Whats the difference between the inks used by lasers and inkjets?
Laser toner is a dry, powdered ink while inkjet — and bubble–jet, a kind of inkjet used by Canon printers — inks are liquid. Laser printers (as well as laser multifunction machines, laser copiers, and laser fax machines) work by fusing toner to paper using heat. The printed results of lasers are smudge–proof and waterproof. Inkjet printers (as well as inkjet multifunction machines, inkjet copiers, photo printers, and inkjet fax machines) spray tiny droplets of liquid ink onto paper. There have been great strides of late in inkjet printing technology that have made them much more resistant to smudging and smearing. Click here to read more about the differences in per–page costs and printing speeds between inkjets and lasers. A difference that only generally applies to inkjets and lasers is that inkjet machines are capable of printing both in black and white and in color. Most laser machines can only print in black and white, but now there are an increasing number of affordable color las