I have a HP Photosmart 7520 printer. It gets intermittent use, the
problem is it needs sorting almost every time I wish to use it. The
cartridges dry, or some other problem develops. I suspect it is not
happy with spending quite long periods of time idle. I am seriously
considering getting a laser printer, are these as liable to problems
through inactivity? If not would someone care to make a recommendation?
I would like colour but an associated scanner is not necessary. TIA
I think that can be the case, some more that others.
I think it's partly down to budget. Like many similar things often the
cheapest units have the most expensive consumables (eased if you can
get aftermarket carts or quality refills).
I'm currently running a Ricoh SP C252SF but I was given it s/h.
It's colour, full duplex and networked, the most important things for
me. It also has a networkable scanner with auto doc feeder but I
generally only use it for single pages.
It's on all the time but sleeps within 5 mins and then only draws a
It was replaced with an HP SOHO MF colour laser and he is equally
happy with that.
Cheers, T i m
On 18/07/2018 10:12, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It all depends on what you are doing with the colour. If it's just
blocks of colour on a document then laser. if its photographic quality
then an inkjet is probably gives lot better results for the cost of running.
I can't say I've noticed much difference having moved entirely from
inkjets to lasers. Both the low end colour lasers (Dell and HP) produce
acceptable photos to hand round to the family.
As I have probably posted before, the Dell is a free replacement for one
that had a paper jam that couldn't be cleared by the owner, me or Dell.
It has been fine here since the owner gave it to me.
I'd love to hear if anyone who has an HP like mine with its 3D scanner
has got the scanner to do anything interesting.
Beware of using some coated paper in a laser printer. The high
temperatures can mess with the drum when the coating melts (at least I
thinkk that's what did for my antique ex-office laser).
I've given up on inkjets, they have always dried and clogged by the next
time I need them. I use a colour laser printer for everything.
For the few photos I need printing in good quality (for giving to
relatives or school), I just get them printed on a commercial, pay per
Alternatively, have a colour laser printer for general use and a cheap
dye sublimation printer for the odd photo.
Interstingly, Epson no longer make laser printers. Instead they have
inkjets which can take tanks of ink rathern than tiny cartridges.
I have a number of printers, the main one is an A3 colour laser, no 2 is
aan A4 mono laser. I've also got an A3 colour photo quality inkjet which is
now very rarely used a portable inkjet which can accompany my laptop,
from KT24 in Surrey, England
"I'd rather die of exhaustion than die of boredom" Thomas Carlyle
I have the HP4000N, then 2x low end colour lasers, all were free a good
home. To be fair, in all the time I have had the colour lasers, I not
really used them in earnest. I make occasional use of the HP400N and
other than the original cartridge running out, needing replacement and
fitting some new pick up rollers, it has never let me down.
How long do you leave it between uses? I have a Canon A3 ix6550 that
gets used every month or so to print posters and it survives the odd
month where nothing gets printed at all. I have one of the Canon A4 all
in ones that uses the same cartridge series and also behaves OK.
I also have a Dell 1320C A4 colour laser which cost me around £100 new
and in its day was the closest to photoreal quality colour at an
affordable price. I now use third party cartridges in it. It is
generally the workhorse although it is now getting a bit worn out.
What sort of things do you want to print? If you mostly want to print
photographs then you need a fairly good laser to be OK - read up the
reviews to see which ones come recommended. A laser will stand being
left almost indefinitely without printing anything and still work.
Inkjets waste a fair amount of ink cleaning themselves if you allow them
a long gap between uses. Read the reviews to see which best matches your
printing requirements - cost of consumables may not be an issue for you
if your printing requirements are very light. It is a big factor for me.
No personal experience, but this:
seems to be reviewed as a good compromise.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
Laser printers can just sit unused for month years, they cannot dry up
like an inkjet. They use a superfine 'plastic' dust, which is set on
the paper by heated rollers.
You can now get cheap colour desktop lasers for not a lot, or there are
plenty of more capable office lasers given away on the likes of
freegle, when offices upgrade - especialy B&W ones.
I have an old ex-office HP4000N with all of the accessories, including
duplexer so it can print both sides. I have had it 10 or 15 years and
it has given me problem free service all of that time.
I bought a cheap momo laser. Samsung. Think it was a special offer from
CPC some years ago. Despite not much use (the reason for buying it) it
broke. Could have paid for quite a few non genuine ink cartridges for my
inkjet for the cost. And the actual print quality was only so so. More
grey than black. And I tried all the settings.
So like with so much else, it might be worth paying extra for quality. Or
a decent used office machine if you have the space.
*Even a blind pig stumbles across an acorn now and again *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
You may have just been unlucky. I have a Samsung ML-2550 Duplex laser
printer ex Morgan Computers remaindered. It is an ugly brute intended
for a busy office but has survived almost two decades of my abuse.
It clanks a bit these days when printing but is fine for monochrome.
Consumer printers these days are seen by the makers as a necessary evil
to sell the expensive consumables. Office ones are built to last.
I've had a couple of cheap Samsung mono lasers, and they have
seemed OK. I only changed when a new one with more features cost
little more than a toner refill. (1)
(1) Yes, I know a new printer doesn't have a full charge of
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
It was funny years ago when people swore by HP lasers and wouldn't
have a Canon. ;-)
Or offices that only buy Olivetti when the installer has a bag of
Or buy a VW Sharan because of the 'German engineering' (but actually
made in Portugal) and wouldn't drive a Ford Galaxy or Seat Alhambra.
Or me being happy with my old Rover 218SD that was a Peugeot powed
Honda Concerto. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
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