good laser jet printer with 11x17

Posted on 2006-05-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
What is a good printer laser that would print 11x17 and color with price range around $400-$800.

Question by:fm250
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    Can you sacrifice an option: laser, 11x17 or color, or can you spend double the money?  Even if you didn't care if it was a good printer I am not aware of any that would meet all of those requirements.

    Recently I have been impressed with Konica Minolta's laser printers for price and quality.  I dislike their software and printer interface.  HP printer can be expensive but have great quality, compatibility and reliability.  The software and printer interface on most models is good.  If you sacrificed color then you may be able to look at the Brother line.  In the past I have liked them for the price.

    Give this some time in case another expert can suggest something that will meet all of your needs.  If you are willing to sacrifice then let us know which options.  Another thing that can affect your selection is the type of paper (quality) you will be printing on and the quality of the color.

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    I have also did some search and know it is impossible.
    so if I get deskject for 11x17 and  then laser jet color without 11x17 option what do you suggest?

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    The following link is to HP and on the Right side make a choice under "Need a Recommencation?". This will assist with identifying an HP option for a printer that will meet your needs.

    Hope this Helps!!!
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    So it was a trick question. :-)

    David's suggestion would be a good thing to try.  The link may not be the best if you want more of a business/professional printer.  I actually used the "suggest a printer" link on this page (  The key is it will ask you questions that will make you think of what you really need and then suggest some models.  You can use the specs of the models to look at other maker's printers.  In some sections of the HP website they will actually list and compare other manufacturer's printers.

    The question you asked me will mainly depend on what you really need.  The 11x17 option is going to be a big cost and will really narrow your selection.  How many pages a month?  How much color per page on average?  What type of paper?  If you will only occassionally or rarely need to print on 11x17 and then it would need to be "professional" looking you would be better of going to an outside source for that printing.  At least in my opinion.

    Let me know if you have a problem finding the website for the manufacturers I already mentioned.  If you will also look at ink printers then Epson are really good.  I hate the software they have you install but they are worth it for those that need ink and the quality.  The price can be reasonable too.

    Let me know what you think of this info.  I will be happy to help more but would need some responses to this information.

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    Thanks guys, one more question about cost on cartridges?
    How much I save on cartridges if I use laser printers?
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    There are a number of factors that go into that.  I don't have personal figures to give you.  This search on Google ( gave me some interesting sites though.  Try to find a test that closely matches your printer use to get the most accurate idea of your cost/savings.  I hope you find this info useful.

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