No experience with that particular printer, but for color laser printers in general, be sure to consider the "size" of the cartridges that are included with the printer, and the availability and cost of replacement cartridges.
Many laser printers, and particualrly color laser printers, come with "starter" size cartridges, often containing just a small portion of the toner in a "regular" cartridge. You buy the printer, use it just a few times, and already have to buy a cartridge (black), or two (black & 3-color), or four (black & C & M & Y).
The "regular" cartridges can easily cost as much as the printer, per each.
Perhaps consider instead, getting just a black laser printer. For your pages that need color, print the black text portion in the faster laser printer, then print the small amount of color portion in a inkjet printer. Printing just the color portion in the inkjet printer will seem like it is printing faster, too.
Jim B. :> )
First, voices. Next, bells. Then, pills. Recently, Vogon poetry. Now, butterflies, thousands of 'em, all over everything!!!
How would I tell if the cartridges are refillable? Looking at toners for this printer on ebay, they seem to come in bottles. Expensive stuff.
Bob, how do you like your priter? What model?
Jim, non profits never have the volunteer time/staff to run something through a printer twice.... once for black and again for color. But, it is a great idea that I may use here for small print runs...
I bought one of these a month ago. For printing newsletters/brochures etc where the photos are not the main source of interest, but just there to 'brighten up the page' the quality is more than adequate, pretty good in fact.
I've found somewhere you can get a set of refills for toner for about 30 quid each = 120 pounds a set www.refill-toner.co.uk though I haven't needed to try it yet.
The duplexer works very well.
So far, I'm very impressed, especially for the money. Just hope it keeps going. It's big and heavy though. Need a large desk.
One could also wonder how it is (from where) that someone on eBay has obtained a "genuine" new-in-box item at a price low enough to then resell it at the higher price of $21, when MacWorld seems to be able to sell the same item at $515.
If the offer seems to good to be true...
Let the buyer beware...
You get what you pay for...
Jim B. :> )
I used to work in the quality control section of the M&M packing plant, but I got fired for throwing out the W's, E's and 3's.
eBay does not really have anything for sale: it's really just like the advertisments in the back of the newspaper, except you are handing over money up front, sight unseen, to someone you don't know. Almost all eBay vendors are honest and are simply using it as a trading platform, but there are enough spivs and wide-boys there to make me very wary.
At that price, stick in as much extra memory as the printer will take, or more comples pages will make it barf, especially in duplex. The only other thing to say is that Samsung America might, if you needed a repair under warranty, turn round and say that as you fitted third-party RAM it was an unauthorised modification and voided the warranty.
No worry about the warranty as this is a refurb unit on order for Special Olympics. They print seemingly reams of mostly documents with a bit of ornamentation and that duplexer will help save time and paper.
The KIngston RAM seems to be the old SODIMMs used in laptops and I've requested some via our local freecycle group. Maybe I will get lucky and the SODIMMs will be donated.
The printer will take 64 or 128 meg chips.... yup, I will top it off if I can.
Oh, I'm a big fan of duplexers. In fact, I would no longer spec a laser printer without one. The saving in hassle is the main factor for me.
I've found you need to be a bit more careful with the paper and use a slightly heavier grade.
Then, let me brag about my HP 5si mx.. I got this used, from an eBay vendor, several years ago. Mike K here suggested I increase RAM, a thought that had not crossed my mind and now the first thing I think of....
THis printer will do 11x17 duplex flawlessly.
However, it does squack loudly and vomits inelegantly out some of the church's preprinted four color bulletin stock...... Easter was very wrinkled even on first pass. Too much purple too thickly over most of the area. In looking closely at the stock, there was so much ink on the cover that it significantly increased paper thickness on that half of the page and hence the problem.
THis printer is now sitting quietly on the sides. I printed some 30 up labels on old stock for my doc..... and part of the sheet tore off inside and I cannot find it. THis printer opens on three sides, and even with that, I cannot find the piece.
Usually Special Olympics uses the cheapest paper they can find. I will probably do the first run or two to check things out and will watch for a paper quality issue. Thanks for the warning.
I currently have a QMS-Minolta 2350. It prints wonderrrful looking material. Leaving the painful cost of toner aside, there are a few gotchas:
- the paper stack is not a proper tray, more a flat shelf, so it is alarmingly easy to bash the corners of the paper or get the sheets slightly misaligned, neither of which the duplexer likes.
- damp, ie left open in a gumid atmosphere, paper sometimes crinkles and jams.
- the papere that has been through the duplexer does not always fall into the output tray properel
I have a couple of cats that sit on the HP just waiting for something to be printed. They then pounce merrily and mighily on the output which is open and on top of the printer. Perforations and foot prints and output spewed all over the room were not infrequent.
They finally trained me to put them outside when printing anything of volume and.or of value.
Yup, the cost of color...... yet another whole ball of wax!
USED PRINTER FOR 1ST TIME.
PRINTED OUT 400 PAGES FOR FLYERS...
THEN "EMPTY YELLOW TONER" & "EMPTY MAGENTA TONER" MESSAGE.
CANT PRINT NOWT UNTIL RENEWED..NOT EVEN LETTERS...
£80 A TONER THATS A JOKE...
£160 FOR 400 PAGES.....