U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Computers
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:21 PM
 
30 posts, read 143,651 times
Reputation: 29

Advertisements

Is it economical for a consumer to have a thermal printer versus an inkjet printer?

Ink is very expensive so I was thinking maybe having a thermal printer may be cheaper. However, is there even thermal paper that is 8.5 x 11 in or do they only come in rolls?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:28 PM
 
11,715 posts, read 36,341,277 times
Reputation: 7514
Thermal? Like fax machines and receipt printers? Those are the only applications I've seen for that technology.

If you want an inexpensive monochrome printer, get a Brother laser.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:29 PM
 
30 posts, read 143,651 times
Reputation: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by EscapeCalifornia View Post
Thermal? Like fax machines and receipt printers? Those are the only applications I've seen for that technology.
So there's no desktop thermal printers that you can hook up to a computer and just print out letters or random things?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:30 PM
 
11,715 posts, read 36,341,277 times
Reputation: 7514
Quote:
Originally Posted by clearer_skies_13 View Post
So there's no desktop thermal printers that you can hook up to a computer and just print out letters or random things?
I've never seen one. Aside from the expensive special paper, the print fades out after a year or two.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:30 PM
Bo Bo won $500 in our forum's Most Engaging Poster Contest - Tenth Edition (Apr-May 2014). 

Over $104,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum and additional contests are planned
 
Location: Ohio
16,901 posts, read 33,639,931 times
Reputation: 13871
20-some years ago, I had a thermal copier/fax machine at home. It was dreadful. The copies fade to useless after a couple of years. They're useless immediately if you store them in a hot car.

Trust me. You do not want this!

If you want to see for yourself, try leaving a thermal printed store receipt on the dash of your car some sunny summer day.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:31 PM
 
30 posts, read 143,651 times
Reputation: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by EscapeCalifornia View Post
I've never seen one. Aside from the expensive special paper, the print fades out after a year or two.
Thanks for your response. You answered my question. Guess I'll have to stick with inkjets until a genius creates something better.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:35 PM
 
24,503 posts, read 35,971,486 times
Reputation: 12847
What do you anticipate printing? Is print speed a concern? Is cost of printing a concern? Do you print a lot?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:59 PM
 
11,715 posts, read 36,341,277 times
Reputation: 7514
Quote:
Originally Posted by clearer_skies_13 View Post
Guess I'll have to stick with inkjets until a genius creates something better.
Or......

Quote:
Originally Posted by EscapeCalifornia View Post

If you want an inexpensive monochrome printer, get a Brother laser.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-11-2013, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
18,543 posts, read 55,469,830 times
Reputation: 32286
I remember the early 40 column thermal printers used with the Commodore computers. Oi! Thermal faxes were almost as bad. The one thing that thermal receipt printers have going for them is speed. Star makes some that are amazingly fast.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-11-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
21,540 posts, read 24,681,268 times
Reputation: 8930
Quote:
Originally Posted by clearer_skies_13 View Post
So there's no desktop thermal printers that you can hook up to a computer and just print out letters or random things?
Found one currently in production:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=808227&is=REG&Q=&A=details

Paper
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...G&Q=&A=details

Last edited by Pruzhany; 06-11-2013 at 08:10 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Computers
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:32 AM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top