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Color Laser Printers

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Dee Dee

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I'm getting ready to buy a color laser printer and would like to hear any feedback from those of you who may have already started using one.
Minolta has a new Magicolor 2200 priced at about $1000....anybody tried it yet? Their claim is that color sheets only cost about 3-cents apiece to print at 1200 dpi. It has separately purchased cartridges for each of the three colors and black. Feedback?
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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I just bought the okidata 7200n from Techdepot at officedepot.com. It is more expensive, but it is well worth it. I have not had to purchase any toner yet, though. It says 20 ppm black and 12 ppm color. I did not get that kind of performance until I switched to a USB connection. Now, it really puts out the paper. It is windows xp compatible and I like having only one printer.
 

Roger

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I have an HP 4500 that I got on closeout at Office Depot, and am happy with it.

I did see a color laser printer at Sam's last week, for less than $700. May have been a Canon, but don't really recall the brand.
 

Farm Gal

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Dee Dee:

That is smokin' IF they can back up the hat with horses...

Seems like a lot of such claims don't pan out though... Where did you get the under 1 K price quote???
 

Dee Dee

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Rodger,
One of my appriser friends has the same HP that you do....he loves it. I saw the closeout prices, apparently they are coming out with another model soon and the 4500 is going out. Matters not to me at the $500 price reduction from a few months ago, but if the Minolta is better then it would be nice to save that much more. One of the other things that caught my eye about the Minolta was that it's quite a bit smaller than the HP. I need all the space I can get around here. Thanks for the input. :)

LeeAnn,
I saw the Minolta at Office Max. I thought the same as you...does it REALLY work that good? That's why I asked. It's so new that there probably aren't too many who have had time to put it to the test. I hate being the guinea pig. :wink:

Dee Dee
 

David S. Roberson

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What's so bad about my HP Laserjet 2100? It prints everything I need, very good quality color, and it is under $500 (I think; can't remember exactly what it cost.) Am I missing something?
 

Dee Dee

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David,
I haven't seen that model. Is it possible that it's been discontinued? What's your DPI and PPM? I'm looking for one that has larger-sized separate toner color cartridges, is that what yours has?

Dee Dee
 

Nancy in Friday Harbor

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Dee Dee,

Now that the world is changing to electronic transmission of reports (via "locked" pdf, of course), how many color copies of appraisal reports are you printing? A thousand bucks is a lot of money for something that will be used less and less...... It takes a lot of reports using a lot of ink to make up the $600 difference between a good color inkjet and the color laser you're talking about.

Just my one and three/sixteenths cents worth...

I remain,

Pinching Pennies in Friday Harbor

:)
 

David S. Roberson

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Dee Dee;

I'm an idiot. My HP Laserjet 2100 is a black inkjet printer, not color. I use it for all the text pages I print, and it is really fast. It is sitting above my color printer and is the first printer I saw when responding to your post, hence the error. My color printer is an HP Deskjet 722C, about $300 at Office Max. Don't know how many pages per minute. It is kind of slow, but really, just how fast do you need it to print? Since I only have a few color pages in each report, it is usually finished at the same time as my B&W printer, so there is really no waiting. As far as DPI, I don't know its capabilities, but I do know it prints really good quality color pictures. And when it needs repair, throw it in the dumpster & get another one.
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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I realize these are hard times and every cost should be accounted for, but My HP 4+ lasted 8 years and my 2000c lasted 6 years. If you divide out the years a good printer will last, it is not that big an expense and I think it is worth the cost to buy a good, top notch printer when it is time to upgrade. That being said, I upgrade to a faster computer at least every two years. Heck, I spend my entire life at my computer, I deserve to use a fast printer, fast computer and have a flat screen. I consider it a reward and a good business expense, too. Yes, it costs extra, but don't we deserve it?
 
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