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Dry Toner V’s HP Indigo

I am often asked which is better, Dry Toner or HP Indigo and my response is always for what?

Each particular application/printed job needs to be considered on its own merit – what are you looking to achieve.

HP Indigo is unarguably superior when it comes to print quality BUT Dry Toner is closing that gap as it is when it comes to print enhancement. Until recently, if you wanted a raised print effect, UV or white ink HP Indigo was the option but we have now seen clear and white print effects enter the dry toner arena such as the Oki, Intec, Xerox and more recently the new device from Ricoh and also some devices can print metallic (when mixed with standard colours can produce a whole host of metallic effects i.e. the Kodak Nexpress)

So the gap is closing. As yet there isn’t a toner to challenge the uv ink from HP but I am sure it’s only a matter of time and who knows what will be next, maybe spot colours, maybe some other form of security ink. Whatever it is I am sure it isn’t too far away.

In regards to output it varies from device to device. Some HP Indigo devices are quicker/slower than some Dry Toner devices with each new device that enters the market promising to be quicker printing, quicker registration, quicker processing but there really isn’t much in it but what there is to differentiate is cost. The cost of a Dry Toner device is lower than that of a HP Indigo.

So coming back to the original question what is better, there really is no definitive answer it comes down to the type of work you wish to produce, how many colours, what substrate do you wish to print on, what is your budget and many other questions you need to ask and in turn answer before arriving at which solution is best for your business not just for now but to future proof your business and help take it to where you want it to be.

And of course there is the elephant in the room that is inkjet…


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