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Old April 16, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Hello, i'm looking for a new laser printer .. just here to get some ideas on what is good and what is bad ... i don't want to spend too much much money .. anywhere from $200-$450 is fine. Thanks for your help.
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Old April 16, 2009, 12:51 PM
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Does it need to be colour?

I picked up a decent samsung Duplex / Ethernet printer for $100 on sale at staples a while back. Cheap, but it does everything I need it to do, and there's nothing like the speed of a laser printer once it gets warmed up.
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In that price range for b&W...prolly the various Samsungs would suit your needs. IF you want colour....budget more and get a GOOD HP or konica/minolta. BUT see them in person and get a test page printed out. Specs can be misleading ;)
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Personally I would steer clear of the lower-end Samsungs. My father is a CLX-2160N and a CLP-300 at his office, and both have been nothing but problems, particularly with the paper pickup rollers. Worse, Samsung support has been AWFUL. When the CLX died, he went through about a month of calling in every few days, and finally took it back to the store he bought it from, who were kind enough to swap it for him even though their warranty period had run out. The CLP-300 was a complete fiasco; we had bought it from a Future Shop (before the CLX problem, after which we moved all our business to Staples), who were their standard useless selves, and we spent 6 weeks phoning Samsung every couple of days after "escalating" things never really happened. Finally it took a letter to their management team and me calling back 6 times in one day before they sent out a service req--and then we waited another week before their chosen fix-it centre could come out and fix it.

Moral of the story? Samsung==the sux.

If you're looking for a personal laser printer, either go high end, or go Brother; I don't know what their support is like, but my 2140 has been wonderful...unfortunately, it's only B&W.
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Old April 16, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Funny how personal experiences can differ. :) Tried brother...it died after two days. As the old saying goes YMMV ;)
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Yeah, I've been quite happy with my samsung, although I don't think any of the low end ones are designed for any kind of office work.

One of the things to check is the cost of replacement toner carts, and how many pages you'll get from each one. The Samsung toners were fairly decent WRT price per page, and at under $100 wouldn't completely break the bank when you need to replace it.

As far as brother goes... haven't owned a laser by them, but my 420CN lan/all-in-one was a real workhouse which has lasted around 4 years without any problems.
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I agree, I have a Samsung ML2571N mainly for network capabilities. The toners are cheap, and I think I got it on sale at NCIX for like $120 shipped.

It still freaks the wife out every time the printer fires up and I'm in the computer room Ahhh, god I love it.
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Funny how personal experiences can differ. :) Tried brother...it died after two days. As the old saying goes YMMV ;)
Too bloody true, that! How was Brother's support?
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I wouldn't use words like "support" in the same sentence as Brother. :(
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I wouldn't use words like "support" in the same sentence as Brother. :(

Ouch. So are there any companies making inexpensive printers that actually HAVE a support team, or is that something you only get with higher end stuff like HP--if then?

I wish companies would wake up and realize what consumers want. Why do I only buy eVGA and XFX GPUs? 'cause they've been damn good to me. I wish I could say the same about every company I buy from.
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