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  • Laser all the way.  I never have to worry about dried up ink cartridges or print heads, don't need to worry about how old the ink is and if the printer will still use it.  Don't need to worry about keeping 6 different ink's in stock, even if I want to print B/W.  In the end I believe the laser printer will last longer as well, better ROI in the end but higher up front cost.

    Had an HP laserjet 2p up till three years ago, slow but worked till the bitter end.

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  • I will NEVER purchase another inkjet for home use.

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  • My HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 produces better and truer color output than most HP Color LaserJets and costs less to operate to boot.  I have some really, really picky marketing types so we tested a one page PDF on two Ricohs (one printer, one copier), three HP Color LaserJets, and my personal home printer.  The 7740 produced the best output of the bunch.

    Inkjets have come a long ways.

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  • I print 3-4 times a year, if I was using an inkjet I'd be buying ink that often I'd bet

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  • I hate my inkjet, I use it so rarely that the ink literally dries up and I have to buy more Ink. I don't see any reason to ever buy another inkjet ever again IMO. Cost of Operation in the long run always seems to favor Laser.

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  • I would love to have a PageWide at home, but my current company issued MFP is a long in the tooth CM3530. If HP wants to set me up with a PageWide for a long term technician test, I am all game for it.

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  • Image-heavy workloads such as family photos and school projects are better suited to lightweight and low-cost inkjet printing.
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    Lightweight & low cost "inkjet"  

    I almost choked on air when I read that little gem of a sentence.....   sure i can buy any old inkjet for under $$$ but after 25 pages I'll need to buy ink for that thing again....  If the printer has multiple tanks it could cost as much and sometimes more to refill or replace the tanks then it would be to but another new printer.....

    Nothing "cheap" about inkjet....  nothing at all.

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  • Laser (my wife is a teacher) - though I do have an old inkjet that I use for digital cyanotype

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  • I prefer Laser. in the end all depends what you need it for. Photos seem to be a little better in ink but if you do not use it a lot then you will end up throwing away the ink as it drys up a lot.

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  • I think I print about 10 pages a year at home.. on inkjet that translates into new cartridges or a new printer every time I have to print.  Not very cost effective per page.

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  • Laser will produce a much better quality output, and at a much lower price.  But, for photos, Inkjet still look nicer.  We don't print that much, but I've got 2 kids in school just about to get to age where reports get bigger - I don't see the schools going to email for submitting yet, so my next home printer will be laser.  I still like my HP 8600+ for all the other parts of the MFP experience, I just don't print on it anymore (the head died and I refuse to pay as much for the the head as a new printer.)  That said, the new HP 6978 is a complete waste of money.  Not only is it an ink jet, but they forgot to put network scanning in it - scan to USB key (as long as it's smaller than 1GB, or scan to a PC running their junk software...)  The reason I keep the 8600, older AND better.  Not certain about the HP X Series, they CLAIM better and cheaper than laser - it sounds a lot like BS to me.

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  • Both.  Inkjet for photos and artwork (who prints photos any more?), and B&W laser for everything else.  Inkjet is just too expensive to operate for everyday use.

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  • I shoot printers if they come on my property, inkjet or laser.

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  • I really dislike inkjets, but for that occasional photo for the relative that likes a hard copy, an inkjet is what I have at home.

    That reminds me... I need to order ink.  >:(

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  • I used to have a b/w Lexmark laser printer at home, loved it. I didn't need color. We had a flatbed scanner for the wife's business, and an inkjet for her color printing needs. Gave the Lexmark to my son, the flatbed scanner died, so did the inikjet. 

    I currently have an HP 8710 inkjet MFP at home, bought it for the wife's business needs. She is now an ex-wife, she closed down her business, and I inherited the 8710. It needs several color cartridges, but as long as it continues to print B/W, I'm good. I don't print very much, so it is usually a drink holder. :-O. 

    I may resurrect my old B/W HP laser MFP with sheet scanner, as I prefer the quality and longevity of the cartridge. And I could give my daughter the 8710 when she goes back to school to finish her Masters. Hmmmm. 

