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Fewer than 100 pages
  4030 votes / 15%
101-500 pages
  4313 votes / 16%
501-2000 pages
  3947 votes / 14%
2001-10,000 pages
  3552 votes / 13%
More than 10,000 pages
  2443 votes / 9%
Who needs a personal printer?
  8111 votes / 30%
26396 total votes.
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  • But I've probably scanned and sent a few thousand PDFs.

  • by MrQuacker (1938262) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @01:24AM (#36225076)
    I bought a $70 b&w laser on sale last black friday. After hacking the cartridges, I can get 3000+ pages out of one $20 cartridge of toner.
    • I bought an older USED HP Laserjet Aftermarket toner carts are the 4,000 page ones. They are 4/$100 with free shipping from a third party.

      In regards to the poll, that printer was way past 10,000 pages when I acquired it. The metal printers outlast the plastic consumer grade printers.

      • I appropriated an ancient HP Laserjet 6L from my work. It had way more than 10k pages when it was removed from service. It doesn't feed from a stack of paper anymore, but I can load paper one at a time. I usually only print single pages at home - recipes, shipping labels, gift certificates, etc.
        • by hjf (703092)

          Protip: clean the rubber roller with alcohol. if it's too old and dry, get a replacement one. Your printer is new again (proud owner of a 10 year old LaserJet 1100).

      • In regards to the poll, that printer was way past 10,000 pages when I acquired it. The metal printers outlast the plastic consumer grade printers.

        The last time I looked at the HP LaserJet 8100s at work... they had print counts in the few hundred thousand range. Workhorses.

        We still have a few LJ5s running, although not on as heavy of a duty cycle.

        But personally, I print maybe 20-40 pages per year at home. And that's only if there's an absolute requirement to have it in hard-copy. Such as tickets, o
    • Printers, as light-bulbs, are designed to fail. In fact, from a entrepreneurial standpoint, they SHOULD fail. Their failure is the only guarantee that printer companies will make a buttload of money. In order for them to get rich, people need to buy printers more often then every 5 years. So the solution is simple: Make printers fail after a certain amount of printed pages. Some printers have been proven to do exactly that.

      Read more about Planned obsolescence [] on Wikipedia.

      • by hjf (703092)

        No. Printers are mechanical devices. Unlike silicon, they don't last forever. They need servicing, parts, etc.

        You get what you pay for. A $100 LJ 1200 is obviously not going to last the same as the $600 LJ 1100 it "replaced". I have a K8600, which is a "business" inkjet A3 printer, and I can see that printer lasting many years: the head moves slow (compared to a cheap A4), but it's HUGE. It prints 1 inch (4 lines of text) with each pass. It's HEAVY and it's got lots of metal inside.

        BTW, my dad's 1100 is use

    • by Javaman59 (524434)

      Samsung $80 mono laser printer here. One of the best computer peripherals I ever bought. It's fast and reliable. In two years it's only been off-line once - to replace the toner cartridge ($80). I just print all the docs I need without thinking about "black or white" or "colour". To print a colour photo I go to a shop. Simple is best.

      • by Fishead (658061)

        I have the Samsung SCX-4300 that I paid around $80 for on Boxing Day.

        The cartridge "ran out" annoyingly early, but I found a firmware hack on the intarnets that allows me to clear the cycle counter that the printer holds for the cartridge. Once the cartridge actually starts to get low, and it is printing faded in the middle of the page, a good shake of the cartridge seems to re-distribute the toner and it prints fine for another few months.

        I get at least double what the cycle counter would give me before t

  • by erice (13380) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @01:25AM (#36225080) Homepage

    because they can't use the one at work. Also, resume's do occasionally need to be printed, along with job applications. It is a lot less often then in the old days, however. Printing maps used to be the most common printing task but, since acquiring a smart phone, I am trying not to do that.

    • Try FedEx, UPS, or even your public library.
    • by kf6auf (719514)
      I used a printer to print my last few tax returns because I'm too cheap to pay $15 for TurboTax state filing when I can print it and mail it for $0.42 + a few drops of blood^H^H^H^H^Hink (which annoyingly did give out 1 page into my tax return this year) and I'm not comfortable printing it out at work or in a public library.
    • Also, resume's do occasionally need to be printed, along with job applications.

