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Photo Printing: How Cost Effective Are Laser Printers?

How Cost Effective Are Laser Printers?

When it comes to printing in color, no other printer technology can beat a color laser printer, particularly when cost is of primary consideration.

It is a proven fact that color laser printers are really cost effective compared to its competitor, the inkjet printer. The only drawback probably would be the initial cost of the device which are way beyond the budget of most regular users. The replacement consumables (toner) can also add up to the overall cost derivative, as it is also very restrictive. However, considering that a toner replacement cartridge can print thousands of pages, makes color laser printers cost effective in the long run.

Comparing with the TCO (total cost of ownership) of an inkjet printer, the cost would really be staggering. Even if the initial purchase cost of an inkjet printer is low, the cost to maintain is expensive. This is manifested by the price of replacement ink cartridges that are even dearer compared to the upfront cost of the inkjet printers. Today inkjet printers can be had for less than $50, while the complete package of replacement ink is way beyond. And as added burden to users, inkjet cartridges can only print a few hundred pages, some even less.

Aside from the disparity in TCO, color laser printers can print fast, some can go at more than a hundred pages per minute (PPM). This is a distinct advantage, because inkjet printers can only manage a little over 10 PPM. Although, recently released inkjet printers can manage at less than 100 PPM, the cost of the device is high and even higher than a high end color laser printer. All the positive features point to laser printers as the better alternative.

Even in photo printing, color laser printers are way ahead of the nearest competitor in cost.

It is especially true if the user is not a dead ringer for quality, otherwise an inkjet printer should be used, Inkjet printers are highly regarded to deliver the most stunning printouts, simply because ink droplets are found better than toner particles in detailing a color landscape. Thus, inkjets are preferred by users who put premium on print quality rather than cost.

Remember, color laser printers are really cost effective not only in delivering regular color documents and graphics but photo printing as well.     

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16 Comments

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    hilary
    September 18, 2019 at 7:44 am

    I am a student and I only print 10 to 15 pages per month. As a consumer my priority of a printer that is long lasting also I want to make sure it looks clear and the quality colors are accurate while its cost effective.

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    Ann
    October 14, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Inkjet printers are usually cheaper upfront, but more costly to operate. If you don’t print much, it can be the more affordable option.

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    Leonard
    November 1, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Nowadays laser printers are more affordable and flexible than ever before. This means they make great printers for home use as well as being used in offices.

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    Jason
    December 6, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Stay away from cheap inkjet printers with inefficient toner cartridges–they will eventually cost you a fortune.

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    Wilson
    December 24, 2019 at 7:53 am

    The HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dw is a good pick for small-office workhorse color laser printers especially photos, with high speed, Ethernet and Wi-Fi capability, and support for mobile printing.

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    kyntel
    December 25, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    yes, that’s true it could be cost effective but if it focused on using many types of paper including glossy photo paper, textured stationery etc. i think this could not served a great service on your ideal printer.

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    Andre
    December 30, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    printing photos and color documents using color laser wont be more competitive than using inkjet, as a user i prefer the one that can print last longer.

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    ZAINA
    January 12, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I didn’t print much and I’m satisfied with the output of my laser printer. Color laser printers are really cost effective not only in delivering regular color documents and graphics but photo printing as well.

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    ARNOLD
    January 15, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Truly it is cheaper than the inkjet printer. Suitable for my small business.

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    VALERIE
    January 20, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Nope. I think all printers can be cost effective if we use it rightly. By the way, thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    JUDE THADDEUS
    January 30, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I just bought mine this past few days, it proves the statement “Color laser printers are really cost effective not only in delivering regular color documents and graphics but photo printing as well.”

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    JOHN BRYAN
    February 3, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    “Even in photo printing, color laser printers are way ahead of the nearest competitor in cost.” What is the nearest competitor printer model?”I’ll wait for your reply. Keep sharing and thanks for this!

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    JHEBER LEE
    February 6, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Well, I still choose an inkjet printer. Thanks for sharing by the way.

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    GELIE SCOTFIELD
    February 17, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Somehow it is but I preferred inkjet printer for photo printing. For me, using an inkjet printer for photo printing have a better output than using a laser printer.

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    ERICA JANE
    February 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Yes, I agree with you. It is an affordable and reliable printer compared to my old inkjet printer. For those who are curious, buy your laser printer now and prove me right!

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    HONEY JANE
    February 25, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Buying a laser printer is expensive than an inkjet printer, the cost to maintain varies. A toner replacement cartridge can print thousands of pages, makes color laser printers cost-effective in the long run.

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