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Mattchaps

Home colour laser printer?

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After deciding to do our wedding stationery ourselves, it's highlighted the fact that our current Dell inkjet printer is slow and the quality is poor. Combined with having to buy Dell cartridges at stupid prices, we've decided we would be better off getting a new printer.

It needs to be small, but with good quality and reasonable running costs... and during our search we came across this Samsung CLP300 colour laser printer

Does anyone have this/can recommend it. What else would you recommend? Budget no more than £200.

Thanks, Matt

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I spotted a HP one for about £150 on MicroDirect site a few days ago, sure it was colour laser..... was thinking how I could persuade 'her' that we needed to replace the perfectly good HP inkjet we currently have, including a spare of each of the cartridges....

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Just been into Staples and they have the Samsung and a HP colour laser @ £169.99...

Would be interested to hear if anyone has either of these...

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I have an Oki C3100 which is very good, quick, and hasn't used up the initial fill of toners in the time I've had it. It is however, rather a large footprint so I've been looking at smaller ones (with networking capability) to replace it when the toners run out. I was looking at the Samsung, and that was going to be my choice I think, although it's somewhat slower than my Oki due to the layout of the machine.

I'm not sure about the HP ones, but there was another one I was interested in, I think it was Xerox and it was about the same price.

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Mattchaps, we've got the Samsung one at home and it's great. The one thing I looked at was the cost of cartridges and they come out the cheapest, plus you can buy individual C, M, Y and black carts individually, unlike the good old inkjets...

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Matt

My advice to you is DON'T!

We made the same decision as you after looking at the prices for buying the stationary online. We spent so much time hunting around for good quality card; then realising that it was just slightly too thick for the printer we were using so after about 50 sheets the printer stopped picking it up; plus the massive amounts of ink we used and the time wrapping them in bows (don't ask).....

....we managed half of them (about 60) and then bought the rest from Confetti.co.uk (the place where we copied the design from).

I work for myself and the time I spent on the invites far outweighed the cost of buying them, so unless you are doing a bog standard A4 invite on slightly thick paper, I really would think twice about it!!!!

FYI we used a HP Photosmart 6310 All in One printer to do our invites - we just prayed it didn't rain so the ink wouldn't run!!

Regards

Simon

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Cheers for your thoughts guys.

Mook, have you tried putting card through yours? Must admit, this hadn't crossed my mind about it not being able to pick it up. It's only thin(ish) card, but I really wouldn't want to buy one that I can't actually use the card in!!

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I pondered the same when I got married 4 years ago - after going through all the hunting down rigmarole I decided the £1.20 each that a local printers would charge for each invite, including making and sticking the 'diamante's on a spring' on the front of the buggers was a bargain!!

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