Cons have to replace all the ink cartiges at the same time
Summary nice inexpensive..but HP has made it that way on purpose......the printer has imbedded chips in it that says when to replace the ink. even if you only use black, when it goes the chips say all the ink is done. you have no choice but to replace all 4 inks, and its at least every 3 months if not sooner...and at 85 bucks a pop it adds up..HP has done a number on this one....stay away...or shell out 400 bucks every 3 months for ink....HP should be arrested for stealing.....never again.
"This printer is one of the best printers for home and home-office needs with good quality print."on by alezan
Pros 1 pass tech., quiet, excellent text quality, acceptable graphics and photos, looks good (compact design and light), reliability from HP, a lot of kind of paper for printing, easy to use.
Cons Print a little bit slow, there is not the documentation in the package (only electronic version).
1 pass tech., quiet, excellent text quality, acceptable graphics and photos, looks good (compact design and light), reliability from HP, a lot of kind of paper for printing, easy to use, comfortable manual feed, low power consumption (16 Watt in standby and 190 Watt in work mode).
Print a little bit slow, there is not the documentation in the package (only electronic version), only one real tray but it’s very good and suitable for many purposes, no support PostScript 3. Impassable to increase memory and doesn’t have an auto-duplex. I could not find a laser photo paper in Canadian stories.
In the first place I want to say thanks so much every one who gives yours opinions because that so useful especially for whom who wants to buy something but has a doubt and also thank CNET for that they are.
I could not decide a whole month which printer I want to buy under $1000. I researched CNET a lot of times I read each opinion again and again but every time I got headache more and more. I did not have a color laser printer before and I could not know what it is good and what it isn’t good. I had the next purposes: to buy a color laser printer for home-office using, printing the brochures, fliers and business documents and of course like everyone I wanted to buy more for less, excellent text, graphics and photo quality printing for the reasonable cost. I picked out three models like main candidates for purchasing: Dell 3100cn, Lexmark 510n and Konica-Minolta 2430dl. Lexmark I removed from my list because it very noisy and it curls a paper (It’s conclusion based at reviews and user’s opinions only), I don’t know why but Konica-Minolta didn’t inspire inside my heart and it has hi power consumption – up to 600 Watt and higher in work mode. Dell is bulky and heavy (70 lbs). And also all printers have 4-pass print mode. About HP LaserJet 2600n I read but didn’t want to think about it because this print has low CNET rating – 5.8 from 10.
As I sad above I was choosing a printer a long time and at the end of the day I became tired. I decided to give up from hi quality printing Dell 3100n and to buy HP 2600n. I felt myself very depressed because I didn’t find that I wanted and I will buy printer with not enough print quality for my purposes but I was mistaken!
O, my God. It’s happened. I bought HP 2600n and drive home as fast as possible I cannot wait any more I wanna see print quality this printer. I flied inside home with 16 kg. box on my hands and move directly to basement. In during 15 minutes I unpacked printer, installed drivers, removed protection tapes from cartridges and print first demo page – O my God! It was enough for me I won, for less I got more. I cannot say you that this printer to print excellent but I can absolutely say you that HP says truth about this model: This printer is excellent for entry level purposes and has excellent performance for this price.
In my opinion this printer is one of the best printers for home and home-office needs with good quality print which acceptable for many purposes but this printer it isn’t enough for corporate using because it prints not speedily. I won’t write about quality print because the best way will be if you yourself look at example pages and do own conclusions.
SAMPLES: (copy url and paste to browser for view, used: HP Laser Paper 90 g/ml, printer parameter: Default)
Pros price, quality, footprint, design, software, ease of use
Cons Initial set difficulties, service, hp website,
Summary Initially I had a heap of trouble connecting via USB. it simply wouln't work. loading the driver wouldn't happen. I overcame this by connecting to the network port. The USB still doesn't work.
I ended up going thru the HP website to get some assistance. i found the site often confusing, and for no apparent reason, many of the menus constantly linked back to original help menus 5 screens ago. This was extremely frustrating.
I also tried the HP 'Active Chat'. I discovered it is zone, user type and product category dependant, as to times of available service. When i finally worked out what i needed to say in the options boxes to get some support, i finally got thru. When i did the enthusiastic operator was unable to help. she pointed me in the direction of drivers and the self help website etc. thanked me for my call... 'is there anything else...' all the things to appear to be doing a good job were there... except for the good job.
However, having said all this, It is good to use though. It's got the paperdraw, led screen, multimedia bypass slot, and ethernet connector that the 2550 doesn't have, and a cooler design. It is great to get colour laser with these spex at this price.
