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High quality ... low price - perfect entry level printer
on October 6, 2002
I purchased this printer because I wanted an inexpensive printer to do light printing while engaged in a six month project and temporarily living 3000 miles from home. I was pleasantly surprised by how quiet this printer prints, and although only rated at 6 pages per minute (for black or color), it churns out page after page at the rated speed. It also doesn't vibrate when printing - I have mine on a flimsy serving tray that was pressed into service as a printer stand and it's perfectly stable when the printer is working.
Installation and set-up were simple - connect the USB cable and place the CD ROM that comes with the printer in your drive and it practically self-installs. You will have to go through a calibration step in which a page of horizontal and vertical lines are printed and you select the lines that are the most perfect. This assures that the printer accurately produces documents that look the same on paper as they do on your screen. I was pleased by the vivid colors in the final test page that is printed after the installation completes. For the price this printer is capable of quality that is amazing.
I also like the software that comes with it because it gives you control over output quality (I use mine in fast draft mode to conserve ink) and allows you to select the type of paper you're using so that you get optimum results. This printer will work well with plain paper, which is a nice feature for anyone who is cost conscious. When you're printing you can see how much ink is remaining in your cartridges, which is also a nice touch for such an inexpensive printer.
There are a few things facts that you need to know about this printer: (1) it has a single interface (USB), unlike many printers that come with both parallel and USB. Also note that you'll have to purchase your USB cable because the printer does not ship with one (most USB printers don't, so this does not detract from the value). However, I was a bit disappointed to discover that it ships with a single color cartridge, although it is configured for separate color and black cartridges. Also, you need to know that a set of color and black cartridges will cost as much as the printer itself.
If you want an entry-level printer or have light printing requirements this is a bargain and well worth the price.