"Excellent Output, Very Slow Printing"3.5 starson by csichello
Pros: Excellent quality output, ink dries quickly, good for prepress tests
Cons: Very slow to print out high dpi pages. 8.5x11" 600dpi pages take ~5'40" to print out
Summary: We bought this because we were impressed by its output quality and claimed output speed. Turns out that they output speeds that they post on the box and website are not in the least realistic. Most people buy a high-quality output printer for... high-quality prints. I know I'm just stating the obvious, but shouldn't the box state how long it take to print out high-quality prints as well as when it is runs in economy mode? It took us 21 hours to print out 210 pages of a full color catalogue at 600dpi, you do the math. We had to buy the duplexer so we didn't have to babysit it, and that works great because the ink dries really quickly on the HP Brochure double-sided paper. But if you have a deadline and you're relying on this printer to give you quick, high-quality output, then buy a color laser. If you have lots of time and are a very good planner, then there is no other printer on the market with as good as output as this printer. One more tip, do not buy new cartridges, at $40~50 a pop, they are way way way too expensive. Buy the ink refill kits, HP 57 - C6657AN Color Refill Kit and HP 58 - C6658AN Color Refill Kit and refill the cartridges yourself. You can refill each cartridge for about $5/each instead of $50 for a new cartridge. You might get your hands a bit dirty the first time you try to refill yourself, but trust me, after the 10th refill, and you have an extra $900 in your bank account, you'll find that putting up with the dirty hands is worth it.