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Old 12-18-2006, 08:21 PM   #21
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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?

I've had this Ink Saver software for about 6 months and really like it. You can set the percentage of ink used per copy... 100% perhaps for high quality pictures and perhaps a setting of just 35% for text documents. I really like it and it saves a LOT of ink!

http://www.inksaver.com/
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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?
Old 12-18-2006, 10:51 PM   #22
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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?

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I've had this Ink Saver software for about 6 months and really like it. You can set the percentage of ink used per copy... 100% perhaps for high quality pictures and perhaps a setting of just 35% for text documents. I really like it and it saves a LOT of ink!

http://www.inksaver.com/
That SW might be handy, but you can usually do that right from the printer dialog box. Choose a lower quality (faster) print setting, they use a LOT less ink. Use the high quality only when you need it.

I think the defaults are for higher quality settings right out of the box - the printer maker wants you to see their new printer at it's best (and use up more expensive ink carts).

99% of my printing is done in the fast mode (it is way faster than the high quality settings 3 or 4x), and they are good enough for my needs.

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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?
Old 01-19-2007, 04:28 PM   #23
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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?

Well I haven't bought a color laser printer yet, but I found one that looks like a great deal and has decent reviews, too.

It's the Samsung CLP-600N at Staples this weekend. It's an in-store promotion. Retail 499.98 - 12% "Friends and Family" promotion - 2 rebates totalling $250 = $189.98

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http://staples.shoplocal.com/staplessneakpeek/default.aspx?action=[...]

link to printer ad http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/[...]

Sorry about the long links, I'm not sure how to shorten them.

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Old 01-19-2007, 04:50 PM   #24
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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?

$200 after rebates? Did I read you right? From the Samsung name and the reviews I saw I'd definitely jump on it for that price.

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One worry would be supplies. I haven't looked in a few years, but last time I did look Samsung wasn't a printer brand, so I might worry a bit that the toner could become unavailable if they decided that going into the printer business was a bad idea. However Samsung is a big brand name with a reputation to protect so I doubt you'll be left tonerless in the next couple of years.

If you think you might ever use the printer with Mac or Linux then I'd look into that more closely, too, as this printer seems to rely on a proprietary language and thus the company's driver.

Overall, though, I'd jump on it at that price. I thought about seeing if I could get the same deal myself, but since I have a color laser and don't print much it would be silly for me to get one.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:59 PM   #25
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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?

Costco and sams are full of them for under $250, many under $200.

Its the $600-700 worth of toner replacements that make those not a very good deal. This is definitely a 'free razor handle, now buy the blades' proposition.

Better to pick up a refurb color laser from Dell with full toners for $250-500. Cost per page is as low as some dot matrix printers. The high end ones running around $500 or less can print as many as 10,000 pages before running out of toner. Thats prety cheap per page.

Samsungs been in the laser business for about 12 years or so, so I dont think they'll be checking out.
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Re: Recommend a low cost per copy color printer?

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/02/...er_printers_2/

Decent article that covers some of the salient decision factors. One of my faves, the dell series (as a refurb through their outlet) isnt included.

Two-to-one difference in price per page between several primary contenders.
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