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Printer With all of the new technology today, are there color laser printers that are able to print photos? I know that inkjets have been the only type of printers for this type of application. I know that laser printers in the past didn't print very well with photos on glossy. Have things really changes in the past couple of years?

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Hi,

If I read your post right, your need is for a photo color laser printer. To my understanding, possibly a better alternative is a color dye sub printer such as the old type Kodak Professional Digital Photo Thermal Printer (the 1400 is an example) for glossy prints. Others that may be considered are Xerox's Phaser series or even a Konica Minolta magicolor series.

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Yes Xerox for example has sofisticatd printers which they call phasers, take a look at http://www.office.xerox.com/printers/color-printers/phaser-8860/spec-enus.html and see by yourself.
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I think laser printers can't print like inkjet do. The difference in quality is very noticeable. Maybe in a few more years they can develop something.

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Yes we had a color laser printer at work and it did quite well with the pictures, but from what I heard ot was not cheap either.

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