Best printer for printing colour labels for children

Discussion in 'Print Community General Printing Discussion' started by JamesT, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. JamesT

    JamesT New Member

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    Hi all,

    First post here. I am currently printing 30mm stickers on A5 sheet sticker paper. The stickers are aimed at kids so the designs are colourful. I'm currently using a HP M283 FDW Laser printer and given the extortionate price of HP toner have sourced some decent OEM toner from China in bulk.

    The problem I have is even with official HP toner and the Chinese made OEM toner the stickers are not as vivid as I would like, the colours are coming out fairly dull which isn't great for stickers aimed at children. I'm also going through tons of toner and not a big fan of sending all of this plastic into a landfill.

    I'm now looking for a new printer and want some advice, I'm not at the stage of needing anything bigger than a desktop printer, but I'm open to spending some cash on it if it provides me with more vivid colours.

    So:

    - For printing out vivid stickers is it best to use inkjet or laser?
    - What's the most economical printer for doing this type of work?
    - Ideally I am looking for something with a larger ink / toner capacity to avoid running out midway through 100 sheets of stickers

    I am researching the Epson Eco Tank series so welcome thoughts on that

    Appreciate the support
     
  2. xfactor printing

    xfactor printing Senior Member

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    Have you tried different color settings when sending prints to your current HP laser printer?

    Are you working in CMYK or RGB?

    If you send a straight cyan, magenta, or yellow color block to your printer, are those colors vivid enough?
     
  3. JamesT

    JamesT New Member

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    Working in CMYK. Using straight CMYK are just a bit dull / dark.
     

  4. xfactor printing

    xfactor printing Senior Member

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    I don't have a HP M283; the menu on the printer should have a test print function to run a test print from the printer itself. See if those colors are equally dull to rule out a driver issue. If so, I'm not sure you'll do better. You won't achieve something like a neon green or fluorescent color with any 4-color printer I'm aware of, but the laser should do colors that are as bright or brighter than a 4-color inkjet on uncoated label stock.
     
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