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Topic # 206020 7-Dec-2016 08:36
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i have a small business which i prints about 20-30 pages a day and i'm looking for a mono laser printer that is reliable and cost effective, something under $300?

 

 

 

i've used a few of those cheapie ones which when it was time to replace the toner it costed more than the printer itself. 

 

 

 

any recommendations?


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  Reply # 1683595 7-Dec-2016 08:39
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I've found Brother mono lasers to be really good.


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  Reply # 1683596 7-Dec-2016 08:42
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For this request we would confidently recommend Brother to our clients http://www.brother.co.nz/Public/ProductSubCategory/10/13 

 

4 year warranty if you only use genuine consumables.

 

Supplying printers cheap and making money on the ink/toner is industry-standard with low priced printers.  The more you pay for a printer, the cheaper the consumables, generally speaking.  Client wanted a $1000 printer for their warehouse.  We sold them a $2500 printer after showing them the toner savings over 5 years for their volume of printing paid for the printer nearly twice when compared with the cheaper model.





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  Reply # 1683602 7-Dec-2016 08:56
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I use a Brother color laser, got a good deal on it too. With genuine toner you get a 3 or 5 year on-site warranty. Think I got it 2 years ago, just finished the first black toner.





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  Reply # 1683631 7-Dec-2016 09:37
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Bit out of your price range maybe (haven't checked at retail) but have just switched to deploying HP Laserjet Pro printers (the M406 and M426MFP). I've found them to be great printers - the end users are very happy with them compared to the Dell units we used before (which I think are a rebadged Samsung) - they are much quieter and much faster.

 

They have a 3 year On Site warranty.

 

The Toners are not cheap, but they last a looong time - HP say 5000 pages for the Hi Capacity Toner - that is two five-ream boxes of paper. In the OPs situation, that would last ages.

 

 

 

Otherwise, yeah, Brother - I've used them personally for years, and never had an issue. I wouldn't use a sub-$300 laser for high run stuff, but 20 or 30 pages a day is totally within their brief.

 

 




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  Reply # 1683712 7-Dec-2016 10:28
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thanks guys

 

seems like brother is very popular but nothing on sale at the moment and no cash back offer, i might just have to wait

 

 

 

i see HP has a cash back on the HP LaserJet Pro M402dn which will only make it $250 after cashback, but the high yield toner (9000 pages) is about $426!! 


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  Reply # 1683753 7-Dec-2016 10:53
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mrphil:   ...but the high yield toner (9000 pages) is about $426!! 

 

The way I crunch the numbers is to work out how many pages you print over 3 years (get the page count from the current printer, divide by the printers age in years, then times by 3), work out how many toner cartridges you need to print that number of pages, then add the cost of the printer.  This will give you approx 'cost of ownership' over 3 years.  You can then divide by the number of pages you expect to print over that 3 years to give a cost per page to print using Printer Model X.

 

If you do that in Excel comparing several printers, it can reveal some surprises.





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  Reply # 1683763 7-Dec-2016 11:00
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Am still using a Brother laser printer we got new for $9 after cashback. Still on it first cartridge. Admittedly not that relevant except that maybe cheap can also be (pretty) good.





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  Reply # 1683767 7-Dec-2016 11:07
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Brother is generally very good.   Have a free locally staffed helpdesk you can call as well.  

 

 


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  Reply # 1683774 7-Dec-2016 11:22
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Three points;

 

Printer pricing: You get what you pay for money spent up-front is usualy is the best option.

 

Printing from Apple: If you have Apple or Li/Unix in you environment get a printer that does Postscript orPostsrcipt emulation. Much easier to configure.

 

Ex Lease: Talk your local business printer outfit. They often have ex-lease machines for sale. You may get a higher capability printer for a good price.





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  Reply # 1683793 7-Dec-2016 11:50
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Check time to first page if the printer is sitting idle most of the time and then someone will want to print something for a customer who is waiting. Some of the cheaper ones are very agressive with their non disableable power saving so you can have 30+ seconds of waiting.





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  Reply # 1683869 7-Dec-2016 13:18
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"Cost Per Page" might help you out.


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  Reply # 1683878 7-Dec-2016 13:27
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Computer recyclers often sell business grade ones cheap. I got an HP duplex for $20, with a full HP toner in it from on trade me. You can get refills for about $60, which have a far higher capacity than you cheap $100 retail laser.




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  Reply # 1684002 7-Dec-2016 15:15
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Sam91:

"Cost Per Page" might help you out.


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  Reply # 1689502 15-Dec-2016 15:47
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mattwnz:

 

Computer recyclers often sell business grade ones cheap. I got an HP duplex for $20, with a full HP toner in it from on trade me. You can get refills for about $60, which have a far higher capacity than you cheap $100 retail laser.

 

 

or trademe.

 

The HP laser printers Ive bought for work over the last 3 years cost us $10, $10 & $35
All old, but all still working . The first we retired when the toner ran out .

 

Then again,  its hard to beat the cheap Brother lasers . They are trash when its time to replace the drum unit though
Get something network compatible . Get something that can hold a ream of paper

I dont think true quality starts in your price range though . 


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  Reply # 1689573 15-Dec-2016 16:31
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mattwnz:

 

Computer recyclers often sell business grade ones cheap. I got an HP duplex for $20, with a full HP toner in it from on trade me. You can get refills for about $60, which have a far higher capacity than you cheap $100 retail laser.

 

 

or trademe.

 

The HP laser printers Ive bought for work over the last 3 years cost us $10, $10 & $35
All old, but all still working . The first we retired when the toner ran out .

 

Then again,  its hard to beat the cheap Brother lasers . They are trash when its time to replace the drum unit though
Get something network compatible . Get something that can hold a ream of paper

I dont think true quality starts in your price range though . 

 

 

 

 

Yeah I meant trademe , as most recyclers will be on trademe. There are some great deals to be had from time to time. I got a brand new HP duplex commercial  with full toner for $60 from one for a family member, although haven't seen a deal like that for a while. Retailed for well over 1k new. A lot of the stuff is exlease


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