Discussion in 'Photography' started by ShiftZZ, Feb 8, 2016.
Inkjet or Laser, thoughts, suggestions?
Laser for me because I do little printing and Inkjet always block when not used regularly.
Depends what you want it for ... if you just want a basic monotone then a laser wins every time and you can pick them up on Ebay cheap, HP are best - just check the toner cartridge costs first.
If you want to do colour then inkjet as a colour laser is expensive! We like HP because they are well made and the ink cartridges are cheaper than a lot of other brands - Espom and Lexmark can be horrendous!
Laserjet for me as I only need to print black or greyscale. Inkjet if you need anything in colour. I'm not sure if colour laserjets are cost effective for home use yet.
This is the mono laser printer we use at home - I hate to think how old it is, but it's still going strong with no problems.
A girl at work had a slightly older model which she' used constantly for over 10 years and it was still going strong when I left! She'd been asked on numerous occasions if she wanted to change it but refused point blank!
For photographs, Inkjet. For Docs, Laser
For Photos I use an Epson R3000 with a continuous ink system from Marrutt
Colour laser printers aren't that 'cost effective' even in a business so for home use - no way.
Mine is a HP Colour laser and although the cartriges are not cheap they last me for years.
The printer is now at least 8-9 years old and I have only recently started my second set of refills.
I have one of these, it gives fast excellent quality A4 color prints and can be easily used in the van as it is small and using it's own battery that will run for weeks without a charge.
If you are doing a lot of colour printing I suggest the Epson ink jet printer I have
an Epson Work Force Pro ..http://www.epson.co.uk/gb/en/viewcon/corporatesite/products/mainunits/overview/10831
it's a big beast, designed for office use..
you can buy generic refillable cartridges from Ink Express that make it really cheap to run.. http://www.inkexpress.co.uk/catalogue/Ink-Refills/Epson/Workforce-Pro-4525DWF.html
Also first class service from Epson.. I had a small problem with mine, called Epson and a guy was out the next day to exchange it..
Cheapo colour laser for me - I've had enough of blocked inkjets to put me off them for life.
I got a Dell 1320C, so old it's obsolete, but is reliably there when I need it.
Compatible toner cartridges still widely available even after all these years (approx £18 for a set of four). Think I'm on my 2nd set of colours, probably 3rd or 4th of black.
Never ever ever will I go back to inkjet.
[If, and it's rare, do I want a photo printed as in the old fashioned way - life's too short to be messing about with blocked jets, having special printer paper, aligning etc etc - just get them printed via an online service, costs pence & takes a couple of days]
This is what I do for a living so I'm speaking with more than just opinion this time.
Forget laser unless you need to produce reams and reams of documents. The running costs just aren't worth it otherwise.
Inkjet is the way to go for 99% of home users. If it's just for photos and nothing else then a 6 colour one will give better results, if it's for general printing as well then a standard CMYK one. As with anything you get what you pay for so buy cheap, expect rubbish.
I have a Canon Pixma MG7550 at home which is pretty good for what it is.
The problem with water based inkjet though is that the colour isn't fixed. If you hang a print in a bright room the colour will start to fade noticeably within about 3 months, sooner if in direct sunlight.
For that reason I can't have inkjet anywhere near my work.
For professional quality, long lasting images, for photo prints the best option is Thermal Dye Sublimation. Amongst others I have a couple of these for photo prints covering all sizes up to 8"x12" The advantages of these little printers is that they are small enough to be portable, for events and stuff, whilst still delivering quality that will match any dry lab. As with anything though they aren't cheap.
For anything bigger than that I use my main full solvent machine but one of those isn't an option for home users. That will go pretty much as big as you want.
One last thing, speaking again as someone who does this for a living. Don't touch generic or refillable cartridges with a very very long bargepole. I don't care what anyone says or how cheap they are the colour replication is never correct and they have been known to damage printers.
If you're printing photos and are the slightest bit interested in the quality stick with genuine ink.
I buy cheap ex-office lasers. When the toner runs out I buy another. Had three over the last 15 years or so. Paid under £30 each for them. We have a Canon Selphy for the odd photo printout - expensive per photo but used rarely. If we need a number of photo prints we use one of the Internet services.
Laser. Unless you have the cash of Donald Trump. The ink cartridges in a laser printer dry up so fast. Just bought a new Brother Wi-Fi laser from Amazon, around 70 quid.
When we did family tree printing we started off with an Epson Stylus Color 1520 (still up in the loft I think) and then upgraded to an Epson Stylus Color 3000, for which I always bought Epson genuine inks which did not have the fading problem of generic inks.
I used to print A4 town plans and CDs using a Canon Pixma ip3000 (genuine inks also very good). We've had a few monochrome laser printers, eventually finishing up with a HP Laserjet 1320 for printing catalogues (which I still use with generic toner).
Around the time that I sold the Epson 3000 (after we sold the business) my A3 scanner failed so I bought a Brother LC1240 all in one. I tend to use it more for scanning than printing, though, so I think I use more ink in cleaning than printing.
Jill likes to make greetings cards so has a Samsung colour laser which we got on a good deal some years ago. The toner lasts for ages but it's a big, heavy beast and we keep threatening to replace it. It's definitely a luxury for most households.
Dye inks I agree, but don't dismiss all inkjets I've had a inkjet pigment ink photo sign in a window for 4 years (albeit in Wales) with remarkably little or no loss of colour or clarity. Subli is great but it's not for everyone especially so with more long life pigment ink systems coming on line
You're right about pigment ink of course. It's better than water inkjet but it's still not good enough for what I do. They're popular with people that print on to fabric for the better colour fastness.
The cost of the printers is a little prohibitive for home users though both initially and in running costs.
The Dye Sub machines are really not for home use either unless you're doing a lot - they're too expensive to run but the quality is unbeatable.
I get any photo prints I need done at our local pharmacy which has a Kodak DIY machine from which you can produce various size prints for a few pennies each.