If you’re looking for a quick breakdown of good reasons to buy an inkjet printer over other types of printers, this article will help you. Let’s face it shopping for a new printer isn’t as exciting as shopping for a new car, or even a new computer for that matter. The mundane task of buying a new printer can be even drearier when there are so many options and types to choose from. At the Printer Jam we strive to make navigating the printer world straightforward and easy. If this post doesn’t help you decide whether to get an inkjet, we’ve also covered 5 reasons to buy a laser printer, and 5 reasons to buy an all-in-one.
#1 Your budget is roughly $100
The majority of inkjet printers under $100 are excellent printers. You can spend as much as $300 for a top of the line inkjet printer if you want. Unless you plan on using that printer to make money, I wouldn’t recommend it. The printers under $100 will serve their purpose well. The inkjet printers over $100 are great too, it’s just that the sweet spot for features, quality, and price hover around $100. If your budget is well over $100 check out 5 reasons to buy an all-in-one.
#2 You print photos of family, friends, or pets.
One of the best reasons to buy an inkjet over a laser printer is glossy photos. Having a printer to print out directions or forms is convenient, but taking advantage of the quality capability of an inkjet is a must. Load up some quality photo paper and put that inkjet to the test. The more color printing the better, at least 50% of the print jobs going to the printer should have some color on them. If you’re printing 90% black & white text and only use color for 10% of the jobs I’d consider a laser printer and outsourcing the color jobs.
#3 Your print volume is under 3,000 pages per year
Which works out to 250 pages per month. There are exceptions, but as a rule if the volume is low an inkjet printer is the way to go. The only problem with low volumes is sometimes an inkjet printer can sit idle for several weeks at a time. Ink at the printhead tends to dry out after a week or so. Depending on the cleaning station, ink cartridge, and environment a cleaning cycle can recover from clogged nozzles. However, a good way to avoid clogged nozzles is to print a line of text from each color at least once a week. If your volume is significantly higher check out 5 reasons to buy a laser printer.
a good way to avoid clogged inkjet nozzles is to print a line of text from each color at least once a week.
#4 Your print jobs rarely have a deadline looming
Inkjets aren’t known for being the fastest printers on the market. Not that pages per minute should be the only factor when buying a printer, supply yields and paper capacity should also be considered. It can be extremely frustrating to run out of ink when printing that research paper due in an hour. Then of course, the new cartridge your just got from the store is defective. Really, the failure rate of ink cartridges is very low. It’s just that there seems to be a correlation between the urgency of the print job and the high probability of something going wrong.
#5 Plug and play right out of the box
Everyone appreciates a device with an easy setup and use right out of the box. Compared to some of the newest smart devices inkjet printers fit that bill. Very little packing, a few cables, and a setup CD to get that printer printing right away. Another plug and play item is the print driver. Most print drivers are capable of producing great quality with simple settings. Dialing in a color or changing the rendering intent are nice features in a driver but just aren’t necessary for most jobs. Being able to just click file, print, and getting quality output is an often overlooked reason to buy an inkjet printer.
Hopefully this article convinced you the next printer you buy will be an inkjet printer. If that’s the case check out the inkjet buying guide at The Printer JAM or our pick of the 3 of the best inkjet printers under $100.