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Best printer for Flyers and other marketing efforts

I am looking for a mid-priced printer for flyers and other marketing efforts.  I am torn between ink or laser.  I am not overly concerned about price per print because it will not be my primary printer.  Does any have a recommendation for a high quality output?  Laser or ink?
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
Personally, from my experience, the Xerox Phaser is the best printer for flyers, etc.

http://www.office.xerox.com/printers/enus.html?source=105594&CMP=KNC-NARSUS&HBX_PK=zerox_phazer&HBX_OU=50&ADGRP=phaser_msp

I would definately go laser. If they get wet, inkjet could smear.
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hdhondtCommented:
I agree about the Phasers, especially the 6360 and 7760. Also, when printing good quality, inkjets are *slow*, not what you want for flyers. For best quality they also need expensive inkjet paper. Lasers just need a good quality (smooth & white) bond.
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fijimarkAuthor Commented:
I have read issues regarding the Phaser.  Many reviews about the time to print.  I see they have a new model 6500.  Any thoughts?
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
They are not the fastest printer, in part, due the the quality level that they print at. The color on them seems to have a glossy finish. It uses almost a wax as ink, which gives it the nice finish. We had about 10 in the engineering firm where I previously worked. It is generally less expensive to keep a maintenance contract on them due to access to parts. Xerox makes getting parts difficult if you are not an authorized service provider.
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fijimarkAuthor Commented:
Since you had so many in your firm.  Do I need to be concerned about the resolution of 600x600 compared to an inkjet?
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
I don't think so. We typically had, I believe, the 8500 series. Although, it has been 2 years since I worked there. Virtually all of our marketing material was printed throught these printers.
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fijimarkAuthor Commented:
Thank you I am trying to coordinate a demo unit for our office
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hdhondtCommented:
Watch out for resolution specs. Very few lasers go above 600 dpi. As far as I know no inkjet go much higher either. Any other figures you see are deceiving - and I've seen as high as 9600 dpi. They mean that the printer uses advanced halftoning which makes it print images that look as good as a printing press would at the spec'd resolution. Virtually no printer these uses the standard (postScript) halftoning with screen frequencies and angles, so images will print better. However, their resolyion in lines and text is still only the 600 (or 1200 dpi).

BTW, the Phaser 7760 is one of the few that do a real 1200dpi. And interestingly, its best image quality is at 600 dpi. That is because at the 600dpi photo setting it uses variable dot sizes, giving a smoother image.

I have not seen the Phaser 6500, but it's not as fast as the 6360 or 7760. I can't comment on the quality but it should be good.
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