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Old 08-04-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
mikluha
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Question Laser printer: HP vs Xerox

Hello, everybody

We need new color laser printer to print newsletters, fliers, brochures, etc
Currently we use HP Color LJ 8500 and we have Xerox 8200 (Solid inks - no matter what they say about solid ink technology I love the quality and "feel" of solid ink prints).

We use mostly HP for larger volume printing. It's reliable and consumables/drums/etc are somewhat inexpensive from eBay. However, I see some problems with it:

1) Too slow. I don't need 35 color ppm, but "grandfather"-8500 is slow. And it's slow to warm up. Realistically, it takes 30 min to warm it up to start printing (we have to use small Samsung laser printer to print "quickies"). After it starts, HP 8500 can print whole day long. It rated 6 ppm, so it gives me in real life 2-3 pages per minute (I use duplex). I'd like to have something faster.

2) I think newer laser printers provide much better quality and colors.

3) Too fussy. Don't like Florida high humidity, etc. I don't like high humidity either, but I don't require extra AC next to me. Xerox 8200 never complained (it maybe different technology, though)

4) We have problems with glossy paper. although, it's maybe problem with paper and HP-brand works fine. haven't tried it.

We'd like to replace HP 8500. Since I have both Xerox and HP, I narrowed my choice to HP vs Xerox. So, my question is. Which printer is better (we need tabloid format) in terms of:

a) Colors - we use Quark -> PDF -> printer, MS Word and I'm playing with Scribus
b) Reliability
c) Consumables


So, I'm looking into HP 9500 (ouch, price is $$$) or HP 5550 or Xerox 7400, 7300 (7300 is obsolete, but I can buy used one, which is perfectly fine with me, if it's a good printer). I think Xerox 7760 is beyond our level, but I still like to hear opinion.

They both have network and duplex. Also, I noticed HP has only PS emulation and Xerox is true PS printer. What is the difference in real world? Some of my computers have Linux, so I need PS. Xerox offers Linux driver.

I appreciate everybody who read my post and provide some info.

Thanks,
Mike
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