjet printers

Laser printers

A laser printer

Pros

  • They're generally fast.
  • Less expensive when printing in high volume.
  • The black text they produce is sharp and near-perfect.

Cons

  • Often more expensive to purchase upfront than an inkjet printer.
  • They work faster but take a while to warm up.
  • Cleaning toner leaks is frustrating and time consuming.
  • They can't print on any type of paper and anything sensitive to heat can't be used.
  • Laser printers are usually bigger and heavier than inkjets.

The best laser printers

Which one is right for me?

At the end of the day, it's all going to come down to your needs. If you're the average home printer user who prints the odd document here and there and maybe an image now and again, go with an inkjet printer. It'll be cheaper up front and cheaper when you go to replace ink cartridges. You can even get them refilled or buy "remanufactured" cartridges.

If you're going to be printing a lot and need your prints fast, then go with a laser printer. Or, if you have the extra cash on hand and are in need of incredibly crisp and perfect black text and high-quality graphics, go laser. Your startup cost will be more, but you'll stretch your dollar further.

Is it true that remanufactured ink cartridges suck?

For a while, it was thought that the remanufactured ink market was a shady place where good, honest, hard-working folk got fleeced. That's really not the case anymore.

Remanufactured printer cartridges are sent to manufacturers that restock the ink, fix any parts that aren't working optically, and perform a quality test. Recycled ink cartridges are generally less expensive because sellers can set their own prices for the cartridges. And hey, you help the environment when you buy recycled products.

All that being said, do your research. Quality might not be consistent among manufacturers, and there are probably a few duds in the mix. Double-check warranties, ask if their quality tests are certified and make sure their cartridges meet the original manufacturer standards. Just because remanufactured cartridges are recycled doesn't mean they're going to damage your print head or cause other havoc for your printer.

Where do I find more ink?

Having trouble finding ink for your printer? Amazon (opens in new tab) and Staples (opens in new tab) have handy tools to help you find the ink or toner you need.

What do you use?

Are you a laser or inkjet printer user? Do you feel like you made the right choice? Sound off in the comments.

Mike is a staff writer at Mobile Nations and fancies himself a musician and comedian. Keep dreaming, Mike.

