[vcf-midatlantic] OT: All-In-One Color Laser Printer

David Riley fraveydank at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 21:07:56 EDT 2020

On Jun 11, 2020, at 6:55 PM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Yes. I have seen that the consensus is that ink jet printers are not good
> long term. I haven't gotten anyone to say anything positive about them yet.

I will say that I've seen some inkjets in the past 15 years or so that are very good for photo printing, if you have the high-quality ink and paper (the paper makes a difference! The photo-quality paper has a coating that keeps the ink from bleeding into the grain like it does with copy paper, so you get much more precise results).  But for the amount I print photos, I'm happy to just get it done by a service that I know will do it well like Shutterfly or the Kodak printers at CVS rather than screw around with dried out print heads and the like.

That said, I've not seen nice results from color laser printers, though admittedly it's been a long time since I've really looked.  My laser printers are exclusively monochrome because short of, say, classroom presentations for my kids or something, I never need to print anything in color (and they've got crayons/markers/colored pencils).

> I originally was going to get just Black and White printer, but we decided
> that sometimes we want color.

Depending on your use case, consider getting a B&W printer for home use and printing color at the copy shop if you don't need it often.  Of course, your results may vary based on current pandemic conditions.

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