Recommend a colour laser printer?

  Chris the Ancient 15:12 28 Mar 2009

I'm thinking of getting a colour laser printer for my business - but, hopefully, most of my printing will be done in black and white. I'm aware that something that looks as though it has been printed properly and reasonably professionally makes a better impact when seen by a prospective client - hence a move away from my inkjet which I will keep for any photographs I may want to print.

I've had a look in the Reviews in the forum; and a lot of them seem to date back quite a while. So, I'm seeking the advice I need here.

Probably I'll achieve most of my output by running a first print to produce a coloured, headed stationery as stock - which will be subsequently printed with the required black and white text.

Basic requirements:

* Readily available

* Absolute maximum price of £250

* Small footprint

* Good quality prints (not necessarily photographs)

* Reasonable running costs

* Refillable (by me) toner cartridges (colour and black)

* highly recommended by a user who reads this thread.

High speed is not really a major concern. Neither is multi-tray feed. After a few years of using an inkjet, I can put up with waiting a few seconds, while I do something else, for the print to emerge.


  wiz-king 15:37 28 Mar 2009

HP 2605 if you have a desk strong enough! click here Toners from click here or if you like making a mess click here.
I have not tried refilling the toners yet, still using the originals! like all printers dont believe the time per page or the warm-up time.

  Chris the Ancient 15:51 28 Mar 2009

Hmmm... that looks an interesting 'lump'. It's weight (18.5 kg!!!) doesn't really cause a problem as it will stand on a 2-drawer, wooden filing cabinet. I've yet to work out where I will put my inkjet... yet.

It's a pity that the 2-sided printing is only available on the network type models - but I can put up with that.

Certainly, that goes on the short list.


  HondaMan 18:03 28 Mar 2009

OKI C5600 series or their replacements

  HondaMan 18:04 28 Mar 2009

Sorry - just re-read your post. OKI's start at about double your limit

  jack 15:20 29 Mar 2009

Purchased by me at Christmas for 1p less £100 from PCWorld on line
click here

  aca 18:37 29 Mar 2009

Have the HP 2605dn (does double sided)


  Chris the Ancient 21:56 29 Mar 2009

Thanks, guys, for the continuing help.

I'll hang on a couple more days to get the weekday guys and then draw up my short list.


  HondaMan 11:54 30 Mar 2009

click here#(any):MONO AND COLOUR:(any):50:200:PageNo_0:SortOrder_DOWN

  Diemmess 13:28 30 Mar 2009

Might be worth looking over the HP site? They are even currently undercutting some agents!

Personally have just bought a P2055d Mono @ just under £160.
The colour version (both with automatic duplex) is £50 over your limit.

I'm pleased with mine. I was wary of paying too little. This has duplex printing too which my older one never had.
Best of all it handles paper in a sure and robust way.
The previous one would jam and spoil paper at a furious rate and anything more than single copies became very frustrating.

  Chris the Ancient 19:25 30 Mar 2009


Some good stuff there.

Diemmess... pleased you're happy with HP. Many moons ago I had an HP Laserjet (can't remember the model) which was a right so-and-so as a paper scruncher. Perhaps they sorted that aspect out.

Anyone else with practical experience of some models to fit my criteria?


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