A good PostScript laser printer costs as little as $299 (for example, the Brother HL-5370DWT) but a good inkjet printer costs the same or less. So why buy a laser printer?
Here are two reasons:
- Prints from a laser printer cost much less than from an inkjet prnter — only about 2¢ per page when you add up all the costs, including the printer and its toner. If you print a lot of black-and-white pages, this really adds up.
- If the laser printer includes PostScript (as the one above), your prints will look exactly as they will look when your files are printed on film or plates — even if they contain placed EPS files.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.