      I've sent my CV (resumé) off to about 30 prospective employers in the last seven years or so. Not once have a printed it out. All applications have been through email.

  • Which personal printer, you insensitive clod?
    • by blair1q (305137)

      the one that hums the gregorian chants to itself while scratching your rhymes into vellum

  • Printer? What printer?

    You can't grep dead trees.

    • Re:What printer? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Rylz (868268) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @04:56AM (#36225764) Journal

      You can't grep dead trees.

      There are still plenty of legitimate uses for a printer, even among the technologically inclined. I'm the admin for a laser printer for a dorm that houses 80 students at caltech, and we've gone through over 300,000 pages in the past four years. Most of this is probably on research papers; it's hard to have a thorough group discussion about a paper without being able to throw it across the table and physically show others exactly what you're talking about. Additionally, I have yet to find software that allows me to mark up a PDF with the same level of flexibility and intuitiveness that a pen can give you. When you're in the zone, it's pretty important to be able to make whatever notes you need to without diverting your attention to some UI in order to do so.

      And then there are always the profs who want you to print out 5000 lines of source code... And even their reasons probably reduce to the same issues with flexibility of markup.

      • I have yet to find software that allows me to mark up a PDF with the same level of flexibility and intuitiveness that a pen can give you

        try Xournal []. If you've got a tablet (laptop or Wacom tablet input device) you can annotate pdfs incredibly well, easily, and most importantly FREE. Just export as PDF, and voila!

      • by jandrese (485)
        I used to hate that so much. All of the computer labs made rules against printing out more than a few pages worth of code on the printers, because professors were assigning these huge projects and then insisting that it be turned in on hardcopy in addition to the softcopy. I never saw any marks on any of the hardcopies, so I don't know why they wanted them. In my senior year they added meters to the printers so you got charged $0.05 per page to boot. Hopefully the professors have since gotten over their
      • by hedwards (940851)

        Some things are just better done on paper. For the initial stages of a paper, I tend to just use a piece of paper to collect my ideas on. It's not until I actually start typing it out that I bother with a computer.

        But, for revision and editing, it's a lot easier to do that on paper, I have yet to see a software package that allows me to do that on screen in a time efficient manner. Otherwise I'd be doing it because it's a lot easier to fix mistakes if they've overlayed on the original text.

  • Is there a way to find out from HP Printer software for my old HP PhotoSmart 8450 in old, updated Windows XP Pro. SP3?

  • If it weren't for airline and sporting event tickets I wouldn't need a printer. The good thing is, every office has printers they're trying to get rid of.

    • by slinches (1540051)

      Do these tickets have a barcode on them? If so, they should be scannable on a decent resolution smartphone screen. I've bought tickets to sporting events from my phone while on the way there. Just showed the barcode for them to scan at the gate and walked right in. No printer needed.

      • by jandrese (485)
        Why is it that Ticketmaster always says you need to print out two full pages of ads and legalize to make it a valid ticket, when the only thing the people at the door care about is the thumb sized barcode up in the corner? It's not like they aren't charging me $10 for the honor of using my own paper and ink or anything.
    • The good thing is, every office has printers they're trying to get rid of.

      I bought a slightly used HP4200 with a Jet Direct card, three paper trays, and envelope feeder, and a brand new toner cartridge all for $100. The used office equipment store had 2 dozen just like it for sale. A reman toner cartridge will print 12,000 pages for $40. Try that with an inkjet!

  • I just got a new Ricoh networked colour laser for £50 online. Toners are good for 1000 pages but cost about £70 for new ones, so when they run out I'll either re-fill or just chuck the printer and get a new one. That is a real shame because it is a nice printer and will probably still be working perfectly.

    I only print documents with it, for photos it is cheaper to just order prints online. Inkjet printers cost too much to run and I got fed up with blocked heads and expensive paper.

