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29th April 2014, 01:34 PM #1
New printer thoughts
We have a Brother HL4140CN thats a pile of junk and I'm going to push for a replacement, all of our other printers are HP and they have worked flawlessly for years.
Does anyone have any experience of the HP 551dn? I don't think I will be looking at other brands. We are only using this Brother because I was off sick for 2 days and instead of calling me up or waiting they ordered they best they could from Viking.
29th April 2014, 09:37 PM #2
I've purchased a couple of these over the past year - typically around £516 inc vat.
Overall they are pretty good for us but in a school I'd be wary of the duplex switchback guide (flimsy plastic part on output tray) and the USB interface is a cheap nasty add on - looks horrid, but can be disabled. The last time I checked they also came with full (not starter) toners. I calculated the cost per page as 1.09 pence per mono page, 7.67 pence per colour page (inc vat).
The CP4525dn is a better buy if doing medium / large volumes (0.84 and 5.27ppp).
For comparison, a Konica MFD on lease will typically be 0.42 and 3.84 ppp.
29th April 2014, 10:15 PM #3
The CP4525dn looks like it will be out of our price range. Its for an office environment rather than a classroom so it won't be subjected to as much abuse, in the classrooms we use the 2055dn's which are excellent.
For high volume stuff we have a UTAX MFD
I think the 551dn will be suitable but wanted to hear from fellow edugeeks with experience of that model.
29th April 2014, 10:26 PM #4
29th April 2014, 10:29 PM #5
Doh, I should have said it needs to be colour. However that looks like it would make a nice upgrade to our 2055dn's if they ever give up.
30th April 2014, 07:18 AM #6
- Rep Power
I guess it depends on budget but in the classrooms we have the Lexmarks C790 series. What I like about them is that you can VNC to the screen on the front of the printer!
Saves me walking around the school!
2nd May 2014, 11:02 AM #7
Budget is around £500 I guess. I'm now torn between this and the Officejet Pro X 551dw, but I'll probably end up going for the laser and buying the Officejet for our new site.
2nd May 2014, 11:27 AM #8
we've got 3015 for b&w and they are proper solid. Fit and forget. We have a 4025 for colour, and whilst it does a nice job, its a touch on the thirsty side.
2nd May 2014, 11:41 AM #9
As the 2055dn's are now discontinued I'll get some of those 3015dn, just a shame you've gotta pay loads for the "dn" model over the "d" model.
2nd May 2014, 11:44 AM #10
whats wrong with the HL-4140CN? We have few dotted around the school and not had any problems (yet)
2nd May 2014, 12:08 PM #11
Brother has terrible drivers, caused years of hell for us till we got rid of them
2nd May 2014, 12:10 PM #12
Have you tried samsung... They have some wierdass drivers. for about 6 months they didn't support docx files properly and would only allow you to print a page at a time!
2nd May 2014, 01:33 PM #13
True, But only had one printer out of 6 that has problem with its own driver. Changed a setting on the said printer and not had any problems with it.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
2nd May 2014, 03:04 PM #14
Originally Posted by newpersn
It randomly prints junk when connected via ethernet, like its getting signals from the network, this is not a driver or a firmware issue as I have experienced the same with brother printers. Its connected at the minute via USB into a USB print server on our router.
That however also causes problems because its slow, unreliable and its now started to put little dots on the page, I would run a cleaning cycle but it doesn't appear to have the option to do so. It wasn't my choice, like I said I was off sick and instead of phoning me up which I would have preferred them to do because of the hassle its caused, they bought it from Viking Direct.
I've always bought HP and never had a bad one yet
7th May 2014, 10:47 AM #15
- Rep Power
The OfficeJet Pro X models are very good. I think it will take a while for people to accept inkjets in a more traditional laser role, but both HP and Epson have been spending a lot of time and money on their new serious business inkjets.
Originally Posted by Gaz
I agree the P3015 are solid as hell. It's worth looking at the Samsung 3820 with the 5yr warranty at around that level too.
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