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#1 Bryjenbry

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    Posted 23 January 2011 - 10:52 PM

    Hi DIY Queens! I need your feedback/suggestions/opinions...

     

    I guess I should buy a color printer for all the DIY projects that I need to get started on.... Any suggestions?  Something that is cost effective but will be able to handle the STD's, Programs, Invitations, etc.... 

     

    PLEASE HELP 



    #2 becks

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    Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:02 AM

    Here's my suggestion - figure out what you're planning on printing first...  If you are going to use metallic paper for anything a laser is your best bet.  But if you're going to do iron-on transfers, you'll have to have an inkjet.  The other thing to think about is whether the printer can handle heavier cardstock - a manual feed tray that doesn't require going through lots of rollers is your best bet.

     

    Go to Staples, BestBuy, or wherever and take a look at them.  I suggest taking a page with text and an image on a USB drive and printing one on the demo models.  Take a look at the consistency of the color, the tightness of the print, etc.  And take along a few sheets of cardstock and see if the pages get stuck (just use the manual feed option).

     

    As far as brands, Epson has excellent color coverage, HP is really user friendly and has gorgeous, tight printing.  those are the only two I know anything about.  And take a coupon with you!  I know Staples is running a 15% of any in-store purchase right now.

     

    Good luck!


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    #3 Bryjenbry

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      Posted 24 January 2011 - 10:44 PM

      Thanks for the advise.... I dont even know where to start!



      #4 jszy10

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        Posted 25 January 2011 - 03:06 AM

        I would definitely go HP or even Kodak. I had a Kodak and did my Passport Invite covers with metallic cardstock and everything worked perfectly.  I haven't yet mastered the picture printing yet, but I also printed the inside page of my passport invites on the "best" setting that had pictures on them and I think they also turned out great.  Very user friendly as well.  HP has a comparable printer to the one I have, and I believe both you should be able to get for under $125 or close to it.  If you want to see pictures of how my printer quality is, you can check out my passport invites -- http://www.bestdesti...assport-invites .   Hope that helps!?!

         

        Oh also, if you have a laptop, definitely get the printer with WIFI...I don't know what I'd do without it!!



        #5 Bryjenbry

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          Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:09 AM

          Thank you Jszy10!  I'll defintely look into the HP and Kodak printers.  I started looking over your passport invitation thread and got caught up reading all the posts (so much good info)! BUT i'm at work and i need to stop for now ... i'll defintiley reference it again once im ready to start my invitations.  Your invitations look professional!  Fabulous job!



          #6 jszy10

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            Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:36 AM

             

             BUT i'm at work and i need to stop for now



            I know how that goes!!  I came in to work today and found that all "shopping" sites have been blocked...AHH!!! lol 

             

            and thanks so much..I do owe a lot of it to the Aylee template!



            #7 smfs

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              Posted 25 January 2011 - 12:12 PM

              I found a great printer/scanner/copier at Walmart for my DIY projects for $20. Its an HP.


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              #8 Bryjenbry

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                Posted 25 January 2011 - 04:47 PM


                That sucks!

                 

                Originally Posted by jszy10 

                 

                 BUT i'm at work and i need to stop for now



                I know how that goes!!  I came in to work today and found that all "shopping" sites have been blocked...AHH!!! lol 

                 

                and thanks so much..I do owe a lot of it to the Aylee template!





                #9 Bryjenbry

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                  Posted 25 January 2011 - 04:47 PM


                  $20!?! really?  A color printer?  Thats great, i'll look into it.
                   

                  Originally Posted by smfs 

                  I found a great printer/scanner/copier at Walmart for my DIY projects for $20. Its an HP.





                  #10 sharlie

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                    Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:10 PM

                    helpful...i am in the same position thanks


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