What would you Choose? Toner Cartridges or Ink Cartridges- Find out Here

Changing or refilling printer cartridges is a job that we always try to procrastinate. It is only at the last moment, when the printer starts spewing out papers with considerable missing lines and parts which looks totally washed off, we consider the seriousness of the matter. But before you “change” your cartridge you need to know what type of cartridge are you using for your printer.

Basically, there are two types of cartridges: Ink Cartridges and Toner Cartridges. Printers using both of these kinds of cartridges can be used for personal as well as commercial purposes. It is important for every consumer using a printer, to know the type of printer he or she is using and the kind of cartridge it is compatible with.

Toner Cartridges or Ink Cartridges

Here in this blog we will first talk about toner cartridges:-

Toner cartridges are required for laser printers. There are cylinders that are filled with toners, in the form of very fine powder, made of polyester and other organic compounds.

There are several advantages of using toner cartridges. Let’s go through them first-

1: Longevity

Laser printer produces a higher volume of printed material at a given amount of time than any inkjet printer. Thus, in inference the toner cartridges last longer than the ink cartridges.

2: Faster

Tone based cartridges can operate at a much higher speed than any inkjet cartridge. This speed is possible mainly for the precision of laser than that of a spray of ink. Both of the pigment have to travel across the material and etch or apply a pattern, but for very obvious reasons the precision and speed of a laser is much more effective.

3: Better

Again, as mentioned in the point above the precision of the laser is much higher than that of a spray of ink. Thus the pattern etched by a laser printer, is highly defined and of a far better quality than the outcome of an inkjet printer of similar quality.

Everything cannot be good about a particular product, it has to have its share of cons. The main disadvantages of laser printers are:

1: Expensive and Huge

In general a laser printer is larger in size and expensive than inkjet printers of equal quality. Consumers generally overlook the cost factor for the higher quality of prints that are yielded and longevity of a laser printer. But if the printer is to be set in a small space, the size of a laser printer often becomes an issue against it.

2: Complexicity in refilling and costly

Since refilling toner cartridges require dealing with microscopic powder to be inserted precisely in the cylinder of the cartridges, it becomes quite a mess and a complicated process. The cost of toners is also higher than that of ink.

Having dealt with the pros and cons now we can come open to the final battle. What to chose? Laser Printers or Inkjet Printers? Considering the fact that, both refills for ink cartridges and toner cartridges are available in Vancouver, it is for you to decide on one, considering :

The Running Cost vs The Initial Cost:

The toner cartridges are costlier than ink cartridges, but on the long run, toner cartridges out live ink cartridges considerably.

Speed and Quality of Print:

Considering the working speed, a laser printer with toner cartridge wins hands down and so does its printing quality. But when it comes to printing images, the DPI ratings of the inkjet printers make them the winner all the way.

Susceptibility to smudging:

The ink cartridges are much more stable than toner cartridges. By this I mean that printouts made by inkjet printers are much less susceptible to smudging, than the printouts of the laser printers. The cause behind this is, toner cartridge prints take longer to dry than ink cartridge prints.

Confused again? It is not rocket science. Just consider your budget, and your printing needs and volume.

After all, what comes out matters most, doesn’t it?

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  • Johnson Smith
    We have been purchasing toner cartridges from Payless Cartridge for a number of years. I have always been impressed with their fast response time and high quality products. And in the event of a printer breakdown, Payless Cartridge's technician will come to my office in no time to repair my machine.
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