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Damn...

The color laser may have bitten the dust. That's a pain, we need the high-volume print capacity.

If, in fact, in the morning it's still kicking out "Imaging Unit Error" messages, we can try to find somewhere that will repair it, or we can replace it with something new.

So first, anybody able to suggest a good laser printer repair shop that will look at a decade-old laser printer and not just laugh?

Second, I'm looking at two possible replacements:

Xerox Phaser 6120N Laser Printer

Xerox Phaser 8500N Solid-ink Printer

The 6120 has a stiff discount at Costco, and is pretty cheap. The 8500 has a really big manufacturer rebate, and a lower per-page cost. It's also a hell of a lot faster.

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lisa_marli
Oct. 26th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
I always look at it, is which one is less like to crap out on you with the kind of printing you do? Also what are the prices for supplies like?
In other words, what is the Real Cost versus the cost for the machine?
They both look nice. The 8500 looks more practical for all the flyers you print. And lower per-page cost might bring the Real Cost close enough to equal the two out.
Me? I still use Ink Jet for color. It's still the only one that makes sense in this house. It's So SL-o-o-o-w though that I try not to run many flyers on it however.

bovil
Oct. 26th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
We used to run fliers on the inkjet. Just start a batch and let it run overnight.
lisa_marli
Oct. 26th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Boy, yours was even slower than mine. Overnight won't work on my printer as the input only holds about 50 sheets of paper, and it can usually run thru that in less than 1 hour.
I do it while getting other parts of packing done. Also good on SciFi Friday as the computer room is right next to the bedroom with a TV.
Luckily, the black and white can be done on the laser printer. Which I kill about once every two years with a print job. *sigh*
dave_gallaher
Oct. 26th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
We used the 8500 in my old work group at work (not sure if it was the 8500N, but it looked like the one in the picture). It was pretty fast but a bit noisy as it spit the printed page out. The quality was very good.
bovil
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
The "N" just indicates that it's got a built-in network print server. You can't get a mid-volume printer anymore that doesn't.
bovil
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, and while it could be noisier than the Phaser 560, I doubt it will be noisy enough to matter.
nolly
Oct. 26th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
After all the hours I spent printing the local resource guide info for LACon, I'm heavily biased toward "fast". "Fast" plus "lower cost per page" looks like a winner to me, if it's not totally out of the budget.
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