inkjet VS laser printer

February 10, 2006 at 02:06:54
Specs: Windows Xp Pro Sp2, amd athlon xp 2500+ 1.82g

i am looking for a decent printer that prints color (for school work/projects)
and perhaps not costly like the inkjets
but i heard the quality of the laser aren't as good
what about these other multifunction printers? seems like in the same price range compare to inkjets

so can someone inform me the real goods/bads of each "inkjet," "laser"
and a nice little cheap printer that works well and don't cost a lot $ for ink


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February 10, 2006 at 03:36:13

To get the same print quality from a colour laser as you would from a cheaper ink-jet you are going to have to pay a lot of money.

Before you go down the laser route I would do some research on the cost of replacement toner for a colour laser printer. Even the cheaper colour laser are not that cheap when you take that into account.

Like most things to do with printers, it's cost v quality. To pays your money and takes your choice.


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February 10, 2006 at 04:14:04

Colour lasers along with their toner cartridges are EXPENSIVE!

Inkjets have come a long way in the recent past, but a laser will print MUCH faster and MUCH more accurately. The price difference however is in terms of thousands as compared to the inkjets' hundreds.

If you are working for a lawyer firm then a laser is what you want, but for school.... go with the inkjet.

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February 10, 2006 at 05:25:58

Where did you hear that the quality of a laser printer isn't as good as an inkjet? That's not true ... usually, laser printer quality is better, and the toner won't run if you get it wet. However, as has already been pointed out, the cost of replacing the laser toner cartridges - and there are usually four of them in a color laser printer - would be considerably more (even though the cost-per-page of laser printing is usually lower than for an inkjet). For the money, and for your needs as a student, I would agree that you should be able to find a suitable and affordable injet printer or multifunction unit. You might try shopping at - they usually have helpful information about the hardware they sell (including actual customer feedback).

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February 10, 2006 at 07:02:33

A Multifunction Printer made by epson is a good bet. They have separate cartridges for each colour so you only have to replace one colour rather than all three if only one has run out. Of course refilling them is even cheaper.


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February 10, 2006 at 07:29:30

There seems to be a lot of misinformation here.

A good quality photo inkjet printer will out perform a laser printer in terms of print quality. Inks no longer are water soluble, meaning they don't run if they get wet. It is also much cheaper to purchase a good quality ink printer then it is a laser printer. However, laser printers are cheaper to maintain in terms of consumables (ink vs. toner).

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February 10, 2006 at 08:09:50

ok ive read alot of the posts before me and there a bit iffy in quality. firstly ink cheap but not that cheap. be carefull which manufature you buy is good since there cartirages hold alot of ink but some about the same price but less ink. if you want to get a rough idea find instructions for a ink refill set online for the printer you are looking at and compair them. however try not to use refils as they can leak. also see if when you buy the ink is it just ink or the printer heads as well(hp does this) see if there is a black ink this is cheaper than getting one that uses the three colour to represent black. ok thats my guide to inkjets now for the old laser. yes lasers are great and accurate but unless you got a magnifying glass 20 20 vision and the picture or text you've created has been blown up to 2 or 3 times you wont notice the diffrence. secondly unless you like reading your printouts in the bath. getting the paper wet wont be a problem unless you have a problem drinking in that case i sudgest you get a bib. thirdly we stack paper up we put in in between pages in books. we put it into plastic folders too(something about the smoth surface and static). in these case if you use laser the ink(dust) will transfer to the new surface. This has happend alot with me and yes the quality of the print is brilliant but try tell that to the librarian after half an essay has attached itself from your page onto there book. and as for speed injets are ok laser is really quick but some need to warm up and this slows them down and then the speed diffrence you wont notice. my sudgestion is that if your printing off say 10 pages the slowness of a inkjet wont be to bad if your printing of 60 pages on the other hand you'll have to go away and get a cuppa tea.

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February 10, 2006 at 09:51:04

Depends what you intend to print...

My EPSON R1800 will print photographic circles around any color laser up to 13" x 44".

Its UltraChrome Pigment ink is NOT gonna run, lol, and is archival up to 200 years, rivaling Silver Halide (theoretically).

If your printing mainly text and graphs (office stuff), the lazer will print sharp as hell, and fast, but is a little expensive per page. Maintenance is lower in a high volume setting though (changing cartriges and such). Lazers usually hold much more paper too.

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February 10, 2006 at 21:44:20

i brought Epson Stylus CX4810
the ink is pretty expensive without the MIR...
hahah but had a cute sales lady helping me out

oh well now i just have to find a space for this fat printer

so far so good, did a print test and scan an old copy of PCaccelerator megazine LOL

see a scanned copy of this sexy babe on the cover lol

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