Substitute printers, inkjet/laser/dye subliamation compare
by ranron - 4/9/06 7:07 PM
In Reply to: Printers by Dena Yuriga
If you want a laser that is great but not too expensive (and save your inkjet for photos), check out the Xerox Phasers. I got the 6350DP (w/ 1GB RAM) and its great for printing a lot plus you can print drafts or quick-prints of photos just to show (not charish).
I also agree that HPs are not very reliable. Have used a 4550N which broke the day after warranty expired and a PhotoSmart 7760 whose ink cartridges keep clogging up and having to replace.
After discussing those dye sublimation printers, I pulled my old one out (I've still got 10 boxes of 25 sheet paper/ink packs) and I compared the results with my Canon i9900 and Phaser 6350. The Phaser is very crappy looking. The colors are dull (but I use it primarily for my work and printing), but printing is very fast at 36 ppm, so great for those drafts and just-show-to-friend types. The Canon is excellent, but when I compared the dye sublimation to the inkjet, I found that the 6 year old Sony (DPP-SV55) produced colors that were bright, vivid, and true to life. The speed was worse than I mentioned before at about 2 minutes for a 4 x 6 printout. The Canon is great, and its pretty fast. I guess that inkjets are better for those bulk photo printing, but if you need a printing that really good, dye sublimation is the way to go.
I can't imagine how good your Canon must be if my aged Sony looks better than my inkjets/lasers.
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