Re: laser vs inkjet printers

Subject: Re: laser vs inkjet printers
From: "Frank Saucier [Tech Pub]" <frank_saucier -at- MENTORG -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 1995 08:02:40 -0500

I have been using an HP DeskWriter (HP DeskJet for the Mac) at home for about
three years now. I went with the inkjet printer over the laser printer for a
couple of reasons.

1) The initial cost of the laser printer is higher. When I bought the inkjet
printer I could get "close enough to laser for me" printing at "nowhere
near laser" prices. Make sure you see a print out of each before buying.
The results you need depend on what you are producing.

2) The replacement cost of laser cartridges is higher than inkjet
cartridges. A new inkjet cartridge costs about $20 (if I remember
correctly) and can be purchased at any office supply store. I don't
remember the exact cost comparison to laser toner cartridges, but that's
probably because it scared me so much I blocked it out mentally (even
compared to recycled laser cartridges). I tried using the syringe and ink
refill trick on the inkjet cartridges, but found that it didn't work all
that well for me. The true cost of cartridge replacement really needs to
be compared at the cost per sheet level. Your favorite office supply
store may have this type of information. Maybe one of our peers out there
can tell us. Hmmm?



| FRANK SAUCIER | When I was your age, we use to drink |
| Mentor Graphics Corp. | adult doses of NyQuil and operate |
| fsaucier -at- warren -dot- mentorg -dot- com | heavy machinery just for kicks. |

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