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Yvonne Garnham

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Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 3:13 AM
 
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Hi, My Samsung B & W laser printer has bitten the dust. There are so many on the market, I don’t want anything too complicated, mostly used for printing manuscripts so must be capable of printing multiple pages, my old one used to stop after printing 6 or 7 chapters and was very frustrating, recommendations would be appreciated.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 4:27 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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I always had luck with HP laser printers, but I'd go scan Amazon for selection and look at the posted reviews. They are all going to be better than your old printer with more features and cheaper price. Some even connect to your wifi. Good luck!
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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 5:40 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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If all you want is a printer so you can proof a hard copy, it really doesn't matter. Get a no-frills b&w printer that is not a copier, fax, etc. Brother, Epsom, HP...all good candidates. As long as you don't get an all-in-one it won't cost much. Note: Always look at how much cartridges cost and how many pages per cartridge...it's your one continuing expense.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 5:43 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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If you need something immediately, try Best Buy. I've had luck with Brother printers in the past (also HP, of course).

The two big issues to decide:

1) Color or not? B&W is cheaper, esp. with respect to cartridges.
2) Front-and-back printing (there's a term for this that I've forgotten). If you're thinking of printing the occasional booklet, you may need this.
Edit: The term is duplex printing.

Best of luck.

Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Dec 29, 2017 1:03 PM
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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 7:53 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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When I considered the same for myself with the cost of an adequate printer, paper, ink, and electricity used to run off a maunuscriot at home I realized buying proofs through Createspace was the way to do it.
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Posted: Dec 29, 2017 8:32 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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Posted: Dec 29, 2017 10:32 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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The cheapest HP laser printer. My LaserJet 1020 must be near ten years old. Buy the laser toner from Amazon for about $55. For me, it lasts more than a year, and I regularly print off TWO copies of a PDF for proofreading.

I see the M102w is $94.

Avoid inkjets. The cartridges cost a fortune per page.

I print full page at 1.5 line spacing, far easier to read than the actual book.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 10:32 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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The only brand of printer I've truly liked and not had issues with, particularly with wasting ink, is my Brother. I recommend the brand to all who have had problems with others. Run away from Epson printers as fast as you can. They are literally designed to waste ink (based on me tearing down two of them and reading other reviews)

I will second the suggestion of taking it to Fed-Ex Kinkos, Staples, or Office Max and have them run off a print.
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Posted: Dec 29, 2017 10:37 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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I use an HP 8740. I use to used a much cheaper and much slower printer where I would have to stand by the printer for half an hour to an hour removing the printed manuscript pages so the pile didn't buildup to the point it would send pages across the floor. The 8740 is a color all in one, but I hardly ever use the color or anything besides the scanner and printer. It prints off a two hundred page manuscript (single spaced) in about ten to fifteen minutes and has more than enough space to handle the printed pages without my having to grab them, in fact it will pause printing and give a warning if it detects them being grabbed. I tend to prefer working off paper to make edits and to correct errors rather than to stare at a screen longer than I must, and the 8740 has sped up the printing process and reduced my idle time dramatically. It costs over $400 but they do go on sale. The cost of the ink (black) is over $100 bucks but its much larger than my old printer's and where I had to replace my old printer's $27 cartridge after two manuscript print outs, this one lasts for up to eight. Overall, the 8740 has save me time and eventually will cost less than my older and much cheaper printer.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 1:16 PM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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Yvonne Garnham wrote:
Hi, My Samsung B & W laser printer has bitten the dust. There are so many on the market, I don’t want anything too complicated, mostly used for printing manuscripts so must be capable of printing multiple pages, my old one used to stop after printing 6 or 7 chapters and was very frustrating, recommendations would be appreciated.

I've been thru four HP printers since 1995.
Next I am going with Epson as they offer super tanks and I'm tired of buying ink and using the self fill gunk stuff.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 1:36 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Donna St Felix wrote:

I've been thru four HP printers since 1995.
Next I am going with Epson as they offer super tanks and I'm tired of buying ink and using the self fill gunk stuff.


Inkjets are outrageously expensive, regardless of the brand. That's why there used to be so many free printers given away with the purchase of a PC; the money is in the ink, not the printer.

Even a cheap laser printer has a much, much lower cost per page than an inkjet.
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Posted: Dec 29, 2017 3:08 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Do NOT buy an Epson. They have a rubber wiper which smears the heads with ink where it is left to dry, requiring frequent 'cleaning' cycles which use an excessive amount of ink but never really clean the heads properly (this is why they are notorious for losing print quality very fast). They have huge hidden reservoirs to collect all that waste ink, forcing you to buy ink much more often. After a lot of research I bought a Brother and it is superior in every way. For about the same money as my Epson the Brother adds a document feeder and much easier setup, both mechanically and in the software. None of the hoops I needed to jump through with the Epson exist with the Brother, it performs it's own regular cleaning cycles to maintain print quality without wasting excess ink, even when the printer isn't used regularly, it can perform two-sided printing automatically, and the ink is accessible from the front rather than needing open the whole scanner section.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 12:33 AM   in response to: Yvonne Garnham in response to: Yvonne Garnham
 
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Thanks for your helpful suggestions. Happy New Year.
Donna St Felix

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Re: Can anyone recommend a printer for printing off proofing manuscript?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 2:52 AM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
 
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B.L. Alley wrote:
Do NOT buy an Epson. They have a rubber wiper which smears the heads with ink where it is left to dry, requiring frequent 'cleaning' cycles which use an excessive amount of ink but never really clean the heads properly (this is why they are notorious for losing print quality very fast). They have huge hidden reservoirs to collect all that waste ink, forcing you to buy ink much more often. After a lot of research I bought a Brother and it is superior in every way. For about the same money as my Epson the Brother adds a document feeder and much easier setup, both mechanically and in the software. None of the hoops I needed to jump through with the Epson exist with the Brother, it performs it's own regular cleaning cycles to maintain print quality without wasting excess ink, even when the printer isn't used regularly, it can perform two-sided printing automatically, and the ink is accessible from the front rather than needing open the whole scanner section.

THANKS for the info!!!
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