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What's the Difference Between Ink and Toner?

Do you know the difference between ink and toner cartridges?

Are you sure that you’re buying the right product for your printer?

Knowing the difference is important. Ordering the wrong printer toner could cost you money in eventual repairs, or at the very least, the inconvenience of shipping un-used cartridges back to the manufacturer.

Here are the basics:

  • Ink cartridges contain liquid and are used by inkjet printers.
  • Toner cartridges contain powder and are used by laser printers.

Most inkjet printers include pigment-based or dye-based inks. They can produce vibrant, true-to-life color prints and photos. Most businesses use laser printers, which use a specialized process involving an electrical charge to apply color to a page. For this process, a toner cartridge (rather than an ink cartridge) is used.

Laser printers and their cartridges can cost more, but it’s important to consider the long-term cost savings. Toner cartridges can usually print more pages than an ink cartridge, so they have a lower cost per page.

Knowing the Difference Between Ink and Toner can Save You Money!

Inkjet printers…

  • Use ink instead of toner
  • Are suitable for low volume printing
  • Are the traditional choice for home users
  • Generally, inkjet printers are smaller and cheaper
  • Can print both text-based documents and images

Laser printers…

  • Use toner, which is more like a powder than a wet ink
  • Work best for high volume printing
  • Are mostly utilized in office settings
  • Might be more expensive upfront but have an overall lower cost per page
  • Have a faster print speed

What’s the Better Choice for Your Ann Arbor Business?

To make the best-informed decision, identify what the main use of your printer will be. If you’re buying a printer for your home office that won’t be used every day, an inkjet printer may be the better choice. If you’re buying for your office where you’ll need to print in high volume and print in color, a color laser printer might be the better choice.

Buy Printer Toner for Your Ann Arbor Business from Michigan Computer Supplies!

Do you wish you could simply order a toner cartridge and have it delivered that same day instead of having to run to the store or waiting up to a week to experience crisp prints again? Michigan Computer Supplies offers FREE same or next day delivery on most OEM and compatible toner cartridges.  We stock a wide variety of toner cartridges that can be hard to find locally.  Our customers are pleased with our competitive pricing too!

MCS carries name brand toner like HP, Lexmark, and Brother to name a few.  Most OEM cartridges are guaranteed by their manufacturers for only 30 days from the date of purchase.

Our local compatible toner comes with a guarantee through the life of each cartridge and customers enjoy FREE cleanings and routine maintenance as well.  This means you will never have to struggle with nor pay for the installation of fusers, maintenance kits, transfer belts, or other consumable components in your machine. Find out more about the benefits of compatible toner cartridges.

Are you ready for crisp, clear prints? Contact us today! We’re happy to help!

We have been using Michigan Computer Supplies to get our various blank labels for 2 years.  They keep stock on hand for same day delivery so we never run into a problem.  They also allow us to purchase small quantities at volume discounts so we don't have to give up space in our production room.  Now they are stocking our custom ink for us so that we don't lose production time and never have to pay high overnight shipping fees.  They are quick to respond, efficient, and always willing to go the extra mile for us.

Audrey Bowen

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