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Laser Printers

A laser printer is almost mandatory if you print a lot of very long documents. It's usually faster and it's always more economical than inkjet. Laser printers are often categorized as “personal” or “office” models. The office models are built to handle printing for several computers linked over a network. They generally have faster print speeds, larger paper trays, and tougher components—and are a bit more expensive—than personal models.

Speed. Laser printers are rated in pages per minute, but it's a theoretical speed, kind of like miles per gallon. It's based on the printer's maximum operating speed, so your actual speed will be a bit slower. A lot of things affect how long it really takes to print a document, such as warming up the printer, and whether the document contains graphics or is all text. Also, it usually takes longer to generate the first page of a document than subsequent pages, especially if the printer hasn't been used in several minutes and has to warm up from its energy saving “sleep” mode. So if you print a lot of one- or two-page documents, an ink jet printer can actually be faster than a laser printer. Relatively inexpensive personal laser printers are typically rated between 12 and 15 pages a minute.


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