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Colour laserjet Mode and Toner query

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Sunlich, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. Sunlich

    Sunlich Newbie
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    I was just wondering whether any colour laserjet printers have a black and white mode, so that you can just insert a black toner cartridge to printout when colour is not needed, as I thought it would be much more efficient in toner use.


    I've only ever had a black white laserjet HP 1102, and has broken down, so I. Need of a new one.

    I already have a HP Deskjet 2540 colour Inkjet, which I use for scanning in docs etc.

    Thinking of ridding myself of that too, and just get a HP all-in-one laser printer,scanner,copier instead.

    I have no experience in colour LaserJet printers.and toner use.

    Just to recap, I just wanted to know if Colour laserjet can USE Black Toner cartridges, with an additional BW only Mode?


    Sunlich 👽

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  2. rootabaga

    rootabaga Android Expert

    Color Printers require that all toner cartridges be installed and working in order to print at all. But that's okay, because laser printers are so much better than inkjet printers; the toner doesn't dry out and print heads don't clog up like they so often do with inkjet designs.

    If you go with a color laser printer, for any given print job you can designate that job as BW rather than 'automatic' though the auto mode seems to work pretty well. I always specify my boarding passes in BW since I don't want to waste color for the miscellaneous bits that way.

    Also, be aware that modern HP printers have some proprietary features that may create an issue. For example, some of them require you to install only new, genuine HP cartridges, so you can't use aftermarket ones or ones that have been refilled.

    Obviously there are other players in this market as well, so you're not locked in to HP. I have a Canon AIO (all in one) printer/fax/scanner that works very well.

    Good luck and happy holidays to you.
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  3. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    Mine is a Color Laserjet Pro M254MW - USB/Ethernet/WiFi Colour Laser printer (no scanner). It's old enough to use refilled toner carts and the colour out[put is superb, arguably better (less saturated/bright) than some inkjets. It has HP's older solid build quality - on a par with the Laserjet 5 office workhorse. And they're cheap.
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  4. Sunlich

    Sunlich Newbie
    Thread Starter


    Thanks for that information. I really am a laserjet Virgin😇

    Much appreciated. It's enough, and think I will get a colour from you're knowledge of them.

    Thanks loads.
    Sunlich 👽
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  5. Sunlich

    Sunlich Newbie
    Thread Starter


    Thanks for this info, I'll have a look if still available.
    I have other feedback which is also very positive in colour laserjet, my mind's made up.

    Hanks for your contribution too.

    Sunlich 👽
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