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Best Printer for Desktop Publishing

by culture_of_one / May 15, 2005 2:05 AM PDT

In your opinion/experience, what's the best printer option for a small (i.e. home) desktop-publishing operation.

Your comments and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Wink JDM

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1 each...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2005 3:25 AM PDT

1 Color Laser.
1 Large format inkjet.
1 Pantone color calibrator unit and software.
1 phone number to a local printing shop.


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Thanks, Bob!
by culture_of_one / May 15, 2005 11:54 PM PDT
In reply to: 1 each...

Sounds like quite a setup! Now, all I need is 1 employee to do all the actual work...

Wink JDM

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Setup Printers
by taboma. / May 26, 2005 3:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks, Bob!

And some extra cash. Bob Proffitt gives you the answer to your question always. I always have to figure out how to afford his suggestions. Wish I had what Bob suggested at my home base.


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The Proftitt Has Spoken . . .
by FredS / June 13, 2005 12:37 PM PDT

. . . but the overhead is too high (grin). By chance I dropped in to ask a similar question, and saw this thread. Let me put a different spin on it.

I need some business brochures printed to support my small, home business (SOHO). The cost to "insta-print" 100, 3-panel brochures at a local (digital) print shop is $220.

For approximately that much money I could buy a new color printer, yes? The only difference I know of now is that the print shop brochures would done on a postscript printer at 1200 dpi.

What color printer would have a print resolution high enough that, if my brochures were perhaps printed on coated, heavier paper stock, would look good when passed out to potential customers?

Is there a color printer available that would make more business sense to buy then having the brochures done commercially?

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by pelicandriver / June 14, 2005 5:55 AM PDT

You mentioned that the brochure would be three panel. Print shops have machines that quickly fold brochures correctly. Trying to fold them accurately and crisply by hand is a real pain. Fot that reason alone it may be worth going to a printer.

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Tip o' the hat for that one
by FredS / June 14, 2005 2:57 PM PDT
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Thanks, Pelican . . . you're right. I'd forgotten that hand folding any paper is always an ''approximate'' exercise. Still, it grieves me to pay for 100 printshop brochures when for that amount I could get a new, hot rocks, color printer (grin). I'm going to wait several more days to investigate some more before deciding.

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Just one of many folding machines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 14, 2005 9:02 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Too Expen$ive ($250-$3825)
by FredS / June 15, 2005 11:38 AM PDT
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...and don't forget
by El Alquimista / June 19, 2005 6:15 AM PDT
In reply to: folding

paper and ink costs. All printer companies use the razor-and-blade economic model; sell the printer cheap, and clean up on the ink sales.

Tests performed about 2 years ago at the Rochester Institute of Technology indicated that printing a combination of text and color figures on ''good'' printers generally cost in the range of 8 to 12 cents per page. The cost using cheaper printers was 16 to 20 cents per page. I am sure the brochures will be double sided, so the cost will be about 20 cents per brochure at best. And this does not include the cost of the printer. If you want special paper, which may require special ink, the cost could be more.

This, along with the paper-handling effort of double-sided printing (without a printer with duplex capabilities -- at added cost) would make me think of the commercial printing cost as reasonable reasonable and attractive.


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NT-You're right: total extra costs are considerable Thnx
by FredS / June 20, 2005 9:56 AM PDT
In reply to: ...and don't forget

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