I have a Brother duplex laser printer I bought on sale at Officer Depot. As a consumer, any type of office equipment I need, I purchase there. Sometimes they have genuine sales not requiring some rebate I need to go through to “save!”
Another reason is their return policy is king. If I had a problem they would happily take whatever back, it did not matter if whatever was some electronic thing. They did this with an expensive photo printer with a broken feeder out of the box, and apologized for the difficulty.
I love you Office Depot!
I cannot imagine proofreading/line editing a novel without this printer. I cannot! If I want to waste paper, I put it in draft, and in minutes, I have printed like 350 pages and the printer sits there, waiting for more. If I want to conserve paper and amuse the cats, I put it in duplex mode. It takes twice as long to print, but that means it prints like this: ZOOM (turn paper around) ZOOM instead of like this: ZOOM!
Many people I know who had laser printers in the past have switched to color inkjet printers. The modern color inkjet printer is a little marvel. It can print photos reasonably well and for general usage, they can’t be beat. Color printouts are king. Many are all-in-one: printer, scanner, and copier.
For the novelist, inkjet printers are demon spawn. They are sloooooooow and you can almost hear the ink sucking sound from your wallet as you print, even if you print in B&W draft.
Now the ink in a laser printer is not exactly cheap either, until you take in account how long the toner cartridge lasts, and how many pages you get out of it. I’ve had my printer nine months and I am still using the wanker toner cartridge that came with it. I have a real cartridge standing by; it looks a bit lonely sitting on the shelf.
Economic times are hard, but if you are absent a modern black and white laser printer, as a novelist, you’re missing out. Cut down the lattes to three a week instead of daily and save the pennies. You won’t regret it.
And to completely geek out this geek post: my printer isn’t even attached to a computer. I simply plugged it into my network switch, which, in turn, has a wireless switch connected to it. I print to it from anywhere in my house.
I love you laser printer!