    • The toner cartridge that comes with the printer is smaller than normal, typically 1/4 or 1/2 the size. Chucking the printer for a new one is not actually cheaper than just buying the cartridge!

      • by AmiMoJo (196126)

        The ones it comes with are 1000 page models. The replacements are 2000 pages or the high yield ones are 7000.

        Consider that there are four toners to replace as well.

        • Out of interest, which printer is it specifically?

          • by AmiMoJo (196126)

            Ricoh SP C231N colour networked laser. £70 from Oyyy but with £20 cashback.

            They were originally on sale for over £500 but appears to be end of line now.

  • many pages my father's indestructible HP LaserJet 4V has printed by now?

  • My printer reliably informs me that it has done 12,854 print impressions.

  • Purchased in October of 2002. I'm *still* using the original toner that came with the printer.

    • by blair1q (305137)

      I bought my printer about then. I "ran out" of toner once, did the cartridge shake thing, and went on for a good while after. Then I really ran out, but by then I'd bought a bottle of bulk toner. One small plastic surgical process later, it's good for the next half a decade easy.

  • though most of them were by a previous owner, I picked it up secondhand on ebay and found it had over 140K pages on the clock (for which I requested a partial refund since the ebay listing said it would have less than 30K pages on the clock).

    Since i've owned it it's probablly printed a few hundred.

  • I haven't had a functioning printer at home in years. On the rare occasion I need to print I do it at work. This is maybe 20 pages a year? Don't need it any more for boarding passes for flying. Don't need to print driving directions to places. Though I've noticed places often require a printout if you're getting a discount through Groupon. I think this is stupid and hopefully they'll get over that soon.

    I do get what people are saying about print being good for people writing papers and whatnot. It's true, t

    • by tepples (727027)

      Don't need to print driving directions to places.

      Unless you're dealing with relatives who don't own a GPS navigation device.

  • So I bought an HP Laserjet on sale.

    Which reminds me I need to buy a toner refil kit and get ready to drill a hole or two.

  • Total Page Count : 2059 / 2456 Page(s) (Color/Mono)

    Thank you, OpenVPN.

  • Old HP Laserjet here (6p), never had any reason to upgrade it. Does what I want from a printer, when I want it (unlike inkjet printers which usually are all dried up when you want to print something again after two weeks, and then you have to waste half an ink cartridge to get everything going again). 600dpi is more than enough to print text, and I do not need the extra speed a newer laser printer would offer. I see absolutely no reason to buy a new printer, until this 1995 one finally dies (and that does n

  • My old HP Laserjet 5MP has a count of 200 000+ pages. I bought it 10 years ago with a count of 180 000 pages, thinking it would only last the toner it had inside but it just kept working. I can't get an accurate count because one of its two buttons stopped working and you need to press both to get the diagnostic printout.

    When its last toner wore down, I replaced it with a new Samsung all-in-one laser printer not because there was something wrong with it, but because at 4-6ppm it was painfully slow. I rememb

    • When its last toner wore down, I replaced it with a new Samsung all-in-one laser printer not because there was something wrong with it, but because at 4-6ppm it was painfully slow. I remember sending a 1-200 page print job, going downstairs, making a coffee, watching a movie, well, you get the idea.

      Sigh. I remember when 4-6 ppm was considered fast.

      (I started back in the days of the behemoth LaserJet III units, which weighed 60-70 lbs and had a huge footprint. You'd turn the unit on and the lights wou
  • My office went paperless.

  • So, I guess everyone who voted that way has not flown in the last dozen years or so, and will be shocked, shocked I tell you, that you need a printer to fly....

                        mark, who needs to remember to print his boarding
                                              pass in a couple of weeks....

    • by Ksevio (865461)
      I usually just show up and swipe my credit card/passport in the machine and it prints me one. For the airlines that don't have the machines, the check-in counter will print it.
    • by Laser Dan (707106)

      So, I guess everyone who voted that way has not flown in the last dozen years or so, and will be shocked, shocked I tell you, that you need a printer to fly....

      What, you don't get the barcode emailed to your phone in your country? How primitive...

