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Old 05-03-2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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I've had a color laser printer since 2003, a HP LaserJet 3600n (n for the networking). The printer has served me well, but the fuser has now become damaged and a repalcement makes it silly financially to repair since a new pritner would be only a few hundred bucks more anyways. PLUS I'm not totally 100% sure a fuser will fix the problem. Although I am pretty sure, I'd hate to by the fuser and find out I diagnosed the problem incorrectly. Ouch.

Therefore, I'm really considering a brand new printer, even though affording it right now isn't in the budget, I will have to find a way. The printer is really the back bone of my business when you think about it. I print all my proposals in color, inspection reports with pictures, pictures for the crews, brochures, mailers, post cards, etc...

I've looked around and have some ideas, but what curious if anyone has any suggestions.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:50 PM   #2
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Just went through all this. Spent about a week off and on researching them all.

HP CP2025dn

Networks, prints two sides, cost effective ink usage, top quality picture quality, two paper loads. When I bought it Staples was giving you a $50 trade in on any old printer too.

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I went w/ a Ricoh Aficio Sp C210SF a number of years ago-color laser, fax, scanner with full computer integration. network operation is par for the course now days. I miss the duplex printing/copying in the old b/w laser, but the quality is great. After the initial cartridge was depleted, I found refill toner online for around $200 for all four colors.

Looks like the HP Mike recommended is around $4000w/ duplex printing is a great price.
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I have a brother (out of toner right now and cash flow is tight) HL-4040CN and I like it. It does good pics (not stellar) but I only paid $200 new for it (just the right place at the right time)
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When I bought it Staples was giving you a $50 trade in on any old printer too.
Is this a nationwide program with Staples? I just checked at a Chicagoland store and the lady had no idea what I was talking about.
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I want to make a correction. I had a samsung in 2003, I replaced it with a HP in 2005. I rememebred that yesterday when I was looking at the store. I as looking at a Samsung and said to myself this looks real familiar.

MF that's actually the one I was leaning towards after visiting a few stores yesterday. My current printer I think has 2 sided printing, but I have never actually used it. I do especially need the multiple paper trays that this one offers. And the networking is a must, HOWEVER on my current printer the networking doesn't work properly on all computers in my office. I'm hoping they've got those bugs worked out now. I'd prefer wireless, but oh well, it's not a deal breaker. Seems like only the cheaper home-style printers come with wireless.

Cork, Office Depot is accepting trade-ins right now. However they are more than office max or staples so it's a marketing gimick. Staples has $50 trade in listed on their website but I saw nothing about it in the store. I won't be trading mine in since the cartridges are pretty much brand new. I figure I can get $100 for the thing with toner cartridges on ebay or craigs list or something. Then again Staples or Office Depot or Office Max will give me $3 a cartridge. whooty woo!

FYI don't buy your repalcement toner from the stores. You can get it for half price on Ebay or various other websites. I remember the first time I bought replacement toner, I sent one of my guys to the store with a shopping list and my credit card. For $100 more I could have got a brand new printer with brand new toner LOL. Live and learn.

Cash flow is tight here too, but I'll put it in my credit card. Cash flow will be even tighter in a couple weeks, if I can't print proposals LOL. I've got no choice.
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HP all the way, there's a real good reason they have the market in that arena

The networking issues, are generally on the PC end - Check spooling properties first, then the other settings / update the driver

Edit: have you thought about bringing the printer in for service - the cost is not that bad & depending on the place, fixed within hours
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I thought about bringing it in for service but $100 for labor and $100-$300 for parts is silly to repair a 6 year old printer when I can get a brand new one for the same price or a few hundred bucks more. Do people still repair any electronics anymore? I never understood how computer repair shops stay in business when buying a new computer costs about the same as to repair and upgrade an old one.

As for the netowrking, yes it was on the computer side. for some reason the drivers wouldn't work on all computers even with new updated drivers. I got around it by networking the computer to my file print server since I have multiple printers it wasn't a problem. With 6 computers in the office I was not about to waste my time messing aorund with drivers, this that and the other when I could get it done in no time with a work-around. At the time there was a 3600 and a 3600n. I paid about $50 extra for a feature I never used. Oh well.
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The electronic places stay in business, doing warranty work and keeping mid to large companies business equipment running past it's prime because they are to cheap to replace
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My 11-12 year old HP2100TN is actually worn out. Still prints fine, but paper feeding is an issue and the replacement roller kits are ridiculously priced. It's not worth fixing.

I have a Canon MX860 multi-function (inkjet) that we use for mostly scanning at this point. Used to use it for fax too, but faxing is so 1995 and I switched to an eFax service which is less expensive and more efficient to use.

Been looking at color lasers and was getting very frustrated by too many players in the market and wishy washy QC from most manufacturers according to reviews. My experience from when I was an IT guy, was with HP, Ricoch, Xerox Phaser). They were more expensive, but generally well built and very reliable and easy to support.

Finley isn't wrong a lot, , so I looked up the model he posted above and concluded, like him, it was a good printer to get. Ebay is flooded with them right now and you can get them brand new, shipped, sub $400 or mildly used for roughly half that.

Toners are also easy to get on eBay (the only place to buy toner FWIW) and the 4 color toner kits only run $150 all day long which is an acceptable price.
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I upgraded to a HP color laser all in one (CM1312) a little bit ago and I hate the damn thing. First there are a few word docs that if I try to print them they reboot the printer over and over till I delete the print job. It will calibrate or clean itself all the time including in the middle of a print job, or right after doing a small print job. I have had HP replace the printer 2 times and nothing has changed. I discovered that the documents that rebooted were my letterhead and anything built on that letterhead, so I redid it (could not just copy it) and have it all working (for now...) My wife had told me not to get the HP laser all in ones since they had so many problems in her office with them, I wish I would have listened.

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