"So close to what I wanted"2.5 starson by ICS_MHammett
Pros: Good value
Cons: poor paper management, poor firmware
Summary: I was tired of every HP I purchased (even one that was $800) dieing after 3 years. The last one was rated for 40k pages/month and died after about 6k. This Epson printed almost as many pages per toner\ink, but for 1/6 the price. Lots of great reviews. Dual trays, so I can finally leave envelopes in the printer! Saves to Google Drive and Dropbox! Google Cloud Print built-in! Only $150! Sounds great!
Okay, well, only tray one is flexible as far as what media you put in it. Tray two only accepts letter and legal sizes. Okay, I'll just set the paper type for tray 2 to letter plain and tray one to custom. Nope! No such ability in firmware. This means that you can't just leave custom paper in tray one because if you get a fax, out it comes on that envelope or that 4x6! Okay, so I'll just put a bunch of envelopes in the rear feed tray. Nope! Only one piece at a time. Okay, okay, I'll just put 75 envelopes in the 250 sheet feed tray one and just remove them when I'm done. Nope! They have a stated capacity of ten. Good luck printing the 500 you need! Want to design an envelope that even remotely comes close to the edges of the envelope? Nope! When having everything set to a #10 size envelope, I can't get any closer than about 1.25" from the right side. This sure makes placement of my postal indicia awkward. If you place your return address at the normal spot on the page, you miss the first inch and some change. To get correct placement, you have to indent it about 1.5". I actually got the best placement by telling the printer it was an 8.5x11 and moving things around until it worked.
Oh, so you wanted to print 500 pages? Sorry, guess again. After a couple hundred, it goes from a decently quick ~12 ppm down to about 1.5 ppm. So I call in and they send me a new one. This one Does maybe another 75 pages before slowing down. Tech support says this is normal. The new one the sent me also has a jacked up control panel in that it takes several button presses to work. You need two printers to get anything printed in a decent time frame. Wait, doesn't it have a 500 sheet input capacity and have a tray mode to switch from one to two when one runs out? Wouldn't that lead you to believe it can print 500 pages without giving up? Yeah, I thought that too. Too bad. It said it had a 10,000 page duty cycle, meaning I should reasonably expect to print 10,000 pages per month. I'm not sure it could do that. Ahhh, now they have added a "(1,000 pages recommended)" to the duty cycle section of the specifications. I guess they found out that their printer sucked.
Output tray capacity? *shrugs* It's not in their specs. I'm going to guess 100 - 150, but I really don't know. With 500 sheets of input capacity, they should at least be able to hold 250 without sending the pages all over the floor.
Limited web interface options. Really terrible.
The printer usually stops you from printing when you've run out of ink. Good idea and it usually works. I guess I'll just stare at the 75 pages printed with about 1/2 of the lines gray instead of black.
Can't configure DNS servers on the control panel when setting a static IP.
USB and memory cards? I really couldn't care less. Save the $5 and put it into better paper handling.
I think the print quality is pretty decent, but I'm no expert on print quality.
Maybe I should have purchased the 4540, but how likely am I to try it out now when so disappointed by design mistakes that aren't even related to the monthly capacity of the printer?