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Printers?

Postby TLSNYC » Sun May 08, 2011 6:47 pm

I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?

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Re: Printers?

Postby ResolutePear » Sun May 08, 2011 6:51 pm

Get a Brother Monochrome Laser Printer. They can be had for 30 bucks if you catch them on special around the fall. They're now around 80.

They will last you virtually forever, especially with the cartridge hack.

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Re: Printers?

Postby Ty Webb » Sun May 08, 2011 6:53 pm

TLSNYC wrote:I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?


Seems financially wasteful.

Ink and paper are expensive. If most schools are like mine, then there are multiple printers and it's easy to access them. What is it that you think you need to print on demand to such an extent that you'd need a home printer?

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Re: Printers?

Postby TLSNYC » Sun May 08, 2011 6:56 pm

Ty Webb wrote:
TLSNYC wrote:I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?


Seems financially wasteful.

Ink and paper are expensive. If most schools are like mine, then there are multiple printers and it's easy to access them. What is it that you think you need to print on demand to such an extent that you'd need a home printer?


To be honest, I have no idea. I was more curious if I need one, since I'd heard that. I'm not looking to get one of it's not necessary or particularly helpful.

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Re: Printers?

Postby ResolutePear » Sun May 08, 2011 6:57 pm

Ty Webb wrote:
TLSNYC wrote:I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?


Seems financially wasteful.

Ink and paper are expensive. If most schools are like mine, then there are multiple printers and it's easy to access them. What is it that you think you need to print on demand to such an extent that you'd need a home printer?


Being able to prep and proof papers on the fly at home vs having to go to campus every time is a good plan. Especially when there is no guarantee those printers will be in working order - and that professors will see this as an appropriate excuse. Spending 80 bucks on something that'll last you a couple years of normal use(with the included toner cart. seems good for a backup.

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Re: Printers?

Postby tea_drinker » Sun May 08, 2011 6:57 pm

Sorry for a 0L question, but is printing at school free?

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Re: Printers?

Postby dood » Sun May 08, 2011 6:58 pm

TLSNYC wrote:I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6828113545

i have old version of this, works great.

1. cant remember exact cost/page but it worked out to be cheaper than printing at school
2. convenience, even if cost was same/more than printing at school
3. auto duplex option is great for printing double-sided outlines in book format

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Re: Printers?

Postby Ty Webb » Sun May 08, 2011 7:00 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
Ty Webb wrote:
TLSNYC wrote:I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?


Seems financially wasteful.

Ink and paper are expensive. If most schools are like mine, then there are multiple printers and it's easy to access them. What is it that you think you need to print on demand to such an extent that you'd need a home printer?


Being able to prep and proof papers on the fly at home vs having to go to campus every time is a good plan. Especially when there is no guarantee those printers will be in working order - and that professors will see this as an appropriate excuse. Spending 80 bucks on something that'll last you a couple years of normal use(with the included toner cart. seems good for a backup.


I suppose I'm a bit biased because I do the bulk of my work at school, so things might be different if I worked at home. Still, the investment is going to be much more than $80 when you consider ink and paper.

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Re: Printers?

Postby dood » Sun May 08, 2011 7:00 pm

tea_drinker wrote:Sorry for a 0L question, but is printing at school free?


i hear at good schools such as columbia, students get like 1000 pages free a semester then $0.0X/page after that. at gw its .07 a page from day 1.

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Re: Printers?

Postby Ty Webb » Sun May 08, 2011 7:02 pm

tea_drinker wrote:Sorry for a 0L question, but is printing at school free?


I guess it varies by school after looking at dood's answer. I mistakenly assumed that free printing was available to all since it is at our school. We have no page restrictions at all.

This would definitely change the outlook for the OP. A printer would be a good idea if you have to pay by the page (that sucks).

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Re: Printers?

Postby dood » Sun May 08, 2011 7:03 pm

Ty Webb wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
Ty Webb wrote:
TLSNYC wrote:I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?


