Choosing Printers: Laser, Inkjet, or MFP?


Since printers are so important to everything you do in your business, it makes sense that choosing the perfect printer is just as critical--but with so many choices, how can you be sure you're doing what's best? It's easier than you might think to choose between laser printers, inkjet printers, and MFPs.

Decisions, Decisions

When it comes to printers, you have three main options: inkjet printers, laser printers, or multifunction printers, sometimes known as MFPs. Each printer has its strengths and weaknesses, but the key is not to focus on the printer itself--rather, you need to focus on how each machine would function in your existing workflow. To do that, it's helpful to have some background information.

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers are a popular option because they're inexpensive, easy to use, and require almost no maintenance compared to other machines. They're good for single-person, high-quality use--but if you have multiple people needing to print or if your print jobs have to be quick, this might not be the best option (especially since ink can be extremely expensive).

Laser Printers

Although inkjet printers have a low initial cost, the lifetime cost of laser printers is actually lower. They are faster than their inkjet cousins but sometimes sacrifice image quality, and they are still best when used by only one person as opposed to having an entire office rely on this one machine.


Multifunction printers combine print, fax, copy, and scan capabilities, and they do it all while cutting costs and without sacrificing image quality. They are a little more difficult to learn than inkjet or laser printers, but in the end, their numerous benefits are invaluable.

Now that you've done your homework, are you ready to choose between inkjet, laser, and MFP? Need a little help? Contact us today!