Getting back to the OP :)
These were cheap and (relatively) cheerful if you used them in a peer-peer primary school network or modified the install routine on a server :)
Nothing to maintain - throw them away if they went faulty and buy a new one for the same cost as a set of cartridges.
I started buying them for my schools in pref to HP Business Inkjets based on recommendations on this forum.
I'd bought a few other types in past years and they've all been difficult to maintain (try get a primary school sec to order a fuser after February and see how long it can take for the main school printer to be out of service :)
So, I'm looking for the HP2600 succesor - in order of priority
Easy to maintain (i.e nothing to do except change the toner and paper)
Cheap to buy( so if goes belly up - no major capital outlay required and easy to get Head to authorise purchase)
Not the most expensive to run :p
I've gone back to buying K5400 Business Inkjets in the meantime but once a school has had a colour laser its going to be tricky to get them to accept an inkjet (they all like the glossy look :) )
Buy a 4600 off eBay. You can get the network/duplex version for under £300, with guarantee and everything. The second hand one we got from eBay has been great - the head's PA, who winds up doing all the printing for leaflets and so on, now uses it in her office. She gets through several reams of paper or card a day sometimes, and it seems to be trundling along just fine. They might not be the very cheapest colour laser to run, mind, but I figure they're around average. The only other consideration is that they are quite heavy - you'll probably get it delivered on a pallet and need someone to give you hand installing it.
Originally Posted by SimpleSi
How does this compare to the 3600, I know it's cheaper and then carts are more.
Originally Posted by CPLTD
I know they're probably a bit expensive, but the 3600 is a brilliant bit of kit.