Jonathan "Gorno" Fashena
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Bumping this from last week: I've been very happy with my Samsung ML-2510 compact B&W laser (full price: 120$) -- it's almost small and light enough to pass for an inkjet, although it uses a lot of current (lights flicker a bit and my UPS clicks when it's plugged in nearby). They run this B&W special pretty frequently. The 30% filled starter cartridge ran for quite a while (full ones cost under 90$). It has a nice open-front paper feed so you can easily change the stock/size.

The color CLP-315 (full price: 200$) is still pretty small and is light for a laser printer ("only" 25 lbs.), but has the same heavy amperage, and I don't much like the paper feed cartridge, which needs to be pulled out to change the stock. The specs say this comes with 70%-filled starters (1000 pages each). The toner costs 50$ each cartridge (X 3 colors + black).

As is fairly common now, the standard (A/B) USB printer cable needed isn't included with either, so it's up to 25$ for that if you don't have one already. Staples has free shipping for orders over 50$.

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Thanks Jonathan, that's good info. I've been looking at colour laser printers, and the Samsungs seem to be a good price. Have you tried printing heavier stock with this printer? It also looks like Staples is coming up, or already has, a wireless version of this same printer.
 
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Kestril wrote:
Thanks Jonathan, that's good info. I've been looking at colour laser printers, and the Samsungs seem to be a good price. Have you tried printing heavier stock with this printer? It also looks like Staples is coming up, or already has, a wireless version of this same printer.
Alas, they never discount the network-ready printers... I just set up (with some frustration) a wireless print server for this very purpose. A respondent to the earlier post mentioned that laser printers often go on sale at the end of the year, so it may not last...

About feed stock: the specs say tray-fed paper: 60 to 105 g/m2 (16 to 28 lb bond); five-fed card stock/envelopes/transparencies: 60 to 163 g/m2 (16 to 43 lb bond). It warns to only use glossy paper specifically meant for laser printers, never glossy photo and inkjet paper (WHOOPS! I hope one sheet of semi-gloss won't kill it... this warning is probably common to all laser printers). Both this and the ML-2510 B&W handle index card stock with no problem.

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I had a B&W Samsung laser printer a few years ago - paid about $70. The first toner cartridge didn't last long, maybe 200 pages? They sell them with low-capacity carts to begin with. Halfway through the replacement, higher-capacity toner cart, it stopped feeding paper properly and I got rid of it. Couldn't get the thing open to try and fix it.

Now I have a HP Laserjet 4 that I literally found on a streetcorner and refurbished with a new toner cart and about $60 in parts (paper outfeed mechanism), then later added an $15 ethernet card to put it on my home network. It's a great machine and I expect it to last forever.

The Samsungs are probably worth what you pay for them, so don't expect too much.
 
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Are laserjets that much higher quality than inkjet? Any other particular reason for the price premium?
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XanderF wrote:
Are laserjets that much higher quality than inkjet? Any other particular reason for the price premium?
That's a good question... which I can't answer well because I do things for weird reasons! As far as I know, laser printers aren't generally called "laserjets," and "jets" are usually inkjets, so it's confusing that HP calls theirs that. Laser printers produce much crisper, professional-looking output on plain paper, with no smearing. (For a paper crafter like myself, a drawback is that a printed line will tend to flake if you fold or cut along it, so I spray a fixative on before doing so.) Photo inkjets produce considerably sharper output on photo paper (a photo printed by the CLP-315 resembles a newspaper photo, with visible dots), but their cartridges tend to dry out, especially if they are used infrequently. I wanted a sharper printer and was sick of the ink dying just when I needed it! Honestly, I don't know if I need it, but "it was a bargain!"

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I think the per-page costs of a laser printer tends to be lower than inkjet (considering costs of the printer and refills).
 
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