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September 27, 2013 by

What are the differences between ink and toner? This is a common question asked by many people, and it is confusing if you are not part of the ink and toner industry. The following 5 differences between ink and toner will give you the information you need to know the difference.


1. Ink is a liquid. It is available in black and colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow). The cartridges are generally small, and the ink dries on the page after/as it prints.


2. Toner is a powder. It is also available in black and the same colors. The cartridges tend to be much larger, and the toner bonds through heat as it prints.


3. Ink is generally for use in inkjet printers and fax machines. Ink is best for printing photos and graphic images.


4. Toner is generally for use in laser printers and photocopiers. Toner is best for printing text.


5. Toner cartridges have many more mechanical parts than ink cartridges – from drum units, to fuser wands.


These are the basic differences to get you started. You will have to decide which type of printer is right for you, as both ink and toner excel in different areas. We will take a more in-depth look at the differences between ink and toner in an up-coming article – watch for it coming soon!

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