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Recommend me a printer

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Teger, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Rambo

    Rambo Well-Known Member

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    cheap or expensive? work or home? etc.

    laser all the way. i've got a midlevel Brother all-in-one. its the tits - cheap toner, relatively easy to operate, does exactly what its supposed to do. and the best part? i got it for free after rebate.
     
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  3. otc

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    How big of a hurry are you in?

    This:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...g=slicinc-20&ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    was $160 a couple of days ago but the current price isn't awful.

    You definitely want laser unless you plan to print pictures (but there are tons of places that can print a better photo than you can at home....and if you work out the ink costs, they do it for less too).

    Stuff like this shows up pretty often on slickdeals if you are willing to wait. You could set up a Deal Alert to email you anytime someone starts a thread for one...pretty easy keywords to get at, try any of these combos:
    printer all
    laser fax
    printer scan laser
    etc....all of those should pick up All-In-One laser printers and send you an email whenever someone posts a deal.

    Edit: and if you are cool with not needing wireless (you can still print wirelessly, you just have to plug the printer into an ethernet cable), this guy is a lot cheaper:
    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-imageCLASS-MF4770n-Monochrome-Printer/dp/B008YD1V6C/ref=pd_sim_e_6
     
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  4. ter1413

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    Tks.. I def want/need wireless. I would probably not need to print flicks. I want the best bang for my buck. Also want it in the next month...
     
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  5. Rambo

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    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Printer-MFC7360N-Monochrome-Networking/dp/B004QM99K0

    This is the newer, wireless version:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QM99JG

    Also, keep an eye out for sales and printer trade-in deals. You can often save $50 on a new printer if you trade one in. If you don't have an old one, you can buy one off CL for like $10.
     
  6. otc

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    Just to be clear, you can still print wirelessly from your laptop on the second printer I mentioned (or the first of Rambo's). Only the printer needs to be connected to the network with a cable...so if your printer is in the same room as your router/modem (or you have wiring run in the house), you are good to go.

    Otherwise it looks like there's ~$50 premium on wireless.
     
  7. Ataturk

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    Laser printers have kind of a long warmup time for occasional home use. You also have to replace the drums and fusers as well as toner cartridges -- and they are expensive and have surprisingly short service lives.

    Like I said before, you should pick your printer based on how much it costs to print with it, not how much it costs up front.
     
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    Tks. My printer and router are in diff rooms...



    Good 2 know...
     
  9. Rambo

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    by long warmup time he means 20 seconds. ooooh, so it doesn't come on instantly...

    and all the associated costs are mitigated with generics and WAY cheaper over the long run than using inkjets.
     
  10. otc

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    Yeah....my old inkjet took WAY longer to warm up than my laser printer if it hadn't been used in a while. It wasn't really a warmup...more like an abbreviated self-clean...but it took a long time.

    If my laser printer is on and just asleep (which is how you would probably leave it if it is a wireless print/copy/fax type machine), it has usually already printed the page by the time I walk over there. Mine is a print-only Lexmark (I have a small flatbed scanner in a drawer somewhere if I ever need it and I don't even have a phone line so a fax is useless), but I doubt a multi-function would have a worse warm-up time.

    Takes a little longer from a cold start...after I flip the switch, the firmware has to boot up, and then the printer has to warm up...maybe a minute total.
     
  11. Cold Iron

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    This. My HP laserjet is ready to print by the time it connects to the wireless network at home. Using an inkjet printer today is like going back to the old colored pen plotters, you could but why? And are much more expensive cost per page than a laser.
     
  12. aravenel

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    +1 to get a laser. I've had a Dell laser printer for the last 8 years and love it.
     
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    anyone seen a good cheap inkjet 3 in one deal out there? yes i know laser, laser, laser, but I almost never print so I only buy a cartridge a year, if that
     
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    nope. not any real good deals lately. your best bet is to find a printer trade-in deal locally.
     
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    my printer is broken though, don't think anyone would accept a trade in
     
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    I dont think they resell the trade-ins...I think they strip for parts so you are probably still ok.
     
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    Thinking about picking up the Brother HL-5470DW while it's $50 off at Staples this week: http://www.staples.com/Brother-HL-5470dw-Laser-Printer/product_358136

    Anyone have this model?

    I've also heard good things about the OKI B431dn and Samsung monochrome lasers, though they seem to be a bit more expensive and I'm not sure that it'd be worthwhile for a home office printer.
     
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