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Laser vs Inkjet for home use

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

  1. Phil2008

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 17, 2004

    Posts: 8,271

    My brother inkjet just sips the ink as a set of good compatibles carts lasts about a year, so its a bit like a laser, but probably not at quick. Plus it never gets clogged up because it automatically checks/cleans the heads weekly, even when the printer is switched off.
     
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  2. a1ex2001

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    Joined: Mar 14, 2005

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    Location: Here and There...

    Had a black and white Samung ML1710 for a decade now and it's never missed a beat cheap ebay toners seem to last forever! I've given up on colour inkjets and print photo's online now as it's so much easier! Although all this talk of affordable colour lasers has me browsing the dell store would be nice to have a network job tucked away under the stairs!
     
  3. R4z0r

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    Joined: Oct 26, 2002

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    Location: London

    Did you get this one? Seems like a great option for a colour laser printer/scanner.
     
  4. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

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    Location: Oxon

    im still on my ink that came with my laser printer
    had it 6 months ? (check my previous post)
     
  5. Wingz

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    Joined: Apr 29, 2003

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    Location: Cardiff

    My m277dw arrived on friday after a 3 week wait because it was out of stock on the HP website. It was £199 minus 10% promo code so around £179.

    So far i'm impressed, printing and scanning is super fast and the duplex option is a must for me. I can have it anywhere in house because its connected to the network using wifi. The touch screen is easy to navigate and I like the features such as being able to scan to email, network folder or usb flash drive, printing docs from the cloud, usb stick, mobile phone, NFC, you can even setup a hp printer email so that you can email a attachment (photo, pdf, word, excel) to the printer anywhere in the world and it will print it out.

    Its also not that big for a all in one printer. Its also very power efficient according to a website it says
    Downside is that the toners are expensive but its for home use so I don't expect to run out of toner anytime soon. it comes with starter toners (black @1500 pages & colours 700 pages). When it does run out my workaround is to buy refills which costs around £50 for the whole set.
     
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  6. Doug

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    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Newcastle

    I've had a Samsung 315W for exactly 6 years now. I stuck the toners and other parts on my wish list the same time I bought the printer and I still haven't needed to buy any yet.

    Probably says more about how little it's used than anything else :D

    I used to go literally over a year between prints, and it's never taken offence at being off for so long.

    It does have a little issue that developed sometime after the warranty expired, however I've never printed anything important enough that I've bothered to sort it out.
     
  7. Nikumba

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    Joined: Dec 4, 2002

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    Location: Bourne, Lincs

    Have a Brother colour network laser, got it cheap from work very happy with it, just sits silent in the corner for the last 2 years, click print and out it comes no need to worry about ink drying out.
     
  8. crinkleshoes

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    I managed to get an OKI MC352DN for about £100 after cashback with a set of full toners... I don't think the offer is still on, but given I was spending about £30-40 every 1-2 months on ink cartridges for my ageing Canon and this is still on 70% after 6 months use.

    I'm quite happy with the purchase... the ongoing costs will be lower and it has a 3 year on-site warranty.
     
  9. Phil2008

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    Joined: Dec 17, 2004

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    Same here, but mines a inkjet but it checks its self weekly when its off or on, so it doesnt matter how long I go without printing.
     
  10. zom247

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    Joined: Sep 29, 2004

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    Location: Wilt of the Shire

    I've got an HP 8600e inkjet which I've had for about 4 years now. Almost all my ink cartridges are empty so I'm contemplating buying a M277dw. I can get it for £179 delivered and if I buy new ink for my 8600e then that's almost £60. I've always wanted a colour laser printer so now might be the time to do it. Just gotta convince the Mrs with the maths :)
     
  11. Billies Bangers

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    Joined: Sep 18, 2014

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    I don't do a lot of printing and hardly ever colour. After years of ink cartridges drying up through lack of use or print heads becoming blocked I had had enough.

    I have purchased a Samsung M2070 mono laser. Oh how I wish I had bought one years ago. It's just so reliable and even when not used for a while the first sheet to print is as clear as crystal.
     
  12. Schizo

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    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

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    Been reading this thread and have deceided on a laser,i probaly print out about 30 pages a year and mostly shipping and holiday (daughters) forms,had enough of ink on my lexmark and got this printer for £35.00 Ricoh SP 213w Wireless A4 Mono Laser Printer.

    Will do me fine and should last longer than my bloomin lexmark.
     
  13. Schizo

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    Well,got my ricoh and its superb for the money,chucks out black and white like nothing,superb quality.
     
  14. Phil2008

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    I have just tried my old epson inkjet printer that has been ontop of my cupboard for 5yrs or longer. I was expecting it to print nothing at all, but amazingly it printed, just a little bit liney. It only took 1 head clean to sort out the liney prints and the carts are compatibles too. Impressive hey?
     
  15. steveliddle

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    Location: England

    used to have an inkjet, then got given a free brother laser, but mono only. was massively faster and then it developed a fault that it kept printing what was in the buffer until the toner expired.

    took a long look at colour lasers and went with a local pick up from a store of the color laserjet pro m252dw, most of the prices were £180, but got it for £135

    use it mostly for work in mono, but colour is great for personal use :)

    replacement media can be expensive, but suspect will need black long before the coloured
     
  16. chilipeppersc

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    Joined: Mar 13, 2012

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    Location: Tampere Finland

    Had an Epson on ink recently and the ink for covered, 412-xp home (or something similar) it was only a couple if years old and we were only away 2 months! I'll never go back to inkjet.

    Just purchased a Brother hl 1212? For home use, black and white only buy so far it's fantastic, 300 pages in and the toner level hs barely moved.
     
  17. hornetstinger

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    I've gone for a colour laser, it's very affordable and don't have problem of drying out inkjet heads- had throwaway a £400 Epson.

    oh and lasers don't use ink they use toner.
     
  18. Phil2008

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    That's the one reason I try to stay with brother inkjets, because they clean the heads weekly, and this brother I have atm, a set of inks last about a year.
     
  19. w00dy85

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    I have just noticed the Dell C1760NW for £89, worth getting or wait for Black Friday?
     
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  20. Nikumba

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    Just had to get a new toner for my Brother colour network laser, Only cost £12 and will last forever lol

    Full colour pack is only about £40 as well

    Kimbie