timmmay: Thanks guys. I take it laser printers don't tend to have wireless then? Running ethernet is possible but I'd have to put a little switch in for it, I think I have a spare one though. Another thought, I tend to turn it on, use it, and turn it off, will a laser work ok like that?
Interested to hear about brands that people are generally happy with. Epson I like fine, especially with the CISS, it's just worn out. Printers aren't made to last.
I just have blocked nozzels, and I can't really be bothered taking the whole printer apart to try to clean them. The self clean function does nothign.
Laser printers are not good for that sort of intermittent use as the fuser unit has to heat up each time you turn them on.
I prefer to buy HP because their printers can handle thicker media. Few printers are designed to handle 200-240gsm card as most only go up to about 140gsm.
Consumer printers aren't made to last so I buy inkjets when they're on special (as much as 40-50% off). I buy second-hand heavy-duty laser printers because they are cheap and run forever though they are heavy too.
timmmay: The Brother color laser MFC9140CDN is looking like a likely candidate.
Has anyone used aftermarket toner in a laser? For example Inkworks offer the printer complete with their own toner cartridges for a decent price. Their black toner is $70 compared with $126 for genuine. TRD toner is about the same price. You can also buy bottles of toner on ebay.
Two more questions:
- Is third party toner worth buying, given $125 / 2500 pages is 5c/page?
- Can anyone comment on the reliability of Brother laser printers?
Brother work fine but all cheaper consumer printers do die more quickly than those rated heavy-duty. The rated duty cycle of a printer is related to its reliability.
I've used many varieties of third-party toner cartridges, including refills, for HP laser printers but I've never filled them myself. 90% of the time the difference in quality is visible in some way as I print a lot of full page colour graphics. That is unusual as most people print smaller images or lots of text so the 'tonal' qualities of the toner is less important for them. I generally try to buy HP toner cartridges on Trade Me - they tend to be listed when people replace their printer.
The cheap toner quality varies a lot and price is not always the main determinant. I've had $60 cartridges that work better than $120 cartridges to replace $200 HP cartridges. I've observed (but haven't conclusively proved to my satisfaction) that third-party toner doesn't age as well as the HP toner.