Photos on a Laser printer?? YOU BET !!!
There are three popular printer types available to USA consumers today that can print photographic art:
1. The Inkjet
#1 Cost to operate
#2 Photo Quality
#2 Initial Cost
2. Color Laser
#3 Cost to Operate
#3 Photo Quality
#1 Initial Cost
3. Thermal Dye Sublamination
#2 Cost to Operate
#1 Photo Quality
#3 Initial Cost
I happen to own one of each. ALL of which will print a photograph, but ''your mileage may vary'', depending on what you expect the output to look like.
The inkjet is one of the most popular as well as EXPENSIVE to operate available. Don't let those cheap prices fool you, I don't know how many 8x10'' glossy photos you can print on yours before you need to replace the cartridges, but mine would last about 20 pages (on a good day) and MUCH LESS if there was a few weeks or months between print outs.
As you already know: modern top of the line inkjets will produce fine looking photographs, but at $60+ for a set of ink cartrages (my printer) my 8.5x11'' photo album sheets were costing me upwards of $3.00 a page!!
Last year I bought a MagiColor 2400DL to replace my inkjet printer. While the printer cost me $500 new, I've gotten 400 color pages out of it so far and still have %40+ toner left to print more. Even if I only got 500 total color pages out of the set of toner cartridges that CAME WITH the printer, total cost per page is roughly $1.25 each. (this is out of the "low yield cartridges" that CAME with the printer!)
Stock toner refills are EXPENSIVE:$472 list for the HIGH yield ones. However, these cartridges come with 2.5x the toner. Using the yield of my current cartridges as an example, I might expect to get 1250 color pages out of the $472 high yield cartridges bringing the cost per page to $0.37!!
Then again, I was able to find a TONER REFILL KIT that has as much toner as the high yield cartridges for $165.00!! I'll let you do the math on how much it would cost per page using the generic toner. <grin>
While the pages FLY out of the laser printer as compaired to the Inkjet, the output is better than a newspaper print, but not as good as a Inkjet or TDS printout. (about as good as magazines)I do notice some grainyness and some color shifting. However, my family can't tell the difference, so what do I care?
An added bonus is that the prints won't fade as bad as injets AND they are water proof!!
I've recently added a TDS [T]hermal [D]ye
ublamination printer to my collection. This thing prints WONDERFULL photographs, if you like 4x6'' (postcard) sized photos. The printer cost only $150 and the current list price (can be found cheaper) for the 108print kit is $29.95, which brings the cost per print to about $0.27 each!!
Ok, like I said, your mileage may vary. Most of the color lasers will print a 'demo sheet' and you can see for yourself what each model may or may not do right @ Office Depot or other store which has them setup.
Personally, I don't even use my inkjet anymore. Unreliable and to expensive to operate.
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