Help me find the perfect colour laser printer for my boss
November 9, 2011 2:37 AM Subscribe
I have been tasked with finding a new color laser printer for my boss, however he has very exacting requirements which I am finding difficulty in satisfying so I thought I would turn to the hive mind for help on this one.
posted by empedia to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Anyway first and foremost he is using a Mac running Snow Leopard and probably Lion in the near future so the first requirement has to be rock-solid reliability on a Mac.
Secondly he wants a medium load capable networked color laser printer which has to be reasonably quiet in operation as it will be located in his office. By reasonably quiet I don't mean silent or whisper quiet but the current printer he has (An HP Laserjet 2500) sounds like a truck driving past every time he tries to print, it also has a nasty habit of grinding away to itself for no apparent reason which is very distracting for him.
Thirdly he wants the printer to be reasonably economical to run. It seems like the low to mid-end HP laserjets all use cartridges with fairly low capacity yields - around 2000 pages per cartridge. The initial outlay cost of the printer isn't as important as the ongoing costs of the cartridges - he is quite happy to pay more upfront if the cartridge capacity is say 8000 page yield or higher.
Finally our IT department would *prefer* HP but that is not set in stone provided I can justify a different make.
As a guide I thought the HP 3525 would have been ideal but I've seen a number of reviews that it is quite noisy in operation. I was also looking at the Epson Aculaser 3900N as cartridge yields on that seem very high for a reasonable price but our IT manager has warned me that Epson have a nasty habit of increasing cartridge costs for older models when newer ones come out. Another option I've been considering is the new HP Laserjet Enterprise 500 M551 which on paper looks perfect but I've yet to see any reviews and I don't know how noisy this one is going to be. If anyone has one any feedback would be very helpful.
Anyway, any and all suggestions gratefully received.