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What Happens When a Printer Runs Out of Yellow, Magenta or Cyan Ink?

Before deciding on the best printer for your office, have a look at the pros and cons of laser printers.


Cost Per Page

One of the biggest benefits of laser printers is their efficient use of toner. They use much less toner than inkjet printers use ink and as such, end up costing less per page. If your business is one that requires a lot of printing work, a laser printer will be more cost effective over its lifetime.

Print Speed

In a fast-paced work environment where you need documents printed quickly, a laser printer will be your best friend.

Smudge Proof

Laser printers use LED technology to melt solid toner to the paper making them smudge proof, even while the paper is still warm!


If its quality you’re after, a laser printer is the way to go. Whether black and white or full colour, the result of laser printing is clean, crisp and vibrant.


Toner Prices

The cost of toner cartridges is one of the less desirable traits of a laser printer. When compared to ink cartridges, they can even cost as much as double the amount.


A laser printer will take up more room in your office than an inkjet printer which, for small offices spaces, can be annoying. Newer models however, are getting more compact and eventually, will be no different in size than inkjet printers.


The first laser printers on the market were notoriously noisy. Nowadays, they are still noisier than your typical inkjet printer which can be annoying if you work on the phones and require a quiet environment.


Laser printers generally cost more to purchase than inkjet printers and colour cartridges are expensive. Laser printers are great for lots of black and white printing but no so much for colour.

Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of inkjet printers so you can select the best printer for your office.


Compact Size

Inkjet printers fit nicely into a smaller office as they don’t take up much space. If you’re concerned about saving space, inkjet printers are perfect.


Inkjet printers are affordable to buy, whether second hand or new. This also means they are cheaper to replace when the time comes.

Ink Cartridge Cost

Ink cartridges need to be replaced when they run out, as do toner cartridges for laser printers. The good news is, ink cartridges are much cheaper to replace and are continuously dropping in price each year.

Colour Printing

Inkjet printers not only print amazing quality colours, the cost of colour ink cartridges compared to colour toners is massive. If you do a lot of colour printing in your office, consider an inkjet printer.



The cost per page of inkjet printing is higher than that of laser printer due to their inefficient use of ink. This lets them down slightly, especially considering the price of ink and their initial cost is cheaper. For businesses who require high printing volumes, a laser printer may be the better option.


The process that inkjet printers use to transfer the ink to the paper is longer than the process laser printers use, therefore their printing speed is much slower.


While the quality of colour printing with inkjet printers is fantastic, they are let down by their ability to smudge and fade. Dye based inks commonly used in inkjet printers just don’t provide the same longevity and stability of the affect you get with laser printers.

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You may have seen the letters CMYK on your printer, but do you know what it actually means?

CMYK is a subtractive colour model used in colour printing. It refers to the colours of the 4 inks used in the printing process – cyan, magenta, yellow and ‘Key’, which represents black.

CMYK is considered a ‘subtractive’ colour model due to the way in which it takes away from light wavelengths when printed. For example, on white paper, the ink reduces the light that would otherwise be reflected from the background and either masks it completely or partially.  This is different than the RGB (red, green, blue) method which is considered an ‘additive’ colour model as red, green and blue (primary colours) are mixed to create an array of colours.

In CYMK, Cyan is known as minus-red, magenta as minus-green, and yellow as minus-blue. Where two inks overlap on the paper due to sequential printing impressions, a primary colour is perceived. For example, yellow (minus-blue) overprinted by magenta (minus green) results in red. In the case of all three inks overlapping, almost all incident light is absorbed or subtracted which will result in black, or at least near black. While it is possible to represent black in this way, it’s more efficient and much more cost effective to use a separate black ink instead of combining three colours.

Your printer works by a process that involves the transfer of lots of tiny dots of ink which, to the naked eye, are completely invisible. When the colours combine, they create the illusion of a full colour image! Essentially, when we print in colour, we are seeing one big optical illusion.

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When purchasing a home or office printer, you are going to face the inevitable decision of choosing between inkjet and laser printers. So, which one is best? Let’s take a look at their main differences to better determine which one you should choose.

  1. Size

As a rule, most inkjet printers are much smaller in size than laser printers, making them the perfect choice for home or home office use. Laser printers are generally better suited in commercial workplaces or larger home offices.

  1. Cost

Inkjet printers are cheaper to purchase than laser printers which means you don’t have to fork out an arm and a leg to have one in your home. It also means they are cheaper to replace if they breakdown but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for” and laser printers are known for their excellent quality.

  1. Efficiency

Ink cartridges are easier to purchase and replace, often half the price of laser toner cartridges but laser printers are much more efficient. They actually work out cheaper to print per page thank inkjet and as such, are much more cost effective in the long run.

  1. Quality

If you are after superb printing quality, your best bet is to go with a laser printer. The reason for this is the way in which they print. Inkjet printers use liquid ink which means they are prone to smudging. Sometimes even highlighting your printed document can smudge the ink. Laser printers use LED technology to melt the solid toner to the paper, so smudging is never an issue.

  1. Print Speed

This one is pretty straightforward. Laser printers use more advanced technology, so they are able to print much faster than standard inkjet printers.

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CMYK is a subtractive colour model used in many different printers. It works by using a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink or toner cartridges (hence the name) in order to make all the colours needed for basic printing. The way in which these colours are mixed, determines the result of the colour on your paper. But what happens if one of these colours runs out?

In the case of a printer running out completely of one ink cartridge, it will automatically result a different colour. For example, if you were expecting reds and instead got yellows, it more than likely means your magenta inker/toner cartridge has run out. This is because magenta combines with yellow to create red, so in the absence of magenta, you are left with only yellow.  The other thing you may notice when magenta runs out, is your blues appear turquoise (or cyan) as the combination of magenta and cyan makes blue.

The absence of cyan is likely to cause your greens to appear less vibrant and your blues to turn pink or at the least, with pink tinges. Using the same principal, the absence of yellow results in reds appearing pinker and greens appearing more turquoise.

Black is given the initial K in this printing method to avoid confusion with the Red, Green, Blue (RGB) acronym where B is blue. Black can be achieved one of two ways, either by combining 100% of yellow, magenta and cyan, or by using its own separate black cartridge. You are always going to get a better result with a separate cartridge, but if your black happens to run out, your printer will combine the other colours by default to achieve the closest possible result to black.

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