Seems financially wasteful.

Ink and paper are expensive. If most schools are like mine, then there are multiple printers and it's easy to access them. What is it that you think you need to print on demand to such an extent that you'd need a home printer?


Being able to prep and proof papers on the fly at home vs having to go to campus every time is a good plan. Especially when there is no guarantee those printers will be in working order - and that professors will see this as an appropriate excuse. Spending 80 bucks on something that'll last you a couple years of normal use(with the included toner cart. seems good for a backup.


I suppose I'm a bit biased because I do the bulk of my work at school, so things might be different if I worked at home. Still, the investment is going to be much more than $80 when you consider ink and paper.


more, but not much more. ive had my brother laser since 1L (so 2 years now), ive replaced the cartridge once, cost me $20 shipped. paper is $3/ream at staples, so just skip one mocha frapachino and u'r good to go.

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Re: Printers?

Postby ResolutePear » Sun May 08, 2011 7:03 pm

Ty Webb wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
Ty Webb wrote:
TLSNYC wrote:I've heard that it can be helpful to have a printer, even a laser printer, at home to save yourself the hassle of having to go to school to print or for any other reason. Is this true? Do you think it would be smart to get a fairly cheap printer for law school? Any particular recommendations from current students?


Seems financially wasteful.

Ink and paper are expensive. If most schools are like mine, then there are multiple printers and it's easy to access them. What is it that you think you need to print on demand to such an extent that you'd need a home printer?


Being able to prep and proof papers on the fly at home vs having to go to campus every time is a good plan. Especially when there is no guarantee those printers will be in working order - and that professors will see this as an appropriate excuse. Spending 80 bucks on something that'll last you a couple years of normal use(with the included toner cart. seems good for a backup.


I suppose I'm a bit biased because I do the bulk of my work at school, so things might be different if I worked at home. Still, the investment is going to be much more than $80 when you consider ink and paper.


How much are you going to really print? Will you have 2,000 pages of stuff to say throughout your lawschool career? I have ~800 pages printed on this cartridge that came with the printer. But even at 160 bucks, would a backup be terrible to have when you're spending +100k on school anyways?

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Re: Printers?

Postby dood » Sun May 08, 2011 7:05 pm

Ty Webb wrote:
tea_drinker wrote:Sorry for a 0L question, but is printing at school free?


I guess it varies by school after looking at dood's answer. I mistakenly assumed that free printing was available to all since it is at our school. We have no page restrictions at all.

This would definitely change the outlook for the OP. A printer would be a good idea if you have to pay by the page (that sucks).


u must go to HYS!! lol yea...$45K tuition and they couldnt even give us free printing.

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Re: Printers?

Postby TLSNYC » Sun May 08, 2011 7:05 pm

I just looked into the school where I'll be matriculating and they give you $120, or 1500 duplex pages, a semester. I feel like that should be good enough that I don 't need a separate printer at home, but I am going to wait and see where I end up finding housing. If I end up more than 20 minute commute one way,I might just get a cheap laser printer for convenience.

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Re: Printers?

Postby Ty Webb » Sun May 08, 2011 7:06 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
more, but not much more. ive had my brother laser since 1L (so 2 years now), ive replaced the cartridge once, cost me $20 shipped. paper is $3/ream at staples, so just skip one mocha frapachino and u'r good to go.


I was assuming that any person who wanted a printer at home would want one because they need to print more than one ream of paper. If you're printing that little, then I'd lean toward just using the school printers.

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Re: Printers?

Postby ResolutePear » Sun May 08, 2011 7:06 pm

Ty Webb wrote:
tea_drinker wrote:Sorry for a 0L question, but is printing at school free?


I guess it varies by school after looking at dood's answer. I mistakenly assumed that free printing was available to all since it is at our school. We have no page restrictions at all.

This would definitely change the outlook for the OP. A printer would be a good idea if you have to pay by the page (that sucks).


