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#402086 - 03/22/14 06:26 PM Color Laser Printer Advice
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Registered: 07/23/04
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I have ink all over me, the counter, a couple bowls and my desk. I've had it with the damn disposable HP ink jet printers. I swear they're nothing but a scam. The ink cartridges cost more than the printer, and OH-NO, they just can't use the same damn cartridges from year to year.... So now I have a shoe box filled with a multitude of HP ink cartridges... ggrrrrr

Rant over... I think I need to just suck it up and buy a laser printer. I have absolutely no idea which one to get.

I have a scanner/fax/copier already... And yes, it's another cheap assed HP POS. And of course, none of the ink cartridges I have in the shoe box fit it.... OK, so maybe I'm not done ranting...

Any advise would be most appreciated.
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#402087 - 03/22/14 06:40 PM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
Hellcommute Offline
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Bought new $80 few years ago. 3000 pages per toner cartridge. New cartridge 80$.

Not sure what the modern equivalent is.

Highly recommend changing to laser printer. I dont miss color prints. Saves me lots of $. Know what you mean about the color printers. Had and epson and HP in the closet collecting dust, cause it was cheaper to buy a new one than get new ink refills..... never going back. smile

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#402089 - 03/22/14 07:43 PM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
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I bought this Brother HL-2270DW a while back, also around $80 at the time of purchase, and it's been serving me well. I figure if I ever want color prints, I'll get them done somewhere. The need hasn't arisen yet.

I keep a spare high-yield cartridge, and after needing to swap one out, I just wait until the price drops to below $40 and snag one. Not saving a ton, since it usually overs around $45, like right now, but hey, $5 is $5.

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#402090 - 03/22/14 07:44 PM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
CV Offline
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Oh, and I suppose you actually want a color laser printer, so I wasn't very helpful.

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#402091 - 03/22/14 09:44 PM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
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LOL... Ya, I would like a color printer. I was surfing Amazon, and they have really came down in price. I was thinking I'd have to spend a grand, but there's a bunch for under $300. I also found a fairly recent review. http://www.ezvid.com/toptencolorlaserprinters

The #1 is an HP 200. $200

I'll wait a couple days to see if anyone has any input before ordering one.
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#402092 - 03/22/14 11:18 PM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
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Loc: Tacoma
We have Xerox at the office and they perform very well.
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#402115 - 03/23/14 10:40 PM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
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Mike, in the December issue of Consumer Reports 91 printers were tested and 39 are shown as recommended. In the color "laser" category the Dell C1660w was top ranked. Laser was put in quotes because LED lit units such as the Dell have no laser but operate on a very similar principle and are typically grouped with them. The LED units are similar in performance but are simpler mechanically, which may result in better reliability. Dell discusses the differences here .

The C1660w is available at low cost from several sources such as here
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#402117 - 03/24/14 08:21 AM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Loc: PEI, Canada
Any problems with the toner cartridges for a laser printer having issues from long periods of no use, like the ink jets cartridges? I'm thinking not because if they are like thier industrial counterparts, the toner is a powder vs. a liquid, but I've never looked into it.

I haven't used my home ink-jet in years because I got tired of having to throw out expensive color cartridges that were still 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Logically, I obviously just don't need color. But if I didn't waste cartridges, it's nice to have, now and then.
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#402118 - 03/24/14 09:29 AM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
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Thanks for the info on the Dell John. Interesting to hear about LED. I had taken Dell off my list because they were not laser. I better reconsider.

Murph I don't think there is am many issues with toners as ink cartridges. All the laser printers at work just go and go...
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#402119 - 03/24/14 10:19 AM Re: Color Laser Printer Advice [Re: michael_d]
Murph Offline
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Thanks Michael.
Although it is the "lack of go" that I find creates the problem. If your not using them, the cartridges gum up over time. You can clean & correct it early on but if you leave them long enough with zero usage, it seems to harden up in deep enough that you throw out a cartridge that still has lots of ink left in it. This would likely never happen in a work environment where it is being used regularly.

I probably could have Googled the answer to this in the time it took to write the post but I suspect the powder toner of the laser printer verses liquid ink allows it to last much longer without clogging.
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