good color laser printer for around $500?

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  1. sinthetiq

    sinthetiq Anteater Member

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    im shopping around for a color laser.. anyone have any rec's?
     
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    Konica Minolta makes some nice entry-level color laser printers. Long-term, the toner can get pricey, however.

    For a little more initial investment, I would highly recommend a Xerox Phaser. I love those printers!
     
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    why laser?
     
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    We bought two Oki C6000's (I think that's the right model) at work this summer. They're very nice, and I think there were around $600 each.
     
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    Why not? They're only a little more expensive than cheap monochrome lasers were a few years ago and they aren't injets. Inkjets suck. My next printer will be a color laser.
     
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    Dell makes a highly rated on that's a hair under 400 bucks.
    It's the 3000cn. One of the mainstream computer mags gave it a top rating for quality as well as toner refills being cheaper than the competition.
    Unless you're a photographer, the print quality will more than suffice.
     
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    thanks for the info.

    i put in an order for the dell 3100cn .. dell small business had a good deal where i received free shipping and $174off instant. so total w/tax came out to be $349.
     
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    :coold: Awesome deal.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Absolutely great deal. I assume that the 3100cn is an update to the 3000cn?
     
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    I would disagree on the quality aspect of your comment. Inkjets are FAR superior to color laser printer quality.

    For office use and such laser printers are great, but if you want quality then inkjet is for you.
     
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    For photos, yeah. But if you're really doing photos that much, the inkjet will cost a fortune to run. If you don't use it a lot, the ink will dry out and clog. I'm done with inkjets. Biggest scam ever.
     
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    Not to mention that text from inkjets looks like ass.
     
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    Yeah that too. Its amazing how a 300 dpi laser from 1986 can print better looking text than an eleventy billion dpi inkjet from today.
     
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    We have a Xerox Phaser at work. Sad to say, the color photos from it look better than the Epson photo inkjet we bought as well. Heh. Laser has definitely improved in the past few years.
     
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    Black iron dust doesn't bleed like ink does. Inkjets only print well on clay-coated paper -- it keeps the ink from bleeding. That's how they make inkjet photo paper, btw.
     
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    Same speed too :mamoru:
     
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    Xerox Phaser printers are not laser, tho.... They use a consumables that I would compare to "crayons".
     
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    Phasers ARE laser printers because they use lasers to trace the text and pictures onto the rolelrs that apply the various-colored toners. It has nothing to do with the type of toner used. All color laser printers use colored plastic dust.

    I'm afraid I've lost count. How many posts have you made -- in which you do nothing more than point out a miniscule correction, which in itself is often wrong -- since your last useful comment?
     
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    Wow, you are wrong... I would like to show you this, by quoting the Xerox *official* website:

     
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    (sigh) You're right.
     
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    I'm late to the game but I've had a Samsung CLP-510 since last fall and got it for $300. It's been good so far. Color, autoduplexing, and reasonably quick.
     
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    DELL makes really good ones but they are expensive
     
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    not really all that great... They're just re-branded Lexmark.
     

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