Tuesday, September 23, 2014  08:00 AM | By: Butch Johnson
The Difference Between Ink & Toner For Printers

You may be in the market for a new printer for your home or office. Don’t forget to you need to stock up on supplies like printer paper and ink. But do you buy ink or toner? Or both? You might be scratching your head and asking yourself what exactly is the difference between the two? Toner is what is used by laser printers while inkjet printers use ink. Simple enough. Well we have broken it down for you so you can make the right purchase and get your printing on.


Here are some things to consider when looking at printers. First of all ink printers are generally more affordable than a laser printer. However, you will be using those replacement ink cartridges more frequently than toner. But, the ink cartridges are less expensive than toner and easier to replace. You will also get a clearer print in the end because ink is much less prone to smudging.


With a laserjet printer you will get a quicker print. While laser creates a pattern, ink literally applies ink therefore; you will get a more accurate and higher quality picture. You will also have to replace your toner very infrequently but replacement toner cartridges can be messy because you are dealing with tiny pieces of powder versus a liquid. Also, they are more expensive.

HP makes some of our favorite toner cartridges. Here are some great reasons to purchase these HP LaserJet Cartridges.

  1. Ranked #1 in value by customers.
  2. Lots of cartridges to choose from for any printing: standard, high-capacity which reduces costs up to 35%, and HP multipacks save up to 10%.
  3. During testing, HP LaserJet toner cartridges worked each time while 40% of non-HP products failed.
  4. HP offers a free way to recycle empty HP cartridges so you can help to reduce your carbon footprint.

Proven reliability

72% of tested refilled ink cartridges failed during use or right out of the box, while 1 out of 3 non-HP toners failed. 5Original HP ink and toner cartridges work every time.

Efficient performance

Original HP ink and toner cartridges can help your company reduce reprints, so you don't waste paper, toner, and energy.

Exceptional quality

Original HP ink and toner cartridges come backed by over 20 years of development, delivering the highest quality prints.

Now that you have all the low down on toner versus ink, you can see that both have pros and cons. So which one will you choose? Share with us on our Facebook!