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    Senior Member sammygirlqt's Avatar
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    Help Me Decide

    When I bought my laptop, I purchased a Lexmark Inkjet printer and I have really enjoyed it. I have to buy a new printer and today saw a great deal on a laser printer but couldn't decide if I would like it as much as the inkjet. Of course, all the new ones are 3 or4 in 1. I don't need a scanner, copier, fax and I don't print pictures . I have only typed some small labels for the DQS on fabric so is there any other reason I might want another inkjet over a laser?

    Please give me your opinions and help me make the right decision. This board is so helpful on many subject that I hope you can help me here.
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    I have a HP that has really been a workhorse for me. I not only print out pictures of some of the beautiful quilts I see here for inspiration, I also scan and print embroidery pictures for hand embroidery or pictures for applique, I can also resize them. I have a dear friend that lives in Oklahoma and I will print off patterns and ideas from my collection for her.

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    I researched printers a lot when I wanted one to make my labels. I ended up with an Epson...everyone that prints pictures or labels for their quilts has suggested that one. I like the ink it doesn't fade or blur so much...even on paper. The Epson does come with several different Ink choices some better than others. I have the claria ink in mine, but I know there is a better choice now. I quit using my HP because my ink blurred so bad - a drop of water on an envelope smeared it.

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    If you want to copy pictures for a memory quilt or something similar you will need an inkjet printer. Laser printers won't work for this application. I too have heard and read that Epson's are the best for a quilters needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammygirlqt View Post
    When I bought my laptop, I purchased a Lexmark Inkjet printer and I have really enjoyed it. I have to buy a new printer and today saw a great deal on a laser printer but couldn't decide if I would like it as much as the inkjet. Of course, all the new ones are 3 or4 in 1. I don't need a scanner, copier, fax and I don't print pictures . I have only typed some small labels for the DQS on fabric so is there any other reason I might want another inkjet over a laser?

    Please give me your opinions and help me make the right decision. This board is so helpful on many subject that I hope you can help me here.

    If I didn't need all the goodies, I'd not waste my money on a laser printer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post
    I researched printers a lot when I wanted one to make my labels. I ended up with an Epson...everyone that prints pictures or labels for their quilts has suggested that one. I like the ink it doesn't fade or blur so much...even on paper. The Epson does come with several different Ink choices some better than others. I have the claria ink in mine, but I know there is a better choice now. I quit using my HP because my ink blurred so bad - a drop of water on an envelope smeared it.

    Are your Epson and HP laser or inkjet? Wasn't that the question?
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    I am seeing that the laser printers have really come down in price. I saw one today that was regular $329.00 now on sale for $99.99! I kinda of remember when I bought my current inkjet that it was regular $129.00 and I got it for $29 or $39. and I think that is the only reason I purchased it. The print cartridges for the inkjets are quite pricy. Now the printers are WiFi for wireless and pretty well are 3 or 4 in one. I only got 300 pgs on a color cartridge and the laser says 1000 pgs on color so I could really have fun printing.

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts here and I think I will go back and purchase the HP laser. If I really don't like it, I can always watch for a inkjet on sale sometime. You all have certainly eased the stress of making such a simple purchase easier.
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    prehaps you should contact the website for the laser printer you are considering and see if it is ok to print fabric with it- all of the comparison articles i have ever read in the quilting magazines always say --NEVER a laser printer- always an inkjet-
    they may have (improved/fixed) the reason for this i'm not sure- but you should find out-
    and as for pictures on fabric quality- the epson inkjet has the best ratings because they have pigma permentent ink- the hp is next in line many of the other brands the ink simply rinses right out as if it was never there.
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    I have a HP inkjet and lazerjet both...the lazerjet does the best for document printing,,nothing smears and I use the inkjet for pictures and when we travel...the lazerjet is too big to take with...but I love them both for different reasons!
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    I have an HP Deskjet that does all. It was not expensive and I don't know how I'd be without it! I scan patterns and pictures, I copy many others as well as just print with it. Would not have believed it'd become so necessary to me!
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    I have a HP that has lasted forever, it did breakdown at one point. I called the company, they send me a free shipping label. I sent the printer back and they send me a new one. Great service. That being said, when I bought a printer one of my concerns was how often you had to change cartridges. Ink can be very expensive, I found at that time the HP ink jet was the best price for the buck.

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