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  • JFEB wrote:

    I shoot printers if they come on my property, inkjet or laser.

    That is hilarious!  I hate printers

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  • I hardly ever print, but when I do, it's likely in color or at least I'd prefer it to be in color, which is why I have shied away from using laser at home, as I have had trouble finding a color laser printer that isn't huge. And I just go refill the ink cartridges, so it's not big economically

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  • 100% laser for any text document or even documents containing graphs and charts that require color. If I for some reason wanted a high-resolution photo printed for something then I would consider an inkjet and photo paper. For everything else, I say laser BW if color isn't needed and laser color if your printing color sensitive work. Also I want someone to invent a pizza printer like the one in the GIF please!!!!  LOL!

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  • We switched from laser to ink a couple of years ago. Laser printer vendors have lowered the prices of the hardware but increased the prices of consumables so laser is no longer the most economical way to print. We switched to the HP 86XX series Office Inkjet and have been happy with it.

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  • At home we have laser printers, because the ink of inkjet printers would dry up if you didn't need them for a while.

    At work we recently replaced some laser printers with new inkjet printers, though. They are pagewide pro printers from HP and they're unbelievable fast and also quite cheap in the long run. They're good for small sized departements I'd say for approximately a dozen users. 

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  • Jeffrey7035 wrote:

    I hardly ever print, but when I do, it's likely in color or at least I'd prefer it to be in color, which is why I have shied away from using laser at home, as I have had trouble finding a color laser printer that isn't huge. And I just go refill the ink cartridges, so it's not big economically

    Awwwwww, you just missed it!

    "I don't always print, but when I do, I use the full spectrum".

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  • I have always preferred the "shine and pop" of the melted plastic, produced from a laser printer (mono and color), and so do most of my customers.  Inkjets are fine if you are presenting a mock up and not a finished product.

    In my experience, the cost of ownership is about the same for each product, especially when dealing with color.  The inkjet cartridges cost less individually, but need to be replaced more often.

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  • At work I will not support an inkjet - period.

    At home we run CASES of paper through our old reliable laser printer without issue, BUT...  

    I periodically have very particular need for really nice color inkjet output. I wait until I have enough work for it to make the cost of a set of cartridges worthwhile, print like crazy, and then just figure that the cartridges will be useless the next time I need to print color.

    The inkjet does a beautiful job on photos and the occasional production runs of nice color certificates I do. It was an old model when I bought it at Goodwill years ago for $3.99 and it came with a set of new cartridges!

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  • Mike400 wrote:

    My HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 produces better and truer color output than most HP Color LaserJets and costs less to operate to boot.  I have some really, really picky marketing types so we tested a one page PDF on two Ricohs (one printer, one copier), three HP Color LaserJets, and my personal home printer.  The 7740 produced the best output of the bunch.

    Inkjets have come a long ways.

    B size is probably the one place it makes sense to choose ink, since the cost of B size color toners is in the $400 range Per Cartridge.  Of course, you get a lot of pages for price, but most people wont run down to staples to shell out $1500-1600 for toner, unless you're doing 50 pages per day.

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  • I have thrown away far too many cartridges with (dried up) ink still in them.  Laserjets for home use have gotten very affordable and dependable. People hate it when I tell them to replace their ink cartridge because they cant print yellow but they're out of yellow even they still have lots of blue and red.  That's another reason to not use the smaller ink jet printers.  

    I got a 'free' inkjet printer when I bought a computer a few years ago.  A year later I took it out of the box and printed a few photos.  A month later I went to print some more and it was all dried up so I recycled it.  I can have photos printed at kink-office-mart cheaper than I can buy ink cartridges for home use for no more of that than I do.  

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  • From what I heard the cost of ink is extremely expensive now a days and have been advised by printers reps to stay away from inkjets.

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  • I actually don't have a printer at home, but when I did I used a laserjet for multiple reasons.