The software is intuitive, & i love the onsceen diagnostics. the straight thru paper path minimises jams, and assists simple removal of jams when they occur. It’s all very cool.
Everyone's going on about the slow speed. i dont have a problem with it. For the sort of printing it is designed to do, say one of graphics jobs, the main thing is 1st copy out time. Here it is competitive.
My machine came also with an inhouse marketing kit.Updated
hmmm... this is victorpender again. I wrote the original review. well... ahem, it just stopped for no reason. made a funny noise, then just packed up after 5 days use. hp cant help. there's no stock. and im stuck wid it. man it sucks heavy
Pros Inexpensive, High Quality Output, Networkable
Cons Slow Black and White
Summary I normally don't write reviews, but when I went looking for a printer, I hit the user reviews at all the sites. With this HP 2600n, half the reviews said it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, the other half said it was the worst garbage out there. What to do?
The in-store demos looked good, so with much trepidation, I decided to try it out. So far, I am very pleased with this printer. Most reviewers don't tell you what their experience / expectations are, so its hard to judge the usefullness of their opinions.
I am self-employed, and my wife home schools our children. We have a moderate output of several hundred pages a month, with brochures, forms, business cards, etc. on a Mac and three PC's.
Most reviewers that hated this printer seem to be high volume business users or used to high-quality color output from high-end machines. This printer is no HP3700. If you have high usage and expectations, you should not be looking at a $399 printer in the first place. Buy a two or three thousand dollar one and be happy.
Here are common gripes you will read and my thoughts on them:
I had a Samsung CLP500 before this, but the cost of the waste toner bottle, not to mention you couldn't print without one, turned out to be a huge drawback. The 2600n only has the toner cartridges to replace-NO waste toner bottles, drums or imagers to replace. The toner is available at local stores and doesn't have to be special ordered. No stores carry waste toner bottles in stock and this is a huge drawback for some printers. Check the printer you plan to buy to see if it has one. (you'll have to factor in shipping costs and delays)
If you have an office network where people routinely print large documents, this will be a drawback as the 2600n is slow...relatively speaking. Its first out page from idle is very fast compared to the Samsung and other printers. Since we mostly print one or two pages, this is a plus speed-wise and should be considered. If you want to print out a 50 page manual, it will take some time... again depends on your usage. For the average home, it's faster. For a business with lots of large documents, it's slower.
No laser printer is good for photographs, period. What really matters is brochures, one-ups, etc. This printer prints excellent quality graphics and brochure photos. Some say it's "grainy." I found it actually sharper and less grainy then the Samsung. The graphics look great. I did notice [slight] color fringing and ghosting on colored letters if I used cardstock, but not on regular paper. The Samsung CLP500 did not do this. It's slight and some adjusting may have to be done.
If you access the printer from your web browser [print a network config report, find its IP address and type that in to your web browser], it has a ton of settings. More than I thought were possible in a printer. I haven't played with it, but I'm sure you could tweak a lot.
To sum up:
All in all, I think this printer is excellent for the home and small business user. Large volume users should look elsewhere.
I was able to set-up and network the printer on the Mac (with BonJour), and PC's easily. I paid $299 at Sam's Club, so the printer is inexpensive. Print quality is excellent, despite what others say (unless they had a lemon, or bad toner cartridges). Speed on first out print from idle is great... slow for multi-page B&W.
I would recomend this printer!
"Sweet machine!"on by pvenero
Pros Surprisingly quick warm up, great text, descent price
Cons No manual paper feeder for envelopes, specialty paper, etc.
Summary I was quite taken back by the quick warm up speed of the 2600n. I was a bit skeptical of this printer especially because of the CNET rating, but saw positive user feedback, and I'm so glad I went through with the purchase.
This color does great text print, pretty good graphics. I use it for my home office to print out color proofs of web and print work for clients and I am extremely happy with it. My home office is set up with 2 Power Mac PC's and 1 regular PC - I set this printer up so all computers can use it via the ethernet connection - setup time for this printer was a breeze. All the default settings were set to automatic, and so it was quickly found on my home network.
The size is quite large, but very practical, and has a modern shape. Overall I give it a 9/10. I'd recommend this printer to anyone from home office to small office who prints semi often/often.
Hope this helps!
It's been about a month or more since I've gotten the printer and all is true to what I previously mentioned. There is however one major exciting discovery I made, which I mentioned the printer being without previously. This is the single sheet feeder. The printer does have one after all! Not only that - it's a very sophisticated one. For example when I'm printing single envelopes, I feed the envelope through a feeder at the bottom, the printer then grabs it and positions it - and you press print. Pretty snazzy if you ask me.
Just wanted to share with everybody... hope it helps.