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Windows 7: Do laser printers have the same ink issues as inkjet printers?


10 Jan 2011   #11

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There is one problem with laser printers that most people are not aware of - the powder it uses can be highly toxic (some makes more than others). It is not recommended to keep laser printers in rooms where you live.
If that's the case (and I'm not saying it's not because I don't know) then neither should you have a copy machine since they also use toner. And then should they, also, not be in offices where one works?
I am not disputing what you say, I am just asking since I've never heard it before.


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10 Jan 2011   #12

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10 Jan 2011   #13
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There is one problem with laser printers that most people are not aware of - the powder it uses can be highly toxic (some makes more than others). It is not recommended to keep laser printers in rooms where you live.
If that's the case (and I'm not saying it's not because I don't know) then neither should you have a copy machine since they also use toner. And then should they, also, not be in offices where one works?
I am not disputing what you say, I am just asking since I've never heard it before.
In all the offices I ever worked, the copiers were always in a seperate room - just for this reason. Read this and you will get an idea (there are many other articles on the web)

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n3133253.shtml
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10 Jan 2011   #14

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I would only get an inkjet if I was needing to print pictures since Laser can't compare with an inkjet.
I don't do a lot of printing but for some odd reason we have 7 printers.
2 color lasers, 1 mono laser, 1 wide format inkjet, 2 multifunction inkjets, and 1 dye sub.

the multifunction inkets I have were only bought since they were such a good deal, Epson Workforce 610 with full high capacity carts for only $30 due to ad error at Office Max. On sale for $80 and had a $50 instant credit (credit wasn't supposed to be offered for this unit) for a trade in, so I grabbed a 22 year old 24pin Panasonic and an HP Wide format printer and bought 2 of the 610's.

this is my 11 year old baby,


We used to transport that huge HP 4500DN to Golf Tournaments back in the day for printing 8x10 photos of the Golf Players.
Inkjets were too slow for us, printing upto 240 8x10's in 2 hours wasn't feasible with an inkjet.

We eventually went with a Dell color laser since it was smaller and faster, but it didn't print as good as the HP, but was still acceptable.

here is my brother packaging a print at one of our tournaments,


We use a laptop now so we don't have to transport that PC setup.
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10 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

zepher, ever have to have the carousel drive assembly replaced? we used to have several of those 4500's where I work, we replaced at least 3 in 6 months before we just started replacing the units. That part is a PITA to replace, whole unit comes apart to replace it...
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10 Jan 2011   #16

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Everyone seems to agree that inkjets do a better job for color printing. My 51-year-old eyes think my color laser does fine. I've probably saved enough in ink to pay for the thing - and a set of replacement cartridges. I have the Brother 4040CN, which appears to have been replaced, and only paid $200 for it.

Only thing I'd say is that when the time comes, the toner cartridges are not cheap. From the sound of things, that will be a long time from now for you, BomberAF.

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,Printers & Scanners,Printer - Laser Printers,Color
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10 Jan 2011   #17

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Interesting read.
I have a Brother DCP-something at home.
Its an ink-hog, even with 'economy' setting. It wont let you print monochrome if any of the colours are low, and cartridges cost about $20 for a refill/replace. We'd get about 5-6 pages before some type of problem occurs, usually with cartridges.
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10 Jan 2011   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mlevy View Post
zepher, ever have to have the carousel drive assembly replaced? we used to have several of those 4500's where I work, we replaced at least 3 in 6 months before we just started replacing the units. That part is a PITA to replace, whole unit comes apart to replace it...
Not yet. this printer was used only for Golf Tournaments from 1999-til 2005, around 6 events per year.
It only has 4500 pages through it.
It was an expensive printer too, $2500 is what they paid for it. I had them upgrade to the Dell 3000, and they let me buy the 4500 and 3 full spare carts for $100, so that is why I have it now.
I am thinking about selling it since I hardly use it and it takes so long to warm up and calibrate, I'd estimate 15 minutes.

The toner Carts for this thing are $130/color, so about $500 for 4 full carts.
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10 Jan 2011   #19
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I have a Lexmark B&W laser printer (cost~$150, generic replacement toner $80)1500 pages I think.
Canon Pixma injet (cost ~$60, 2 cartridges ~$60) Not many prints before cartidges run low.

The Lexmark is my main printer and is very economical. Occasionally give the toner cartridge a jiggle.
The Canon I use infrequently because the cartridges are expensive. I never had problems of ink drying out and jets clogging. I only use it for colour printing and scanning.

Thanks WHS I never knew about the laser printer health issues. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
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10 Jan 2011   #20
whs
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Thanks WHS I never knew about the laser printer health issues. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
And it was your countrymen that first identified the problem - LOL. News sometimes has to travel a few times around the globe before it comes back to us.
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