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I know I've talked to some of you about this before, but I can't recall specifics.

I need a printer for business things, eventually. Black-and-white will suit me fine. I am considering a basic model Brother printer-copier-fax thing.
I could make my own business cards and tags, print shipping labels, copy original black-and-white art for thankyou notes, print invoices, print out jewelry care instructions (brass and copper have special cleaning methods if you want to keep them bright). Suddenly my jewelry business looks 100% more professional.

What I really want to know is:

How long does laser printer ink LAST???

Something I read said it's composed of powder, which is fused in the printing process. That makes me think it doesn't dry or clog. But I could be wrong.

My main complaint about inkjets is that the stupid liquid ink dries up/gets clogged/goes USELESS after X number of months. I might not need to print for a certain amount of time. Am I going to have the same problem with a laser printer?

Date: 2011-05-02 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coffeekitty.livejournal.com
laser toner is indeed powder that is heat-fused in the printing process. i don't know a great deal about them, but my experience with inkjet printers suggests that if you use the wrong kind of paper, larger areas that are completely covered with ink can saturate and end up with the kind of ripples you see when paper gets wet (this happened with a large-format poster printer at my school's library; they ran out of the heavyweight paper, used some lighter stuff, and my poster looked, well, like it had gotten wet. i also believe that inkjet printing is not waterfast. On the other hand, photographs are printed on high-end inkjet printers, not laser printers. my general impression is that cheaper inkjet printers can be troublesome, but i'm not an expert, and YMMV. If you're doing things on the graphic design level of business cards and line art, a decent quality consumer grade laser printer will, in my experience, be more than adequate.

Date: 2011-05-02 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bikergeek.livejournal.com
This is pretty much accurate. However, a lot of the color stuff done by publishing houses, architectural firms, etc, is done with dye-sublimation printers rather than inkjets.

Cheap consumer-grade inkjet printers are teh suck. Avoid, if you can.

Laser toner cartridges last for *thousands* of pages, putting the cost per page at under a nickel a page. Sometimes the toner can clump up if the toner is stored in an inappropriate environment, like somewhere that's way humid, but that's unlikely to happen.

And yes, a decent quality consumer-grade laser printer will do the job. The other option is a refurbed business or workgroup grade printer bought off of eBay...something like an HP 4050 series or something. The dangerous part there is that they're heavy and the shipping can eat you alive.

Date: 2011-05-02 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] watercolorblue.livejournal.com
Thanks for the tips.
I don't need anything fancy. This is the model I am thinking of buying:

http://www.amazon.com/Brother-MFC-7220-Laser-Multifunction-Printer/dp/B0008EUE7M

Walmart currently has it on sale, brand new, for $150. I can pick it up in the store a few towns away, no shipping cost. And it makes copies; I do really want to copy my black-and-white artwork for the business.

Honestly, based on the complaints from reviewers, it looks perfect for my current situation. I do not print much. A single cartridge prints approx 2600 pages. It'll take me a LONG time to get to that number. Inkjet ink dries up on me before I can even print 10 pages. :( If I need a mass printing for some reason, I'll go to a printing press or something. Reviewers say it's compatible with Mac OS X (which I have), and can be used with Linux (I may install Ubuntu soon), so I wouldn't need to get a different computer to use this machine.

I'm going to take advantage of the sale and get it, I really think so. :)

Date: 2011-05-02 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bikergeek.livejournal.com
Looks reasonable. Good luck with it!

Date: 2011-05-03 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pywaket.livejournal.com
That looks like a fine option. However, if you can wait until you get out to eastern MA you may be able to get one free. They show up on MIT and GB Reuse and freecycle all the time. Won't be new, but hey, free is good :-)

Date: 2011-05-03 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] watercolorblue.livejournal.com
Free's always good. :-)
Since I managed to score the Lenovo laptop, I'm going to keep managing without my own printer for a bit. Something about not putting the horse before the cart. At least I've done my research and am not impulse-buying...it's nice to know I can shake the Boston techie tree for information on that the heck to get!!

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