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Old 03-06-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I am trying to send out a marketing letter to potential clients. The letter is all about the "content" of what I am offering and I do not expect people to contact me because of the print quality. In other words, it has to be neat but not necessarily "flashy".

I have considered a printing company but the quote I received was .49 cents per letter, .65 cents for each envelope and 24 dollars for a "mail merge fee" I have 100 letters to send now and plan on a followup letter so a total of 200 letters (200 x .49) + (200 x .65) + (24 x2)= 272.00 dollars. After all that I will have no "residual value" to show for the expense.

If I could find a good quality color printer for under 300 dollars (cheaper would be better) that would do the job and could be used for further printing work I believe I would come out ahead.

My problem is what type of printer to choose? I am leaning towards a color laser printer but I may be misguided in my thinking; maybe I should look at an inkjet too?

I tried a cheaper Samsung 325w but the print quality straight out of the box was bad. It produced black vertical lines on the paper. It was a cheap printer and maybe my expectations were too high.

Finally my question-
1) Are there any brands that are superior? Any models in the 2 to 300 dollar range that would work well for me?

2) Is it better to buy this product from a store? The Samsung I bought was from Amazon and I suspect that the handling of the package through UPS might have been a factor in its printing problems.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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When most people say "letter" they mean black and white. What kind of color content does you letter have? Photos or charts and graphs type stuff? Keep in mind that the cheaper the printer, the more expensive the consumable. Also, most lower end lasers will need a new drum around 100k copies which costs as much as a new printer.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I would like to add some small colored logo's to the letter.

I am not too worried about the consumables right now, I just need something that will print a decent letter without smears and black lines on it. I am hesitant due to my experience with the samsung to buy another questionable printer. It was a PITA to set up (wireless) just to find out it wasn't going to give me a quality print AND having to drive it back to UPS to ship back......
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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I've seen quite a few color laser printers from different makers and never seen the smears and lines you're describing. It sounds like you just got a defective or damaged one. Avoid HP if you need network connectivity as I've had more trouble getting HP's to work on a network than all other brands combined.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Look at the Lexmark C5xx series. Remember what EC said. When the drum needs to be replaced, be prepared to buy another printer.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Fl
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Just saw this on dealnews.com:Brother HL-3070CW Wireless LED Color Laser Printer for $140 + $2 s&h
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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I've seen quite a few color laser printers from different makers and never seen the smears and lines you're describing. It sounds like you just got a defective or damaged one. Avoid HP.
Fixed that for you
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"I tried a cheaper Samsung 325w but the print quality straight out of the box was bad. It produced black vertical lines on the paper. It was a cheap printer and maybe my expectations were too high."

Black vertical lines are typically from dirt on the corona wire or the path leading to the drum. The drum likely comes out. Do so and use a lintless pad and alcohol. The corona wire usually has a traveler that you push back and forth to clean it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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I've seen quite a few color laser printers from different makers and never seen the smears and lines you're describing. It sounds like you just got a defective or damaged one. Avoid HP if you need network connectivity as I've had more trouble getting HP's to work on a network than all other brands combined.
And yet I've never had any. Including the one I just set up on my Windows Home Server 2011 using a 64 bit PCL5 universal print driver from HP. Oh, did I mention it's a Series 1200 laserjet connected using a print server?

No problem at all...
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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For reviews: Amazon.com: Brother HL-3070CW Compact Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking: Electronics

Newegg.com - brother HL-3070CW Digital Color LED Printer with Wireless Networking

I recommend a color laser.
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