A3 inkjet all-in-one printer that does CD's ????

December 31, 2011 at 04:59:58
Specs: Windows XP & Vista, 2Ghz/ 2Gb
any ideas anyone?

A mate got one from QVC in the UK but hasn't told me the Brother model number. QVC don't list it (one week on).

Brother models 6490 (discontinued) and 6510 look as if they could do it but no description identifies CD/DVD printing per se. AFAIK

All ideas considered


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December 31, 2011 at 07:26:16
Lightscribe burners can make a label directly onto a Lightscribe CDR.

There are also peel and stick labels that you print on an inkjet printer. The link below is one such option. Also has a gizmo that aids in sticking the label on straight. I have used a CD Stomper for years. It works great with inkjet printers.


I have never seen an inkjet that could print on a CD. The printer you mention appears to feed the paper through and around, discharging it out the opposite direction. A CD can't bend like that. I don't think it is possible.

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December 31, 2011 at 07:57:41

There were ink-jet printers that could print directly onto CD some time ago. You put the CD in a caddy similar to a CD drive and the printer would do its thing. I have not seen any advertised for a long time, probably, as I recall, they were a bit on the expensive side. Expensive to buy if you were only going to d a few CDs and expensive to run if you had lots of CDs to do.

There are commercial printers that will print a batch of CDs for you but that is only practical if you have hundreds of CDs to print.

For the home use the stick an labels with the gizmo that ensures the label is stuck on centrally is probably the best solution. There are printing applications that will print to circular labels as well as print the insert for the jewel case.


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December 31, 2011 at 11:04:10

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January 3, 2012 at 04:23:42
the mate's Printer is MFC-J6510DW
The base model boasts a straight path for thicker card, I have used similar at various workplaces. It is the CD carrier I was wondering about. Was it a third party add-on? Or was it part of the carrier they supply for thicker card?

The problem with labels is the possibility they will peel inside a player. And I am talking archive material so lifetime is important.

I have labels, I have Lightscribe (takes longer to print than the DVD part!) and just about all the printers that are sold currently that print to CD/DVD have been looked at. Specs for this one do not make it obvious.

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January 3, 2012 at 06:43:05
If you are worried about the label coming loose the paper labels on the pre-labeled disks are fastened with some sort of adhesive. Still the possibility of them dislodging.

I have used a CD Stomper for many years and have never had a problem with a label. I read where leaving that type of label in a car player could cause problems. In the summer, cars can get really hot inside. I don't see there being a problem with disks stored in a building. If you are using jewel cases you could just use the case label and forego the disk label.

If you are worried about long term archiving, you should be more concerned with the quality of the burn and the quality of the disk. Burning at the fastest rate may result in a playable disk that isn't burned optimally.

Optical burners use a variable intensity laser for both reading and writing. As the laser gets older it can become weaker, which results in shallower pits. The lens can also cloud up restricting the passage of the laser light.

There are separate lasers for CD & DVD media. I assume that holds for bluRay also. The wave length of a DVD laser is shorter, allowing smaller pits, which allows more pits per disk.

One other point to mention, I have a third party labeling program that allows you to place more information on the labels. I used to use it to label music CDRs and was able to place as many as 30 names on a label and still be readable. Very useful for archiving purposes.

Be sure to also set aside a new drive that is compatible with the archived disks. Down the road you may not be able to play them for lack of hardware.

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January 18, 2012 at 08:21:21
I bought the Epson A4 - if I need A3 I will print in bits and stick the paper together.

Printable CDs I have seen are unlikely to be paper labels stuck on, they are glue and paper fibres dropped on., The glue is thicker and the total layer is much thinner. Basically the glue dominates, mechanically. And some look for all the world to be paint/silk screened absorbent ink. And I can't scratch/lift the layer easily.
There is even one with a gloss result, thickness unspecified.

And at the end of the day - the provider (me) is not in control of what the end user does. And they can't possibly be doing it wrong!

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January 18, 2012 at 11:45:13
Well, good luck with your purchase. Hope if works well for you. Thanks for getting back to us with your solution.

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