<BR>I really like this printer!!!<BR>
In the past I have had laser printers for black & white printing only, and have used inkjet printers for color printing. I am doing more color work these days, and I recently bought this printer because I wanted the speed, ease of use and (permanent) quality that comes from working with a laser printer, at an affordable cost (for laser printers). <BR> <BR> This printer is serving me well! While the 1200dpi is not nearly as fine as most inkjet printer these days - I am impressed with the quality, speed and ease of use of this printer - and I love the double-sided printing!!! It makes creating things like mailers and calendars much easier - requiring a lot less intervention from me as I no longer have to turn over the paper and print on the back myself. <BR> <BR> The duplex printing options and some additional layout options of being able to print multiple pages from a document onto a single page are nice. Now that I am using it for some more specific purposes, I have a few thoughts myself on some options that might be nice to add, but what is there is easy and pretty comprehensive. <BR> <BR> The physical setup is more involved than any inket I've ever worked with - the drum, and all 4 toner cartridges need to be installed - but it all went together pretty well. I had some initial trouble with the printer recognizing that all the toner cartridges were installed, but after opening the door to the cartridges and re-seating them a couple of times, I got it to work - and haven't had trouble since (but I haven't had to replace any cartridges yet). <BR> <BR> Setting the software up, and setting the printer up on the network was pretty easy. The installation of the basic print drivers was a snap. For network printing, I have a wireless network router from linksys and was able to plug this printer in to one of the ports on the router and set up the printer to have a static IP address (only had to do this on the printer - nothing on the router). It works great! I had to read a couple of pages in the manual to get this done, but once I got to the right menu on the printer - it was really easy. There is an option to install a wireless card on the printer, but I coudn't justify the added expense for ny needs. <BR> <BR> The printer memory can be increased, but finding the compatible memory chips can be a chore, and the cost is not where I want it to be, but at a starting memory of 128MB, this printer works well. Maybe someday I will upgrade to 384MB, but not today. <BR> <BR> I started out turning the printer on and off everytime I used it, but I have now just started to leave it on. It has a "sleep" mode that is noiseless and makes the warm-up and use of the printer much faster. <BR> <BR> The jury is still out as to the ultimate cost/performance of the consumables. I've printed only a few thousand pages and haven't had to replace any cartridges yet. I think the duty cycle is supposed to be about 5,000 pages at 5% coverage, but I don't have my own usage statistics yet. <BR> <BR> I'm very happy with this printer and would definitely recommend it to others!!!
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