[LAU] OT: printers

Arnold Krille arnold at arnoldarts.de
Thu Sep 15 13:29:01 UTC 2011

On Thursday 15 September 2011 14:43:14 fred wrote:
> PURELY OT (and greenly sorry, folks !)
> As a matter of fact, inkjet are drying out on their own, and laserjet
> can't dry more than they are,
> BUT,
> are you really sure you NEED to print that much ????

Laser is imho recommended both when you print much (>10 pages a day) and when 
you print very little (~10 print-jobs a year).
The advantage of laser for high-volume doesn't need to be told, but for very 
low volume a laser is at an advantage too: You can completely disconnect the 
printer when not using it. With an inkjet you have the choice of unplugging 
the printer (and have the print-head dried out when you need to print that 
urgent document due tomorrow morning), or leave it connected to the mains and 
use power constantly to regularly keep the ink running a little. Needless to 
say that this consumes power and ink in times where you are not printing at 
all. And one filling of laser-toner last longer than one filling of ink (general 
statement abstracted from any printer models).

So, if you have the choice and don't need to print colors that much, get a 
laser to print your sheets, cd inlets or backup-tape-logs.

And to emphasize what fred says, the fastest and cheapest and greenest 
printing job is not printing at all.

Have fun,

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