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    Cheap colour laser

    Im thinking about getting a cheap colour laser. I have herd that they are not much better for ink than cheap inkjets but have also herd that tyhis dell is a bit of an exception?

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...dt1&l=en&s=bsd

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    I saw an HP colour laserjet for a little less at http://misco.co.uk/productinformatio...ET%202600N.htm - personally I'd rather have an HP than a rebadged jobby (Lexmark?)

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    Dell would offer really good customer support though, and probably an easy extention to a warranty if nessecary

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    i dont think the lasers are lexmarks. Also, that hp is one of the cheap to buy but expensive ink ones, i was looking at the dell cause i had heard it was different
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    I got an Hp2600CN a few months back from insight..
    Good printer built in LAN, whatelse do u want...

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    Cheap to buy or cheap to run? Look at the cost of the consumables - we think a printer is a device for putting images on paper - some manufacturers look at it as a device for using expensive ink/toner/drums etc. Think through life cost of ownership...
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    Well its only about 2 onths old and hasnt used any carts yet lol
    iirc it was about £179+ vat

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    We've just got rid of our HP colour laserjets - they pull a swift one by having the imaging unit in the cartridge and we were finding that this was wearing faster than the cartridge running out of toner. We were therefore having to return cartridges half full of toner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonf7
    We've just got rid of our HP colour laserjets - they pull a swift one by having the imaging unit in the cartridge and we were finding that this was wearing faster than the cartridge running out of toner. We were therefore having to return cartridges half full of toner.

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    Exactly...! (And need to make sure that each colour toner can be changed independently)
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    Yup, the 2600CN has seperate toners

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    i mean to run, ill have a google on it when i get the chance.
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    Konica-Minolta Magicolor 2300DL £188 inc VAT on Aria Super Special

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    is it any good? Running costs?
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    http://www.compshopper.co.uk/shopper...gicolor-2300dl

    But that review is currently having its 1 year birthday, at the moment.


    The new models only seem to cost £100 more actually, the dell does have very cheap printing costs actually it seems, acording to computer shopper, and apparently it uses the same cartrages as epson ones so i guess its a re branded epson.

    One thing i dont know, is that if the dell includes toner with it?

    EDIT: Just found this

    2,000 page yield black toner cartridge, 1,000 page colour toner cartridges (Page yields are approximate and based upon 5% coverage)

    Also, is a printer drum cartridge all the toners in one or what?

    Is there any benefit over an expensive inkjet for home use?
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    Im being bugged to get this now, so i need you guys help!

    If not a laser then what inkjet, the thing is, i dont need very high quality prints (i have an epson r300 which does good photo prints) but crisp text would be nice (this is generally better with lasers right?) and i will need colour printing on it, i would also want networking on it and cheap prints are high up there too (thats why i am liking the del at the moment.)

    Also, would there be anyway of makking it wireless? Ie attatch some sort of antenna to the enthernet port?

    Thanks, i will go research a bit more for myself as well!

    EDIT: Apparently dell do i wifi adapter but only for the: 1700, 1710, 924, 944, 962 or 964
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    If you want the cheapest to run colour printer that isn't an inkjet, then the Xerox Phasers are extremely good printers, and pretty cheap to run (they use solid blocks of wax rather than toner). Only downside is they are quite expensive to buy in the first place, but thats something that can be offset by the lower consumables cost. Just depends really on workload and the intended life of the product.

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