83 Comments
  • I have to explain this every single say at work...
  • Yeah, lasers words are better than inkjets :)
  • I am a laser printer user though. I haven't replaced toner in a few years
  • I work in a local print shop. All of our machines are laser (with the exception of our self service printer and oversize machines). This is probably the most explained difference to customers, especially when they come in wanting to print on their own paper. 
  • Inkjet for me. Not only because they have a wider range of things (paper, cardboard, CDs) they can print on, the offer is generally better in terms of AIO's. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • May I ask, what is an "offer", in this context, and why is it better? Also, what are "AIO's"?
    I'm heading out to BING to learn.
    Best Wishes
  • AIO = all in one
  • Ink is way too expensive, and then you have the likes of HP who's inkjets throw a wobbler if you decide to save money and go aftermarket!! Continual warnings that your new cartridge isn't genuine. I know why they do it, and its a bit cynical. The price you pay for your little inkjet at home is 'subsidised' by the poor value OEM carts. Anyway, I use laser. 6 toners and a couple of drums from an 'auction' site and I've not spent anything more in a year! The whole package was less than £80.00!! Bargain.
  • I'm an attorney and I have one if each on my desk an hp.6420 and an hp 1319mfc.
  • Mmm, should I down vote an attorney or not????? ;-)
  • And you use a windows phone?
  • One big con to ink that was not mentioned, especially if you live in dry areas, like I do. Ink cartridges can dry out, so if you print only occasionally (or only occasionally in color) the cartridge can run "empty" even if you have only used it a few times, making ink more expensive than laser if you print infrequently. I finally went color laser a few months ago, and will never look back.
  • Drying ink is the biggest culprit as to why I will be going laser when I get my next printer. So many cartridges wasted, I could have bought a laser printer and enough toner to ride out the decade by now.
  • This was exactly what I thought. Except I thought maybe I was misinformed. But since you brought it up... :)
  • This is the reason i have been using laserprinters for the last ten years. Ink cartridges run dry no matter if you use em or not. Laser toners are as dry as they come from the get go.
  • Me too! This ink/toner pros/cons in the article is seriously defective because it doesn't take into account the situation where your ink is invariably dried out or gummed up whenever you want to print, unless you print on a very frequent basis. ​I switched to laser decades ago and haven't looked back. Always ready to go, even if I haven't printed in months. On a cheap Dell C1765NFW multifunction printer, I use cheap compatible toner, with no issues.      
  • I  have for years used inkjet but I got fed up that after a year of using them they started using a lot of ink and packed up so I kept needing to replace them which worked out expensive so I bought a brother laser printer and am thrilled had it for 2 years and still not had to replace the toner, very economical and fast, just wish I had bought one years ago
  • This is exactly why I'm struggling to find a cheap enough color laser AIO at the moment. I hate when one color goes out, or it only prints half the range of the color, or when it gets patchy when it prints. I thought head cleaning was supposed to stop this crap.
  • Also, a pet peeve with some ink jet All-in-ones. I had an HP many years ago that would not *scan* if any of the ink cartridges was out. I switched to Brother after going to the store and seeing which models would scan with the cartridges removed. Definitely check this in the store if you do not print a lot and are interested in an AIO printer!
  • I will NEVER buy an HP product again. I've had nothing but problems with them (like this one), and I hate their software (which seems to be the only thing that the hardware will recognize!).
  • No Elite for you then?
  • Tip for HP printers/AIOs: Do NOT install any special drivers or any of the software that comes in the box. It's all bloatware. Windows 7/8/10 has all the drivers you need built in. For anything other than printing, the HP Windows Store app is all you need.
  • WOW! OMG! Thanks cap but you should have posted this at least 10 years ago. Because everybody knows it.
  • That would've been useful years ago, when I was on school/college, now I don't even care as I haven't had a printer for ages nor planning to buy one.
  • And you represent all customers
  • How does one live without printing things on their PC?
  • Cuz you're from the only one generation who buys printers?
  • Really, this article in 2016, and here? Oh, ok.
  • Oh! You know, Microsoft have been arriving late for everything. So are Microsoft fans. More news Soon™. Maybe someone looking for a printer find this article useful.
  • I completely disagree with the conclusion of this article. If you're a casual user, perhaps printing 10 B&W pages a month, you're far better off going with a cheapo (for instance, a $80 Samsung monochrome) laser printer. You can get easily get 5 years of use from it with the starter cartridge. Ink jet cartridges can and will dry up and/or clog on you before you've gotten the number of pages out of them that you'd expect.
  • I absolutely agree. The article is way off the mark. As others point out, used infrequently, an ink jet dries and fails. Used frequently,a laser is cheaper and gives better results. Other than for photos. However, due to the rip off cost of ink, it is much more cost efficient to get photo prints done by mail order. As well as being more time efficient. Ink jets are based on the same economic model as razor blades: Sell the razor cheap, then sting the customer for the blades.
  • If you use inkjet, note the expiration date on the cartridge packing. Follow that, and you'll be good.
  • Nice article but prehab's its worth mentioning that Epson ink tank systems can produce up to 6500 pages on a single fill per bottle.
