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#28897 15-Dec-2008 18:31
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Hi guys,

I'm in the market for a printer - don't want one of those multifunction ones, all i want is a good old black and white printer that is economical on ink and can print reasonably fast in black and white (hate mucking aorund with 4 ink cartridges)

Any recommendations?

Built in scanner would be cool but not a necessity. $150 and under too.

Cheers :)

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  #184359 15-Dec-2008 18:38
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Looks like you have quite a few laser printers to choose from which satisfy your B+W printing... as for MFP option, you'd have to relax your financial limit to above $200+.




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  #184361 15-Dec-2008 18:42
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A basic laser will be many times faster, more efficient and give a better output than any inkjet,

This one is $149.00 - http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/XP1147

We have one at home and it is excellent

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  #184362 15-Dec-2008 18:44
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So you want a black and white inkjet printer?

In this day and age that's hard to find.

- but -

I have a HP Deskjet F4185 multifunction (just a scanner) - and by accident, found out that it works perfectly fine without a colour cartridge (as long as you set the use of a Black ink cartridge within the Printer Preferences)

Best of all - it was $89 - $20 cashback when I bought it last year. It's pretty fast (around 20ppm on black on fast draft, which is not as bad as it sounds) but the margin at the bottom is huge (so make sure that when you get a printer, get one that promises full page printing if you need it)


I can't say if it applies to any other inkjet printers/multifunctions out there, some I've found force you to put in a colour cartridge in.

You might be able to just place a starter colour ink cartridge into some printers and leave it there, as some starter kits actually are ignored by the ink level checks.



If you're not after inkjet, then get a laser, like the ones above.




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  #184364 15-Dec-2008 18:50
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adamj: A basic laser will be many times faster, more efficient and give a better output than any inkjet,

This one is $149.00 - http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/XP1147

We have one at home and it is excellent



Thanks ladies - one more question on the printer above, how long does the cartridge last? Is it cost efficient?

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  #184366 15-Dec-2008 18:51
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Laser's catridges are very efficient... I only needed to replace mine after 5 years of average usage... if you want very efficient B+W fast printing, you can't go past laser printer.




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  #184367 15-Dec-2008 18:53
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It depends on how heavily you print, and also the frequency of the print jobs too (as lasers eat up some of the toner while warming up as I heard...)




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The printer I refer to comes with a part filled cartridge. Ours is showing the toner light now after approx 6 months of fairly heavy use.

A new toner is circa $100 but will do thousands and thousands of pages.

We had the previous model (HL-2040) before this one, and on a full toner it would last us over a year at sometimes 500+ pages a month.

You will never ever get that sort of efficiency out of an inkjet




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adamj: A basic laser will be many times faster, more efficient and give a better output than any inkjet,

This one is $149.00 - http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/XP1147

We have one at home and it is excellent

+1 for this printer. Brilliant.

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I have the a Brother HL-2150N which is the same printer but with network capability added.  

Good printer, its fast, has fast start up from sleep mode and it comes with a full toner cartridge (I think some others only come with a half full cartridge)




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  #184400 15-Dec-2008 22:07
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adamj: A basic laser will be many times faster, more efficient and give a better output than any inkjet,
This one is $149.00 - http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/XP1147
We have one at home and it is excellent


If interested in this model (or others), suggest you check PriceSpy first.

Toner costs for the above appear to be in the 3 - 4c/p category.

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  #184403 15-Dec-2008 22:17
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Pricespy ain't loading (For me anyway)

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  #184405 15-Dec-2008 22:23
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OK here.

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  #184612 16-Dec-2008 19:10
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This is great printer indeed. Different retailers selling HL2140 printers here.

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