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Great printer for home office or small business
on November 29, 2013
I bought this because I am done with cheap, flimsy, temperamental inkjet printers. I typically only print about 10 pages a month, but when I need to print something I want it to work without fussing with cleaning printheads or streaking/color fading after a couple of pages. That and the infinitesimal amount of ink that inkjet cartridges hold.
I've had the printer a couple of months--Amazon has since dropped the price about $50 since I bought it. It seems to do everything pretty well. It prints beautifully in full color and while some may complain about the speed not being up to par with some others, it's plenty fast for my needs. The toner cartridges may be a bit skimpy compared to some others too, but they should last me a long time.
-Great prints and good color quality.
-A ton of features in the UI, many that rival large commercial multi-function machines.
-Toner is very easy to access and change
-Cheaper than others in this class
-Seems pretty sturdy--well made.
-Good web interface and fairly intuitive UI.
-USB port for printing directly from media (haven't tried it)
-The document feeder seems pretty resistant to jamming.
-No gigantic, bloated suite of drivers like HP seems to have with all of their printers. I don't need or want 10 icons on my desktop asking me to buy ink, share photos, or market crap to me and don't want tons of background processes sucking up resources for features you use a couple times a year, if at all.
-Small capacity paper tray--not a big deal for me, but I can see how it would run out quickly with commercial use.
-Large footprint and heavy--again, not a big deal--I'd rather have quality over light weight/flimsy.
-Small toner cartridges
-Sometimes after printing it will say that one or more toner cartridges are running low, then show all are okay when I check it. (I have only printed about 50 pages so far with this thing) Every print has been flawless though.
-No SD card slot (I don't personally care)
-No duplex printing (with the model I bought)
-Does seem to fall into the grey area where it's a little too much for most home users but not quite enough for serious commercial use.
-A slight annoyance: I turn the printer off when I'm not using it. When powering back up, the first print I send to it prints pretty quickly, but then the printer does some kind of noisy maintenance on itself that takes about a minute and won't print until it finishes. It only does this once, but does it every time after being turned off for a while.
Overall I'm very happy with this printer so far--it completely meets my needs. Time will tell how well it holds up.
*Added on 3/1: I have now had the printer 3 months and have had zero problems with it. I also wanted to add that I have installed the drivers for Linux on my Linux machine and it prints very well under Linux with no problems installing the drivers or setting anything up.