If you’re in the market for a new printer, you’re likely wondering whether you should select an inkjet or laser device. The short answer? It depends…

Choosing between inkjet and laser comes down to knowing what you’re primarily printing and the following attributes:

  • Paper type and size: Most printers support a range of paper types and sizes, but knowing which you’ll be printing most often can narrow your choices down to the optimal device
  • Number of pages printed per month: Both inkjet and laser printers can offer high-yield cartridge options, but selecting your device will depend on your monthly print volume as well as the type of print jobs you need completed
  • Print quality: Though both produce crisp text and imagery, inkjet and laser may differ slightly depending on what you print and what type of paper you print it on
  • Print speed: To the naked eye, there are minimal differences between inkjet and laser in terms of print speed, but every second counts when it comes to business productivity

These attributes outlined above may help you determine the right device for your needs, but it’s also helpful to consider the situations where they might come into play. Here, we’ll highlight some of the key scenarios from enquiries we receive at Brother and what we would recommend in each context.

Scenario 1: “I need A3 print and scan at home”

Solution: Inkjet

Here’s an easy one. A3 inkjet printers are much more affordable and are much smaller than A3 copiers. Some models are small enough that you can easily fit it on your desk — an especially valuable benefit for home offices with limited work space. Brother’s A3 Multi-Function Centres (MFCs), for example, feature both print and scan capability, making them the most affordable A3 scanning solution on the market.

A3 inkjets also hold large amounts of paper in their tray. In our experience, this scenario is best served by a two or three-tray model rather than a single tray. Users often realise later on that they’re frequently changing between A3 and A4 paper in their single tray, and opt to switch to a multiple-tray model instead. This allows you to easily pop A3 paper in one tray and A4 paper in the other and print either one when you need to.

Scenario 2: “I need fast colour printing on A4 paper for work documents”

Solution: Colour laser

You may find yourself in a situation where you need to complete high-quality, colourful print jobs under a time crunch. If that’s the case, we recommend you use a colour laser printer, such as Brother’s MFC-L3770CDW.

Although inkjet technology has significantly improved and its print speed is comparable with laser, colour documents are best printed on a colour laser printer for optimal print quality. This is primarily because a colour laser printer will allow you maintain the same print speed regardless of the amount of content that’s on the page. In other words, you can provide consistent, reliable printing even when you’re producing documents with many graphs and images.

Inkjet printers allow you to print on a variety of paper types and sizes.Inkjet printers allow you to print on a variety of paper types and sizes.

Scenario 3: “I need to print many paper types, sizes and photos”

Solution: Inkjet

If you intend on printing various types and sizes of paper you’ll need a device with the flexibility to handle the job. Generally, inkjet printers give you more wiggle room when you’re printing on a variety of paper types.

Inkjets allow you to print on paper ranging from A5 to A3, in addition to thicker types, such as photo paper (putting photo paper through a laser printer is a huge no-no and can cause damage to your laser machine). Brother inkjet products, such as the some models in the INKvestment range, also allow you to print two-sided (duplex) in various sizes, and supports many types of paper including plain, coated, glossy or recycled paper.

Scenario 4: “I don’t need colour, but I do need a device that can handle a large number of documents”

Solution: Monochrome laser

If you’re looking for an office printer to share amongst your team, that means you’ll likely be printing a high volume of pages. In that case, you need a printer with high-yield cartridges and the capacity to support bulk print jobs every month.

And if you don’t need to print in colour, your best bet is a monochrome laser printer. This type of device is perfect for large workgroups who need to pump out thousands of pages on a monthly basis. With standard, high-yield and super high-yield toner cartridges, monochrome laser printers are the fastest, most efficient and cost-effective solution for high-volume printing.

Scenario 5: “I just need a printer that will work when I need it”

Solution: Monochrome laser

On the other hand, you may not print thousands of pages every month. You may not print very often at all, but you still need a device that will print reliably when you need it most.

Although both inkjet and laser printers are reliable, whether in colour or monochrome, monochrome laser devices are definitely compact enough to sit on your desk and be used at your convenience.

Brother’s HL-L2750DW, for example, features optional high-yield toner cartridges that can print up to 3,000 pages without replacement. You won’t need to worry that ink has run dry or if toners need replenishment when it comes time to print an important document – it just works when you need it.

Monochrome laser printers can be equipped with high-yield toners that won't need frequent replacement.Monochrome laser printers can be equipped with high-yield toners that won’t need frequent replacement.

Deciding on your print solution

No matter your scenario or specific printing requirements, you deserve an appropriate solution. At Brother, our diverse range of printers and Multi-Function Centres offer robust capabilities and advantages for any type of print application.

Still undecided on your solution? Contact our team today to learn more about the ideal inkjet or laser printer for your specific needs.

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