Printing with a Black and White Laser Printer

Any laser printer from Staples or Wal-Mart can produce office correspondence. But if you intend to reproduce photographs, then don92t buy at Office Depot, Staples or OfficeMax. You will get a much better printer for printing photographic quality from another kind of printer (that are not sold at Wal-Mart either). If you are in graphic design, advertising or any application which involves photography or artwork, then you may desire better quality. Some laser printers can achieve what you are looking for. In other cases you may prefer an inkjet printer. FLAAR had experience with all these technologies. Laser printer technology has advanced considerably and with today92s new lasers you can get photo-realistic rendering of your images if you select the correct printer.

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Which is Better? Color Laser or Color Inkjet Printer?

Thousands of people face the dilemma, should I buy an inkjet or a laser printer? In the FLAAR digital imaging resource center at two universities we have abundant experience with both laser printers and inkjet printers. We are in a unique position to provide the reasons to go for one, or the other, or avoid one, or the other. We provide the pros and cons of laser printers; the benefits and downsides of inkjet printers; and then compare the two kinds of printer. Our conclusions are based on technology, but also more on your applications and your budget. What do you need to print? How much, or how little, do you wish to spend for the printer. Which printers are sufficiently easy to use that everyone in your home or office can handle the hardware and software? Is inkjet better for text or better for photos? Which printer does best printing on both sides of the paper?

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Tips to Assist deciding which make and model of Color Laser Printer to Buy

Buying by brand name may no longer be the way to assure you get the best printer for your needs. And buying by price is not always a good idea either. The most expensive printer is not always the best; and the cheapest printer may either be surprisingly good, or so deficient in options that you have wasted your money. Nicholas Hellmuth, professor of digital imaging, provides tips and explains how to reach the decision that is best for you. We discuss Epson (yes, Epson also makes laser priners), Lexmark, HP, Konica Minolta (formerly QMS), Toshiba, and Xante. OKIdata printers are discussed in our LED vs Laser printer report (included in this series). Since people ask which printers are Macintosh friendly, we make comments relative to Mac and PC.

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Does it make any difference if your desktop 93laser printer94 is actually an LED printer?

Nicholas Hellmuth bases this FLAAR Report on scrutinizing samples of color photographs printed with LED printers such as the OKI compared with traditional laser toner output from HP, Xante, Toshiba, and other printers. If you are even remotely thinking of a color LED page printer, and if you print photographs in color (photos as compared with line art, graphic design, or computer generated art, or CAD drawings), then Prof Hellmuth92s summary may save you from buying the wrong technology.

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Xerox Tektronix Printers Print with Colored Wax. How does this Technology Compare with Normal Laser Printers?

It does not take a 300 page monograph to discuss, succinctly, the pros and cons of Xerox Tektronix phase-change printers. The 93ink94 used by Xerox is variably called 93solid ink,94 93melted crayon,94 or 93hockey pucks.94 To save you from hours of searching on the internet, we reduce the pertinent facts down to three pages of benefits and downsides of fast-melt solid-ink printers.

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