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Laser vs Inkjet for home use

Discussion in 'Printers' started by EdwardTeach, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. spudbynight

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 8, 2006

    Posts: 6,700

    Location: Hove, UK

    I have a laser at home. It is a Samsung multifunction device.

    It has cost me far less to run than the inkjet I had previously. I has also given me far less hassle.

    The only thing I might have wanted to print in colour is photographs. The thing is, photo printing at home is more expensive, and the quality is poorer, than getting printed from a specialist company.
     
  2. londonbairn

    Soldato

    Joined: May 29, 2005

    Posts: 5,604

    Location: West London

    I would, but have so many ink cartridges left (friend who had the same printer got rid of his and he used to do a lot of printing, so gave me them). After they have ran out I will definitely get them done 3rd party.

    I will never buy an inkjet again. This laser printer is so good, and was way easier to setup!
     
  3. memyselfandi

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 10, 2005

    Posts: 8,670

    Location: Nottingham

    I have, what is now, a quite old laser printer (HP Laserjet 1200 + USB jet direct doodah) which I've had for the last ~14 years or so ... and it's still on the initial toner as I don't print that much. Still works absolutely fine. My Dad has a HP Laserjet 2200 series printer he got for £50 off of a popular auction site a couple of year later when I moved out and I think he's replaced the toner once.

    We used to use inkjets but they dried up through lack of use all the time so a laser was a lot better for us.
     
  4. Sasso

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 7, 2007

    Posts: 3,945

    Location: Swansea, Wales

    Think I'll Google some of these laser printers later as I'm in the market for one.

    Went to print off a packing label on the weekend and all my inks had dried up....granted the last time I used it was in 2014 at some point but I had put all new cartridges in that last time as one or two were out then and had them lying about. Not sure if I've ever really run out from printing.... Pretty much ever replacement has been due to drying up :p
     
  5. TubbyGreg

    Gangster

    Joined: Jun 18, 2015

    Posts: 305

    Location: Bedfordshire

    If you're printing in monochrome: Laser
    If not: inkjet
    :)
     
  6. MichaelAwkward

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 22, 2014

    Posts: 3,253

    Location: Oxon

    I ordered a Brother HL-3150CDW yesterday (I'm not paying for it), seems pretty decent. 18ppm Mono/Colour and WiFi. I like the small footprint too.

    Has anyone used one? Does it work well with tablets/phones?
     
  7. TubbyGreg

    Gangster

    Joined: Jun 18, 2015

    Posts: 305

    Location: Bedfordshire

    Lasers are hella quick!
     
  8. Dalandius

    Gangster

    Joined: Jan 5, 2014

    Posts: 265

    Love my Espon Stylus Photo R265 and at £13 for a complete set of 6 compatible inks quite cheap to run for the little printing I do.
     
  9. londonbairn

    Soldato

    Joined: May 29, 2005

    Posts: 5,604

    Location: West London

    I like having both. Inkjet gets used a lot for photos still, but laser for everything else. It is stupidly fast and so useful with Airprint etc
     
  10. smilertoo

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 4, 2005

    Posts: 3,060

    laser printers dont have to warm up now before they can be used?
     
  11. JasonM

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 19, 2009

    Posts: 2,700

  12. R3X

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 9, 2013

    Posts: 2,493

    C1760nw would have to recommend just from users inputs (hotuk deals), its an £99 colour laser dell printer but for 20 quid you can get 3rd party toner packs (4 pack) think a 2x black pack + colours is 26 quid also.

    Only thing it lacks is a scanner but if you got a mobile phone you can download that dell printer app to take scans of pages and convert to pdf or doc with full OCR.
     
  13. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 19,821

    Location: Oxon

  14. EJB

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 28, 2010

    Posts: 12

    Never ever change a cartridge/toner until the actual printed sheet has degraded!!
    We are heavy domestic users and have a mono laser for the routine written pages and an inkjet for coloured posters etc.
    Both current machines are 6+ years old and the only problem is finding new drivers.
    Neither machine runs as it should on Windows 8.1.
    The inkjet has to have original cartridges but the laser is OK on refills.
    Otherwise they have been, and still are, excellent machines from HP.
     
  15. wigster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 13, 2005

    Posts: 1,005

    Location: Devon

    Good thread as im now after a printer never even thought about a laser printer.
     
  16. wigster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 13, 2005

    Posts: 1,005

    Location: Devon

    So do colour lasers cost alot more to replace?
     
  17. Stoner81

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 8, 2010

    Posts: 2,252

    Location: Derbyshire

    Looking at possibly getting the HP MFP M277dw Laser from the rainforest, £200 for a printer, scanner and photocopier (all in colour).

    Stoner81.
     
  18. drakioned

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 11, 2008

    Posts: 1,176

    Location: London

    I have both, I've never printed on my inkjet, just scanned (it's an AIO)
     
  19. Phil2008

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 17, 2004

    Posts: 8,271

    Im sticking to inkjets as I do a fair amount of photo printing.
     
  20. Quartz

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 1, 2014

    Posts: 10,674

    Location: Aberdeen

    Yes, I took a photo of one of my mother's paintings and tried to print it on my laser and the result was most disappointing.