Does a laser printer use less toner if DPI is reduced?

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Found 7th Nov 2009
Just wondering if I reduce my laser printer from 1200dpi to 300dpi, will it only use a quarter or the toner?

Already have economode on.

Cheers

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it will use less but proberly not 1/4

No difference. Fewer bigger dots.

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xenny;6806662

No difference. Fewer bigger dots.


really? So I should always use the highest setting to get better quality? :thinking:

it makes a nominal difference the amount of ink saved would equal about 30 extra pages per toner as extra is 'burnt' during the laying of small dots compred to bigger - but every little helps lol

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jackt010;6806675

it makes a nominal difference the amount of ink saved would equal about … it makes a nominal difference the amount of ink saved would equal about 30 extra pages per toner as extra is 'burnt' during the laying of small dots compred to bigger - but every little helps lol


mine prints about 2000 pages per £30 cartridge so can live with the 30 lost pages but thanks for the info

rep to you both :thumbsup:

Put it into draft mode for less important documents

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Predikuesi;6806749

Put it into draft mode for less important documents


always keep it in econo mode as nothing important to ever print. Always seems great quality on that setting anyway. :thumbsup:

csiman;6806668

really? So I should always use the highest setting to get better quality? … really? So I should always use the highest setting to get better quality? :thinking:



Yes. Think of a digital camera. Would you use it in 3 megapixel or 12 megapixel mode for the best image quality?

csiman;6806797

always keep it in econo mode as nothing important to ever print. Always … always keep it in econo mode as nothing important to ever print. Always seems great quality on that setting anyway. :thumbsup:



2000 pages per £30 cartridge
great quality on eco mode
wow - sounds like a great printer you have mate, mind if I ask which on it is? :oops:

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xenny;6844222

Yes. Think of a digital camera. Would you use it in 3 megapixel or 12 … Yes. Think of a digital camera. Would you use it in 3 megapixel or 12 megapixel mode for the best image quality?


yeah, I realise that. My concern was the amount of ink used per dpi setting.
hdizzle;6844261

2000 pages per £30 cartridgegreat quality on eco modewow - sounds like a … 2000 pages per £30 cartridgegreat quality on eco modewow - sounds like a great printer you have mate, mind if I ask which on it is? :oops:


Brother HL-2030 - Cost me £49 new

The DPI setting is more a way of changing the print speed when printing complex images. For very complicated work, you may need to turn the DPI down to allow a document to print at all.

high DPI gives you more smaller dots, lower DPI gives you fewer larger dots. If low DPI used the same size dots as high DPI, lines in your printers output would look thinner for example.

dcx_badass;6862049

Ohhh bad form, that's a poor example. Not to those extremes but often a … Ohhh bad form, that's a poor example. Not to those extremes but often a 7mp camera will take better photos than a 12mp because they cram too much in a small space and it has a negative effect.




Somehow I don't think that laser printers suffer from the CCD noise problems that small sensor high pixel count digital cameras do at high ISOs. :-P
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