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This product has a FreakScore of 7.4 out of 10 based on 138 scores.
Machine is around 4 years old now.
RAM upgraded to 352 MB, purchased low-price third party 256 MB DIMM which works flawlessly; extra RAM makes a difference with very complex -colour- documents.
Fitting the DIMM module was a bit tricky, it's a snug fit and I feared of breaking something; insert it tilted, PUSH IT down hard, and straighten it back!
Be sure to report the extra RAM into your driver's settings.
One day, after been dealing with the printer's underneaths and losing a small plastic piece from who knows where, the printer stopped properly reporting "out of paper" condition, and reporting "paper jam" instead. No big deal; after pressing "OK" the printer just resets from the fake … jam, while you load more paper in the tray; nothing is lost except a few extra seconds. The tray is also consistently kept nearly full, so the lost piece (which I'm sure I would find inside some nearby drawer) isn't missed.
Doing well beyond 1K copies a month now; two big printjobs once a year (3K+ and 1K+). Once overheated after around 1.5K nearly non-stop pages (multiple 100 page jobs, LCD showed "Cooling mode...").
Cost per page is relatively high, but after 44742 pages churned, of which 15347 in colour (and some of them fully covered), I can confidently say this machine isn't going to ask for anything else than toner and electricity... (our previous Epson C1100 behemoth asked for a new fuser after less than 10K pages... that somewhat murdered its cost per page ratio, and was well below manufacturer rating, so we ditched it).
Extra memory is a must for heavy printjobs (speed dips below 2 ppm if installed memory is insufficient, making it unsuitable for any real work), which get done at nearly the 8 ppm rated speed after the machine starts "rolling" (first page). Please note that only certain heavy printjobs benefit from the extra memory; no PDF required extra RAM ever in my case, only some heavy openoffice drawings). Since b/n printing uses 1/4 raw RAM amount compared to colour, the default 96 MB of memory should do fine for "any" b/n printjob. It went that way for me.
Photographs are OK, nice even, could be better but not by much on standard paper, where deskjets just look horrible, so can't complain!
Graphics and text are sharp and flawless, gradients may be found a bit grainy, but that is to be expected if you understand how these devices work and how colour is rendered.
Colour tone is somewhat dark by default on sRGB profile; easily fixed by selecting a different one.
No banding is found on printouts whatsoever.
Not tested with laser photo paper.
Score: 7/10 (not an average). Monochrome 10/10, colour 7/10.
Ownership: we payed close to $300 for the unit (around november of 2008).
Toner cost is around $80-90 each one, rated for 1.4K -colour- and 2.2K -black- yield (november 2012).
Electricity cost is irrelevant here, since it's orders of magnitude below toner cost per whatever printing job :-)
For me toners yield around half of the specified copies, my toner coverage is higher I know.
A minimum of 0.05€/page in black and white, around four times that for colour on average they say...
At our duty cycle, we may get savings with a lower cost per page machine, but at a much higher machine price point I would say...
Compact, reliable, fast first copy. If doing below 4-6 ppm on average (printing around half of the time), would probably work non-stop for almost any size of printjob (overkill for the majority of users).
A brand -elcheapo- of 3rd party toners tested on it; lower quality printing, banding, toners found empty at half of their reported capacity... HP toners are always used since and after then.
Original HP toner is found to deliver top quality, always prints perfect till it's empty. Never fails, and can be found cheaper than you think.
Oh, frequent toner misalingment. Just setting it to auto-calibrate after powerup fixes it.
I'm just tired of writing this review, I think it's just a bit long LOL
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