Would you believe that a high percentage IT users are unsure what type of printer they have. An Inkjet printer or laser toner printer? A toner cartridge or ink cartridge? That is the question, but both technologies could not be more different. Laser printing does sound technical but the format applied is quite simple. The laser beam formed by static electricity composes the print image to the pattern required. The printer then coats the drum with toner. Many of you may be familiar with toner, it is a powder form that is stored inside the cartridge which is constantly replaced when empty.
The toner powder has replicated a pattern visual of the print image. The printer will then remove the excess powder and the paper has the required printer pattern be it in a powder form. The printer will heat the powder on the paper to seal the finish, removing any loose powder and providing a nice shine exterior surface.
A systematic procedure that ensures accuracy at speed. Hence, why laser printing is the preferred option for bulk printing. Printing high volumes of output in quick time. Generally, laser toner printing is used in industry, as the printing demands, are in a larger scale, whereas, home printing tends to be a smaller scale using ink cartridges.
The term toner cartridge is self-explanatory when we think about how toner cartridges are made up. The toner is made up of plastic and iron, a contrast to ink cartridges, which are, obviously ink. Ink will have a limited life span, but toner will last a lot longer as it will not dry up and become unusable.
Toner printing is approx 10% of the cost of inkjet printing. Although, toner cartridges and the laser printers are a lot more expensive to purchase, the cost per page is much better than ink cartridges. In fact, the consumables (another term for toner) in the cartridge can print thousand’s of pages even colour prints. Higher density cartridges can even go beyond thousands, so, the potential and scope is endless.
Print quality is superior with toner printing. The laser technology gives a professional edge, working in a higher resolution. It also looks nicer, often shining and glossy.
Despite the high volume of print and the supreme quality one may think that the laser printer maintenance costs demonstrate this. Contrary to this the printer support costs are minimal. Designed and build for speed and volume the printers can cope with the demands required.
To summarize, laser printers are very like photocopiers in the methods incorporated. The printing process was actually developed from photocopiers. Photocopiers use a beam of light to through the page to a light sensitive drum containing ink. This ink sticks to the paper as it is heated and applied with hot rollers. A laser printer works the same way only no paper is used initially to generate the content for printing. The laser printing gathers this from the information sent from PC.