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This review is from: brother HL-4150CDN Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking
Pros: Let's make things clear, The printer is ROCK SOLID!
First off, we primarily use this printer to print out pick sheets, sales orders, and invoices with five Quickbooks equiped desktops & laptops. Our office purchased the HL-4150CDN about 2 years ago. To date it has performed as follows:
Printed a total of 80,353 pages @ ~ $0.01 / page
See below for the details.
I've found that inkjet is about 10 cents per page on average.
Of course, 90% of our prints are invoices, pick lists, and sales orders. The rest of the prints are full color product sheets, line cards, and catalogue pages.
Just so you know, the first set of toners didn't last because we were printing everything we could in full color, including personal items. It's the effect you get when you get a fancy new printer. Now that we have gotten over the shiney new toy & gotten over the fancy color feature, we use it for actual work. We are getting amazing results. We occasionally print full color maps and brochures, but it probably makes up 10% of total prints.
Anyway, We are using this printer in an office environment.
It's on the network, plugged in directly via Cat5 cable. It has no computer of it's own, but there are 5 computers that use this printer.
Software is excellent in that it is lightweight and does not have excessive annoying features., Let me reiterate, unlike HP, the software is not bloated and not annoying.
Overall, Networking is excellent, but not perfect. We did not get the wireless version, but we are able to hook it up via cat 5 It's hooked up to a mixed (wired & wireless) network via a cat 5 cable. It is configured to print via ip address, in peer to peer mode. It DOES NOT have a computer connected to it. We also have mac laptops running OS X and newer OS that print to it.
I think less technical users may get overwhelmed with the amount of data you get from it's remote admin panel, but it is great for those of us tasked with maintenance and figuring out everyones computer problems. Regarding configuration, advanced functions, and remote accessibility, you can access the advanced menu remotely on your network via its IP address.
It may seem pricey at first, but you really have to do the math. A comparable ink jet printer is going to cost anywhere from 4 to 10 times as much. Toner wise, it's DEFINITELY WAY CHEAPER THAN INKJET. On our last toner change we got almost 20,000 pages. YES 20k pages. In total we've spent about $1100 to $1200 on toner and drums and the cost per page is still in line with normal black and white only laser printers. See the cost breakdown below.
Color toner (Cyan, Magenta, & Yellow) Average of 19,000 pages per color toner change
Black toner lasts about 11,500 - 19,000 pages on average
Toners average about $67 - $80 each.
Total toners replaced: 12 (6 black, 2 cyan, 2 magenta, & 2 yellow)
About $800-900 in toners & $150 for a new drum unit that we are getting ready to replace.
BUT at 80350 pages, thats only 1.1
Cons: As far as cons are concerned, there are only three.
1) The first con is that the actual price of the toner SEEMS high because you often time have to purchase 4 toners at once. But in reality, if you break down the cost per page, it's actually cheaper than any inkjet i've ever met. So the con here is that it appears to be expensive, but it's just relative to the output. It's an implied con, not really a real hard con.
2.) The toners can actually last a little bit longer, but brother has programmed the printer to stop printing when the toners are at like 3%. They do this for safety reasons as well as to make sure you don't prematurely burn out the drums. So again, it's an implied con, not really a real hard con.
3.) This is the only real con, as the two above were soft cons. This advanced features on this printer are not for your typical lazy home computer user. This printer has pro-level features and will be hard for the average user to figure out. It's advanced features can become overwhelming at times, especially if you make a big change in your network. But the brother website is very helpful and the software tools that the printer comes with are great.
Other Thoughts: I've always been an HP laser printer guy. I've always pushed HP, but now, I'm tired of the BLOATED drivers hp makes.
Brother & Epson are my new favorites. They are both ROCK Solid and don't give you all the garbage software that HP gives you. This series and newer Brother printers have more features than the average user needs. But if you do booklets and pamphlets, this printer has advanced features you can use. I know I use them.
This review is from: WD My Book Essential 1TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAF0010HBK-NESN
Pros: This is a great backup drive. And it works just fine. It's easy to use. I had a drive that stopped working. It was still within the 1 year warranty, and Western digital replaced it without any issues. They are pretty fast too. It only took a week.
Cons: Because it is a regular hard drive with spinning platters, if you knock it over while the drive is on, I guarantee you that you will lose all of your data.
Other Thoughts: I think the design of the drive is gorgeous. Except that if you use this drive, keep it laying flat. If you stand it up like a book, make sure to brace it and don't bump it. Also, I'm impressed with Western Digitals return policy and turn around time to replace it's bad products.READ FULL REVIEW