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joel
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Does anyone know a good color laser printer to use with the poker-sized 8.5X11 blank cards that are offered at protoparts?

I'm new and I'm interested in having this paper run through a printer, but I'm not sure if it can handle the barrel. But, even if it can, I'd be interested in a color printer with a flat-feed. any suggestions?

Rick-Holzgrafe
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I don't know of any flat-feed laser printers to recommend (if you find a good one, let us know!) but you absolutely can't feed Protoparts pre-perforated playing card stock through any printer with a highly curved paper path. I use an inkjet printer that has a single not-quite-90-degree curve, and that seems to work okay.

DonQuixote
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I've been using the HP LaserJet 2600n, and it works beautifully- it isn't a 'straight through' paper path, but it does do everything is a 'single pass'. Basigcally, all the toner cartriges are lined up in a row, and it just sends the paper through them one after another- most color lasers revolve the heads, sening the paper through multiple times to print each color.

I've been using it for various projects with the protoparts cards, and I've never had aproblem with a jam, punched out card , *anything*. I would reccomend that you go through the whole calibration process a few times- my first few full-page, full-color prints were banded and streaky, but after that, it's a beaut. It got really high ratings from magazines last year, and you can find them around for about $300!. The only downside is no duplexing, and the manual-feed opening is kind of useless, but the paper tray is very accessable, and the nature of the printer makes it easy to figure out how it's printing, so you just print everything on one side, then flip the stack, stick in in the tray, and print the other.

Note that these opinions are using the 'regular' protoparts cardstock cards. I tried to contact the store, to find out if he still had any of the 'true' center-black playing card stock stuff to test in it, but I haven't gotten a response yet. :(

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