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What is the Difference Between Ink and Toner Cartridges?

Posted on December 10 2015

What is the Difference Between Ink and Toner Cartridges?

The choice of what kind of printer to use in your home or business is not as easy as you may think. There are many different kinds of printers to choose from. Some printers are more appropriate for certain tasks. It is important to make the right choice when it comes to the type of printer that you are going to use. One of the things that you will soon discover is there are printers that use ink cartridges and printers that use toner cartridges. If you do not know the difference between these two types, it is not easy to make the best choice. It is important that you know the difference between ink and toner cartridges when making your decision.

Ink Cartridges

Ink cartridges print by having ink forced through small holes in the cartridge. There can be several ink wells in the cartridge that have different color ink. When the different colors of ink are combined, they can create a wide variety of colors on the printed page.

The advantages of ink cartridges include the cost of a printed page is only between 5 and 10 cents per page. The cost of the inkjet printers that use these cartridges is also usually lower. Ink cartridges are not very big and are easy for anyone to replace. They print out a reasonable amount of pages with a good quality image before they have to be replaced.

Toner Cartridges

Compatible Toner Cartridges Image

Toner cartridges use a powder substance that is applied to the paper that is being printed. The powder is burned into the paper by a laser. The toner sticks to the paper thanks to the static electricity that is generated by the laser process.

Toner cartridges can print very detailed images. They also can print much faster than the inkjet printers. A toner cartridge will last a long time before it has to be replaced. Toner cartridges do not always print color images. They are also very expensive. Laser printers are more expensive than the inkjet printers.

Deciding which type of cartridge is right for you is a matter of personal choice. If you do a lot of printing it may make more sense to use a toner cartridge, but that is not always true. The initial cost of an inkjet printer may make them more appealing and may make them the right choice. You have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both to decide which the right type of printer cartridge is for you.