Laser printers are known for their speed and accuracy, but did you know that they are also very cost-effective? They can print out about 12 to 18 pages per minute and up to 1,000 black and white prints on one toner cartridge, which will usually run between $and $100. Therefore, the overall cost per print comes out to be only 2 to 4 cents per piece. The initial cost for a black and white laser printer starts at $150, while a color laser can go from $400 up. If you're going to print over 6,000 to 8,000 pages a year, a color laser printer is worth your while.
A laser printer projects your desired image or document onto an electrically charged rotating drum, then through electrostatic energy, the ink you've inserted in your printer is picked up by the drum's charged areas and printed onto the paper. Direct contact and heat fuses the ink to the paper. Because the content you wish to print is transmitted through a project, or laser, it's important to not disrupt the printing process. If this does happen, in the least tragic of cases, your printing might turn out smudged or sideways, but you might actually damage your printer's laser.
Laser printers print faster and more quietly than their inkjet and dot-matrix counterparts. It stores up the data it intends to print out in its memory; because memory is limited, laser printers are generally not capable of printing on large-sized paper. You'll want to stick to printing only letter-sized documents.
Monochrome Laser Printers
Monochrome laser printers are excellent at reproducing text and black and white images. They are ideal for use in an office or small business where documents do not often require colored image printing. This sort of printing will give you a high resolution ranging from 600x600 to 1200x1200, depending on your printer's model. Printing with a monochrome laser printer is faster than with a color laser printer.
Color Laser Printers
Color laser printers are newer to the market and are still recognized as being very fast. However, color printing is usually not as crisp, precise, and clean as black and white because the technology behind the printing is more complicated than for monochrome laser printers. For high-quality colored printing, it is generally recognized that inkjets are the better option. Nonetheless, color laser printers still print faster than inkjets would, so they're great for color brochures, newsletters, leaflets, and so on. They only use four colored toners--in cyan, magenta, yellow, black--so you won't have to purchase refills quite as often.