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Are laser printers good for photos?

Laser printers provide superb print quality with crisp text, fast speeds, and economical printing for both home and office working.

One of the big advantages of laser printers is that they don’t require ink. Instead, laser printers use toner cartridges which can print thousands of pages before needing to be replaced.

For this reason, laser printers are generally considered to be more economical than inkjet printers and have long been the preferred choice for offices, SMBs, and high-volume home printing. However, there was one area where inkjet printers seemingly had the edge, and that was printing high-quality photos and images. Is this still the case?

Printing photos on laser printers

Are laser printers good for photos? Yes, absolutely. In fact, they have always been good at printing photos. Historically, laser printers have been associated with high-quantity printing over quality, and while this is partially true, it is possible to have the best of both worlds thanks to the latest developments in laser printing. Laser printers, such as Brother’s award-winning range of colour, mono and all-in-one products, are typically considered to be at their best printing text-heavy documents, inkjet printers have generally been seen as superior for high-quality photos and images. However, thanks to advances in colour laser printing and LED technology over the years, this distinction is no longer black and white (no pun intended).

Today, industry-leading colour laser printers, such as those in Brother’s range, can produce both text and image-heavy prints at a very high-quality while maintaining the speed and value-for-money that they have become famous for. LED laser printers have also become increasingly popular thanks to their high-resolution (dpi), quality colour reproduction, low energy usage, and cost-efficient consumables.

What paper to print photos on with laser printers

When it comes to getting the best quality photos from a laser printer, your choice of paper can be key. While a laser printer can produce high-quality photos on most paper stock, size, or weight (gsm), to get the highest standards and avoid any issues you should use specialist laser photo paper.

Traditionally, paper can be divided into two categories – inkjet printer paper, which is coated to absorb liquid ink droplets, and laser photo paper, which is designed to withstand the high temperatures used to melt and fuse toner particles. Specialist laser photo paper is generally recommended for producing high-quality images on a laser printer, while uncoated paper should be avoided as the image is more likely to degrade. From printer paper to toner cartridges, when you buy genuine Brother products, you can be sure they have been carefully designed and expertly engineered to provide you with the best possible results. Why risk using cheaper, non-branded products that could lead to an inferior end product, when you can rely on us to deliver the highest possible quality, time after time?

The days of laser printers not being able to produce quality photos are over. The latest colour laser and LED printers can now produce high-quality photos while also delivering speed, efficiency, volume, low energy usage, and great value printing per page.

If you choose one of Brother’s innovative and expertly engineered laser printers alongside specialist photo paper, and our genuine supplies, you can get the best of both worlds - high-quality photos and crisp, sharp text from a single printer. While your choice of printer should always be based on your particular business or home office needs, a laser printer is a great choice if you regularly print large volumes and demand consistently high quality.

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