The two most well known types of printers are LaserJet and inkjet. LaserJet printers use toner and lasers to get their high quality results. Inkjet printers use cartridges of liquid ink and nozzles to disperse that ink onto the page. There is also a third kind of printer, mainly manufactured by Xerox, which uses solid ink sticks. These are like big crayons that are inserted directly in the unit and melted down each print until it has eventually disappeared.
Both types of ink printers are unique and have impressive features. It is hard to say which is better, but the inkjet units are certainly more popular and readily available. Xerox makes quality units and the sticks, such as Xerox 8550 ink can produce brilliance, but ink cartridges are much more prevalent and have an equally impressive finish. So which do you choose? Maybe the cleanup will make up your mind.
Solid ink usually requires no cleanup whatsoever. The sticks are melted into a liquid form and distributed in dots per inch. The only issue with solid ink is there light packaging. They come in small, thin boxes and can break in half if handled roughly. It’s the same theory as a light bulb- why would such a fragile item be packaged in a paper thin sheet of cardboard? Besides that one issue, ink sticks are a solid source of high quality printing.
The ink cartridges have an added bonus of being able to be recycled. Recycling is good for the environment, and by remanufacturing used cartridges, everyone is saving some money. Ink cartridges produce beautiful images that have lab-quality color; however a defective tank can really ruin your day. It can leak on your clothes or floor. It can also leak or even explode inside the printer, potentially destroying the unit.
Both options have pros and cons, and both will benefit you in many ways. OEM ink sticks, such as HP ink, may cost a little more sometimes, but third party vendors offer discount ink for both kinds of printers. Really, either one will be a good choice; it just comes down to personal preference.