At around £180.00 including VAT this has to be one of the cheapest laser writers on the market. I have always considered laser writers to be better and more cost effective for general printing requirements than to go for a ink jet printer, which may be cheaper in the short run, but adds up to more in the long run. The EPL-5700L is designed for the home and small business users and it sizes up to the task admirably. I recently advised my father to buy one for his new iMac after countless failed attempts to run a converter for his old pc lasers to hook up to it. The great thing about the Epson EPL 5700L is that it runs off both USB and Parallel ports at the same time, so it can easily be hooked either to a USB Macintosh or Windows-based machine or a Parallel Port Windows-based machine. I don't know what the current staus is with drivers for windows 2000 etcetera, but for us the printer worked straight out of the box, with the iMac running Mac OS 9.0.4. The printer itself will hold 150 pages expandable with an additional tray to 500 pages, also the variable size slot will allow you to print anto any media upto the size of an A4. I got a bit of a nasty shock recently though when i went to order a toner cartridge for it: £85.00 per cartridge!!! But then I stopped to consider that it wasnt so expensive after all, if the first cartridge had lasted some 6 months and 6k pages light (@ 8PPM), where as a £25.00 cartridge would have only lasted 1500 pages. The Photo Conductor drum is said to last 20k pages. If you do the sums, overall for the printer and cost per page this printer has to be as cheap if not cheaper than any other printer in its class and better. Of course this isnt top quality printing (1200x1200dpi) we are talking about here, the printer only comes with some 2mb or RAM (Upgradeable to 13mb) and no USB/Parallel wire, but it is a great little machine and i would suggest it to anyone. At
least it does come with pre-installed consumables, unlike most other cheap end inkjet printers.