Also, let me point out that these are laser printers - not inkjet. Both are very different as far as cost-of-operation is concerned.

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Re: Printers?

Postby Ty Webb » Sun May 08, 2011 7:07 pm

dood wrote:
Ty Webb wrote:
tea_drinker wrote:Sorry for a 0L question, but is printing at school free?


I guess it varies by school after looking at dood's answer. I mistakenly assumed that free printing was available to all since it is at our school. We have no page restrictions at all.

This would definitely change the outlook for the OP. A printer would be a good idea if you have to pay by the page (that sucks).


u must go to HYS!! lol yea...$45K tuition and they couldnt even give us free printing.


Actually I go to a school ranked in the 50s. Thinking about it, free printing seems way out of whack considering how much they charge for everything else.

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Re: Printers?

Postby ResolutePear » Sun May 08, 2011 7:07 pm

Ty Webb wrote:
dood wrote:
more, but not much more. ive had my brother laser since 1L (so 2 years now), ive replaced the cartridge once, cost me $20 shipped. paper is $3/ream at staples, so just skip one mocha frapachino and u'r good to go.


I was assuming that any person who wanted a printer at home would want one because they need to print more than one ream of paper. If you're printing that little, then I'd lean toward just using the school printers.


It's all about redundancy. The last thing you want to worry about is running to a Kinkos on a Sunday night because the school printers are on the fritz.

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Re: Printers?

Postby Sandro » Sun May 08, 2011 7:26 pm

Why would anyone argue a printer is a waste? Blows my mind. Even with free printing at your school, unless you had to choose between life saving medicine or a printer I dont know why you would forgo having a printer at home.

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Re: Printers?

Postby Renzo » Sun May 08, 2011 7:30 pm

Sandro wrote:Why would anyone argue a printer is a waste? Blows my mind. Even with free printing at your school, unless you had to choose between life saving medicine or a printer I dont know why you would forgo having a printer at home.


This. I basically never print at home, because I get free printing at school and I have a relatively expensive per-page inkjet. But the few times when I do need to print something at home, I really, really need to print it, so having the printer is a lifesaver.

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Re: Printers?

Postby eandy » Sun May 08, 2011 7:38 pm

My law school doesn't have free printing. We pay 6-8 cents(can't remember) per page and no double sided printing. I probably spent nearly 50 dollars printing outlines first semester. Then I went and bought a brother laser printer. Wireless, automatic duplexing(double-sided)...it makes my life complete. It was super cheap, too.
Double-sided is SUCH a must for outlines, so if you get a printer, make sure it has automatic duplexing(doing it manually on 4-5 100 page outlines will make you kill yourself)

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Re: Printers?

Postby Sandro » Sun May 08, 2011 8:09 pm

Damn. Guess no free printing for me either.

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Re: Printers?

Postby eandy » Sun May 08, 2011 8:14 pm

Sandro wrote:Damn. Guess no free printing for me either.

Yeah you can print for free from westlaw and lexisnexis only. Otherwise, you're paying. it ends up being cheaper and easier to have a laser printer at home.

People will try to convince you that you need your outlines to be in 4 different colors, but honestly, printing it all on my printer in black ink and using colored highlighters to make marks(to signal policy, a restatement provision, etc.) works well enough and is a LOT cheaper.

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Re: Printers?

Postby Eugenie Danglars » Sun May 08, 2011 10:10 pm

Laser printers are very worthwhile. I used one for all my printing in UG and only replaced the cartridge twice in four years (at about $30 a pop). I bought a case of paper and split it with my roommate. Very economical.

It's also nice to be able to print things in private, early in the morning, late in the evening, etc. I anticipate it will be nice when it comes to mass mailings.

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Re: Printers?

Postby kazu » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:05 am

Shameless bump as I will be needing to buy a printer for law school soon as well. Laser vs. all-in-one inkjet? Any specific recommendations (besides the ones already listed above?)




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