    1. It was free, and still had toner in it

    2. I only had to print once in a blue moon, I didn't want to worry about the ink drying up

    Major downside to it was how heavy it was...since I didn't use it often, I'd have it unplugged and in my closet, than I'd hook it up if I needed it

    The last time I moved I gave it to my dad, and now when I have to print something I either go to him, or just put it on a flash drive and do a "test print" on the floor models at staples or best buy

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  • I am not sure that ink jets will ever out live their nasty reputation.  I understand there are some real improvements in that technology but may past experiences have prejudiced me against Ink Jets.  Couple that with the low cost of buying and running color laser printers and the battle gets even tougher for ink jets.  People who really want great color prints go to sublimation printing or other expensive printing techniques.  A good color print requires that the monitor being used is adjusted properly for color, brightness and other factors.  Then the printer must be calibrated properly.  

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  • I have a Samsung laser printer at home.  Cost under $100 and has performed flawlessly since I got it months ago.  I don't print that much but what I do print, the little Samsung has handled perfectly.  My "scanner" is my old ink jet printer that liked to spit up errors on days ending in Y.  The difference in operating costs for low volume printing like me is huge.  

    Last time I went to buy ink for the inkjet I could have picked up a brand new one for less than the cost of the cartridges.  I could have very easily bought it, printed what I could with the smaller cartridges that ship with the printer and then just give it away when I'm done.  It would have been more cost efficient than continually supplying my troublesome inkjet.

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  • Both. Inkjet for wide mouth colour printing of computer crafts, digital scrapbooking, paper crafts, photos (made into giftware), etc and b/w laser for training handouts. I couldn't live without my printers, but most especially the colour inkjet. The cost of ink replacement is factored into the cost of custom giftware.

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  • I can't remember the last time I printed something on an inkjet (other than test prints when I installed them).  Laser printers are so cheap nowadays, it's all I use.  I even found one at Goodwill that works perfectly that I've been using for months.  

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  • I haven't printed at home for years, that's what we have printers at work for.  If the company want me to pay for it then I'm more than happy for the 10 pages a year I need to print.  Nobody has ever been charged for printing something personal at work and I doubt it's going to happen any time soon.

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  • I just did a price comparison for a coworker who wanted to purchase a color printer. Our ususal stock here is either the HP LaserJet M452dn or HP OfficeJet Pro X551dw. If you are printing at least once per week, the ink will never dry out and you can get up to 8,000 pages per XL cartridge. For this comparison, I got prices from three national retailers and calculated the cost per page based on price of cartridge and page yield.

    HP OfficeJet Pro X551dw normally $450

    Average cost per page using XL ink with 70% black, 30% color:   0.0137


    HP Laserjet Pro M452dn $409

    Average cost per page using X toner carts with 70% black, 30% color 0.0675

    The HP PageWide X series are really nice and I recommend you give it a try before you say NO to inkjets. For a full page color image, such as a picture, you do need good quality paper however. If you use standard 20# office paper, it gets a little wrinkly from all the ink.

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    Edit: So I just realized this was a printing at home discussion, so my comments are more suited for printing at work. oh well.. good info to leave up anyways..
    
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  • I print very little at home now, but when I do it's usually photos and I can't get a laser that does high enough quality within my budget.

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  • I've got a nice dried up inkjet at home that never gets used. I have such low printing requirements now that anything I need I tend to just print at the office.

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  • Seriously, do people still print photos at home and on inkjets?  When was the last time you went over to someone's house and they had pictures that they printed hanging on the refrigerator or framed on a bookshelf?

    I remember when people USED TO print photos, but they looked at them, showed a couple of people, then they were thrown away because they still had the digital copy.  Whenever someone comes across an old photo printed on an inkjet, the color is inevitably faded.

    I'm with everyone else - I have a monochrome and a color laser printer at home.  If you don't print every color every week, the inkjets quit working properly.  For me, it is cheaper to upload photos to Walgreens or Walmart and drive to go pick them up than it is to maintain an inkjet at home.

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  • Both. Inkjet HP 5652 for photos and other colour print, Laserjet HP P1102w for b/w. Since I do a lot of printing a laser printer is much more cost effective than an inkjet printer.

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  • I have a laser for B/W and my wife has an inkjet that she uses semi regularly for color. The color replication is pretty darn good and for the 2 times a year she needs ink, meh it's fine. the printer was $30. Meets our needs and budget so thats approved.

