Recommended Laser Copiers?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lyle, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Lyle macrumors 68000

    Lyle

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    We'd like to buy a copy machine for use at the house. Some of the requirements are:

    • Laser copiers only. Inkjets need not apply.
    • B&W is fine. Doesn't need to be a color copier.
    • I don't know what to expect in terms of pages per minute, but it's for personal use only so it doesn't need to be especially fast.
    • Two-sided copy capability would be nice, unless that dramatically increases the price. Definitely don't need more advanced features like collating or stapling, etc.
    • Not really interested in a multi-function device, although if it doubles as a scanner & laser printer (which seems likely) that's OK. It could replace our aging HP LaserJet printer, which has seen better days!
    • If it doubles as a laser printer anyways, would like for it to be network-capable and Mac-friendly.
    • Hoping to find something less than $500.
    I'm beginning to do my own research about what's available, but I just wanted to see if anyone has any first-hand experience with these and has any recommendations.
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    How many pages per month?

    If you aren't really doing a lot, then you can basically buy one of the ethernet capable dual sided Samsung/Brother printer-copier for about $?? at your local office supply place -- however this will get you a printer that will burn a cartridge every 1-1.5k pages.

    The more you are willing to spend up front, the more pages you will get per cartridge.

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    Also looking at the cartridges to see what you can actually walk down and pick up at Staples, Best Buy, Office Max/Depot is also a good idea ... since mail order only might sound nice and cheap until you are out of toner and need to print something.

    Edit: Sorry, fortgot the price, but they are basically the AIO machines and fax machines using the cartridges from the $100 printers. Looked again and it was about 180 for the single sided network using that cartridge and a bit more for the double-sided.

    The color lasers are really cheap, but the 4 cartridges generally are about the cost of the printer.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    I like the Xerox 6180; not exactly less than $500, but I did manage to get one at around $550. It does color all along with fax and scan… since it's a MFP. Of course the retail is around $650-$700.

    This could definitely replace your current printer. It's very speedy and Xerox offers terrific support.
     
  4. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000

    Lyle

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    Not sure, but probably in the hundreds at most (not in the thousands). My wife is a schoolteacher and she will use this as a backup for those times when the copiers at school are out of order (or for other emergency needs, I guess).

    Yeah. I'm learning that it's difficult to find out from the manufacturer how long the toner cartridge will last. ;)

    Yeah, I had already been warned about this hidden cost. That's why we're looking for a B&W printer/copier.

    Thanks for the recommendation! I'll make sure to check it out.
     

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