Until the 1960s, people used dot-matrix printers for printing sheets of paper and before them, old-style typewriters were a norm. While the typewriters offered better print quality, the dot-matrix had the ability to print at a faster speed. Thus, choosing one option meant forgoing the characteristics of the other. This resulted in a rising need of such devices which could offer the defining characteristics of both these devices combined; the print quality of a typewriter and print speed of dot-matrix printers. Therefore, in the late 1960s, Laser printers were invented.
Laser printers are of many types. The most commonly used laser printers include A3 laser printers, HP Office Jet printers and color printers. Though there are many benefits of using a laser printer instead of any other type, there are some downsides to it too. The pros and cons of using laser printers have been discussed below.
Pros of Using Laser Printers
Laser printers offer better printout quality than inkjet and dot matrix printers. In fact, laser printers offer high-quality printouts which rarely any other printer type can produce.
Speed of Printing:
Laser printers print pages at a very fast speed which makes them really useful for commercial uses. A black and white laser printer can print approximately 200 pages per minute (PPM) whereas a color laser printer can print 100 pages per minute (PPM).
Increases Work Place Productivity:
Since laser printers have a fast printing speed, they increase productivity at workplace by reducing the time taken to print official reports and documents.
Laser printers have a greater paper input capacity than inkjet and dot matrix.
Cost Per Page:
Although laser printers are generally more expensive than other types, they prove their cost efficiency over the course of time. In the long term, laser printers prove themselves to be a very cost-efficient solution as compared to dot matrix or inkjet. The cost per page printed is relatively low thus making them a cheap yet highly useful printer.
As the title reads, laser printers do not make any noise at all while printing as compared to dot matrix printers which make huge screech like sounds while printing.
Expandable Printer Parts:
Laser printers come with easily adjustable parts such as trays, etc. to adjust the papers and their dimensions.
Cons of Using Laser Printers
The leading downside of laser printers to date is the cost associated with their purchase. Laser printers are by far the most expensive printers of all types especially when it comes down to buying a colored laser printer.
Refilling a laser printer toner becomes quite a hassle because of its availability plus the price. Refilling a toner costs twice as much as replenishing inkjet cartridges.
Damage and Repair:
Laser printers have very delicate systems inside them. In case a laser printer needs a part replaced or repaired such a drum, this again becomes a load on the pocket since all the parts of a laser printer are expensive, to begin with. Alternatively, these parts if not repairable at all might lead to either getting the whole unit replaced or being thrown in the junk, then again, causing a huge monetary loss.
Size of the Printer:
Laserjet printers are larger in size as compared to inkjets which makes their storage questionable, especially in home settings. This serves as one of the disadvantages associated with purchasing high priced laser printers.
Laser printers cannot be used continuously. They need to be used in intervals since they warm up quickly. Otherwise, they might end up getting damaged due to increased temperature. On the other hand, dot matrix printers could be used nonstop.
Not so Environment-Friendly:
Since laser printers use high voltage to function, they do release small amounts of carbon emissions. This makes them a not so environment-friendly printer.
It has been already mentioned that laser printers are not environment friendly. This characteristic leads to another downside associated with their use: the safety and health hazards caused by them. The most common safety hazards which can be caused by laser printers include fire breaking out due to the printing technology used in the printers which cause them to heat up unusually. Secondly, the carbon emissions from these printers can cause respiratory problems in those sitting near or close to these printers. Thus making laser printers a not so good choice in terms of health and safety concerns too.
Dealing with Complex Content:
The last cons of using a laser printer on this list is that laser printers are not very good at handling complex images and photos. For printing those kinds of graphics, it is best to use inkjet printers since they can handle all kinds of images with precision.
Given their nature and size, laser printers are the best option for official use. Even though home users can buy them if they want too but the truth is home users rarely have bulk printing needs. They can fulfill their needs with other types of home printers instead of investing in such a hefty device which is also delicate to handle and may malfunction if not stored properly. Office users, on the other hand, can completely reap the benefits of using laser printers to save time, energy and generate good quality prints.
Additionally, the health and safety concerns raised by the use of these printers is another reason home users must avoid using them as their printing choice. These printers can not only cause respiratory problems in children and adults alike but can also catch fire, which is quite unsafe.
Although the challenges remain the same for office users also office users can still get away with at least fire hazards by keeping the printer in a more airy or air-conditioned place. However, home users can not afford to install air conditioners just to keep their printer cooled at all times and prevent fire hazards, thus, proving that laser printers work better in official settings.