Laser Printers vs Inkjet

Copier Smash

Not to get too far off the subject of web design but I feel its time I vent about printers.  It seems to me that ctrl+p leads to nothing but problems.  In fact, everything about printing seems to be a waste of time and money.

The problem with printers (other than mine always seem to be broken, still broken or broken again) is that there are too many options.  How does one choose from a list of hundreds of printers.  One thing I know for sure is I am done buying inkjet printers.  Though I am aware that there are high quality inkjet printers available, I just don’t  see the need to actually own one.  In my mind they are pretty impractical for the following reasons.

  • Every time I want to use an Copier Smashinkjet printer it is either broken or I have to spend 10 minutes changing the ink cartridges.
  • I don’t print photos at home and printing your own photos is expensive and time consuming.  This can be done online or even at Target for a lot cheaper.  Don’t be fooled, ink and paper is very expensive and printing photos at home is not economical (especially when you factor in the broken printers, and wasted ink).
  • Lastly, I am assuming there is  a landfill somewhere full of printers that were designed to fail.  I am also assuming this landfill must be getting pretty full.  I don’t want to add to the problem anymore.

So I guess that just leaves laser printers.  After rolling my inkjet up in a carpet and throwing it off a bridge,  I started shopping for laser printers.  The hardest part of shopping for laser printers is the sticker shock.  These printers range from $50 – over $1000 (higher if you get into commercial model).  The reviews of each vary just as much as the prices.  People seem to equally love and hate every printer on the market.  Now what?

After researching online and window shopping at a few stores I made a list of things I wanted.

  • I would like to have the option to print in color.
  • An all in one would be nice, or at least a scanner.
  • WiFi printing would be very useful.
  • It can’t be 6 feet tall.
  • It can’t cost more than a used car.
  • I would like an extended warranty (within my budget, not on top of it).
Samsung CLX-3185FW

Samsung CLX-3185FW

Alright, now we’re getting somewhere. After reading a lot of reviews, and seeing these printers in person I settled on the Samsung CLX-3185FW.  This printer met all my basic needs, and seemed to have more positive online feedback than negative.  I also found it on sale at Micro Center which made it easier to stomach buying a 2 year warranty.  I won’t write a review yet, because I haven’t finished setting the printer up yet, but so far so good.  The little bit of printing I have done has been fast, neat and shockingly colorful.  I guess I expected less of the color printing quality.  All in all I think I’m happy with the decision.  Maybe I will write a review once I’ve done some more serious printing.

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  1. Comment by Roxana

    Taking a look at its printing speed for elxapme, the Canon BJC-50a0is a definite let down, at 5.5 pages per minute for black and 2 ppm for color it’s about 4-6 times slower than most stationary printers and around 3-4 times slower than most other mobile printers. a0Looking at its resolution is also a let down, it prints at 720 x 360 dpi for both color and black but going back to what I’ve mentioned above it really depends on what kind of a printer you need. a0If you need true portability and you don’t mind having very mediocre print quality and slow speeds then this may very well be you considering it’s a tiny portable printer.