  • drying inkjet cartridges is the reason I moved to color laser. I do not print a lot at home but when I need to, I want it to work. Last time the HP inkjet cartridges were dried out after setting for a couple months while I was out of country for work. Come home and wanted to print some items out and nope, cartidges dried up. I moved to color laser and will not look back. almost 2 years and not replaced toner yet. Did I say I dont print much at home.... :-). Yes, the up front cost was more but in the long run, its paying for itself without having to throw out dried out cartridges over and over.
  • Yep the IT wizards at my large company replaced all of our fully-functional laser printers with inkjet printers.  We are heavy users and each small area prints at least a full ream per day.  They replace the ink at least every month whereas they were replacing toners once to twice a year.  When I asked the IT Manager about the switch she said her calculations put the inkjets cheaper in the long run due to lower "maintenance" costs…These are the same geniuses who refuse to upgrade anyone's RAM past 8GB and won't use SSDs in engineering laptops because "they're too small."  I told them you know you could install M.2 SSDs for the system drive and still have a standard HDD for the large files!  Blank stare... As for printers - I have both.  I have a reliable LaserJet at home that I used throughout high school and college and we use that for our daily printing needs (uses a single toner every 2 years) and we have a multi-function photo printer for scanning & printing photos for family members who can't do digital.
  • Your IT Manager needs to be fired, can not say it any nicer. Where do you work, I would be happy to replace her and fix the mess she created. I left Nextel 16 years ago top run a large High School, so I could raise my kids.  I finnaly convinced my boss to remove the LaserJets in every Classroom.  I purcahsed 8 Konica 454e, and threw out 108 laster printers.  That sad, the Laser where great and would still be using them IF Kyocera still made the DV Units.  They gave me 14 good years. The new Knocias are saving me $5000 a year, easily.  
  • I have worked in IT for over 20 years. Higher Ink jet printers have their use.  BUT as a volume day to day printing, you asking for trouble using a ink jet printer as your going to be replacing carts all the time.  What a nightmare. I bet they replaced them do to bugets and cost.
  • More than 4GB RAM is a waste for most administrative users. Everyone who slings code or video should have at least 8GB. (Even though I like more RAM, I can't say VS 2015 + ReSharper Ultimate is really all that laggy on my 4 GB Surface Pro.)
  • As others have said, InkJet is just too unreliable -- the ink dries up takes several pages cleaning, printing a test page, cleaning, printing, cleaning, etc. until it's working again. Lasers just work. The extra few seconds to warm up is a minor compared to the multiple printings needed when the inkjet has a clogged jet due to ink dried in the nozzle. I also think that laser toner, both color and black looks much, much better than inkjets. Inkjet printing looks fuzzy. Even really high resolution printers using good paper with settings on high (which is also very, very slow on an inkjet) don't look as crisp as a laser on regular settings on plain paper. The only advantage in print quality on an inkjet is color saturation on glossy or other non-absorbant photo paper. Laying down a thick layer of ink can produce more vibrant colors than a laser. However, I do keep a wide format Brother InkJet (tabloid or 11x17 paper) for occasional use, because I've not found a color laser that does that size that's priced appropriately for home use. It also includes a tabloid size scanner, which is really handy every one in a while.
  • Do I see 'angularJs' logo on that printer?
  • You're right!!
  • Yeah I'm about to ask that question too.
  • Your best bet is to stick with Xerox printers and multifunction devices.
  • Bahahahaaaaaaa..............your joking right?  
  • "Inkjet ink is water-based, so it's susceptible to fading and running" That depends on the inkjet. Just before he retired from HP a friend of mine invented a way to "burp" the ink cartridge and were able to use pigment based ink. He told me about it and that, at the time, the 8600 line of Inkjet printers was one of the ones using the new inks. The benefit is that on any paper I use, after the ink dries it doesn't run when it gets wet. This is in contrast to the original inks which could be completely washed out of a sheet of regular paper. I don't know how long the shelf life of the cartridges is but it is way longer than the old inks. Soon after I stocked up on some new cartridges the volume of printing at my house suddenly dropped so I got to test out shelf life. Even over a year past the guarantee and they work fine. I have a HP OfficeJet Pro 8600.
  • Laser printers are wayyyy better than inkjets.  On the contrary, if you don't print very much, inkjets heads can clog up (ruining the entire printhead and forcing you to shell out big bucks to buy a new one or send it to get it serviced).  Cheaper to buy a newer inkjet than to buy ink for your old one or fix the aforementioned clogged printheads...  Laser printers print faster, toner keeps forever inside and out of the machine without clogging.  There are no reasons to buy an inkjet unless you're printing color photos once in a while, but a color laser printer will out perform it as well.
  • It's not just the printhead clogging, too. I find that inkjet cartridges dry up if you don't use them - the ink dissipates/evaporates, and you're pretty much forced to buy another one (or refill).
  • Inkjet printers cost more to maintain than a boat.
  • I was expecting Bubble Jet printers vs Dot Matrix.. but that's ok
  • and don't forget pen plotters. :P
  • I had a couple inkjets and replaced one with a Xerox 6505 last year. It's a fantastic network laser and has a windows 10 app. Toner on eBay costs the same as inkjet cartridges for my hp.
  • If you print a lot check out the latest HP PageWide printers.  They are ink printers, and they are fast. 
    And they printer cheaper than laser printers.
       
