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Canon i-Sensys LBP2900B

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      16.08.2010 21:06
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      If you are after an upgrade for your aging printer and are looking after the pennies, get this!

      We bought the Canon LBP2900B about a year ago to replace an aging ink printer in our house. We can honestly say that this purchase has been one of the best we have made in the recent past.

      Having shopped around and compared a broad range of printers, we decided to go for a Laser one for their performance, speed and relatively infrequent need for replacement cartridges. Out of the broad range of various laser printer options, this Canon model stood out because of its novel cartridge technology. With approximately 3-4 times the longevity of other printers, we figured we'd almost never have to refill, making a slightly higher purchase price than some low-cost options still great value. Moreover, the price of £60-70 we paid back then was still considerably cheaper than many of its alternatives.

      The installation and operation of the printer was very straight-forward. The printer plugs into your PC, you install the software from a supplied CD and hey presto! When we later installed Linux onto our PC, the installation was a fair bit more difficult as the driver was not available on the Linux system. Luckily, a few google searches later and after installing a few specific items, it also worked on Linux which I was very grateful for.

      The printer itself has just two buttons. The power button and the "paper" button which you use after refilling the printer with paper if it runs out. And run out it does fairly frequently. With a capacity for only 150 A4 sheets, this printer is not as handy as its size would suggest. The lid on top which unfolds into a 'printed' tray both looks good and is particularly practical.

      The printing quality is also great. The colour translation to grayscale is near-perfect and the sharpness & precision of the print is of a really high standard. Unfortunately, this printer will not print on any sizes other than the standard A4, which would make it near-enough perfect.

      Last, but not least is this printer's ability to print via your internal network. This is fairly easy to set up and works a treat as you are able to have your printer set up attached to your desktop, but print things on it from the laptop that you are using downstairs!

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