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I always buy inkjet. Laser printers produce microscopic dust that is a potential health hazard. Dot matrix ... nah I can't stand the noise they make. I would rather have the sound of fingernails scraping on a chalkboard.
Last edited by H_TeXMeX_H; 09-19-2013 at 02:03 PM.
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Used to like inkjet since back in day Epson was good but now color-laser printers make less problems. As for health hazard - like ink is healthy for human organism. Heck nothing is safe anymore. You can even get deadly trauma by walking and slipping or your computer chair might break and you get hurt.
If I had to pick one it would print photos but only because 3d was not a choice; I'd love to have a printer museum so I voted all.
Off the beaten path:
Brings to mind a job I had few years back was just going to trash some old barcode laser scanners so I took them. A few I hacked open and use with a fog-machine put most of them have been in storage for some time now. Just resonantly saw a cool video so at least two are going to this...
"other" reminds me of when I had a thermal printer that used rolls of fax paper. I discovered it had been designed for that famous turkey, the IBM PCjr. After that was dropped, the printers were sold off cheap: I got one free with my Sinclair QL. I pretty quickly replaced it with a dot-matrix. That was quite presentable, once I'd customised the printer driver. Having customised an assembly-language printer driver really dates one!
Last edited by DavidMcCann; 09-20-2013 at 04:57 PM.
Yeah, but inkjet printers produce printings that are extremely easy to smear and spoil. And it's a pain to add ink in cartridges. So it's not harmful to health but annoying to service. I personally prefer laser printers.
I've had a Lexmark (many years ago), an Epsom, and, for the last five years or so, an HP L7680. The HP is far the superior printer, but it also cost five times more than the others.
The Lexmark didn't work for a darn with Linux (Slackware 10.0 at the time), whereas the Epson worked like a charm, but it was just as slow to print with Linux as with Windows. The HP works like a charm with Linux and, once it gets going, prints 20 to 25 simple pages a minute (it's slower with complexly colored pages).
It uses far less ink, also. When it came out, HP was boasting of it's new "nano" inkjet technology. I was doing a lot of printing when I got it, and it paid for itself in savings on cartridges in five months.