  • This article promotes discrimination against dye-sublimation printers
  • I use both laser and inkjet, but lastly come down to inkjet. I did buy Canon laser couple of months back. It is good but the print it gives is something disappointing. And yes for home purpose, inkjet suits the most.
  • After going through the article and some of the comments, I am keen to give my own sense of the two printers here. Laser is perfect for document printing. If you have to print photos or take colour prints, you will never get good quality unless you have mid to high end printer. inkjet printers hardly cost anything and will give pretty good photo prints. But their quality of documents is not as good as that of laser. However, for most dmoestic printing needs, inkjet is good enough. In fact, I have stopped going to professional photographers for even something like a passport photo, as it is so much more convinient to do it at home. My entry level printer also gives the same quality. Same it true for printing photos of my kids, though there I get limited by the size of the paper (i.e. A4 only) One problem mentioned of dry ink in the comments, may happen if oyu don't use your printer for too long. The ones like HP (its cartridge comes with the head attached) will perform much better than likes of Epson, Lexmark or Brother. However, the solution for the later is pretty simple. Firstly remove the exisitng cartirdges and clean the area having all those pins with a wet wipe. I also put a wet wipe in the path where the head moves. Just make it thick enough to rub against the head, but not too thick to get tangled in it. When you start the printer the head will move over the wipe and will get cleaned. It will wipe out the dry parts of the head and it will be good to go. If it does not work in the first time itself repeat the proces two or three times. For me it always works. I have a habit of printing regularly for a few days and then there is no need for weeks or even a few months. So I face this issue a lot.
  • I'm replacing my current inkjet AIO and I'm almost definitely going to go for the laser equivalent. Sure the upfront cost is higher, but the toner keeps for longer periods and the print quality is better. While lasers aren't great for thermal-sensitive materials, inkjets can soak the paper to much that creasing happens. The one advantage I see from the inkjet is better photo prints - but I guess we can rely on self-help photo kiosks for that these days. I've never encountered toner leaks before tbh - does it happen all that often?
  • At our college, the printing department have a 1 liter tank of ink from which the printer just sucks the ink - it beats buying 1000s of cartridges
  • Laser all the way.
    Would never go back to ink, cartridges too expensive, to slow, constantly drying out=rubbish.
  • if you're a simple home user then inkjet. If you're a business printing a fair bit then laser. Or as we have Xerox hot wax
  • I thought I would leave a comment after reading some of the other comments and how some things are portrayed in them and the article. I currently own an Epson WF-3520 AIO printer. It is nearly as fast as the prior HP laser printer I used (spits out printed pages faster than the Xerox lasers we have at work). More importantly, it uses Epson's Durabrite Ultra inks which are pigment based, unlike the water based dye inks mentioned here and in the article. These inks don't dry up in the cartridge anywhere near as quickly as the water based ones, and don't clog the jets unless you don't use the printer for several months. They also don't feather in the paper like the water based ones do, so the print is very sharp, even for text on plain paper, easily matching the prints I got out of my old laser printer (minus the stray marks from toner on the drum). So the moral of this story is that not all inkjet printers fit the mold mentioned here. My Epson works great and can print sharp long lasting, water resistant, prints on just about any media I put in it. If you need the flexibility to print frame worthy photos along with typical documents, this is the best bet.
  • The article should include an assessment of the biggest real world (at home) factor: drying out.
  • So what are some good places to buy remanufactured ink?   
  • I've found that inkjet print quality still varies greatly from manufacturer-to-manufacturer or machine-to-machine, and some, even from established breands, look TERRIBLE. Laser is great for document printing but the toner tends to look like a decal on the page and can rub or flake off, which looks terrible. I much prefer inkjet for anything else, especially if it will be bent or folded, like greeting/business cards or any kind of craft. The ink becomes part of the page and really looks more professional. For ink economy it seems to pay off to spend a bit more upfront on the machine. I have one of the Canon PIXMA printers right now, selected for the print quality and paper handling options, but those EcoTank printers from Epson look nice for volume printing--except their output trays are curiously small.
  • "where a laser beam is passed back and forth"? .... and what about the ones based on leds? Pros, cons, etc?
  • Personally I prefer laser, only for the reason that I rarely print, but when I need it, I NEED IT NOW. I have had mine for 7 years and I"m about to order my second replacement of cartridges. I never have to worry about the ink drying up or anything.
  • We don't print a lot. We could go months without needing to print anything, so the ink cartridges drying out of clogging was an issue. And new cartridges aren't cheap; getting them refilled is, but then they tend to dry out faster. After years of dealing with this, I bought a laser printer over two years ago. Colour laser at that. The starter toners that yield a couple hundred pages each or whatever it is lasted me all that time. I just replaced all the toner cartridges with third party ones for 1/3-1/4 of the price of HP ones, so I should be good for years. Unless you print photos, laser is the way to go.
