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Printer Comparison Chart

InkjetLaserWhite TonerSublimation
Process CMYK color Inkjet heat applied transfer coating on top of fabric material CMYK Laser heat applied transfer coating on top of fabric material CMYW Laser heat applied transfer coating on top of fabric material Heat applied CMYK Sublimation ink that penetrates the polyester material
Investment Letter size printer $50-$150 Wide format (13" +) $300 / $1,200 + Printers - purchase $400 - $2,100 Copiers - lease (36-60 months) starting around $350.00 / month with est. $0.09 / copy Letter size printer $3,395 Tabloid size printer $7,495 Letter size printer $550 Tabloid size printer $1,625
Experience Level Beginner Intermediate Intermediate - Advanced Beginner - Intermediate
Type of Printing Primarily T-shirts T-shirts, Hard Goods T-shirts, Hard Goods Hard Goods , T-Shirts
Inks/Toner Liquid Inks, replacements are inexpensive Powder Toner, Fuser or Non-Fuser Powder Toner, Fuser or Non-Fuser Sublimation inks
Printer Maintenance Ink cartridges exchanges Printer -Toner cartridge, Image Drums, Fuser unit / Copier - most leases include maintenance including toner depending on contract Toner cartridge, Image Drums, Fuser unit Ink cartridges exchanges & Ink Waste bin
Paper Compatibility Typically any Inkjet transfer paper will work Selection is important. Selection is important. At times the correct color profile is important
Set Up Easy Settings are specific to each paper Settings are specific to each paper and the art files requires prepartions Easy
Cost per Print Letter size - $0.42-$0.56 / sheet Letter size - $0.42-$0.56 / sheet Letter size - $1.50-$2.25 / sheet Letter size - $0.50-$0.75 / sheet
Print Speed 1 sheet / 1 - 2 minutes (Depending on printer quality) 4 - 7 sheets / minute 4 - 7 sheets / minute 1 sheet / 1 - 2 minutes (Depending on printer quality)