MFP Tips: Ink vs. Toner

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It's important to choose an MFP that fits your needs--and one thing you can't afford to overlook is the difference between ink cartridges and toner cartridges. They're definitely not interchangeable. Today, we'll compare and contrast them so that you'll be able to decide which one fits your company perfectly!

Ink or Toner?

There are a lot of different MFPs on the market today--and some use toner while some use ink. The difference may not seem like a big deal, but in reality, each type is better for certain types of jobs and has its own unique weaknesses. That means it's up to you to do your research on ink and toner beforehand so that you know which type will be better for your needs.

Ink Cartridges

There are two basic types of ink cartridges: dye-based and pigment-based. Although dye-based inks are the most popular type thanks to their strong colors, they don't offer any protection against water damage, which means that your prints might smudge or smear. Pigment-based dyes, on the other hand, are less cost-effective, but they are crisper and dry faster than dyes. Overall, an MFP that uses ink cartridges would be best for you if you print in small volumes but still need high quality.

Toner Cartridges

Toner cartridges are filled with a dry "powder" that doesn't stain. They tend to be more reliable than ink cartridges, simply because you replace a piece called the "drum unit," which helps the toner stick to the paper, just by replacing the toner cartridge itself. Toner is better if you print high volumes--although if you need to print pictures, toner probably isn't the best choice.

Now that you know the difference between ink and toner, it's time to pick the perfect MFP. Contact us today!