October 26, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday, folks! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. This week's question from Edward touches upon photo inkjet printers vs. color laser printers, and I must say, lots of advice was offered. The sense that I got after reading the responses was that if you are printing primarily photos--inkjets will ultimately result in better quality overall, as color laser printers are best used for printing newsletters, brochures, and graphical charts, where photo quality isn't the main focus.
However, what is deemed "photo quality" should be determined by what the individual finds acceptable. As far as cost goes, it's highly debatable and probably a bit hard to determine since there are just too many factors to consider--from equipment cost, paper type, cartridge, and ultimately what is being printed, so while some members have some figures for you to check out, many folks did recommend sticking with inkjet printers and tell how to save on ink by using refillable ink cartridges, buying cartridges in bulk, or simply using photo labs, as the cost per print has come down quite a bit and is now very convenient. You can upload photos online and pick them up at your local store.
As always, I learned quite a bit myself and I hope that the contributions from all our members help Edward and anyone else in his shoes. So to the get ball rolling on this topic, here are a couple of selected answers to start. Please read through all of our members' advice in the discussion thread, and if you have more to contribute on this topic, even better. As always, the more we share, the more we all benefit from learning from one another. Thanks, everyone! Have a great weekend!
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My question for you is photo inkjet printers vs. color laser
printers. I use a ton of ink in my inkjet printers, and as
you know, ink cartridges aren't cheap. Since color laser
printers have come down in price quite a bit these past
years, I'm interested in picking up one to see if over time
(while initially it will cost more upfront for the laser
printer) I can start to reap the benefit from switching to a
color laser. However, I do have a few questions and hope you
can help me out. How do color laser printer fare as compared
to inkjet printers when it comes to printing photos? Will
color laser give me the quality of an inkjet printer? How
about cost per page for color laser over inkjet? What are
some of the tradeoffs going to a color laser printer for
photos? And are their any downsides to laser? Thank you for
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