Guides for novices
Low cost ($600+) laser printer
by Aldrin, Chris, Richard & Laurence, me@n mailing list, 14-15 August 2002


From: Sivasothi
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 14:55:07 +0800
Subject: [ME@N] Laser printer for $500-$700

Hi all,

My inkjet is driving me nuts. Any leads for a laserprinter in the range of S$500-$700? [US$1 = S$1.8] I saw an advert for a canon. I think there is a HP out there as well. Any recommendations?

Cheerio!

Otterman

 

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From: Richard
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 22:26:36 +0800

Hi Otterman,

I would prefer the Epson EPL5900 or the 6100 (upgradable to postscript) because it can be printed from OSX. I've tested it , it works.

Richard

 

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From: "Laurence Gwee"
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 15:00:07 +0800

Hi Siva,

I'm using a HP-1200 in the office. Fast and good. Don't know how much though.

What's wrong with your inkjet anyway? :-O

LG

 

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From: Christopher
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 22:47:58 +0800
Subject: Re: [ME@N] Laser printer for $500-$700

You can also take a look at the Lexmark Optra E312...Lexmark has pretty good Mac support, and it works fine with my iMac running 10.1.5.

 

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From: Aldrin
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 12:05:01 +0800
Subject: Re: [ME@N] Laser printer for $500-$700

Hi, Otterman ... I'm using a HP LaserJet 1200 printer now ... comes with 8MB RAM, PostScript, 15PPM (for the latest 1200se model), USB & parallel ports (allows me to share the printer with both my Mac a& Windoze machines, at the same time), for about $650. It can even do manual duplexing (i.e., printing on both sides of the page, although this requires you to manually flip & reinsert the print outs for the printer to do the other side of the pages).

It's fast & quick, although you will lose out on the colour provided by cheap inkjet printers.

Another alternative is the Lexmark E312, although it is a top-feed printer (i.e., you insert blank sheets down into the top of the printer, unlike the HP one, which is fed from a tray at the base), which typically has the same paper misfeeding/jamming problems as other top-feed inkjet printers ... however, the top-feed printer has a smaller tabletop footprint than bottom-tray-feed printers.

One other alternative, if you are willing to spend double the amount of money, is the HP LaserJet 2200 series printer, which is faster and has a model than includes automatic duplexing.

Cheers!

Aldrin

 

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From: Sivasothi N
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 22:30:21 +0800

Hi Aldrin, Chris, Richard, Laurence and all,

Thanks for the notes. Leaning towards HP 1200. But must take a look at the Epson. Once I find time to shop, perhaps this weekend.

Just got a HP Deskjet 5550 on the way home when I desperately needed to get some printing done. $235+GST=$242.05. Fast draft print rate, 17ppm.

Cheerio!

Otterman

 

 

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From: Sivasothi N
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 18:46:57 +0800

Hi all,

In August, Aldrin and others had given their recommendations. I bought a HP Deskjet 5550 in the interim (rushing a project) until stock came - it really rocks at 17ppm. I raved so much about it, another iBook user in campus went out and bought one as well. He's happy too. Installation was easy.

In preparation for several submissions and recommendations, I just bought a HP Laserjet 1200 for $644. Installation a little buggy but I think that has to do with the OS9. Printer drivers were already installed in OS X. Just have to go to Print Centre (Applications: Utilities) and add the printer. Once I get my cluttered table sorted out, will link to the Datamini/XP as well. Finally a smooth printing solution after 3 years!

Cheerio!

Otterman

 

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