The Best Laser Printers for a Printing/Graphic Production Business. Doing research into a purchase and would like some Expert input.
Posted on 2005-04-18
Hey everyone. What better place to begin my research into a new laser printer than the EE?
I've been assigned to do some research into laser printers for the company I work for. Currently we have a Xante Accel-A-Writer 3G which is relatively ancient and has started to break. We're looking for something that will have the speed of the Xante but is more updated and generally more reliable. The manual feed tray for the Xante broke within a few weeks of using it. Because of this experience and the current issues we're having with this printer we are a bit reluctant to purchase another Xante product. The network the printers run on is a 10/100mb ethernet based network with both Macs and PCs utilizing the TCP/IP interface.
We normally use this printer to print out black and white proofs to give to clients. We also will do ghetto numbering jobs on it using data merges and things of that nature. Basically, this printer is to be the new B/W workhorse for the prepress department. I've posted this question here because I believe you all could have some great info to add regarding your experience with various printers. Things I suppose we'd be looking for are a manual feed tray, speed, and a high DPI that can print halftones good. We ARE a printing company after all.
I can't even begin to think about where to look - there are so many printers out there to choose from. The first batch I'm going to look through are products that are made by HP. However, I've heard of nightmares regarding HP printers working with Mac computers, so that is always in the back of my mind.
This question is urgent because the Xante actually bit the dust today. I'm sure it can be fixed, but it's had a good life and should be replaced! We move a lot of work through our office for humongous pharmaceutical companies, etc. etc. etc., so of course, downtime is BAD!
Price is really no object, but probably keeping the price under 2000 dollars would be a good idea. I'm open to all suggestions!
The person who suggests the printer we actually buy gets the points!
Thanks in advance to all of you who may respond to this question - all your input is greatly appreciated! This is a great resource!