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These entry-level Laser and LED color printers are what I call toner machines. As they are marketed in a similar manner as the inkjet products they are competing against. Low up front cost to get the person to purchase it. Then hammer them on the backend with the cost of the consumables.These types of units are only useable in an office up to 2 people or a home network where printing will be below 500 pages per month.The benefit of having a Laser/LED unit over that of an inkjet is that the toner will not dry out, become clogged or evaporate. So in the long run the cost should slightly favor the Laser/LED units.
No matter what experts say, these machines deliver great quality at a very affordable price for a home/home-office use. Especially if you're not too picky to use remanufatured toner cartridges. They will deliver the same quality at a fraction of the price of the original consumables. I've used them. No regrets.
I made the mistake of buying 3 of these units! The biggest problem is toner cost but a close second is the lack of display. When the end user has messed something up with these it is impossible to work out what the problem is as there is just a row of LED's that flash in cryptic combinations to advise of the error.
Changing toner is a headache as in theory all you have to do is press the corresponding colour button for the toner colour you want to change but I wanted to change all 4 in one go and there were unprinted jobs in the printer memory that it was still trying and failing to print (as the toner was out) but the little thing was rotating it's carosel for ever before you could peek into the top door and see if the correct toner was visible. If you get it wrong it starts the process all over again. It's like a very slaow and boring form of russian roulette.
I kid you not it took me 20 minutes of wrestling with it to get it to allow me to change 4 colours.
I plus point: I was able to update the firmware and print from an iPad ok
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