Canon, mostly AFAIK.
Initially Canon built the 'engines', shipped them to HP who then cased
them, boxed them up and shipped them out in their own trucks. Then
Canon cased them and boxed them (and may have also shipped them to the
Cheers, T i m
I had a small Samsung Mono Laser printer. The cartridges in my previous
colour laser printer ran out and, as I was out of work and short of
money, a mono laser on a clearance offer for £25 seemed a good deal.
That printer is still in use by my son to avoid coming downstairs to the
main printer - it must be 12 to 15 years old now!
Nope lasers should be fine almost with even vast time gaps between
You do not need a photo realistic one just get one that does text and
'blocky' colour for documents. Anything you need to be photo-realistic
take to a print shop in town they generally have MUCH better quality
printers than you could ever reasonably need at home and use these, to
print out your 'keepsies'. Of course this all depends, on how far
away/how complicated to get to, your local print shop is, but generally
the need, for photo-realistic prints does not sneak up on you so it
might be in order to plan a dedicated trip into town
Or use one of the on-line services where you download their software,
upload the image, select the size you want (original image dependent),
glossy or matt paper and a few options such as borderless. You have to
factor in postage charges for a one off.
I've used Aldi Photos who are probably just a re-seller of some
centralised photo processing company for a number of 30" x 20" prints
(£5 + pp) A 6" x 4" print starts at 5p.
Aldi have keen prices too.
I use Jessops who print on Fuji crystal archive paper and can vouch for
their light stability. Prints done 12 years ago and in filtered daylight
for the entire period have survived whereas inkjet prints in the same
display have faded even though they were done on Canon's most expensive
paper and ink system at the time. The dyes that absorb blue light
essentially fade to nothing leaving a ghostly red/yellow tinged pale
pastel image with almost no blue remaining. Jessops prices are now quite
a bit higher (although they are still doing prints on Fuji CA).
No brainer, I have a Lexmark CS410DN (duplex, networked) and it has been
fine. Not too bad at all for photos, especially if you laminate them
(although there is some sort of problem printing photos in Word documents).
Had a Dell before that, also good until the input circuitry died so I've
gone off them a bit.
? can't say I have noticed a problem with photos in Word documents.
Have had problems drawing circles programmatically in Excel though - it
turns out the poor circle gets kerned by the font metrics and ends up
oval unless you use a fixed width teletype style font!
The best inkjets will blow away a colour laser but the ink stability
longer term isn't fantastic. Long term display boards I prefer Fuji
crystal archive prints.
My inkjet printed posters on normal paper are visibly faded after 2-3
weeks under glass or perspex outdoors in full sunlight. Laser printed
ones survive all conditions and the ink doesn't run if rain gets in.
I've left mine idle for weeks. However the odd thing is that the older hp
printers never used to have dry out or clogging issues it only seems to be
the more modern one I have a 720 c and 840c and they are still running, and
as long as compatible ink is around they are fine for very small print jobs.
If you are printing photos though, I don't know what lasers are like for
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I have a mono at work and colour at home.
Toner cartridges are cheap as chips (aftermarket ones)
Downside... Only that colour LASER printers are pretty big and lasers in
general can be a bit of a Chinese puzzle to find your way into the murky
depths to resolve a paper jam but YouTube has come to my assistance a
couple of times although even with cheap thin paper I use at work jams
are few and far between.
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