With so many people working from home since the COVID-19 pandemic threw the globe into chaos, people have been doing the best they can with what they have.

For many people who now work remotely, no longer having access to the office means that hundreds of dollars and hours are wasted on getting documents printed – but the real rub lies in the fact that most printing shops aren’t open 24 hours a day.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that color laser printers are essential pieces of equipment for home offices – here’s why.

1. They Reduce Printing Costs

Because laser printers use toner, the per-page costs are cheaper than using an inkjet printer – and it’s exponentially less expensive than getting printing done at a print shop. When you think about it, it makes sense.

The liquid ink that inkjet printers use is notoriously expensive – the cheapest liquid ink you can find is priced at around $13 per ounce. That’s more expensive than a bottle of high-end Champagne!

Printing in full color on an inkjet printer will cost as much as 15 to 20 cents per page. Even when you factor only black ink into the cost, an inkjet-printed page in monochrome will still cost you between 5 and 10 cents. 

A laser printer’s cost per page is much lower than an inkjet’s – black and white will cost less than 5 cents, while a color print will cost around 15 cents.

2. They Can Handle Large Volumes

Laser printers can handle a much larger volume of printed pages than an inkjet printer can, and laser printers are also excellent for high-quality text documents.

Most businesses that rely on printed material use laser printers precisely for printing large volumes of documents quickly. Inkjet printers, on the other hand, are more suited to small-scale print jobs because they are slower and can only hold a maximum of 50 to 100 sheets of paper.

3. They Get the Job Done Fast

Laser printers are the best at printing documents fast. They have been designed to be able to handle the printing requirements of a busy workplace, so they are built for speed.

Depending on the make and model, laser printers can print between 20 to 100 pages per minute – which is extremely impressive when you consider that an inkjet printer tops out at around 16 pages per minute.

4. They Require Less Maintenance

Because laser printers use toner cartridges filled with powdered ink, installing a new cartridge does not require any extra steps – the new cartridge is simply replaced and the laser printer is ready.

When you replace an ink cartridge in an inkjet printer, the heads need to be realigned so that the print quality is up to standard. An inkjet printer’s heads need to be cleaned and aligned every time an ink cartridge is replaced.

Often, the liquid ink spills and dries on the printer’s moving parts or clogs the nozzles – resulting in streaks of ink all over your printed documents.