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HP 9110 InkJet all-in-one.
Printer Dood Rating: 8 of 10 way kewls. (lol!)
Cost: $699 + $250 for keyboard and network print server.
Verdict: we will use it till it drops or breaks - mainly as a copier, fax, and scanner.
Acquisition: Just needed a good all-in-one.
Printer Dood Rating: 7 of 10 way kewls.
Cost: These little babies came bundled with some systems we bought.
Verdict: we will run through the ink cartridges we have on hand, and then probably hit the dumpster with them.
Brother HL2040 Mono Laser:
Printer Dood Rating: 8 of 10 way kewls.
Cost: $75 after rebate.
Verdict: jury is still out, but looks like a winner. We ended up buying one for everyone in the office.
Acquisition: Impulse buy.
HP 1350 Inkjet
Printer Dood Rating: 1 of 10 way kewls.
Acquisition: Got these with some systems we bought and thought they would work good at conferences....wrong.
Verdict: Dumpster bound after the cartridges are gone.
Canon i70 Portable:
Printer Dood Rating: 6 of 10 way kewls.
Acquisition: Needed something to carry around to conferences and road trip with.
Verdict: Glad we had it to try it, but won't buy another one just yet.
HP 3550 Color Laser:
Printer Dood Rating: 8 of 10 way kewls.
Acquisition: Wanted color laser to do good bar code printing for name badges at conferences. (ink jet printers don't work good on that card stock). So I got one for the office too.
Verdict: cross fingers - so far - they rock.
HP712 - Finally threw it to the dumpster. You'll be missed. (it ran through about 50 cartridges in it's day). That's pretty good for a little ol InkJet from 99.
HP932 - It was due to go.
Thats mine - whats yours?
original cost was $240, I think it's worth about $60 now after 3 years
good printer, bullet proof, pretty easy on ink, doesn't print full colour very well but it really depends on what it is. All black or dark bg's isn't great but printing photos on photo paper is stellar.
speed is ok, probably 20 ppm black and 10 ppm colour
haven't found a reason to change it yet as it does everything I need and really if I need production quality printing, I build it and take it to a printer.
Fuji Xerox DocuCentre 450 I
The words "industrial office machinery" come to mind. For a printer, fax and scanner it does a decent job. It's even got a hard drive inside with a few gigs of storage for scans. It prints and collates mass quantities of documents very quickly, but unfortunately is only black and white (no color). But that's what you get for ¥1,480,000.
We've printed a ton of stuff out on it so far and the cartridges are half full, so it seems good value.
Print quality is superb.
Scanning is good, and you can go up to 1200 dpi if you need it. The software scans to PDF, but I found you can use Windows XP's built-in scanner applet to save to other formats such as TIFF.
It's networked, so we can all use it in the office.
It'll often go to sleep if not used for a few days. Sometimes trying to print or scan something just does nothing! You have to turn it off and on again.
We also couldn't scan at all when it first arrived. After some advice from HP, we had to download a patch.
There was a recent software upgrade, so I installed that. Now the icon in the taskbar corner doesn't work. (It should open the browser and display the status, including progress bars for each colour (showing toner remaining).) I got it to work another way and bookmarked the link.
Recommended, if you can afford it.
We also have a variety of desktop printers in the office. We have found the Kyocera FS1010+ to be poor, not matching the durability or print quality of the HP Laser Jet 2100. However, that has 4Mb whereas the Kyocera comes with 16Mb! But I would go for the HP every time.
There is also a problem with the Kyocera coming up as new hardware on reboot sometimes, on one machine. Once, XP lost it altogether, even though it was plugged in! We had to reinstall the drivers.
I did once have a printing spool problem with the HP - it got stuck on a large document that resulted in blank pages oozing out every time you rebooted, no matter what we did. Eventually I had to change the cable to another port!