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    A3 colour lasers

    The cheese has asked me to sort out a colour A3 laser printer for some of the technology stuff. Printers aren't exactly my forté here - anyone got any recommendations? I've got anything upto £2500 to spend but dont want to venture too near that figure :twisted:

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    Does it have to be laser?

    I'm not a fan of colour lasers... I feel that colour reproduction is better on inkjets (particularly photographs) and the TCO is very high for the volumes that are printed in schools.

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    I can thoroughly recommend the HP Laserjet5550N - it really does the lot & is pretty bullet-proof. Plus HP's support is pretty good too.

    I got a good deal from Misco - click here

    RoyG

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    For cost per page you cannot beat a colour copier, we won't get A3 Colour Lasers they are just too costly to run.

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    we bought a HP 5550N as well for our technology dept.

    Admittedly it did go wrong within a few months but this was due to misuse rather than a hardware fault. HP did a great job of getting us going again.
    Well worth getting the extended warranty on these things, I'd hate to know how much replacement parts are for it

    Personal opinion I think photos are better on a high quality inkjet although an A3 full colour page just seems more bright and vibrant on a laser. Again personal opinion

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    OK thanks guys - will have to look into inkjets too maybe? Anything I save can go towards papercut software

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyKGB
    OK thanks guys - will have to look into inkjets too maybe? Anything I save can go towards papercut software
    Personal view - go for laser every time. Inkjets can be a pain, depending on level and regularity of use. Use it too little & the jets clog; use it too much & you're always changing expensive cartridges.

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    We have a HP Officejet Pro K850DN at my school which we use for special projects. its a great printer and the running coast aren't too bad either.

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    Quote Originally Posted by richard
    We have a HP Officejet Pro K850DN at my school which we use for special projects. its a great printer and the running coast aren't too bad either.
    Worth also noting that the HP10/11 cartridges do have reset chips (not auto type) and the cartridges are static (not printhead mounted) so installing a CIS on them is a piece of cake*... That would further cut your costs and allow greater scope for test prints without costing a fortune.

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    Haven't got round to looking at a CIS system on it yet nor the 5400DN's that we have around the school.

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    Quote Originally Posted by richard
    Haven't got round to looking at a CIS system on it yet nor the 5400DN's that we have around the school.
    if you want any intel on those I have a pretty fair experience now re: K550, and L7X80 models... Only reason I've not played with the K5400's is there's no space and I already have a spare K550 needing a home.

    Principals are the same but in truth I've built my own kits and sourced my own chips/cartridges for my CIS's... the ebay CIS kits are a waste of space.

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    Re: A3 colour lasers

    Two Lexmark C912s here - works like a beauty.

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