Inkjet vs laser

By strategic
Aug 19, 2009
  1. What is it about inkjet photo paper that makes it unusable in laser printers?:suspiciou
    (At least not recommended to)...
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,535

    Inkjet photo paper is coated to assist with absorption, retention, and color balance of the inks projected to be used with it. Each different printer manufacturer has, (presumably), a different coating concoction, that produces optimum results with their brand of inks.

    Part of this is marketing BS, as a color balance "profile" can be developed with aftermarket paper and inks. In the case of many paper manufacturers, a downloadable profile is available, in order to produce the correct color balance of their papers to any given commonly used photo quality printer.

    This answer is specific to "inkjet photo paper". By that I mean paper used for the printing of photos of exhibition quality.

    To this I might ask the question, "why would anyone want to put a true photo quality photo quality paper in a laser printer in the first place"? It does seen like a massive waste of money and good materials.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    there are specific color laser printers available, but at a GREAT expense (eg $10,000) including dye sublimation technology.

    with photo quality paper running ~$1.00 sheet, it certainly makes no sense to just
    load it into a printer for general purpose use :)
  4. mathewdavid

    mathewdavid TS Rookie

    Thanks capatain cranky for post your thread about this topic.
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