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Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

I printed my business cards with a company online.
I now want to have the flexibility to print different flyers (50-100 pieces each) and I am looking for a printer to buy.
Since I have a particular set of 3 colours in my logo, that I want to be exactly reproduced, I am not sure if to go for a laser or ink-jet printer.
I have been looking at Canon Pixma MG8150 (ink-jet) and Canon i-Sensys MF8330.
Anyone with experience in printing flyers out there?
Anyone know shops in Zürich area where I could test before buying?
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Old 24.04.2011, 22:55
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Re: Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

Buy any model (Laser).
But only use it for proofing.
Let the flyers print at some print-shop.
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Re: Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

http://flyerline.ch ?
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If the logo is always in the same place of the page then have it printed by a printing shop and then print cheaply the remaining content.
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Re: Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

Of the two, for a flyer with three solid colors, I would expect the laser to work out better. Laser printers tend to be faster, cheaper per page, and the results tend to be more durable. However, a print shop will be able to provide even higher quality, will likely be able to match the colors with even more accuracy and so on.
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Re: Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

Take a look at the following article from ehow.com - "What Printer to Use for Business Cards and Flyers"
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Re: Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

I am involved in a Printer Replacemenet project, and one of the Issues is the color quality of the printouts.
In the last 4-5 months, I have been in contact with the manufacturer weekly, and have received several customised firmware versions, so we could tweak the colors to be printed to exact specifications, and they are then compared to a proof sheet, until both pictures and defined test colors are satisfying.

I have specified both RGB and CMYK Values for the requirements off certain colors, and installed multiple drivers, and tested virtually every setting in the printers, and probably billed at least 100 working hours just for resolving the Color Issue.

We had 3 different manufacturers giving us test printers, and in the cheapest color class, not a single of them provided aresult, close enough

Unless you are ready to pay out several thousand Francs for a Laserprinter, you are better off going to a Print shop as others already have suggested, and have it done professionally on an offset device.

The other option is lowering your requirements to the quality.

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Re: Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

Paper is another Issue.

Glossy, Normal, Recycled, certain thickness etc. -all influence the final product.

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Re: Laser or ink-jet printer? Help!

I have an epson ink jet and I wish I had gotten a laser. I like the quality of the ink jet, you can print photo quality, really beautiful high resolution images but for text, it's not as crisp on certain papers because the ink can bleed. I wouldn't really recommend it for business cards.

I have 8 ink colors and in order to get a REALLY great printout, you have to have fresh ink in each color, you also have to run the head cleaners which can waste a lot of ink. Each cartridge is about $15.

Toner lasts a lot longer and the printers tend to have better networking capabilities. I have a NAS that I connected my ink jet to and it works well but I've been too cheap to buy ink for the past couple months so I haven't been printing.

I got the ink jet because I wanted to print my photos and frame them and it would have been great for that purpose but I never used it that way and I ususally end up printing internet articles and proofs for clients. I have printed a few decent size jobs and the ink really does not last long!!

The good thing about it is that it can handle a lot of different types of paper and paper sizes, I can even use rolls of paper which is not possible with a laser. Epson sells a lot of great art papers, but they are quite expensive and changing a paper roll is a hassle. I think I lost some of the parts I need to even use a roll.

I have printed cards on my inkjet and I've had good results. You need an exacto blade to cut down the cards to the right size. If you buy the pre perforated paper, it's always too thin for my liking. I have seen people handout worse but I always think that person must be a real cheapo.

Being a designer, I send everything out to online printers unless it's a proof or it needs to be on specialty paper. In that case, I bring it to my friend who is a printer. You can get 1000s of cards for under $30, why waste ink? For small runs, I go to a printer with a nice digital printer. The printers at Staples (or whatever local print place) are usually a lot better than we can afford at home, they rent Xerox DocuColor and whatnot.
http://www.xerox.com/digital-printin...gen4/enus.html
digital press is good quality now a days.

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