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Now for a long time I have been a committed Hewlett Packard man when it comes to printers. The one provided by my employer as my printer for working from home is a HP Office Jet and I have no problems with it. My old home computer printer was a HP too, a 640C. However as you can read in my review of that whilst it was good, well made and reliable it was not fast enough. Of course like most things connected with (and to) computers new and better products are launched all the time.
I now have a Canon S800 and I bought it mainly to indulge in my new passion of digital photography. The Canon is a little bigger than the HP was. It is about the same width but a little deeper and higher. It is finished in a high quality two tone effect which looks quite attractive. Overall the printer appears to be more solid than the HP did but the HP was a budget printer and the S800 runs in at £100. The paper feeds in through the rear and before you can say 'Wow that was quick and such good quality' the printed page appears.
It has standard USB parallel connections and the paper feeder will hold about 100 pages. Setting up the printer is about as easy as it could be. The instructions are all perfectly clear and within minutes its ready to use. Once set up it also ease to use in day-to-day use . It is also as Bjork might say 'Oh So Quiet' in comparison with the cacophany of noise the old HP made. The Canon scores though in providing the best quality inkjet quality I have ever seen. It is practically at laser standard but without the exhorbitant cost. It is also good because the running costs of the Canon are reasonable too. The ink cartridges seem to last quite a good time in comparison with the HP. One problem I often found with the HP was its tendency to over-ink things. The Canon does not do this.
Another good feature is that the Canon can (what a good saying that is) still print at high speeds even for colour photographs and complex text and picture combinations. It is true to say that I did not know how inadequate my old printer as until I got the Canon. Of all the things I have bought recently the Canon S800 ranks among one of my better purchases.
Recognizing the demands of the small office or home user for professional-quality output at an affordable price, Canon has designed the LBP-810 monochrome laser beam printer. The superior finish, 600 dpi resolution output gives documents a professional edge. Small workplaces and personal users will benefit from the printer's compact size, virtually noiseless operation and energy saving advantages.
The only time you'll need to check on your printer is to collect your output. Printing jobs are all conveniently and entirely operated via your computer screen, using the Windows interface. The LBP-810 can be effortlessly connected to the PC by using the USB or parallel interface. Easily installed software enables task operation and troubleshooting details to be handled via graphical information windows on your monitor. The printer's 125-sheet delivery tray, complemented by the 100-sheet output tray, allows continuous, uninterrupted precision printing of the biggest documents. Canon Advanced Printing Technology (CAPT) controls the storage and dispatch of data to your printer. This unique system enables rapid data transfer, allowing a high-speed output rate of up to 8 pages per minute. The LBP-810 can also be connected up to a LAN network with the AXIS network adapter and is operable with Netspot, Netpilot and WebNetspot device management software.