[at-l] Printing hiking stuff

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Wed Nov 24 10:44:09 CST 2010

I print mostly b&w but like to be able to print in color when I want to.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ken Bennett 
  To: giniajim 
  Cc: at-l at backcountry.net 
  Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7:42 AM
  Subject: Re: [at-l] Printing hiking stuff

  On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:12 AM, giniajim <jplynch at crosslink.net> wrote:

    I print various hiking material.  My printer (ink jet) uses a lot of expensive ink cartridges.  Has anyone found an economical printer out there on the market?

  That depends on whether you need to print in color. Inkjet printers are simply a way for the manufacturer to sell ink cartridges -- and the inexpensive printers have the smallest carts (and thus the most expensive per milliliter of ink.) 

  For general office printing I use a Brother laser printer, model HL-2040, which cost about $120 at the local office supply. The included toner cartridge will print around 1500 pages, and replacement toner carts are $60 or so and will print 2500 pages. That's pretty cheap compared to inkjet prices, but of course they are all black, no color.

  The high-end photo inkjet printers use much larger ink carts, so the price per ml of ink goes down substantially. (I'm talking about 17-inch photo printers and up, like the Epson 3880 -- they run over $1000. Probably overkill.) 

  Anyway, I really like my laser printer. 

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