I've been looking into getting a color laser printer to replace my aging Canon inkjet, partly because it's getting fussy and partly so as to avoid having to drive out to a print shop for every event. With CoNav events, I expect to print nearly 1,000 pages/year, so I woudl pretty much break even in a year and a half vs current print shop costs.
== Has anyone bought and used a laser color printer for O-map printing that nearly perfectly meets the PrintTech Project Test Sheet 2019 (laser) color, detail, and overall quality, and if so, could you please post the brand and model number here?==
I've taken a thumb drive around to Staples, Best Buy, FedEx, UPS, a local print shop, and Office Depot/Max locations and printed copies of a map snippet and of the PrintTech Project Test Sheet 2019 (laser) on a total of 11 different printers I've found.
The results are summarized in the link below. While some are good, basically none of them is entirely satisfactory.
- Two of the printers were "digital," behind the counter printers at print shops, but I compared them to the laser Test Print anyway.
- On my map snippet, I get a white gap parallel to and on one side of contour lines between contour lines and surrounding 410 green. This does not occur on the green/contour example on the Test Print sheet (both generated the same way out of OCAD, I'm pretty sure). This is the "WBC" column in the linked file.LaserPrinters