If your primary need is to print black and white text with occasional images (perhaps in colour) a laser/LED printer is undoubtedly the best choice. Designed to work with toner cartridges, they are ideal for businesses or schools with high volume printing requirements.
Specifically formulated for laser printers and copiers, powdered toner cartridges come in cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) formats – and are either sold individually, or as cost-effective multipacks.
Fused to the paper during the actual printing process, modern toner is now frequently offered in “shake-free” containers, with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) claiming that their improved formulations reduce internal wear on long-life components, while offering superior print quality.
Toner cartridges are offered in various yields, which adhere to industry standards for page coverage, test conditions and printer settings. Generally speaking, the higher the declared yield, the more pages the customer is able to print (in reality, they should only be treated as a guide to purchasing supplies i.e. lower yields are sufficient for smaller workgroups; higher yield toners are the best option for large workgroups and businesses that print frequently). Other factors that affect page yields are:
When buying a laser printer, the cost of toner should be taken into account up-front, as this will greatly add to the overall lifetime cost of running a single machine, or a workgroup of laser printers. Buying dual or multipack toners can also save money where laser printers are used in workgroup environments.
Some manufacturers also offer toner options that help minimize the environmental impacts of printing with eco-minded consumables and recycling options (including schemes where discounted toner is supplied in place of regular cartridges - on agreement that a customer will use the cartridge only once and return it to the OEM for recycling).
Deciding on inkjet vs. laser comes down to the type of media you wish to print and the frequency / quantity of jobs. Small, image-heavy workloads, like family photos and school projects, are better suited to lightweight and low-cost inkjet printing. But if you handle large volumes of text-based documents in your business or home office, a laser printer is a more economical choice in the long run.
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Ink cartridges are the most preferrable choice for photographs and image-intensive documents as it allows printing on a variety of paper types.
Inkjet printers have no warm-up time and ink cartridges once used can be reused and refilled.
They need frequent cleaning; brand-new cartridges can be pricey.
Documents printed with ink cartridges are susceptible to water damage as ink can bleed and smear.
Toner cartridges allow you to print documents much faster; cartridges last much longer; prints higher-quality text and images.
Upfront costs are higher; warm-up time delays printing.
Since toner is not a liquid, it does not experience the "bleeding" that ink can if the paper gets wet after printing.
When selecting your next toner cartridge, it's important to understand the different terminology used by manufacturers in order to make an informed choice:
Genuine, original toner cartridges are made by the same company that has manufactured your printer. The benefit of buying OEM supplies are peace of mind in maintaining reliability, toner quality and yields, also ensuring that the longevity of your printer in avoiding unbranded toner cartridges.
Compatible means that the cartridge will work with a specified printer even though it is not made by an OEM. Under certain circumstances, manufacturers of generic supplies are allowed to produce compatible cartridges.
The term "Recycled" indicates that the cartridge is not a brand new unit, but has been produced by re-using certain parts and materials from previously produced products.
These types of cartridges are produced from existing printer cartridges that have been reused and/or repaired. All cartridges as part of the quality control process are examined, cleaned and tested to ensure only the best cartridges are released into the final production phase.
At Misco we stock affordably priced toner cartridges from leading brands including Brother, Canon, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Xerox, Oki, Ricoh and Konica Minolta, as well as other printing supplies including paper, drums, maintenance kits and fusers.
Alternatively, to narrow down your search, just use our handy Ink & Toner Finder
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