Imagine this. You’re just starting out in business for yourself as a flower courier. You’ve got your office and warehouse keys in one hand and your laptop in the other. When you open the door to your shiny new rented office, you see endless possibilities. You set your computer up and get to work. Soon enough orders start coming in, and you need to print out some delivery notes. But it’s only then that you realise you don’t actually have a printer. Maybe you thought one would come with the office, maybe you simply forgot. It happens. In a panic, you ask the receptionist of the building for help. She says you can use theirs this time, but you need to get one of your own and pronto. So, you go online and start looking into printers. But soon you are faced with a conundrum – do you go for an inkjet or a laser printer?
Inkjet Vs Laser Printers
It’s an endless debate – which is better, inkjet or laser printers? Each side has their favourite and their very valid reasons for it, but leave them alone in a room together and you’ll come back to an ink filled massacre. So let’s settle this once and for all. First, let’s start with laser printers. They are:
- Perfect for printing text. Laser printers use lasers (funnily enough) to generate an image on a drum, which is then transferred onto the paper perfectly.
- Laser printers can print at astonishingly high speeds, which is the reason most businesses use them.
- Able to handle high volumes. Toner cartridges are larger and the drums run quickly, so laser printers can handle high volumes of printing without failing.
Which all sounds very good. But with an inkjet printer, you get:
- Better photo quality. Because inkjet printers literally squirt ink onto the paper, they can blend colours better and produce high quality photos.
- Ability to print on different medias. If you need to be able to print onto heat transfer paper, DVD’s or fabric, inkjet is perfect.
However, inkjet printers have one big drawback. So big in fact, that we don’t recommend any business user buy them. And that drawback is their cost.
The Average Cost Of An Inkjet Printer
Now I know what you’re thinking, when you buy the actual machine, a laser printer comes out as more expensive than an inkjet, which is absolutely true. But when you compare that to the ongoing cost of using it, you’d be surprised how expensive an inkjet printer can be. Let us break it down for you.
The average ink cartridge in an inkjet printer can print 250 pages at 5% (in reality this is more like 200 pages at 10%). CMYK ink cartridges cost £40 per set (at £13 each). So to print 50,000 pages from an inkjet printer, it will cost you £10,000 + VAT. That might sound like a lot of pages, but the average office worker prints 10,000 sheets of paper a year, so with a couple of staff, you could easily be paying this and more. For that amount of money, you are getting a small printer only capable of printing on A4, that can only hold around 100 sheets of paper and can only print around 15 copies per minute.
Shrinking The Money Pit
Of course, laser printers have their drawbacks too. For a busy office, it’s often difficult to figure out exactly what you need, and what your needs will be in the future. After all, the last thing you want is to buy an expensive printer, only to need an upgrade a year later. At Archway, we focus on helping our clients shrink that printing money pit and instead make sure they buy the right printing solution from the get go. We couple that with complete service coverage packs and unmatched customer service, so our customers always get the most out of their printers. In fact, our average customer only spends £3700 + VAT per year on printing – less if they only print in black and white. On top of that, they get a machine that can handle A4, A3 and A5 while doubling as a scanner. They come with a minimum of 2 cassettes and hold at least 1000 sheets of paper, supporting an office of up to 15 people. They are able to print 25-35 copies per minute, scan 60 pages a minute and even come with a stapler attached to make filing a breeze. Want to find out how? Get in touch with the team at Archway and we will let you in on the secret.