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This is the main office printer at work at is accessed by 8 people.
It is a 4 toner cartridge printer with duplex facility. There is one paper tray and a manual feed tray and has the capability of printing the usual envelopes and labels.
The quality of print that this machine provides is near flawless and makes each job printed look professional.
We are however a small office and I find that printing your standard black and white letters are extremely expensive unless greyscale is selected in the printing properties.
Autherntic HP black toner cartridges retail at around £150 including VAT while cyan, magenta and yellow are around £210. Each cartridge has a yield of around 10,000 pages on a coverage of around 5%. This can obviously become quite costly if you are on a budget like me. The cartridges are easy to replace and in true HP fashion directions on disecting this beast are documented inside the machine.
There are two maintenance kits available for this printer however I have yet to need to replace these yet so cannot comment on how easy or cost effective there are. The menu on the printer is easy to navigate.
It is a great network printer and can take a good battering. It is very rare that I have problems with this machine but when I do they are good ones, worthy of the expertise of the technical support team!
For a small office needed a professional finish I would recommend this printer although it can end up being costly to run if used frequently.
Having used this printer extensively at work, I feel that this is one of the best performing printers of its size and quality. I've worked in a number of different departments in different firms in the last few years and this printer is definitely one of the best I've had the pleasure of using.
For a printer of its size, it has a very large paper capacity. Unfortunately, this does not extend to A3, but despite this, almost all of the printer's height is made up of its paper tray meaning refills only need to be infrequent.
Unlike a number of other printers of this size available at work, this printer is able to print in colour and does so extremely well. The colours are vivid and come out very natural. The print quality is not as good as some of the larger HP photocopier-printer machines, but then the 4700dn can fit onto a desk.
The print speed is fast and a 70 page document will print in the time it takes you to log off, walk the 50 metres to the printer and open a door. If you elect to print on both sides of the paper, however, this process becomes considerably longer.
One last positive thing about this printer is its excellent capability to work in a network and reliability. I've yet to experience genuine non paper related downtime with this printer, much unlike most other models that I have used.
My office is using this printer for about 3 years. The first impression to me is the height of the printer. It's standing on the table and almost double the height of the other printers. As it is installed by the office IT personnel, so I can only provide you the information on the installation and setup, as well as the specs from the research of internet. But as a user, I can tell you the pro & cons about this printer.
Operating System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 2000, Apple MacOS 9.x, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later, Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Specifications & Features
Size: W20.5 x H24.8 x D 23.5 in
Weight: 107.8 lb
RAM: 256 MB
Processor: 533 MHz
Printing speed: 31ppm
Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi
Paper tray (A4): 1 (Auto), capacity: 500 sheets
Paper tray (A4): 1 (Manual)
Auto paper selection available
Media size: Max. Legal (8.5 x 14 in) including A4.
Media types: Transparency, envelope (C5, DL), label, card, glossy card & recycle paper.
Media weight: 60 to 220 gsm
Standby Mode: Available
Warranty: 1 year
Price: $1,300 to $1,700 plus
Installation and Setup
According to my research, it is easy and straight forward. The Ethernet capability allows the printer to be integrated easily into LAN network without a server.
Consumable Items (Toner cartridge)
Black Q5950A (print up to 11,000 pages)
Cyan Q5951A (print up to 10,000 pages)
Yellow Q5952A (same as above)
Magenta Q5953A (same as above)
Price: $100 plus to $200 plus
It has a large memory capability for print in thousand over copies easily just a click. Reliable and quality print for office included presentation slides. Fast speed even on duplex printing; Ink completely dried after printout, I know one of the HP model sometimes does not. The printer seldom got jammed if you handle paper properly. The LCD screen showed the balance of the toners. Changing of toner is quite easy. Toner is reliable and seldom have leakage problem.
Inconvenience if you need an A3 printout as the printer does not support A3 printing. The warm up time seems takes longer than others. The auto tray can't pull out completely, difficulty in loading paper. If the paper jammed underneath (in the auto tray), it is quite difficult to clear it, so you have to fix the paper gentle and carefully. It is expensive in price and not worth for monochrome printing, will also reduce the lifespan of the other three color toners.
It is an idea for LAN printing in a business office with a wide range of media selection, reliable quality and faster speed. However, if you required for print media in A3 size, then it is not for you. It is also not a good idea for personal or graphic designer, as it is expensive in price and also not the best choice for the hi-resolution graphics due to the 600 dpi limitation.
Although it seldom got jammed, but if you are not fixing the media correctly, it may be a problematic and need to call technician for help. The correct selection of media type in the printer properties option will reduce the problem and make your printing smoothly.
Thanks for reading
Jason G ~ 25 Sept 2008
(Original copy published on Ciao.com at same day)