The type of printer that is best for you depends greatly on how you plan to use it. Do you print documents in mass quantities? More than 3 pages a day, or more than 20 pages a week? If so, you it would be worth switching to a laser printer.
Laser printers also produce high quality text documents, although if you are printing primarily color photos you may want to stick with a good inkjet printer.
Laser printers have a higher cost initially, and use toner cartridges that are priced higher than most inkjet, however you will notice the toner cartridges have a much higher yield, which will save you time and money in the long run.
In the Recycler’s article Cost effectiveness of laser versus inkjet discussed David Connett had a good point about duplexing as well, “Some laser printers automatically print on both sides”, which is another time and money saver that you will find in laser printers over inkjet.
Laser toner cartridges can cost around $91, on average, however the laser toner cartridge is able to print 1,500 to 3,500 pages, whereas a standard inkjet cartridge may only costs $23, but only produces approximately 200 pages. Per print you are looking at a significant savings long term with a laser printer.
Should you buy a Laser Printer? If you are printing documents in high quantity, the answer is a resounding yes.
– A Laser Printer is great to have, especially in an office. Know your printer, and know what you are purchasing. Some laser printers include an all-in-one drum and toner assembly, which can be easier to use if you run a smaller office. Most large office printers will use a separate drum cartridge, which will save you in the long run. BREAKAGE
– Learn to avoid breakage by following these simple steps:
Use the correct paper for your printer, make sure that it is intended for a Laser Printer to avoid jams and achieve the best print quality.
If you hear any weird noises, stop. Look for error lights and assure the toner is inserted correctly and has clicked into place.CARTRIDGE
- When running low on toner it is common to shake the cartridge, but do not take those office aggressions out on it, a light shake with no rocking is all that is needed.
If you encounter smears or streaks on your print out, you may need to replace the drum. If you print nothing but a blank page, you may need a new toner cartridge
If toner powder spills in your printer vacuum out or clean with a dry cloth before printing.One last Acronym for you: R.T.M. – Read The Manual.
Did you know the drum unit of your laser printer is separate from the toner cartridge? Like the toner, it occasionally needs replacing – at which time your printer LCD display may read ‘Change Drum Soon.’ However, if your printer doesn’t have an LCD display, you’ll know the drum unit needs replacing when prints have thick black spots, become blurry, or print out lighter than normal.
To replace the drum unit of your laser printer, please follow these simple steps:
1) If you’ve recently done printing, let the machine cool down. It gets hot!
2) Handle the drum carefully. It holds ink that can splatter!
3) Open the printer’s front cover.
4) If your laser printer
includes a drum lever, flip it so that it’s vertical.
5) Pull the drum unit and toner cartridge
assembly from the printer with the handle.
6) Hold the lock lever down on the assembly and remove the toner bin.
7) Take the new drum unit and remove the protective sheet.
8) Reinstall the toner cartridge into your new drum unit by sliding into place. If installed correctly, the lock lever will lift easily.
9) Slide your new assembly into the laser printer. It should snap into place.
10) Close the drum lock lever, if your laser printer comes equipped with one.
11) Close the top cover.
12) If your printer has an LCD display, press ‘Options’ then ‘Yes’ to ‘Replace Drum.’
13) Once the laser printer has finished recognizing the drum unit, you’re ready to print!
The old drum unit should be placed in a plastic bag. After that it can be recycled.
The Idiots Guide to Changing Your Ink Cartridge
What starts out as a simple task, changing your printer cartridge, often becomes difficult and sometimes messy.
If you have seen a low ink indicator, or your cartridge is more than 6 months old, then it is time to purchase a replacement printer cartridge.
Trying to shake your printer cartridge is often tried by those not yet ready to replace. The problem with shaking a toner cartridge is that if it is put to more than a 40 degree angle, or shaken too vigorously, it may spill. Sometimes it is better to just restock. Toner cartridges no longer have to be purchased as OEM prices, with remanufactured alternatives from companies like Clickinks.com*L
eave your old ink cartridge installed in the printer until you have obtained a replacement cartridge, otherwise your print head nozzles may dry out.*I
nk cartridges usually have a protective covering, which has sheltered them during shipment.
- If you have Epson, Canon or Brother, look for a yellow tape seal or plastic red tab that tell you to remove them. Do not remove the additional transparent plastic, or a pointed mechanism, otherwise your cartridge will leak or malfunction.
If there is an additional piece of plastic in your ink cartridge box, this is an adapter that needs to be connected to your cartridge. Follow the included instructions in your package, and carefully connect the adapter to the compatible ink cartridge.
- If you have HP, Lexmark or Dell look for a cap and protective tape needing removal.
Do not let anything touch the micro-chip, this is usually copper or green, and is sensitive to touch.*P
rinter should be powered on.*W
ait until printer is not in movement, and then open the cover to replace your cartridge.*M
ake sure that you are installing the cartridge in the appropriate carriage for the new color. For example, if you have a new magenta ink cartridge, replace it in the carriage intended for only the magenta cartridge.
If your Brother toner cartridge does not seem to clip on the drum where it usually fits, it will still work, some remanufactured toners clip from underneath.
Some thicker inks need to settle for 1 hour after installation before printing. If you have printed or performed a head cleaning with less than desirable results, let the cartridge settle in its new printer for 1 or 2 hours before attempting another print. Excessive print head cleanings will deplete your ink.
If your new cartridge is not recognized by the printer, simply leave it in place then unplug the printer for 10 minutes. After waiting 10 minutes, hold down the power button for 30 seconds then plug the printer back in. This will clean the printer memory, allowing it to resync to the new cartridges.*C
lose the printer cover. Lights may flash, simply let the printer perform without interruption.
Replacing your ink or toner cartridge can become fool proof by simply following these instructions!