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    Printers -- Inkjet versus Laser

    I don't print much regularly, but every two to three months I need to print a lot. The problem is I find that my inkjet cartridges often get dried out over the lengthy period of non-use. Would a laser printer be better at sitting out that period of time or doesn't it matter? Many thanks, WinC2001

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    With inkjets, I always recommend banging off a couple of test pages once a week as part of routine maintenance.
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    WINC2001,

    I've let my Brother Laser sit for months at a time (when we traveled in our motor home) and when I got home it started up and printed w/o a problem. As always YMMV!

    Of course my wife's HP Inkjet was a whole nother' story!

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    A laser is definitely better at sitting for a long period of non use and continuing to print well. That said, my Canon Pixma MX892 using cheap third party ink prints well after sitting for a month or two. I only use it when I want color or want to print from my or the wife's Ipad. My Laserjet is my primary printer.

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    Thanks everyone. Much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    I've let my Brother Laser sit for months at a time ... and ... it started up and printed w/o a problem.
    Ditto.

    We don't print much, to the degree that the spare laser cartridges I get with each printer usually outlast the printer--ie when I need more toner, it's typically been cheaper to upgrade the printer than to buy replacement toner. Gotta love the razor blade economics of the home printing world!
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    Lugh,

    I been using Linkyo cartridges in my Brother HL-5450DN with great success. I usually pay about $25 per on Amazon. HTH
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