"The Basics..."on by e.m.c.
Pros Great print quality, fairly simple set up, automatic duplexing.
Cons Might not meet your needs for an office.
Summary We are a small business and this printer is the only color printer. It's used primarily by two people daily for general work and presentations.
The print quality is great. It's clear, sharp, and the color is nicely blended. It's fast enough, quiet, and fairly easy to install and setup.
The thing no one tells you is that it cannot handle more than 40 lb paper. Being that we print lots of presentation packages, this printer was deemed immedidately useless. Printing on cardstock offers a ghost-like reprint slightly lower on the page. The same thing happens on labels of varying sizes.
Another annoying aspect is that there is no option for an auxillary tray, only the single sheet feed slot. The slot can feed crooked so it's essentially useless too. That means the tray has to be pulled out and loaded each time you change paper types.
The bottom-line: If you're only going to print on regular paper, some color, some black/white, and you need nothing else, this is a good fit. If you need versatility, you might need to do what we're doing - getting a different printer that can handle all paper types - not just sizes.
Hope this helps.
Pros Prints on 20-24 lb paper just fine
Cons Can't print on stock thicker than that.
Summary Perhaps I should have been more concerned about a color laser jet in the $400 price range. It seems to do a lot for not much money. Well, now I know why it is cheap, they skimped on build quality and reliability. It does a lot, but it doesn't do it well. The only thing I found with this printer was that it will print to 20-24lb laser printer paper without a problem. However, put in thicker stock, and quality problems start. First, I put in Avery business card templates with paper designed for laser printers. The machine couldn't grab the paper. I readjusted the tray several times, and it finally grabbed the paper. Then I tried it again, and went through another bout of more 'ghost jams.' This is too inconvenient. Once I got a few samples of business stock, the colors, especially the green, smeared down the page over an inch. Same with laser printer glossy photo paper. Smears all around. And, the gloppy ink smeared onto subsequent print jobs. One image had a ghost tree outline 2mm away from the actual outline of the tree. Also, color photos had obvious banding. Not good. So, due to paper feeding problems of heavier stock, and the print quality problems with a variety of mediums, I can't recommend this machine for anything other than print jobs on regular 20-24 pound paper. I'm looking at the Lexmark and OkiData equivalents as they are rated more highly than this HP.
Oh yeah, the colors looked flat and dark, and the magenta cartridge wouldn't seat properly. I had to put it in several times for the printer to finally recognize it.
Pros Does the job without fuss
Cons tiny mis-alignment between color and black print
Summary Silent when not in use, springs into action immediately and very fast for color printing. Also one of the smallest color lasers I've seen.
Word to the wise - if you want to print on card then it is courteous to let the printer know (in MS Word, when the Print dialogue comes up, go into Printer Options and select paper type) - it changes path thickness, print speed, temperature of sealing wire, and so on. I got brilliant results printing on 160gsm card from the manual feed, though I don't think card feeds through the duplex (corners too tight)
Pros price & printing quality
Cons toner usage/cost of ownership
Summary have been devoted to HP printers for quite a while. All four of our business locations utlize them as their primary printer/s. The 2605dn that we recently bought seemed to be just another in a long line of good deals from HP that would serve us for years to come. However, after what seems like weekly trips to the toner shop I realize we didn't get such a deal! This thing absolutely eats toner at a rate I have never experienced in another printer. The tiny 2500 page capacity toner cartrigages don't help matters either. The black is what we have the most problems with. We have resorted to printing in draft mode for most of our internal documents to help cut down on usage. I think others are experiencing similar problems as my usual toner supply shop is almost always backorderd on the cartriges.
Besides that, it seems like a nice piece of equipment. Printing quality in black and color are good and the features and functions seem to all work as advertised. So, if you do even a moderate amount of printing, I’d look elswhere but if you only print ocassionaly, then this printer probabaly will be a great deal for you.
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Pros Networking and duplex features are nice. Comes with full (not starter) print cartridges.
Cons Quality of black print is abysmal. Quality of color printing dull and lifeless. Toner cartridges are proprietary and cannot be refilled.
Summary The networking and page duplexing are really the only good thing about the printer. And the fact it comes with fully loaded toner cartridges is attractive. But this printer has a lot of negatives. So many that I'm returning mine for a refund.
The Cons include the following list:
1. The quality of the "black" printing is abysmal. Because it uses the color and tone (i.e. black toner) printer cartridges, if the head aren't perfectly aligned, you will get a magenta (cyan or yellow) halo around your supposedly black text.
2. The toner cartidges have a low capacity, are very proprietary, and cannot be refilled. HP has learned for its experience in the InkJet world that it can make more money from the cartridges than the printer itself. A lesson it has passed onto its laser printing division.
3. The color of the color printing is extremely poor. The reds were almost a rust color, bright emerald green came out more of an olive green, and the yellow had a greenish tinge. This was very noticable when compared with the output from a larger HP color printer.
4. Support for printing quality issues is very poor. If you buy this printer, you are on your own.
5. The drivers for this printer are very bloated (150-250MB).
Overall, this printer has very poor printing quality, and should be avoided if possible.