HP 5150, Low end vs Higher End Inkjets, Color Laser Issues
by RDFly - 4/1/05 8:44 PM
In Reply to: Dual User by Impreza WRX
In regards to the HP 5150, I've used a similar printer HP 5550 and had a problem with the cartridge holding unit. A small piece of plastic broke and had to have the printer replaced. Any HP printer using those same cartridges can easily have this problem. As a result I avoid any HP printer using the 56, 57, and 58 cartridges and bought myself a HP Business Inkjet 1100. Also the 17 ml is small compared with cartridges for HP Business Inkjet 1100 and 1200. These printers have individual 28 ml cartridges for the three colors and 69 ml cartridge for black. Granted the printheads are seperate and can be an additional cost, but you easily make this back in the printing costs over the lower end (cheap engineered) inkjet printers. If you print a fair amount (1000 to 2500 per month), the HP Business Inkjet 1100 or 1200 is well worth the additional initial cost. However, when it comes to printing a lot (over 2500 pages per month), I would say going to laserjet is the best idea in terms of cost.
You still have to be careful about what costs are involved when buying a color laser printer. I had gotten a Minolta magicolor 2200 for use at my church. This printer required not only replacement cartridges ($89 black, $149 per color), but constant replacement of an Fuser oil roller ($40), OPC drum ($99), and waste toner bottle ($29). The printing was great, but the cost per page was expensive. When it came time to replace the transfer belt ($349), we decided to get a new printer (HP 3500) instead. Now the ongoing cost is mainly cartridges ($130). At some point (don't expect soon) the transfer assembly ($400) will have to be replaced. Also with the HP 3500 the warm up time is much quicker than with the Minolta. The one issue I have with this printer is the lack of automatic duplexing.
The bottom line is, you have to identify your needs.
How much printing (pages per month) are you doing?
How much of this is photos, b&w, color documents?
What kind of quality do you need (especially in photos)?
How long do you want to wait between sending a print job and the printer actually printing it?
Do you need automatic duplexing (printing on both sides)?
What can you afford in ongoing costs?
Also, most manufacturers quote yields based on something like 5% page coverage. If you do photos and heavy solid colors, the cartridge yields will be nowhere near what is stated.
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