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printing on color paper

Does anyone know what printer would be good to print on color paper?

Here are the specs we need:
paper size: letter & legal
Color, laser
Print volume: 5,000/month

Currently, right now we have the Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650 and have replaced the transfer unit every three months. Their tech guys said it's because the color paper is leaving dust/residue inside the machine. I do now know how true this is and can not find any information on the web about issues with color paper printing.

Has anyone else had this issue and if so do you have an recommendations? Thanks!!

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At 5,000 pages a month.

I bet any printer will need repairs after a few months. Here's the deal. Color printing is not cheap so you may want to make sure you charge enough to cover repairs.

Yes I've heard complaints about printers with that high usage before. Mostly about the need for the units to get serviced more than once a year. Not much has changed since the 60s!

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more details

Thank you for the reply. Actually, we are not a printing company. We print that many sheets for internal use. A majority of our printing is black ink on color paper. The issue has been the 'dust' left in the printer from the color paper. We are not happy with the Konica Minolta because of the all things that you have to replace betside the toner like the transfer belt, toner drums and waster toner bottle.

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At 5,000 a month you are now a printing company.

As to the dust I disagree but the volume of printing is still in the range your average person may complain about maintenance. I do have a suggestion in spite of that. Look at the office series of HP laser printers and don't go with a color laser. We used those in high volume printing areas without much service.

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Thanks Bob!

Why do you suggest not getting a color laser? We are looking at the HP3525dn. In our office, we have decided that we will only use HP. We have had issues with all others.

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The reason was in your post.

"A majority of our printing is black ink on color paper."

The non-color or monochrome laser printers have many less moving parts. They will last much longer.

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POV, maybe not paper

IMHO, I don't see where the "color paper" itself is a problem. Unless, it is of lesser quality as compared to white paper, because the added cost of color vs. white you tend to buy the similar cost and/or just the cheapest available. That's only a guess, but it does factor in, because the paper alone isn't that different in make-up. However, the use of color laser is overkill when black output is desired. The Konica line of ptrs aren't that bad, thought they're not "line printers" but basic office use. The 5K/mo. usage is alot of printing. This isn't "duplex mode" right. Plus consider what is the amount of print on the paper. The given output is on the avg. about 5-10% text on paper which also factors in the speed output as well. You would guess if a printout is say, 50% vs. 25% of paper text printing, one is faster than the other, thus review the specs. Also, remember the specs are under the ideal conditions and prolonged use in the upper ends will shorten the "life cycle" of any product, even if capable. Alas, the 4650 uses "waste bottle(s)" and that suggests the overall use of color printing, even though not printing color still cycles through(a minor amount) and will degrade under wear&tear even though its not using it fully, the mere passage(cycling) is enough for this to happen. I would think within a 1yr. time, some maint. would be needed. Did you look into any maint. kits are available for end-user to lessen a tech. coming in? Also, just what type of paper is being used? Not color but actual paper(label IDs it) and printing on 1 side or both?

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