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  • I prefer laser, work and home.

    We have a half-n-half mix at work for desktop printers.  To be honest, I'd like to get rid of ALL desktop printers.  Not my call.

    At home, I still have an HP inkjet all-in-one.  I only use it for scanning because the jet ports are now clogged and I have no desire to fix it.  I have two lasers, a Dell and a Brother.  The Dell is pretty much a dust collector, but the Brother gets a good workout.

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  • anyone ever use office jet x series printers. They use ink but are almost the length of toner and same speed?

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  • I've got an old HP Photosmart B209am that won't die. I can't get it on my wireless anymore due to newer security but the ink doesn't seem to dry out too fast between the 2-3 uses per year.

    I use it so rarely and have access to high end laser printers at work that I can't justify buying laser at home.

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  • I have the best solution of all. No printing at all. Other than advertising and medical fields. Most industries and individuals could go completely paperless. Only time I ever print anything is when I need to submit paperwork to my HR department because they apparently like the old paper method and don't want to switch to paperless. I hate printers if you can't tell.

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  • Laser is my preference for home or office use. If I need photos printed (which isn't often) I will go to a Kiosk somewhere and do it. It's cheaper than buying packs of ink

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  • My favorite printer - never runs out of ink or toner, never jams, and doesn't use any paper.


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  • On paper :-)  the inkjet looks best because of the initial cost, which is dirt cheap;  they practically give the printers away.   But the first time you need to print after leaving your inkjet printer sit for more than a week will remind you why you should have bought the laser printer:   you have to spend a half hour cleaning the inkjets before you can get a presentable copy.    Laser printers can sit for years without being used, and will print perfectly from the first sheet.   They are much faster as well.   Granted, color inkjets print photos way cheaper than color lasers, but then you have the problem of the paper being soaked with ink and the wrinkle effect (you can reduce that effect by using really expensive paper, though.)  Oh, and DON'T get any water on your inkjet copy, either.   Color lasers have come down in price and come up in speed lately, too.   They never lacked print quality.

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  • At work, of course, there are no inkjet printers anywhere.   We use industrial quality Ricoh MP C3503 network printer/scanner/copiers.   Work perfectly, work fast, great print quality.

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  • Steve4698 wrote:

    On paper :-)  the inkjet looks best because of the initial cost, which is dirt cheap;  they practically give the printers away.   But the first time you need to print after leaving your inkjet printer sit for more than a week will remind you why you should have bought the laser printer:   you have to spend a half hour cleaning the inkjets before you can get a presentable copy.    Laser printers can sit for years without being used, and will print perfectly from the first sheet.   They are much faster as well.   Granted, color inkjets print photos way cheaper than color lasers, but then you have the problem of the paper being soaked with ink and the wrinkle effect (you can reduce that effect by using really expensive paper, though.)  Oh, and DON'T get any water on your inkjet copy, either.   Color lasers have come down in price and come up in speed lately, too.   They never lacked print quality.

    I've heard all the stories about ink drying up and have never, ever run into this situation.  As for water on the paper, I've printed and used maps from topographic trail software from my inkjets over the years and never had issues with water.  Granted, I used waterproof paper but any regular paper, regardless of the inkjet or laser, would fall apart in this application.  As for cleaning the print heads, I've had to do this more often with laser jet printers than ink jets - toner tends to get everywhere inside the printer even when careful during toner changes.

    As for cost, my 7740 cost me so little that it will take roughly 10,000 pages of 100% ink/toner saturation for the per page price premiums of ink jets to overrun the initial cost difference.  Remember, this is my home printer and I've been on the same case (5,000 sheets) of paper for the last 6 years.

    For office work, laser printers are usually more cost effective, but if its a low volume printer the ink jet might be a better choice.

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  • I use that Instant Ink program through HP (HP inkjet printer). Costs less than toner or inkjet ink. If I don't need to print for months, I can cancel the service. No term fees, no annual fees, nothing hidden. No shipping fees, no running out of ink at a bad time, no ink cartridges drying up. 

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  • The thread would not be complete without the assault of the office printer in the field 

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