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Old 04-09-2008, 06:02 PM   #1
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I am in the process of planning a small desktop business. I planned to use our current printer and then look at my options later.
Today, our multi-purpose (fax, scan, print, copy) Brother died and will need to be replaced.
We need the multipurpose aspects for our other businesses. I want good quality colour and maybe I am trying to get too much out of one machine, but any suggestions?

   
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:51 PM   #2
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I am in the process of planning a small desktop business. I planned to use our current printer and then look at my options later.
Today, our multi-purpose (fax, scan, print, copy) Brother died and will need to be replaced.
We need the multipurpose aspects for our other businesses. I want good quality colour and maybe I am trying to get too much out of one machine, but any suggestions?
Hi — welcome to the forum!

What is the nature of your business? Is it involved in publishing? Will you need to produce roughs of finished pages to show clients?

Will you be doing a lot of faxing?

Do you expect to scan photos? For print? For the web?

Tell us more, and I am sure we can help you decide.

   
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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Okay, let's see if I can explain this without going into word-y mode which seems to be the norm for me ...
My hub and I own two brick and mortar businesses in which we require the fax and the copier. We use the printer for a variety of things from our kids' homework to printing out gift certificates.
My DTP business is small-town stuff. I hope to be doing brochures, business cards, flyers, etc. At this point, I'm planning on contracting out larger print jobs.
Part of my business will also be editing and copywriting although I don't think that is necessarily relevant to what type pf printer I require.
I will not be scanning photos for the web but possibly for print. My stuff will all be print-based.
I hope to eventually be doing some photo art/enhancing, a line of greeting cards (which may be sourced from watercolour paintings, photography or other media) and some other more creative stuff.
I wouldn't even be questioning my printer purchase at this point except that I just completed a brochure design for a client and I noticed that I could see what was printed on the reverse side. The folks at the local stationery shop mentioned that was because it was an inkjet as opposed to a laser. A thicker paper resolved it np. But I started thinking maybe that's what I should be looking into for my printer eventually.
I guess eventually arrived yesterday with the death of my current printer!
I was content to evolve into the business until I had more of a handle on what kind of printer would be best.
Any input happily rec'd!

   
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Welcome to the forum...

>> I hope to eventually be doing some photo art/enhancing, a line of greeting cards (which may be sourced from watercolour paintings, photography or other media) and some other more creative stuff.

For this, I would suggest looking at some of the upper-end inkjet printers. I'm partial to Epson printers myself--I own an Epson 4000--which I use for my artwork. Depending on the print size, I think I'd look at the Epson 3800 or the 4880 both of which are 17" wide printers. The 3800 doesn't have roll paper but since I never use paper in rolls, I'd lean towards that or perhaps you might see about a refurb'd--there is a refurb'd 3800 currently at the Epson site--choose "Epson Store" > "Clearance Center" > "Wide Format Printers" to see it. Also check ebay for the 3800, the 4800 and the 4000.

If you think that you wouldn't be printing anything larger than 13" wide, take a look at the Epson 2400 which is a nice printer too. What the wide-format (3800, 4880, 4800) printers will give you is larger ink cartridges so while you will be paying more up-front for the printer, it may save you in inkcart costs in the end--my Epson 4000 takes 110ml carts. It may be that this sort of printer is something for the future rather than now...

I also have a laser printer--an HP2200D--which I use for general text printing and it's black/white but you'd probably want to look at one of the color lasers. I don't know much about what's available but I'm sure others will chime in...

For quicky printing, faxing and copying an all-in-one might be easier to deal with--if for nothing else, space concerns--but if you think that you might be doing "serious" scans--art work, old photos to be corrected/restored--then you will want to think about getting a decent scanner. I have an older Epson 2450 and I've been pleased with it. It came with copy software so when I need a quick copy, I use it and print to my laser printer.


>>I wouldn't even be questioning my printer purchase at this point except that I just completed a brochure design for a client and I noticed that I could see what was printed on the reverse side. The folks at the local stationery shop mentioned that was because it was an inkjet as opposed to a laser. A thicker paper resolved it np.

I don't think the problem was inkjet vs. laser, I think it was (as you noted), the paper you were using. Good quality paper is a must. While Epson has a fairly comprehensive line of their own papers and using them can make life easier because the appropriate paper profiles are "built-in", there are a number of very good 3rd party papers out there--particularly for artwork. I use Hawk Mountain Art Papers paper for my work.

If I were doing a lot of brochures, I'd probably take a look at some of the heavier card/paper stock that is out there--Hammermill makes a nice coverstock--and have a custom paper profile created for whatever inkjet printer I was using...

Not sure if any of the above helps...hope so...'-}}

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Thanks Terrie!
Yes, even thought this type of printer might be something for the future, its good to be informed. I am always amazed at the amoumt of information that the folks here know! Clearly, I have a lot to learn. I will keep some of your suggestions tucked away for the time being ...
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>>Yes, even thought this type of printer might be something for the future, its good to be informed.

I figured that getting a decent all-in-one is the most reasonable approach for you at this point but you never know when inkjet printer envy will strike...'-}}

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Old 04-14-2008, 05:50 PM   #7
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I am always partial to separate devices, not liking all eggs in one basket.... I am also partial to laser printers for business output. They simply cost less per page printed than any inkjet. My primary printer is an HP 1320. The color printer (an Epson) is off most of the time. I think my Epson scanner is better than any in an AIO.

That said, some of current AIO seem to work well. Brother makes one line that uses a bw laser engine. You have lots of choices.
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