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Finding the Best Laser Printer
Posted by Ink Oasis on 12/3/2011 to Printer Reviews
If you are in the market for a laser printer, you may have given up on finding cheap ink cartridges, or you may feel that ink refills are more trouble than they are worth. Since a laser printer also provides better quality than an inkjet printer, it may seem like a good idea to buy one. Unfortunately, if you do not shop carefully, you may wind up with an expensive printer and a toner replacement cost that will make Canon ink cartridges, and those made by other manufacturers look cheap.

Laser Printer Resolution

As you may be aware, laser printer resolution is very important. You should always strive to find a printer that will give you better quality than you would get from an inkjet printer. This includes asking for a sample print that will reveal how crisp the printing is, as well as the size of the dots on the page. Depending on your printing needs, it might be best to buy a black and white printer as opposed to a color one if you will get better resolution for a lower price. Invariably, if you are mainly going to print text with the laser printer, it will be best to simply take color jobs to an office store as needed.

Laser Printer Toner Cost

Unfortunately, if you do some research, you will find that laser printer toner is fairly expensive. Even if you buy a multi-function laser printer, the cost of toner can easily break your budget if the volume is high enough. Some things you can do to save money include:

    Shake toner cartridges on a regular basis to make sure ink particles remain as diffuse as possible.
    Buy refurbished laser toner
    Try to obtain generic laser toner

Laser Printer: Color vs. Black and White

Today, many people spend extra money on a color laser printer only to be very disappointed with the outcome. Among other things, they may wind up with a lower resolution printer that does not provide the same quality as photo printing. Others are also bound to notice that the price of toner cartridges is much more expensive. At the very least, if you are committed to buying a color laser printer, you should have some good ideas about how much money you will spend on toner and the printer versus what it would cost to have these things printed at a local store. During this process, you should also make sure that you have some ideas about the quality of print you will receive by outsourcing, and then compare that to any laser printer you plan on buying.

There is no question that many people look at being able to afford a color laser printer as a source of pride. On the other hand, you may find that such ideas go by the wayside fairly quickly once laser toner costs start adding up.  No matter how you look at it, making sure that you understand the financial impact of buying a laser printer will always be of immense benefit.
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