I am partial to hp printers, ink is somewhat costly but the quality is fair for the price. Depends on what you will be printing to the quality of printer you will need. I think. If you are concerned with price lexmark makes a reasonable printer.
Brilliant photo quality pictures and Long Lasting Brilliant photo quality pictures are two different things.
Epson prints last about 3 months on the wall unprotected with the standard ink set. Even High End HP prints are only guaranteed to last a week in the broad daylight with the standard inkset.
What you need the A3 and a4 size for?
If it's for proofs, you'll be fine (as long as you don't use em for matching a year from now).
Long term? I'd suggest either a machine that accepts the UV stable pigmented inkset or outsourcing to someone with an HP or Epson that does. Or get Lambda (or Lightjet) prints made.
What I don't know about are the color laserjets. Maybe a better choice? Anyone?
PrintDriver is a large format digital print dude. His advice/opinions may not apply to the 4color/offset/web world of printing
printdriver... using the prints for flyers, home photos, client proofs, etc etc... major printing i obviously use commercial printers but i just wanted a better printer to use for the above stuff
redeye - money aint an issue up to a point if you get the drift.. willing to spend about 200-300 £ which is about 500 dollars.... never used laser, so wouldnt know if it is what i need, which is why i am asking your advice!!
do appreciate all the help here!
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