What’s the Difference Between a Plotter and a Regular Printer?

What’s the Difference Between a Plotter and a Regular Printer?

The first time I heard the term plotter I wondered how it’s any different than a traditional printer. After all, they’re both printers. How different can they be? While there is considerable overlap there are some key differences. Overlap occurs with printing processes. A printer uses inkjet, laser, or thermal processes. Inkjet and laser processes…

How Do an Inkjet and Laser Printer Differ?

How Do an Inkjet and Laser Printer Differ?

From the outside, inkjet and laser printers don’t look much different. They’re box shaped, use paper, connect via wired or wireless. Both use a printer driver, print in color or B&W. Each type of printer considered computer peripherals. However, on the inside inkjet and laser printer are very different. The primary difference between inkjet and…

Which is Better for Infrequent Use? Inkjet or Laser Printers

Which is Better for Infrequent Use? Inkjet or Laser Printers

Printers often sit idle. Sometimes for days or weeks at a time. This can cause issues for inkjet or laser printers. Inkjet printers use ink which can dry out. Laser printers use pressure rollers which can develop flat spots. In my experience both types of printers have improved. Manufacturers have caught on and now I…

Which is Better for Transfers? Inkjet or Laser Printers

Which is Better for Transfers? Inkjet or Laser Printers

Printers can be used to transfer images to canvas, wood, glass, clay, metal, and fabric. The type of printer that’s better depends on the kind of image and material. Heat transfers are for fabrics. While other transfers use glue such as Modge Podge. You can use an inkjet or laser printer for either transfer. Transfer…

Which is Better for Labels? Inkjet or Laser Printers

Which is Better for Labels? Inkjet or Laser Printers

Labels are used for shipping, identification, and decoration. Shipping labels are exposed to the elements more than the others. But any label needs to be tough. An inkjet printer uses ink which is water soluble. Pigment ink is better than dye based ink but all ink dissolves in water. A laser printer uses toner which…

Which is Better for Cardstock? Inkjet or Laser Printers

Which is Better for Cardstock? Inkjet or Laser Printers

When it comes to printing on cardstock people often ask which type of printer is better? In my experience inkjet printers are better for cardstock. Cardstock is good stiff paper for greeting cards, scrapbooks, and postcards. It’s also used for business cards, covers, signs, and other crafts. It comes in a variety of colors, standard…