Перейти к основному содержанию

Repair information for the Canon PIXMA iP4700 color inkjet photo printer. Released in 2010. Model number: iP4700.

10вопросов Показать все

color printer: should I go with ink or laser?

I'm looking at long term cost and quality. Thanks.

Ответ на этот вопрос У меня та же проблема

Это хороший вопрос?

Оценка 0
Добавить комментарий

3 Ответов

Наиболее полезный ответ

It depends on what you are going to be printing. If it is mainly text based documents with simple graphics I would go laser, but if you plan on printing a ton of photos, ink jet would be my recommendation. Laser printers are more expensive up front, but the toner is usually less expensive per page than an ink cartridge. Personally I use a laser printer since I usually just print off school work, invoices, and reciepts and very rarely do any complex graphics such as photographs.

Был ли этот ответ полезен?

Оценка 2

1 Комментарий:

It also depends on how often you print as ink jet cartridges tend to dry out. Also remember that printer makers are in the business of selling ink.


Добавить комментарий

For long term ownership unless you can afford to own a color laser AND B/W laser (or accept it may use a little color doing B/W, unless it has a "true black" mode like my C3326), I prefer monochrome lasers. They're cheaper to run and are more simple to maintain than a color laser. These days, I usually prefer Lexmark due to the 40k page drum units, though you pay more for them as they left the consumer space - which is good, since they don't cheapen out models as badly as companies who market to price sensitive markets. Brother units are cheaper, but the drums only last ~15-20k pages, so ~4-5 "XL" toners worth. Both the modern Lexmark and Brothers are steel workhorses. HOWEVER, if you still insist on color get a Lexmark Go series (3 or 4 series, 2 series is landfill destined with the cost of toner vs printer; I got a C3224 for FREE over empty toner I'm willing to strip the HVPS and LVPS from to fix a C3426). On the Lexmark Go series with color, the fuser and transfer belt are lifetime parts, but the waste toner box is a "consumable" and the drums are part of the cartridge.

On the Lexmarks once you step up the high end ones like the CS the drums, developer and toner are all split; it means higher TCO, but if say my C3326's black SWP toner has a issue with the drum I can get a drum kit, and not scrap the whole toner. From a cost perspective they're cheaper per part, but over time their need for more consumables adds up.

For Brother, the drums, toner and transfer belt are considered "consumable", but the transfer belt is a 100k page part; for all intents and purposes, don't worry about it but on a used Brother if it's high, run. HOWEVER, Brother sells the drums on the color models as a combined CMY drums a single part/set only so if one drum fails, you need to replace them all for the counters to be right. It resets all THREE COLORS. However, you usually get a reprieve on black being available individually.

On the high end of the spectrum (like off-lease high end printers), they tend to be cheap (like, really cheap) but they consider everything from the rollers, transfer belt, drum/developer and fuser "consumables", but replacement tends to be painless as they are designed to be replaced. Lexmark, HP and all of the others are like this.

I personally use an HP M401n right now and I'm happy with it, although I may replace the printer since it has a clicking gear you can't easily replace if it stops working reliably. I got it as a floor model, so I suspect sales floor abuse. It doesn’t impact printing as far as I know (and has never given me an issue) but I’m probably going to replace it if I ever need toner or I start seeing hard jam errors, and fatal errors. While I like the old HP printers from 10+ years ago, the new stuff (white plastic, Dynamic Security) is garbage and they joined the ranks of blocking clone toner with replacement chips. These days, I prefer the Lexmark Go series, even with the drum+toner combined into one compromise on the color series. Now if you told me I could buy a gently used "CS" unit for Go pricing I'm going CS, but otherwise Go>CS.

While I think HP's value proposition is no longer there, I'm liking some of Brother's mid to high volume lasers if your budget doesn't allow for a Lexmark, especially the XL/XXL bundles. You get the same printer as the base model (and Brother toner is cheap) but I’m partial to "XL" printers with pack-in toner on value alone. The pack-in toner is worth $200 alone, but you pay for this in the initial purchase price (Ex: Base L2750DW is $249.99 vs $399.99 for the XL bundle).

Brother also doesn't play games around 3rd party toner like the major manufacturers and makes it easy to tell the printer to disregard the reported toner level :-). I stoll expect 10 layers of crap to sell the OEM toner, but Brother isn’t as evil as the others and I’m picky. While I love the Xerox printers for price to performance value (especially off-lease, if you can get them with 25-50k pages) despite needing to pick them up with a truck or pay for freight, they refuse to use used toner and check for 3rd party (and is user hostile about it). Epson is also on that list** for the wetness sensor carts like the 88/69/68, and the black cart series firmware bombs. They also made the bad list with the 25% read only lockout to prevent refilling. Never again.

**I've had 2, but they were either acquired used as scanners or it was given to me and I scrapped it. I just don't buy the genuine ink for them because I don't want to give Epson even one cent of my money.

Был ли этот ответ полезен?

Оценка 2
Добавить комментарий

What is more important for you quality or speed? If you are planning to print a huge number of pages, then you need to buy a laser printer. Yes, it will be more expensive, but its speed, as well as the number of pages that it can print per charge, is much higher than that of an ink one. But you should only use high quality toners, for example these https://www.mrdepot.ca/collections/canon... cartridges, otherwise you may have problems. An ink printer has one big drawback - if you don't use it for a long time, its cartridges will dry out and have to be replaced, so you need to use it at least once a week.

Был ли этот ответ полезен?

Оценка 0
Добавить комментарий

Добавьте свой ответ

Andrew Lipiansky будет вечно благодарен.
Просмотр статистики:

За последние 24часов: 0

За последние 7 дней: 0

За последние 30 дней: 2

За всё время: 225