For the best laser printer, you will have to try the Okidata. Walking through an office supply store, I started pushing the demo button on all the printers. I was just tire kicking, not planning to buy anything. Then I pushed it—the big red button on the Okidata printer. Out came a shiny picture of paint cans. I was shocked. This laser printer put out a photo quality picture on normal paper. I could not believe the glossy quality from such a common-looking printer. I pushed the button again to be sure it was not just a fluke. I decided I had to have it.
That day was seven years ago. I have only grown to love my Okidata glossy printer through the years. I have printed hundreds of thousands of pages, labels, booklets, and books on this machine. It has paid for itself many times over and boosted my public image at the same time. You see why I think the Oki color printers are the best laser printers in the business.
After trying a few toner refill companies, I gave up on cheap refills. Then I found uninetimaging.com. These people make toner refilling a noble profession. With their perfectly-matched toner, I get the same great printouts for less than a penny per page. The refill process is a snap with the Okidata glossy color laser printers. I also rebuild my own toner drum units, too. Uninetimaging.com sells the drums for this printer, and they last longer than the original drums from Oki.
I had owned my Oki printer a few months when I realized my need for a duplexing unit. I bought the optional duplexer so I could print on both sides of the page (essential for booklets and trifolds). I suggest you save a little money by purchasing your printer with a built-in duplexer.
The letters on the Oki model number tell everything. Take my Oki c5150dn for example. The letter C stands for “color.” The D stands for “duplexing” (printing on both sides). The N stands for “networking” so you can hook it up to a server and print from several computers.
Sizes and options
If you are printing for regular use, try the Okidata C6150dn or the Oki C5550n in the $600-700 range. For daily use, look into the Oki C5650dn in the $1000-1500 range. Most people will settle for something like the Okidata C6150dn, a great multipurpose unit that prints up to legal size (8.5 by 14) and does card stock and envelopes, too.
If you are doing industrial grade printing all the time, plan on spending $2000 or so. This Oki C830n unit prints tabloids and banners: