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I need a new printer. Ink jet or laser???

The one I have now is a Dell 962 All-in-onethat is giving me an error code of 1203. I can't get it to clear the error. It's something to do with the copper leads in the color cartridge. I've been told I can cover these leads to get rid of the error message but won't have a color printer, just black. I'm fine with that for now. But how do I cover the leads??

I need a copier & scanner too. Unless I could keep this one for that.

I've looked at http://www.newegg.com and they have some good deals. But if I buy one I should get one where ink is readily available, (Walmart?) I think Walmart handle's HP. Any others?

Are the cheapie printers just a good as buying an expensive one? Seems to me I paid good bucks for this Dell. And now it's toast...

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I would go laser, we have two, the quality of the printing is a 1000 times better than ink jet. The consumables whilst more expensive last a long time, we are currently using the Epson AcuLaser C100 N.
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I recently ended up with a HP C7280.

It is an all in one with WiFi which might be handy for you if you got more than one computer/laptop in the house.

I bought it at OfficeMax and took their warranty package. If it breaks for any reason, even if I drop it. They will give you full value to replace it.

Mine is an inkjet. The black cartridge cost me $19.85 plus tax last week to replace. I do a lot of printing, and I think the laser cartridges last longer than inkjets. The quality is ok, can't complain.

The reason I changed over from laser to inkjet was the cost of replacing the laser cartridge. $130 !!! But it was good for about 18 months worth of printing. That is about 5 reams of paper for me or 2500 sheets.

The inkjets are lucky to print up a full ream of paper on one cartridge. So, the cost is the same, you just replace them more often.



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You might try covering the leads with some scotch tape.

In my printer, I just removed the color cartridge completely and print with out it. I get a constant error message but it still prints.

The reason I removed mine is I normally don't use color and the color ink is more expensive, and my printer doesn't have a setting to use black only. So when printing black it uses the color ink too.

In most cases the ink is the most expensive part of the printer. They could give away the printers for free and make a fortune in profit off the ink.

Depending on your needs for printing, a laser printer is much higher quality, faster and overall a much better printer. The negatives to a laser printer are that you lose the capablity to print in color. You lose the capablity to print photographs.

However, if you are printing large documents, in most cases a laser printer will print much faster.

Years ago I had a laser printer. It held up very well for a long time, but when it finally failed, it was not cost effective to repair.

Most printers for home use are not cost effective to repair, consider them throw away items.

Also most printers are rated in estimated pages per month usage. The printer I have now is so cheap, it didn't even havea rating.....





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I should have mentioned that my laser printer is still just as good as it ever was. Fast, perfect for doing a lot of work. It has two paper feeders and together it holds 500 sheets at one loading. I loved it for production work.

But it just isn't cost effective to feed it new laser toner cartridges. Lexmark replaces the complete laser engine with each new toner refill. Great way to maintain quality, hell on the pocket book.

That is why I went for a cheap do-it-all box. Fax, scanner, color printer.

Anybody want a nice production capable Lexmark laser printer? It was brand new in 1994, still prints like brand new (when it has toner in it

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A lot of people think a laser printer is more expensive than inkjet. In reality its the other way around. A $100 toner cartridge will outlast many $25 inkjet cartridges.

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