Ink-toner is a common name people use when referencing the cartridges inside their printers. Most people aren't particular about the technicalities of their ink toner.
Both put images on paper and that's all that matters. If you will be
purchasing a printer soon, it may be time to understand the differences
in order to make the best purchasing decision. Now would be a good
time to tell you how toner and ink differ.
To answer it simply, ink cartridges
contain actual ink similar to what you would find inside of a pen and
toner actually contains a powdery substance. But there is a little more
to it than that.
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Just like a typewriter, ink cartridge printers use pressure to leave an image on the paper. Ink cartridge printers are still popular today because ink is much cheaper than toner and the quality of the print is often better. Ink printers are usually smaller than toner printers, which is something to keep in mind if space is an issue for you. They are so small, ink cartridges can fit in your hand and the printer doesn't need to be much larger than a business sized envelop. Toner cartridges are several inches long and the printer that houses it is bigger as well.
Inside the toner printer, toner and polymer are combined and the image is actually burned into the paper. Printers that use toner cartridges, have a heating mechanism inside that heats up the particles in the toner; once the particles reach a certain temperature they melt and stick to the paper. Toner cartridges
contain different formulas that make up the toner resulting in
particles of various sizes. Particle size is what you most want to be
concerned with when it comes to quality. Images that are clear and
crisp are created with formulas using small particles.
Toner cartridge printers are the favorite among a large number of people. Toner printers print faster. Because toner is more stable it does not fade or smudge like ink. The longer, bigger toner cartridges
is capable of printing thousands and thousands of images unlike ink
cartridges that can only print a few hundred copies. Of course the
ability to make thousands of copies is reflected in the price of toner cartridges.
Before deciding which is the best, you have to consider the capacity in which the printer
will be used. There are pros and cons with each type of cartridge
. When making your decision, you want to evaluate exactly what you will be using the printer
for and how much space you have to house your printer
If you need a printer that is going to produce large quantities on a
consistent basis, then a toner based printer may fit your needs best.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a printer
for your home that will not be used often for high volume projects, an ink
based printer would make more economical sense for you.
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