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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Try HP 3015DN

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    whats wrong with the HL-4140CN? We have few dotted around the school and not had any problems (yet)

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    Brother has terrible drivers, caused years of hell for us till we got rid of them

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Brother has terrible drivers, caused years of hell for us till we got rid of them
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    whats wrong with the HL-4140CN? We have few dotted around the school and not had any problems (yet)

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    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.
    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.

    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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