Laser Printer Help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wakerider017, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

    wakerider017

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    Need a decent laswer printer that will work with both macs and pcs.

    Needs to have an ethernet port to hook upto to my LAN. Thanks!
     
  2. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I bought a Dell 3100cn from their refurb store for $249 w/free shipping. It has 4000-page toner cartridges, prints color slowly at about 4ppm (it is a 4 pass printer) but print b&w (which I do most often) at about 31ppm. The thing is big (as in quite big) but it works great. And the price is hard to beat. I print from both Macs and PCs wirelessly (it is hardwired into my wireless router with a fixed IP address).
     
  3. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks!

    What do you think about this one for 299

    http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=127312&pCatg=5722
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Thanks for the thread! I was just searching the forums...apparently the $60 laser I found on cragislist isn't mac friendly...I didn't think of it when I laid down cash.

    The tip from Dell is great. I am looking for one with a smallish footprint since it's for work use while working from home.
     
  5. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I need a printer that will also work with a 64bit OS.

    ie vista, leopard


    Will these printers still work? Do they need a new driver?
     
  6. danny_w macrumors 601

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    That is the other printer that I considered s the closes competitor. It is somewhat smaller, and is single pass (so color prints come out faster), but the b&w prints are much slower (8ppm vs. 31ppm). And the toners are about 4 times the price of the Dell's per page. The HP also has a much smaller hard-to-read display. Of course, the advantages of the HP are that it (and its supplies) is available everywhere.
     
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    You'll have to check each model specifically with the manufacturer's websites... not sure if they are going to commit to compatibility with an as-yet-unrealeased OS...
     
  8. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I think I might hold off then.

    At least until vista has been out for a while.

    64bit is going to be a big transition and I want to make sure there will be drivers out there.
     

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