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I need a new printer at home for printing out 10ks, etc. I can go as high as necessary on purchase price; I'm shooting for the lowest cost per page. Any recommendations?

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I need a new printer at home for printing out 10ks, etc. I can go as high as necessary on purchase price; I'm shooting for the lowest cost per page. Any recommendations?

 

 

You might want to read a printer buying guide at c/net.com

 

 

Printer buying guide

Updated March 20, 2012 1:25 PM PDT

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http://reviews.cnet.com/2719-7604_7-276-1.html

 

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I need a new printer at home for printing out 10ks, etc. I can go as high as necessary on purchase price; I'm shooting for the lowest cost per page. Any recommendations?

 

I really like monochrome laser printers for home. I like printers that support postscript. We stopped buying HP's and started to buy Lexmarks a couple years back at work.

 

We bought 120+ Lexmark e260dn's 6 months ago and they have been really great. Toner's tend to be more expensive than HP but the Photoconduction kits(or maintenance kits) are 1/8th the price of HP's.

 

The e260dn is a network printer. It doesn't support wireless. dn mean duplex+network. If you don't need to wire the printer on the network, then you can also get a e260d which is slightly cheaper.

 

We also buy x364dn's where we need a multifunction device.

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the key is toner since that is where they make their money.

So find a printer with a cheap compatible toner.

 

I have a Samsung Ml 1640 which i have from 4 years ago for around $70 (+ tax )and Compatible  toners for  around $30 and i get the no brand paper @around 25 for 5,000.

 

So around $70 fix and $0.025 variable cost and you can do manual duplex to cut cost of paper in half.

 

(10 sec Google u can get )

 

Printer (u get can cheaper on sale in electronics stores)

$ 74.99 refurbished

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Monochrome-Laser-Printer-ML-1665/dp/B003G2OVCC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349691751&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+Ml+1640+printer

 

Toner

19.20

http://www.amazon.com/Professionally-Remanufactured-Cartridge-Compatible-MLT-D104L/dp/B008B1758U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349692262&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+ml+1665+compatible+toner

 

Personally if you want to do this for the long hull variable cost is key.

 

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Do you count how many sheets of toilet paper come on each roll too?!?!

 

;)

 

If i can but i don't make the buying decision there. Also its more a comfort product. But depends on the discount when its on sale and the chances of inflation i might stock up when the time is right. To Hedge the uncertainty of the market.

 

Hey do you want to be a mercy of the market and kindness of strangers when it comes to one of your most important needs.

;D

 

 

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Why not buy an iPad or Kindle and save a bunch of trees?

 

I read on my iPad and I've found it's almost equal to the paper experience.  For what it lacks compared to paper it makes up with in convenience.  I can flip between two filings quickly and compare, or pull up the annual report for a competitor.  I just keep everything in iBooks as PDFs.

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Try ink on Amazon. I buy Canon compatible ink for less than $1 per cartridge - fifteen for $12 or so. Canon cli-221 compatible.  I received one package where the ink had leaked, sent it back in the box, and was credited my cost. All the rest have worked fine. For pictures the quality may not be the same, but for print they work fine.

 

It's so satisfying knowing I've saved a few bucks.

 

 

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Why not buy an iPad or Kindle and save a bunch of trees?

 

I read on my iPad and I've found it's almost equal to the paper experience.  For what it lacks compared to paper it makes up with in convenience.  I can flip between two filings quickly and compare, or pull up the annual report for a competitor.  I just keep everything in iBooks as PDFs.

 

I've considered using an iPad, but I like to take handwritten notes and it's quicker to do that directly in the 10k. Another reason I prefer to print is that staring at a computer screen all day takes a toll on my eyes. How does reading on the iPad compare to reading on a computer screen?

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Why not buy an iPad or Kindle and save a bunch of trees?

 

I read on my iPad and I've found it's almost equal to the paper experience.  For what it lacks compared to paper it makes up with in convenience.  I can flip between two filings quickly and compare, or pull up the annual report for a competitor.  I just keep everything in iBooks as PDFs.

 

I've considered using an iPad, but I like to take handwritten notes and it's quicker to do that directly in the 10k. Another reason I prefer to print is that staring at a computer screen all day takes a toll on my eyes. How does reading on the iPad compare to reading on a computer screen?

 

I find reading on the iPad to be the same as reading from a book, this is with the retina display.  What I do is just keep a notebook where I can write down notes when I'm looking at something.  I find a notebook easier for notes, instead of having piles of marked up reports I have everything in one central place. 

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The small HP lasers are hard to beat.  Fast and reasonable.  One is over two years old and has gone through several cases of paper with no problems (we are in an accounting office and kill many trees).

For your cartridges and ink check Costo.com, cheap and they mail directly to you.

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For any product,  I go to Amazon and pick one of the top selling models.  This is usually a safe bet.  (wisdom of the crowds)

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/172648/

 

I have the Brother HL-2270DW.  It is wireless,  so I keep it away from the desktop clutter,  prints on both sides and is pretty fast.  I do not know or care about cost per page, as it is for occasional use for me.

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I am also a fan of the Brother duplex monochrome laser models for home office use.  I've had great results from mine.  Automatic duplex printing is a great feature for large reports and saves a lot of paper.  The only downside is not being able to use the backsides of old printouts as scratch paper, but occasional one sided printing will keep up your scratch paper supply...

 

I have the HL-5370DW, but I don't think that is a current model.  There are several newer options with many reviews on Amazon and NewEgg.  If you use Apple products in the home as well, look for one with AirPrint compatibility.  On my printer, I just plug it in to the wireless router so that it is available for any device on the network (except iPad because it is pre-AirPrint).

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Do you count how many sheets of toilet paper come on each roll too?!?!

 

;)

 

Yes actually!  ;D  I know the usual brands I buy and how many sheets are on the 12-16-24 roll packs, including double rolls and MEGA size.  Softness counts in the analysis too and I prefer 2 & 3 ply. I don't separate the layers and re-roll into single rolls like some people...that would be just too crazy!  :o  Cheers!

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I don't think anyone's mentioned it here yet, but if you're in Canada, a pretty good place to buy all kinds of cartridges is:

http://www.123inkcartridges.ca/

 

I get my Samsung laser printer cartridge for about $46 (whereas the same piece by the OEM costs about $95). Plus they ship in about 2 biz days on average and the shipping is free for orders above $49 (so I usually just get a pen or high lighter along with my cartridge from the site, to bump my order above the $49 mark).

 

Just something to consider :)

 

-Yash

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Whichever printer your purchase, check first if it would accept generic cartridges and their costs -- that's the major cost and not the printer itself.

 

We dumped our HP printers for other brands due to costly cartridges and bulky software drivers.

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