THISWEEK ON GADGETS Printer: Inkjet or LaserJet

Many times we often ask Inkjet or LaserJet Printer which is better for me. When we want to get a new printer or make a switch or an upgrade. What you finally decide on could either save you cost or increase it. Gone are the days when color LaserJet printers are only for the elite or professional graphics designers, colour laser printers are affordable and cost effective depending on your need and what you want to achieve.Inkjets are not the preferred choice for non-professional print solutions. After all, a multifunction inkjet will cost you the same price as a laser printer, but the cost of printing per page will be three times more expensive!Laser models print two to three times faster than inkjets. They do so quietly and the ink doesn’t bleed or run as the prints come out dry. When the cartridges are empty, an inkjet stops printing, but a laser can be tricked into finishing a job if you shake the toner vigorously!What’s more, even if an inkjet and a laser carry the same price tag, the laser will be a cheaper option in the long run. An inkjet is supplied with cartridges that can print anything from 50 to 500 pages, whereas the laser’s toner can churn out 1,000 pages straight away, and some will even last for 3,000 or 4,000 pages.However, comparing the two technologies isn’t that simple. On the one hand, an all-in-one colour inkjet can print, scan, copy and sometimes even fax, some new models of LaserJet can do the same also. Things are changing though. New features have been added onto laser printers. Network connectivity with Ethernet and wireless is now available on some models, and one of them even features colour printing at the same price as black and white.

Note:Text will always print to perfection. Nowadays, it would be hard to find a laser printer that didn’t fare well with office documents. However, more often than not, the prints are darker than what you would expect, which may sometimes make black & white documents less legible.

For photos, it’s a whole different story. Inkjets remain a better choice for your long-lasting memories. Of course, you can print out pictures with a laser printer and they will probably look just about OK, but printing pictures on a an inkjet printer comes out with better print quality

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Facts About Recycling Toner Cartridges

Written By Maria Tussing, eHow Contributor.


Toner cartridges can make up a large part of an office supply budget, and contribute significantly to office waste. Recycling toner cartridges and using recycled toner cartridges can address both of these issues. Many states, have guidelines in place regarding the disposal and purchase of toner cartridges. Some, including California, require that a certain percentage of toner cartridges meet standards for recycled content.

  1. Components

    • Toner cartridges weigh about three pounds and are made up of 40 percent plastic, 40 percent metal and 20 percent foam, paper, rubber and toner. Cartridges aren’t recycled like many other products, which are melted or otherwise changed to create new products. Toner cartridges are reconditioned and refilled. Up to 97 percent of the components of a toner cartridge can be recycled.


    • When the recycling of toner cartridges began, companies used a “drill and fill” method. This involved drilling a hole in the cartridge and refilling it, without regard for the condition of the cartridge. This led to ink leaks and damage to printers, earning recycled cartridges a bad reputation.

    Quality Control

    • Recycled toner cartridges are now generally as high-quality as new toner cartridges. When the cartridges are recycled, they are disassembled and inspected, and any worn or damaged parts are replaced. All parts are thoroughly cleaned and the cartridge is filled with new toner before it is sealed and packaged for resale. Before buying a recycled printer cartridge, make sure it is produced by a reputable company and meets the specifications for remanufactured cartridges.

      Some printer makers recommend not using recycled cartridges in their machines. Some of these manufacturers void the warranty on the printer or copier for damage caused by any cartridges other than the new ones recommended by the manufacturer.


    • Recycled toner cartridges run 30 to 50 percent less expensive than new cartridges. This cost reduction comes from not having to buy and work with the raw materials for the cartridge. The cost savings are passed on to the consumer. This has added up to huge savings for large companies and state governments that have switched to recycled cartridges.


    • Every year, millions of toner cartridges are dumped into landfills or incinerated. Since they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, according to Green California, these cartridges can add up to a huge burden for landfills. Most cartridges can be reused up to four times, so recycling even one cartridge may save four cartridges from ending up in a landfill. The environmental impact is not limited to the landfills. It takes about three quarts of oil to make one toner cartridge, so by reusing the cartridges, consumers reduce oil consumption too.

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