  • My printer has barely printed anything for one simple reason: I'm more or less scared to print, out of fear of wasting ink.

    Ink is so expensive that I try to choose what I print out wisely. In the end, I'm paralyzed by that fact, and my ink goes dry anyway.

  • Bought the printer, an HP DeskJet 6980, about three years ago and its admin pages says it has printed 183 pages which seems fairly reasonable given my usage pattern of it.

    It is now on its third black ink cartridge, and second colour ink cartridge. I've had at least one black cartridge dry up before it was used up.

    Given the cartridge cost of 299 SEK for black and 399 SEK for colour, and excluding the cartridges that came with the printer, the post-printer-purchase supply cost per page so far ends up being 5.

    • 183 pages, 5 ink cartridges.. What are you printing? A3 full-color photos?
      I print at school so I don't really know, is that normal? Seems to me there must be something wrong with your printer...

      • by ais523 (1172701)
        Nowadays, it is normal from most inkjet manufacturers. Their business model is to sell very cheap printers, and then overcharge massively on ink; for some reason, people buy them anyway even if you point this out to them. (I think it's some sort of clever exploit on human behaviour.) Printers designed for businesses have much more reasonable ink rates, because businesses tend to notice that sort of thing.
      • The cartridge probably dries up partially due to such occasional use. I'm always having to spend 15 minutes doing the cleaning cycle a few times on mine when I need something printed.

        I have to replace the cartridges in my Epson R200 about every year because I don't print enough. It wouldn't surprise me if I was paying close to $1/page too due to the ink costs (6 cartridges @ $10-$15 each). Give or take a bit because it's been a year since I bought cartridges.

        The personal laser printers are actually a
  • I managed to snag one of the smaller HP LaserJets from a customer that was upgrading a few years ago. It was in the computer lab, and has done something like 70 squillion pages.

    What's funny is that I've always said those old HPs will still be working just fine come Doomsday, and I was right!

    • If you keep up with the maintenance kits every 200,000 pages (and many businesses do) they'll last until you can no longer physically connect them to the computer you want to print from.
  • Total Faces Printed     13811

    since 2003.  Using
  • Had it since about 1998 and it's done 304068 according to the diag page
  • Hundreds of coloring pages for my kid.
    Cheap!... a cartridge of black ink lasts forever.
    • by blair1q (305137)

      How many kids stay into coloring for hundreds of pages?

      I think I did maybe 4, and then started doing crosswords and logic puzzles and reading mystery books.

      Maybe it was too little. I see crayons now and somewhere in the back of my mind I think "how much fun would that be..."

  • "I am, or have as a significant other, a graduate student." ;)

  • My HP Laser II cost me $20 when I bought it at surplus several years ago. After fixing a broken sensor and receiving several new toner cartridges through Freecycle, I have a reliable, good quality printer that has printed reams of material for me, not to mention whatever its previous owners printed. Yes, it's slow, but I'm usually not in a big hurry.

  • I've been using a HP Laserjet 2100 since about 1999, and I've printed hundreds of thousands of pages. Still going very very strong. I've got friends with 4000 series that are still working very well.

    Some of those HP SOHO or Buisness laser printers from the 90s and early 2000s just kept going.

    Of course - they cost an arm and a leg. But they were worth it!

  • I buy old commercial laser printers for half the cost of a toner cartridge, they usually print the 200 odd pages a year that I actually print, then i toss it out when the last of the toner is gone. Currently my printer says 10% toner left, which is still about 2000 pages. So my current printer has printer 100,000+ pages, just not for me. (2 tray, full duplex, networked printer for $88)

  • a used corporate color laser printer for near nothing.... Bought 2 Xerox phaser solid ink printers for $20.00 each, took the parts to build one perfect working one and I have a CASE of ink blocks that will last me for my lifetime that came with the printers.

    only drawback is the really long warm up time for first print if you dont keep it on and heated up. It prints better photos than most inkjets and all Lasers.

    I've done this for color lasers as well... Older HP color toner cartridges are super easy to r

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