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    inkjet? laser?

    i have an epson color stylus 600. don't use it much, maybe a couple of pages every 2-3 weeks. which then involves 4 cleaning cycles, print, 4 more cleaning cycles, etc till maybe i get something presentable. pretty annoying. the color cartridge dried up long before i had a chance to use it up. this was with the original epson cartridge and the cheap aftermarket. plus the printer has a tendency to spit out sheet after sheet of blank paper at times. i've though of getting a cheaper laser printer (minolta 1350? samsung ml1710, both currently $99 after rebate) but web searches have indicated not only people having problems with grey on the pages after 8 months or so and having to replace the cartridge and roller, but that replacement toner cartridges are very hard to find and almost as expensive as the printer. so....

    will switching inkjet copier brands make a difference in the ink jet cartridge not being useable before being used up? take a chance on the cheap laser printer? buy a carton of cheap inkjet cartridges and pop a new one in every time i want to print a page?
    any suggestions?

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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    If you do mostly black and white printing, I would opt for the laser. I have the same problems with my Epson printer. Toner cartridges may be expensive, but they last longer, and you cannot touch the sharpness of a laser print.
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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    I agree with Mark. I went out with my aunt to get new ink cartridges for her inkjet because she rarely uses it and the cartridge went bad. After seeing the pricees of ink, she bought a new printer. (believe it or not, it was cheaper) Toner lasts longer.
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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    i guess it depends on the cost of laser printer and it's toner. as i mentioned in the question, if the replacement toner cartridge is hard to find and almost as expensive as the printer, it may not be so cheap. maybe i need to wait to see if a more popular and reliable model printer comes on sale.

    i noticed that the brother hl1440 also sells for $99, but i read numerous posts about rollers going bad in less than a year. they cost around $150 to replace. though cartridges are available.

    there seems to be reliability issue with the on sale, less expensive printers.

    hmm, the $30 lexmark inkjet is looking attractive. ;-)

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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    Hi squares,
    re < hmm, the $30 lexmark inkjet is looking attractive. ;-) >, caveat emptor! They look a lot less attractive for the average punter after they buy the first set of new cartridges at the high street retail price! IMHO, any cheap inkjet (especially L*****k) is only worth having if you were given it for free and/or don't have to pay for replacement cartridges! In my local area, it has been cheaper to throw the printer away and buy another identical one when the cartridges run out in the first one. This is partly due to large stocks of Lexmark models (e.g. Z13) being off-loaded in the market place prior to Lexmark's tie-in with Dell. One can of course try re-filling cartridges at home but that's another ball game (hassle). I'm sure that other loungers will have plenty of opinions on the relative merits of that!
    Also, I have found that the software installation for the low-end Lexmarks (and Xerox) to be more buggy and less user-friendly than HP and Epson with Canon in the middle, so to speak. Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth.

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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    Yes, it's hobby-horse time again!

    Printers are (nearly) free, ink/toner cartridges are expensive.

    If you're doing only a little printing, then the original price of the printer is relevant. Toner cartridges don't go bad as quickly as inkjet cartridges (although the toner cartridges for the newer HP lasers seem to have a "use by, or they die" date!).

    However, if you're doing lots of printing, then the cost of cartridges is the most important factor. Buy a better-quality printer with high capacity cartridges (check the "number of pages per cartridge" figures).
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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    Just like to add my two-cents for whatever it's worth. My last laser printer was (at the time) a nice quality Brother - don't remember the model. The toner cartridges lasted a "fair" amount of time, since I print so little. They were reasonably priced, but boy, when that "drum" needed to be replaced I had to get out my checkbook. I don't remember the length of time for any of this, but it was short enough that I was pretty upset at the prices. In parallel, I also had a Lexmark color ink jet at the same time that would CONSTANTLY experience dried up ink in the color cartridge (forgive me, alma mater!) A few times, upon my complaint, Lexmark replaced my color cartridge free of charge, but I got sick of it all.

    As I said, I don't do too much printing. A few years ago I bought an HP 970cxi and have NOT had the dry-up problem with its ink cartridges. They're certainly not inexpensive at $25 to $35 a pop, but so far I only have to monitor my son's frivolous use of the printer to maintain my checkbook.

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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    We use a HP LaserJet 2100 and a Deskjet 1220c, they both run great and have had them for several years. The ink and toner is always available and within a few dollars of the other brands. We have NOT have the ink dry up in either, we feel we are getting our <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>s worth with them.

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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    thanks to all for the valuable feedback. based on my occasional use and people's positive feedback (here and others i have spoken with) about the hp, i think i'll be getting an hp inkjet. while there are advantages to a laser printer, for me, it isn't worth the higher cost.

    thanks again.

    jeffrey

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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    Hi Jeffrey,

    FWIW I bought an ex-govt Kyocera FS1600 a couple of years ago for AUD100. It'd done 18,000 pages since new. The drums in these units are rated for ~300,000 pages. I've printed a ~5,000 pages so far and I'm still using the same toner cartridge that was in the printer when I bought it. Plus, I've managed to pick up two new toner kits for free from another Gov't dept that was throwing them out after changing to a different make.

    Check around: 2nd-hand might be better value than new, especially if you can try before you buy.

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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    Can't poke holes in any of the points raised here, so I will just add a thought. Most, if not all, lasers use pressure rollers as part of the print process. You should check that this pressure is released when the printer is not in use or powered off. This is in view of your point that the printer stands idle for long periods.

    Other than that I like laser for mono, and colour if someone else is paying.
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    Re: inkjet? laser?

    I've seen quite a few articles that demonstrate that the cost per page for using a laser printer is quite a bit less than using an inkjet.

    Don't buy the cartridges locally, but online.
    Also, buy the printer online.

    have fould best prices are often at http://www.fcsf.com/.

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