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

madodel madodel at mac.com
Thu Jun 11 21:37:48 EDT 2020

On 6/11/20 21:07, David Riley via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> 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've had different laser printers and none were good for photos. I have had 
a Brother MFC-J5410DW inkjet for years now and it works great, but I have 
to print things every few weeks to make sure I don't have an issue with 
clogging. If one prints regularly it shouldn't be a problem, but this isn't 
a cheap disposable inkjet. It can scan and print 11x17. And it can duplex 
scan which is helpful for multipage 2-sided scanning/copying. It is slow 
compared to a laser. Photos are actually pretty decent as well on photo 
paper. And ink carts are reasonably priced. But it is not for heavy 
printing use. For that I go to the office and use the laser. All depends on 
what one needs. I print very little at home any more so the inkjet is good 


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