Laser vs. Inkjet: the Developments in Print Technology

printIn recent years we’ve seen some incredible developments in the technology industry, with bulky PCs giving way to laptops and now tablets; huge brick-like mobile phones passing the reigns on to smartphones and dial-up Internet connections replaced by 3 – and increasingly 4G – wireless Internet.

While these might be the developments that take the world by storm, selling millions of units each day around the world and leaving fully-stocked stores empty in minutes; you can’t overlook some of the other outstanding developments of recent times in what might be considered as the “less glamorous” sectors of the tech market.

The print industry is one seen by many as dying out. Everything seems to be moving to digital – the newspaper and magazine industries are fine examples of this – and as such there is much less need for mass printing than there used to be. Back when it was popular, in its hey day if you like, printing was done on what is now seen to be the first “major” kind of printer, known as the inkjet. This used the traditional ink cartridges that are used in the majority of home printers, with one providing coloured ink and one black.

They were the perfect kind for use in the home, mainly because they were perfect for dealing with relatively small tasks – like printing homework or recipes off the Internet – but had their flaws in the fact that the ink was quite expensive and they were often unreliable and still poor in quality, meaning you could never print an important presentation you’d done for work off the inkjet printer, you’d need something more suited to giving your presentation the, well, presentation, it needs to have an impact.

This is where the development in print technology kicks in, with the laser. In recent years the people and businesses have been printing for less, with the price dropping rapidly, from above the £1,000 mark to a much more reasonable £150-£200, with the price increasing according to the specification. You tend to find laser printers in offices where they’re faced with heavy-duty tasks that they can churn out quickly, easily and professionally with a much higher standard of final print. This makes them the perfect solution for those still printing newspapers and magazines, or marketing firms producing posters and leaflets, or general office print tasks.