Answer by Greg De Santis · Mar 09, 2011 at 06:22 PM
When it comes to printers I have 3 specific parameters that are summed up in: a network color laser printer. With that in mind HP is the better of the two. Laser toner last much longer (years) as compared to desk-jet ink (months or less). And laser toner also comes in individual cartridges that are plug-and-play. Plus laser toner does not turn your paper into a wet crinkled washed out mess as on some models of both HP and Epson. Of course that has to do with quality settings when printing, the quality of the ink, and the type of paper being used - none of which is a concern when using a color laser printer. I have a network laser printer because I have to share it among my 25 workstation home network, so I have the flexibility of network printing between all of my computers and operating systems without hassle. Basically in the end HP has a better network (both wired and wireless) color laser and ink-jet printers, than Epson's wireless ink-jet all-in-one printer option.
If you are considering an ink-jet instead of a laser printer, then in general HP printer print about twice the speed of an Epson.
If you are concerned about the price, Epson printers usually have single cartridges per color, whereas HP printers have one black cartridge and one multicolored cartridge - this results in the Epson printers being less expensive in the long run. Of course not all depends upon the model. Less ink is wasted with the Epson, because you change out one cartridge at a time, unlike the HP where if you run out of one color in a multicolor cartridge, then you have to replace the entire multicolor cartridge and potentially wasting the ink of the other three colors. The Epson's individual color ink cartridges come in real handy if you were the type of person who like to print out a lot of photos.
From a technical point of view HP printers are better than Epson printers because the print head is part of the ink cartridge. One of the main design differences between lower priced HP and Epson ink-jet printers is that Epson incorporates the print heads as part of the printer while HP moves the print head to the cartridge. This tends to help a problem of ink-jet nozzles clogging on an infrequently used printers. It is easier to change out a cartridge that has the nozzles built into the cartridge, than to changing out both the cartridge and buying new nozzles for a printer where the ink jet nozzles are part of the printer and separate from cartridge.
It all depends on your preferences and your needs of how the printer will be used. What is the most important to you.
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