WHAT IS PRINTER INK?
Printer ink is a liquid used in inkjet printers. Early inks were made with carbon soot from fires, while Chinese inks dating back to 256 BC were made from fish glue or squid ink. Your desktop printer ink is made up of a mixture of water, dyes or pigments, and chemicals that are sprayed onto the page. (Additives make the ink glossy and fade-resistant, and help it adhere to the paper). The basic component of printer ink is usually oil; or linseed oil, soybean oil or oil derived from petroleum. Ink cartridges for printers using the CMYK system: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Colored inks are made from dyes and compounds such as Peacock Blue, Yellow Lake, Diarylide Orange and Phthalocyanine Green. Color is adjusted by adding white pigments, such as titanium dioxide. Inks made from dyes are prone to smudging and fading.
WHAT IS TONER PRINTER?
Unlike ink, printer ink is a fine powder commonly used in laser printers, copiers, and multi-function printers. Each printer brand will have its own formula, but in general, the ink is made up of finely ground plastic, silica, and various organic compounds such as iron, chromium, and zinc. Using ink results in better print quality and much faster printing, making inkjet printers more suitable for high-volume commercial and professional applications. Also, ink cartridges do not dry out like ink cartridges. Even if it doesn’t seem like it at first, ink cartridges are more cost-effective than cartridges in the long run. Printer ink colors also use the CMYK system. When the key points of C, M or Y are combined, the printer can produce the full color spectrum. The mixture of all three results in an imperfect black or a perfect gray. We recommend avoiding printers that use three-color all-in-one cartridges; you waste ink when you run out of a color and have to replace the entire cartridge.