I'm looking very seriously into buying a laser printer, but I need to know about duplexing. I sometimes need to print double-sided documents, and with my inkjet, I just run the paper through twice. But I've heard that's not a good option with a laser printer. Never having used a laser before, I don't know exactly what would be wrong with that. Does anyone have any experiences or advice to share on the subject?
Because of the higher heat in the laser printer the first side may get smudged when you run the paper through again. I haven't had that problem on any of my lasers though (the first one I had was a £10,000/50 kgs Laserjet5 many moons ago, the latest a £100 Brother multifunction colour laser).
I use a HP Laserjet for my general printing needs... However you never mentioned what you'll be using this laser printer for?
Being in the business of Pre-Press though, I print several professional letters, flyers proofs for advertising, etc. I use the Xante Accel-a-Writer 4G for this. It's duplexing has worked flawlessly since I've owned it. Granted this printer is only 8 months old, but I used the 3G for 5 years and had 800,000 copies through it and it's still running. I even have my old Xante Accel-a-Writer 8300 with over 1.7 million copies through it, and it still works (albeit a little shakey). Great printers for professional use. Xante is also who makes the plate-burners and image-setters we use.