I will say stay away from HP , we had problems from many different models , even the IT guys were frustrated . Seems to me they had a logic board problem and or driver problems
example; I could print MS word files no problem - PDF files forget it looked like etcha-a- sketch - IT came in worked on it then decided to get me a new one .
Brand new one was a DOA - IT confirmed dead logic board
My home office all in one HP J4550 Would print PDFs and Text Edit files fine - would not print MS Word files without mangling the paper and jamming the printer . Turns out that HP Driver default ""use auto paper tray" does not work you need to chose use tray 1 - then it defaults back after every print - arrrgh
But hey maybe HP fixed that already ?
I never had problems with Canon all in ones , I will say I never tried the networking on those so I dunno how well they will do ?
Anymore a printer is a printer is a printer pretty much. The one you linked to looks like a good price, prints 1200 x 1200, duplex, and all the fax bells and whistle.
As far as the toner use, they're all the same. It depends on how you set the density, and the kind of documents you print. If it's mostly text you will get great mileage, but if someone prints an 8.5 x 11 with a full black background, they probably just ran out about 100 sheets worth of text.
The scanner is 600 x 2400 optical @ 48-bit, not bad but the 600 would make scanning line art maybe not so smooth under the loupe, but be plenty for most photo scanning. If it was 1200 x 2400 that would be perfect.
If you're going to be printing complex graphics get more memory.
Edit - Supposedly Canon, Samsung, and Brother are about the most reliable printers over the last few years on the laser side. HP on the Inkjet.
Loc: The Wizard's Balcony
It'll just be used for invoicing and stuff, so no graphics to speak of.
I'll disagree on the toner usage thing, though, as many of the smaller, "cheaper" printers seem engineered to burn through cartridges. It's how they make money on some of these units. There's some analogy to a certain brand of razors...
It's too bad how HP lasers have dropped in quality. I have a 14? year old HP 4MP that refuses to die. The toner cartridge in it is the same as for some Canon models, HP used to use mainly Canon engines. They sometimes use different controller cards, but the same device that lays down toner. I see many old HP 5 series, they were Canon engines too, 5M, 5SI, 5L etc still running.
They still use the Canon engine in many recent models, the 401x and 5200 series for example, but the way they put the rest of the parts together is not as good it seems.
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas U.S.A.
I have had very good results with Brother network enabled laser MFCs. They use the standard CUPS (Common Unix Print System) that is built into OS X and the TWAIN drivers work well for scanning with a wide variety of software from Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop to Graphic Converter X. The OCR that comes in the box is okay but not as good as that built into Adobe Acrobat.
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