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Hi,
i need a printer capable of printing on both sides of the sheet (i believe that is called "duplex printing"). The purpose is to print more or less a thousand black and white only pages per month.
My questions are:
1) For this purpose would a complete CIS system be better or simple refillable cartridges would be enough?
2) Is there a printer, which is capable of duplex printing, for around $100,or at most $150, and which would have no problem with a CIS system or with refillable cartridges?
The one i found was the canon ip4500, but some people say that canon and CIS systems dont get along very well...

Thank you very much for your help

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i need a printer capable of printing on both sides of the sheet (i believe that is called "duplex printing"). The purpose is to print more or less a thousand black and white only pages per month.

Hi,

My first thought is that if it's pure mono printing then get a duplex capable laser printer. In terms of consumables cost, maintenance, etc... it would make much more sense.

Probably the key reason for that is that any colour inks are going to just be wasted unless we're talking greyscale photo printing in which case the colours will be used in the printing.

That aside though here's my answer on the whole CIS system just in case laser is a no Smile
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1) For this purpose would a complete CIS system be better or simple refillable cartridges would be enough?

That would depend on your working style... If you were doing this much printing I'd get into a routine where you had three or so sets of cartridges (more on the black) and either once a week or whatever you'd spend a couple of hours doing all your refilling in one go. If you're looking at Canon Pixma's that would definitely be my suggestion as they either work or they mess with your head.

Personally I'd think seriously about something like the HP K5400dtn as it's a fast inkjet, has a high paper capacity and already has the CIS built in. You could add a CIS as extra capacity but take heed of my comments re: CIS's for this printer (look for websnail k5400 on google Smile) as there's a lot that can go wrong... Oh and get dyebase ink instead of pigment because the black printheads in them isn't that great.

Epsons... Well, none of those do duplexing in your price range (that I know of) so that's out.

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2) Is there a printer, which is capable of duplex printing, for around $100,or at most $150, and which would have no problem with a CIS system or with refillable cartridges?

Overall... I think I'd have to recommend the iP4500 and go with refilling... In terms of inks... Image Specialists or Hobbicolours seem to be the ones to go for... Those are resold in various places but it'd depend on where you are.

Hope that helps but definitely get other opinions too and think seriously about a mono laser if you can.


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I'm from Portugal. I've been researching the mono laser printers and those that do support duplex printing are out of my price range.
But both the k5400dn(the dtn's benefit is the larger paper capacity,but the increase in price puts it out of my range) and the ip4500 are within my range.
What do you mean by "HP K5400dtn ... already has the CIS built in"? The original cartridges are easily refillable,is that it?
Thanks, your opinion definitely helped.

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sc0rpi0n15 wrote:
I'm from Portugal. I've been researching the mono laser printers and those that do support duplex printing are out of my price range.
But both the k5400dn(the dtn's benefit is the larger paper capacity,but the increase in price puts it out of my range) and the ip4500 are within my range.

So the iP4500 would seem to be a winner Smile

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What do you mean by "HP K5400dtn ... already has the CIS built in"? The original cartridges are easily refillable,is that it?

Ok... in most inkjets the printhead carries around the cartridges with it in a carriage. The iP4500 does this... The K5400 and a number of the officejet printers before it had the printheads with a small amount of ink in them and then tubing running back to the main cartridges. The printhead moves, the cartridges don't... So, in essence they are CIS systems built into the printer.

Of course HP still have the cartridges quite small, with chips, etc.. so there's still the tie in but that's what you get.

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Thanks, your opinion definitely helped.

No worries... As I said I'd definitely get others... nifty-stuff.com is a good place to check out and they have the different refilling discussions on Canon Pixma printers like the durschtich or German method.

Anyway, good luck... Smile


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Ya you can easily find the printer that you want but what about the quality inks...
just think about the quality ink for it...

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