Re: Follow-up to printer recommendations

Subject: Re: Follow-up to printer recommendations
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- oddpost -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2004 16:14:30 -0800 (PST)

You might also look carefully at the Kyocera line. They use a type drum which lasts the life of the printer, so that toner is a fraction of the cost of HP or the other, cartridge-based printers. (Kyocera is a world leader in ceramics, and their drum uses an amorphous silicon-based ceramic that is constantly polished by an ingredient in their toner).

At one time, they called these printers the "Eco-Sys" line. Now, they don't stress the technology on their website...but it appears to still be the underlying design. Obviously, it reduces the waste going into the landfills, too.

The U.S. Veterans Administration uses many of these in their hospitals with good success.

In the U.S., the relevant website is, I think. They have a TCO calculator to compare costs with your projected use over the length of time you will keep the machine.

Were I buying a new machine, that's probably the way I'd go.

I'd still opt for a duplexing printer, though, because over the life of the printer the savings in filing space and paper alone are considerable, not to mention anything you mail will be that much cheaper if you can mail half the number of pages.

As it is, I have a Lexmark monochrome laser that has been trouble-free, and I picked up an HP 2500 CM large-format inkjet this week for doing some proofing of brochures I'm writing for clients. Unfortunately, the ink nozzles and ink tanks for it will run about six times what I paid for the printer...



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