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Old 08-08-2008, 04:19 PM
 
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When looking for laser printers you want (need!) to check somethings for comparison.

1. Expected number of pages per toner cartridge (usually listed at 5% coverage)

2. Cost of cartridge (divide cost of cartridge by expected number of pages to get $ per page)

3. Cost to replace drum and expected life of drum.

4. Features - do you need duplexing? Do you want it to connect to the network by cable or wireless? Is connecting via USB or parallel sufficient? How many sheets does it hold? How many sheets can be added by buying extra trays?

5. Do local stores carry the brand and toner cartridges for the printer?

If you buy a laser buy a set of toner cartridges with it. The ones in the printer aren't going to last long. Just like ink jets, they don't put a full cart in when they sell them.

Brands?

We have:

A couple of HP 952c's
A Samsung color/duplex laser networked
A B/W Lexmark laser
An HP OfficeJet d that I can't remember the model number for, but I think d145.
An HP Photosmart color that does printing on CDs (Also can't remember the model number)

We've had good luck with all these.

Got an error once on the OfficeJet that the ink carts were too old. I had been using the laser and let the HP sit. I knew the carts were basically full, so I went Googling. Found out the printer keeps track of when the carts are installed and has a battery in it to keep that info. Turned off the printer, found the battery, took it out for minute or so, put it back in and voila - good carts! Take that greedy HP!!!!
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Hagerstown MD
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Thanks again Tek. Your information is very helpful and I appreciate it. My printing needs are pretty simple: letters/document, photos, and color copies. This is just for home use and not even on a daily basis. It's just that I would want a good quality printer (inkjet or laser) that will actually PRINT the whole image/document and not conitnuously jam the paper. The model I have must be the "low end" of the product line and has caused nothing but problems. I'm ready for a new printer which is why I was asking everyone for their recommendations and experiences.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I once read a string (this was a few years ago) that if you get a really cheap printer, the cost of ink will more than make up for what you spend on a printer that cost more. I don't know if that is still the case, but maybe I can ask around.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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Wandering,

Just for chuckles flip the paper over.

Most paper has a different tooth on each side and having the slickest side towards the rollers can cause jams.

Brian,

Yes. Manufacturers give you the printer and rip you on ink, which is why I point ink jet buyers to Kodak. Their new printers have low cost refills.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'd heard that Office Depot (I called it Dee Pot) tends to charge a bit less on ink and also has a larger supply for all the various printers out there. Is that your experience, or do you order your ink?
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:43 AM
 
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I search the Internet for pricing and buy from whoever has the best price. I never buy "replacement" inks. Sometimes Amazon, sometimes Newegg, on occasion locally because of a sale.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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I've had good luck with HP, currently using a 2840 All In One that gets worked pretty hard and a older ink jet that has been pretty faithful.
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