View Full Version : Some advice - Printers
December 27th, 2003, 05:01 PM
Having owned an old Minolta Page Pro laser printer which has now given up the ghost (Shame really as it could print a 500+page manuscript in a few minutes!) its going to cost somewhere in the region of £600 pounds to repair.
Can someone suggest a replacement? As all you writers know a printer is an absolute essential. Personally I always like to print off a written manuscript and then edit from there.
December 28th, 2003, 11:52 PM
Any cheap, old black & white laser printer should do the trick.
December 29th, 2003, 05:06 AM
Printers are pretty cheap these days. Injet and bubblejets are nearly as good as laser printers and generally a lot cheaper.
And if you only really want them for monochrome printing for mauscript drafts etc, then you probably don't need a high end laser to do the job.
ebuyer (http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd3N1YmNhdGVnb3J5X3NlYXJjaA==&cat_uid=13) for a variety of laser and inkjet machines.
The main things I would advise to look at (other than the price) are the pages per minute and the longevity and price of the toner/ink cartridge.
December 29th, 2003, 09:47 AM
When I was in the market for a new printer, I also used the PPM (pages per minute) route. I went to www.hp.com (http://www.hp.com), www.lexmark.com (http://www.lexmark.com), and www.xerox.com (http://www.xerox.com) and looked at models old and new to find the right printer. Once you've found the right printer for you, find a web site such as ebay where you can purchase a printer much cheaper than a store or at those sites I've mentioned. Many modern lasers will print 20-25 PPM and the toner cartridges will last for up to 20,000 pages.
Be careful in your search. Look at how much it will cost for cartriges, if the printer requires special paper and if there is still support for the product you buy. Any of these can come back to bite you in the end.
December 29th, 2003, 11:05 AM
Although quality from Inkjets is just about the same as lasers, cost per page is not. If you actually intend to print heavy volume (lets say 500 pages or more per month) then you will purchase a new ink cartridge each month, or possibly 3 every two months. An ink cartridge only lasts about 350 pages or so. A toner (which costs about 1.5 to 2 times the cost of an ink cartridge will commonly print 2,000 pages or better. So, you can buy 12-18 ink cartriges per year (about $500) or 3 toner cartridges (about $200 or less).
So, chose based on volume and price per page in addition to the quality. HP makes some really solid lower end laser's such as the 1200 series.
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