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A3 Laser Printer?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jamie, Sep 12, 2009.

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  1. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Any recommendations for a home use
    Laser printer that can handle A3 paper, that won't put me out
    in the poor house?

    I really need to be able to print longer paper for schematics and
    prints at home. I normally use the printers at work that take care of
    this issue how ever, they are getting a little picky now with me using
    their printer for use, that is not directly related to their operation.

    completely understandable of course.

    something under the $1k mark would be nice.
  2. Mycelium

    Mycelium Guest

    There are gobs of $150 laser printers out there that will print on A3

    In fact, it would be hard to find any that cannot.

    Why would HP or anybody else shoot themselves in the foot on the
    worldwide market by making two printer models where one would suffice for
    both locations?

    How do people working in a world full of devices made for man's use,
    manage to complicate things so damned easily.

    There is nothing complicated about common sense.

    If you ever find yourself wondering "why would they do that", you
    should suspect your own capacities first.
  3. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    If it comes down to it, I'll through in the major cash and get a
    refurbished unit.. I've have seen some now for just under the $1k mark
    that seem to do what I need but I really don't know how good they are!

    Yes, my employer (boss), is being a little nervous now. I think his
    evaluation period is coming up and he's trying to look good. That means
    being a prick on top of that. I know i'll blow over, but I don't like
    the inconvenience since he knows that I do a lot of work out side the
    place that isn't related to the day job!.
  4. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Really, I haven't found an economical laser, mono, unit that does?
    Most i've seen do A4 and envelopes.

    I must be blind!.
  5. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Hmm, I never thought of a plotter.

    I'll have to look into that!
    I don't need speed in this case!
  6. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Ok, well I want to say with laser, I've see a couple now on the net for
    just under $1k. We maybe looking into that.

    Some one here suggested a plotter and I thought at first, it would be
    a good idea how ever, I don't i'll have good luck moving the existing
    prints I have over to it. I need be able to move new prints and existing
    on top if prints from PDF file.

    Lately, I have been requested to supply most documentation in PDF
    instead of CAD formats.

    Know how the plotter works, I just don't see how it will work
    efficiently doing raster images.
  7. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    Get a second hand HP Laserjet (preferably with a network interface).
    These are quite cheap. Cartridges can be bought quite cheap as well.
  8. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    Inkjets are rubbish and the ink is very expensive. A HP laser print
    will beat any inkjet hands down if it comes to sharp black & white
  9. krw

    krw Guest

    That may be true of rubbish ink jet printers, but good ones are hard
    to beat. Kodak makes some pretty impressive ink jet printers. Some
    that make xerographic printers look sick, by comparison. Until our IT
    folks "fixed" it, our HP Design Jet was a pretty nice large format
    printer, as well.
  10. Jamie

    Jamie Guest
    How about that one ?
  11. krw

    krw Guest

    With crappy $100 ink jet printers, perhaps. Professional/industrial
    ink jets are *very* impressive beasts.
    Whatever that means.
  12. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    We have found that ink jet inks, bleed, over time when humidity
    condition are present. The conditions not need to be severe.

    With small detail objects and letters, you lose legibility.

    One needs to have enlarged areas when using Ink jet for such things.
  13. Mycelium

    Mycelium Guest

    My deskjet does A3.

    If it can do tabloid, it can typically handle A3. Pretty much
    universal truth.

    Any printer maker that made a form factor transport and print engine
    that big that would fail to include media sizes that fell within the
    ability of the print engine would be shooting themselves in the head,
    much less the foot. Why go through the trouble to make two different
    models for the same task?
  14. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    I'd go for an HP business model like this one (dunno if it can print
    on A3 paper check the specs):

    Just type 'laserjet' in Ebay. In HP printers the drum is included in
    the toner cartridge. So whenever you change the toner cartridge, you
    replace the drum. I have a Laserjet 5P from 1995 which still works
    excellent. If think you are better of with a 2nd hand printer aimed at
    business use with a low page count then a new cheap consumer printer.
    I get around 4200 prints from an original cartridge which costs me
    around 40 euro (surplus on Ebay).
  15. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    Or some nitwit printed enough color prints for personal use to cover a
    wall. I've seen that once. While showing total ignorance he asked if
    there where more cartridges. He had already spend 3 cartridges! He
    turned a bit pale when we told him the price of a cartridge.
  16. Mycelium

    Mycelium Guest

    Plotters are inkjet technology (for the most part). If you are going to
    do that, there are plenty of large form factor ink jet printers in the
    channel that are real gems. Both HP and Epson have gone with more than
    the std three hues (7 ink tanks and more!)and they are 13+ by 19+ inches.
    All photo quality and supposedly cheaper ink systems.
  17. Mycelium

    Mycelium Guest

    Plotters can print ANYTHING these days. They are the de facto std for
    large format work, even in the photo / poster industry.

    That is all driver level stuff. ANYTHING you have will print DIRECTLY
    to a plotter.

    They are ink jets.
  18. Mycelium

    Mycelium Guest

    No shit, dumbass.

    We all already knew that laser is better than ink.

    Inks are getting better, however, laser print engines are much cheaper
    priced now too.

    Tabloid level is still not cheap though.
  19. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Thanks for the heads up, how ever, that printer will not do A3. :(
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