Multifunction color laser printers, or all-in-one (AIO) printers, can be an invaluable tool for small offices where printing color graphics is a necessity. These flexible machines also allow you to copy, scan, and sometimes even fax from a single device, saving you a ton of space and cash.
You might expect eye-popping prices for these do-it-all machines—and not long ago, that would have been true. Recently, we've seen the price of a few color laser AIOs drop below $500. The three printers here all fall below that sweet threshold. (At 9, the HP LaserJet Pro 100 is the least expensive of this bunch.)
Basing a printer purchase on price alone, however, can be costly to your office in non-monetary ways. You'll want to do a bit of homework first. Most laser AIOs come with certain office-centric features, such as built-in duplexing and an automatic document feeder, but you'll want to delve a bit deeper into the feature list before making a decision. For example, these three models are all light-duty machines meant for smaller offices that don't churn out thousands of pages per month. Due to their budget prices, they also aren't fancy. (You're not going to find a touch-screen LCD or advanced security options, for example.)
One of the most important features to look at is duty cycle. (That's the most pages a printer is rated to print out in a month.) You'll want a printer that can keep up with your needs. Being that these are budget models, you won't find the super-high ratings you would find in a higher-end (and pricier) laser model such as the the Xerox Phaser 6128MFP. But if your office doesn't churn out thousands of pages a month, these AIOs should do the trick.
I had thought that the ink might eat up the wiper blades, but since that is the only thing that I had on hand that could give me a clean streak free wipe that is what I went with, I may break down and actually order some real doctor blades. I will have to look into the screen printing blades, they might work.
I am planning to make my own plates using etched glass for the plates (I own a glass etching business)since glass is extremely flat and polished so it should make good plates, and it is cheap, at least for me.
I really don't have any plans for what I am going to use it for once I have it built but I am own several lasers and plan to make wood model kits and toys and feel that I could make many more things if I could offer them as finished toys rather than unfinished which is why I started looking into screen and pad printing