  • I have both, ok, I have an ink jet and a LED printer. The inkjet is a Canon IP7250, it is a good little printer, great for photos. The LED printer is a Brother HL-3150CDW colour, again it prins well, not so good for photos as the resolution is not so highas the Inkjet, but oh so quick, it have printed out the first page while my inkjet is still sorting itself out.  
  • About three years ago I paid around $200 new for a Samsung color laser that also scans and makes copies. Had to replace toner once for about $100. Still cheaper than those inkjet cartridges which lasted about 10 pages at the rate I print stuff. And if it breaks, cheaper to buy a new one.
  • why not ban paper instead
  • The only reason not to buy a laser printer is if you print in color. If all you do is print black and white or greyscale images, go with laser. I noticed in the CONS of a laser that cleaning up a toner spill is listed. I have never had a toner spill in my life of over 30 years using a laser printer. In fact, only the very cheapest laser printers have a chance of a toner spill these days. You also neglect to mention that if you do not print often, your cartridges will dry up on an ink jet printer leaving you hanging out to dry when you actually find yourself wanting to print something. Then when you actually calculate the number of pages you really printed, you will see the real expense of a cheap ink jet printer. So not only are ink jets very expensive if you print a lot, they are even more expensive if you hardly print at all. Finally... most of the consumer level 'LASER' printers are not laser printers at all but LED printers. And the time for a modern consumer laser printer to become ready is not that much longer than it takes for an ink jet to go through it's initialization and prime it's ink cartridges.
  • I'm a laser printer user since 1993 and haven't regret this choice a minute! For those who print a lot or verry less (like me), a laser is the best choice 🙂
  • My color inkjet printer says I need ink again so I bought all the colors and it still doesn't work. Probably clogged inkjet heads. So much fuss.
    My 10 year old B&W laser printer has never failed to print. Fast with sharp black blacks.
    I'll never buy another inkjet printer.
  • Buy a multifunction centre laser, and don't look back for years to come
  • I just had to replace my old HP Photosmart 5250 inkjet which I think I had for over 10 years. I replaced it with the HP Officejet Pro 6978 inkjet and we're pretty pleased. It's nice to finally have wireless printing. Works great with my Lumia 950.
  • This article pisses me off for its inaccuracies. Please do legitimate research on costs and speeds and ink types. You've got some of the technologies behind how a printer works down, but I beg to differ on the rest
  • Laser, no contest.
  • Some years ago, I had an expensive, pro HP inkjet printer in my office. Fine, but...
    * the "pipes" got clogged when I left the printer for a couple of weeks of vacation... didn't work when I got back. I *think* that this problem has been fixed, but is the fix perfect? I also had a relatively expensive color laser printer in my office at another time. Fine, but...
    * the printer soon started to make my skin itch. I had a feeling it was due to the static field set up by the printer to eject the toner onto the paper. Anyway, it became so uncomfortable that I had to remove the printer from office after a while.
  • I use both. As a writer, a laser does the heavy lifting on that material. I do have an ink jet for when photos or colour are necessary. 
  • Recently switched to laser, done with inkjets, the main reason, i dont print often enough to kept the printer heads from clogging up. Even thought about scheduling a job that would print a color page once a week, a waste. But the amount of times running clean printer heads probably waste just as much if not more ink.
  • Been in this game for a while. The ONLY real problems I have had with Ink Jet is they dry up if you dont use them all the time.  At home, I print sometimes 40-50 pages a week, then others 1-2. It's random. So, when I really need them, they are dried up or clogged up. Then there is a the cost. So I dont print for 3 weeks, carts dried up and it's $60+ to get new carts ($30-40 each black /color, or about $20 for each color). What I did a few years ago (did this twice), picked up a used corportate printer that is off lease with like 30K prints on it. Paid $60 for the printer (including shipping), replaced a remanfactured toner for $19.99. It's been 5 years now with unlimited printing that works 100%.... even networkable so you can print from anywhere in the house...(It's a HP 4050N that I have). Eyeing a HP color lazer, same advanage for home use, replace toners and almost print forever at home. Used HIGHER end laser is the best bang for the buck, hands down. I've done this 2 times now, first one I had for 8 years before it got too old (still worked when I sold it for MORE than I paid for it)
  • I would never go back to using Ink Jet printers, my Samsung Mono Laser printer does the job perfectly, although the toner cartridge is pricey at £50 but it can do 1500 A4 sheets.
  • $100.00 Brother Laser printers beat anything out there. Most people don't do color that often, so it's better and cheaper to buy laser printers. Toner cartridges last indefinitely and don't clog like inkjet cartridges. It's a no brainer.
  • And InkJet printers are constantly getting clogs, requiring running through a cleaning cycle. If you're in a hurry, Murhpy's Law will ensure you need to clean when you have the least time. Unless you need to print 11x17 color or on special materials, I think it's amazing that anyone buys inkjet printers. Even the good ones are junk as far as I'm concerned. Invest in a laser printer and save money over time, buy toner w/o fear of it drying out on you like ink, only change toner infrequently compared with ink, print faster, print much higher quality (even 600dpi laser is sharper than 2400dpi ink), and have a printer that works when you need it.