Gadget Week

New Colour PrinterIt’s been gadget week here in OzLady-land…

Erik and Cheryl (especially Cheryl) will be so pleased to learn that we got a new HP Colour LaserJet Printer. It prints like a dream, and hooked into my network via a network cable in a snap! Just awesome.

Combine that with the new laptop my Cable TV company gave me for renewing my subscription with them, and I’m smokin’! (A Compaq wide screen with Windows Vista – whoo-hoo!!!)

As usual, however, I can’t include something cool up here without sharing what I have learned from the experience – and there was a really useful lesson on printers that I think everyone might benefit from.

Of Speed and Versatility!!!

The model of printer that I actually bought was the HP Color LasterJet 2600n. The main competition was the Samsung CLP-510N. I have a high-end Lexmark c720n that cost me over $2.5K when I first purchased it 4 years ago, but the colour laser printer market has moved so much in the last 3 years, that these models were competing in the $600-$800 range, which is where my budget was.

To be really honest, I was going in to seriously consider buying the Samsung. I was only really giving the HP a look because a friend of mine works there and she’s fiercely loyal about their products, so I though I’d at least ask all the right questions.

What sold me? Information that I have received on colour saturation and speed (as well as a couple of other things, but I’ll detail that in a sec). Apparently fast printers are suitable for colour printing of documents with limited graphics – limited mainly to small pictures, charts and graphs, and coloured text. One of the big problems I had with my Lexmark was that it worked a charm on the documents that had minimal coverage and were mostly text. As soon as I started to get into anything with decent patches of solid colour, or gradients, I ended up with streaks and blobs. I have had technicians in, and cleaned the printer often, replaced all the appropriate fusers, oil bottles, etc, and still no joy.

So while the HP is marginally slower on some of the printing (black especially), this works in my favour for the colour saturation that I want (if you think about this, it actually makes sense).

I decided to summarise it in the table below.

Lexmark c720n HP 2600n Samsung CLP-510
Strengths:
– Robust
– Fast
– Networkable
– Individual toners for CMYK
Strengths:
– Size and weight (18kgs)
– Noise (lack of)
– Colour saturation
– Networkable
– Environmentally friendly
– Fewer consumables (only 4 toners, with individual drums in each)
– Manual paper feed
Strengths:
– Noise (lack of)
– Cheaper toner
– Toner life (lasts for 5-7.5K pages)
– Duplex printing (hardware supported 2-sided printing)
– Speed (especially on black and white)
– Toner cost
– Manual paper feed
Weaknesses:
– NOISE NOISE NOISE
– Streaky and poor with solid colours
– Got hot and jammed really easily
– many many consumables (drum, fuser, developer kit, oil bottles, toners)
– Huge and heavy
– No manual paper feed
– Hot – heated up my office
Weaknesses:
– Only manual support for duplex printing
– Lower toner lift
– Toner more expensive (as each toner includes adrum)
Weaknesses:
– Weight (32kgs)
– No network support
– Poor colour saturation
– More consumables (drum, waste toner, etc)

I know the Lexmark doesn’t technically fit in this category, however it is what I was upgrading from, so whatever I bought had to compare to that.

Main points important to me when printing (in order):

  1. Colour saturation
  2. Had to be networkable
  3. Size, weight and noise
  4. Consumables (toner, etc)
  5. Environmentally friendly
  6. Able to take thick card and manual feeding

Hope this helps in your buying decision – it so helped to have gotten information off the internet first, and have smart questions to ask the staff.

Oh – and thanks to the Challenger Superstore guys who carried my 20kgs (including box etc) from the top of the building I bought it in to the basement carpark in the building next door! So sweet!

Comment posted by Cheryl
at 8/13/2007 8:42:41 AM

That’s fantastic, ozlady. I’m so pleased you’re happy with it. Now to keep those results looking their best, be sure to use original HP Colorsphere Toner! ;)

Comment posted by ozlady
at 8/13/2007 11:41:29 AM

**groan**
Of course!

Comment posted by Cheryl
at 8/14/2007 3:47:19 AM

knew you’d like that plug! hee hee

Comment posted by ozlady
at 8/14/2007 3:50:52 AM

Aren’t you supposed to be working or something??? *LOL teasing*

Comment posted by ozlady
at 8/13/2007 12:15:59 AM

Ha ha! I forgot you were ex-HP as well… and as for not being in printer marketing. I’m a geek that uses technology, so :p (ner, ner) Real mature! ;) kidding

Comment posted by Tammy
at 8/13/2007 12:01:13 AM

Pretty good analysis from a non-Printer marketing person!

Comment posted by ozlady
at 8/12/2007 9:56:56 PM

:grin: Yeah I know – how cool, huh? I guess because we’re such a small market here – the competition is pretty intense! I don’t mind – I’m the consumer and I benefit!

Comment posted by david mcmahon
at 8/11/2007 6:43:53 AM

A Compaq just for renewing your Cable subscription!!! Sign me up, too!

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