[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Color Laser Printer Recommendation

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Jun 5 15:04:11 EDT 2020

  I've never owned any of the Brother printers, but an old friend of
mine has a couple that I've used a bit while visiting him.  I was very
impressed by their compactness and the amount of bang for the buck.
They seem like very nice little printers.


On 6/5/20 3:01 PM, Dean Notarnicola wrote:
> Seconded on the hp or brother color lj. Less maintenance and much lower
> cost per page. 
> On Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 2:57 PM Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic
> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org
> <mailto:vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>> wrote:
>     On 6/5/20 2:18 PM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>     > So I've been using HP inkjet printers for years. I haven't had any big
>     > problems with these until recently, but it seems the quality of
>     inkjets has
>     > steadily declined over the years. I haven't had problems like I
>     have now. I
>     > have two HP Photosmart 6520s and now the black ink is clogged. I
>     followed
>     > some procedures to unclog it with no success. I will continue
>     working on
>     > it. It is likely I will keep these printers for the document scanning
>     > feature, but it is likely that I will go get a color laser printer.
>     >
>     > Ian Primus who fixes printers for a living recommended laser
>     printers over
>     > inkjet even though they tend to be more expensive. Inkjets tend to get
>     > clogged and have issues.
>     >
>     > Here are a few that Consumer Reports rates highly:
>     > HP Color LaserJet Pro M452nw printer
>     > Brother HL-L3230CDW printer
>     > Canon Color imageCLASS LBP622Cdw printer
>     >
>     > Does anyone recommend any particular models or brands?
>       I don't fix printers for a living, but I did many years ago.  Now, I
>     just do a LOT of printing, on many printers.
>       Very nearly universally, ink jet printers are garbage.  They are built
>     to generate supplies revenue and provide the smallest degree of value to
>     the customer that the manufacturer can get away with.  This is true of
>     most consumer-grade equipment, of course, but it is especially true of
>     ink jet printers.
>       These days, my main color printer is an HP Color Laserjet 5550DTN, and
>     my main mono printer is a Xerox WorkCentre 4260.  I recommend both
>     wholeheartedly.  These are both $5K+ high-volume printers, but I got
>     them both on the surplus market, one for free and the other for less
>     than $200.  It's really nice to not have to worry about printers, and
>     just print.
>       Either way, I would not recommend buying one new.  Let someone else
>     have the moment of thrill from opening the box.  Get a real printer (not
>     consumer garbage), and it will be supported for a very long time for
>     supplies and such.  It's the difference between a fifteen year old
>     Mercedes and a brand new Yugo.
>       I'm reminded of a funny story.  I will never forget a conversation I
>     had with a guy back when I lived in Florida.  He was thinking about a
>     new printer, because his ink jet was "over a year old now" and thus
>     surely needed to be replaced.  I ignored the obvious stupidity there.
>     He asked me what printer I use, which at the time was an HP LaserJet
>     8150DN, a laser printer.  He asked how much toner cartridges cost, and I
>     told him about $125.  He screamed (actually screamed) "OH MY GOD!!"  He
>     then informed me that I must be insane, and I obviously know nothing
>     about computing.
>       Heh.
>       I explained that that single $125 toner cartridge was good for 30,000
>     pages, which was more than the entire service life of his ink jet
>     printer.
>       He didn't get it.  I don't talk to him anymore.
>                  -Dave
>     -- 
>     Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
>     New Kensington, PA

Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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