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Bubble-Jet or Color Laser Printer?


Just what are the practical criteria ... the pros and cons if you will ... of getting a bubble-jet vs a color laser printer?

Many thanks.

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Here is some reading material

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Please note that there are different kinds of printers out there. I use an injet printer. I use a Dell, but there are many brands that basically do the same thing.

Bubble jet printers are listed here.

And Laser printers. If you do a lot of printing, then that's when you consider a Laser printer. The cost of a laser printer is offset by the amount of printing you do.

Just consider, I do some printing, but not a lot. I have a photo printer(inkjet). My daughter uses it to print her homework assignments. During the school year, the printer gets used a lot. During the summer, it gets used very little. I use it to print a few pictures. I have found that if you want to print multiple pictures, it's cheaper to put the pictures on a flash drive or a cd/dvd and take them to a store and have them print them. The cost is much less to have a store print your pictures than the cost of ink and photo paper.

You also have to consider if you want deplex printing, printing on both sides. The you also have to consider if you want to print wirelessly or use a USB cable. Some printers are also hooked up to a network, like businesses use.

So it all depends on what you're looking for in a printer and how you connect the printer and if using multiple printers, please make sure it's compatible with all the computers that you want to print with. Some printers only work with 200, XP and Vista 32-bit. If you have a 64-bit system, you may have problems getting the drivers. Also if you own a Mac, you also need drivers for this type of operating system.

Plenty to read and absorbe.


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Bubble-Jet or Color Laser Printer?

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Super reply ... and thanks for taking the time to do so.

I'd been leaning toward a color laser but your input started tilting me toward an inkjet. I then visited a local Staples where I was shown the "HP PhotoSmart C4480 All-in-One" at $89 or so. For my modest color printing needs this seems like a fine fit for me and I'll probably pick one up this week.

Thanks again fpr your help.

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Glad you figured it out

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Only you know how much printing you want to do. I don't do enough for a laser and sometimes the inkjet sits here, unused. Like Ed mentioned, inkjets tend to sit and clog if not used over a period of time. I try to print something within a certain time frame, even if it's a coupon for a free item at the store. They usually email a coupon monthly, so it gets used monthly for 3 or 4 coupons(I have them emailed to 4 different email addresses)

I order my ink from Dell, so it doesn't sit around the house and dry out. They're sealed in foil but, I guess they can eventually get old and dry out. Online takes about 3-4 days, for me. Staples should have a pretty current supply of ink, so I wouldn't worry about that.

I also see your printer is compatible with many operating systems.

Good Luck.


Remember to install the drivers first, you'll be prompted when to connect your new printer.

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If you are doing mass quantities of printing, say for an office, go Laser. If you are using it for home, general use and hobby, go Inkjet.There are a lot of great printers on the market, preferably Hewlett Packard, Canon, or Epson and they are all reasonably priced. If you are a home user and want to have the ability to do printing, copying and scanning then do an all in one unit. The really good ones are the HP and the Canon, both do good quality and are easy to use.

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In a nutshell

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Inkjets - usually the printer is reasonably priced BUT! the consumables make it costly to operate

Laserjets - The printer is priced at a much higher BUT! reasonable costs for operation from the consumables. You get more bang for the buck.

If you plan heavy demand, go laser, if only occasional use the inkjet. Since, you mentioned a bubble-jet, Canon tends to be very middle of the road in cost and consumables. Even with refills of any kind, it will lower cost for laser as its output produces more. Please read the links Robert provided.

tada -----Willy Happy

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In addition to what Willie said ...

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ink jet cartridges tend to dry up over time if not used regularly while laser toner doesn't which further reduces the cost of consumables.

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