Inkjet Or Toner-Based Printers – What Are The Differences?

Recently, more and more companies turn to inkjet printing production over existing toner based devices. There are many pros and cons for each option, so it would be best to examine them carefully before deciding on one option, or shifting to it from an existing option.

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Inkjet printing technology mainly suits companies that print books, documents or direct mail. If those companies used toner-based machines, and shifted to inkjet printers, they could save a lot on machinery, since one inkjet printer can replace 3 or even 4 toner printers.

A possible issue though, when using less equipment, is the lack of backup equipment. When you have two or three toner printers, and one is suddenly malfunctioning, you have a backup of the other printers, so you can still run prints. If you’ve replaced those toner printers with one inkjet printer, you won’t have any backup since you rely more heavily on that one printer.

A major factor when comparing toner and inkjet printers is the costs. While one high quality toner printer can cost a few thousands, an inkjet printer could cost as much as 4 times more (about 50,000$ and higher). Plus, the total costs of shifting to an inkjet printer may also include new finishing options, which can also increase the cost of investment.

If you print large amounts of pages on a daily basis, inkjet is the better choice, since the price per page can be half the cost than a toner based printer.

There’s no doubt that this is a complicated decision, one that needs to be based on existing page volumes, predicted volumes, and total costs of each solution.