Discussion:What is the Fastest Printer?

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Deback (talk|edits) said:

February 17, 2007
Printing with my old HP 4 printer seems to be slower this year, especially when printing the new and greatly improved depreciation schedules. So I know that I'll be buying a new printer this summer. I would welcome any comments on which printer would be the fastest. I would prefer staying with HP and am not interested in one that includes a copier and fax...just a printer. I'd go buy one now if I could get away from my office. Thanks for your comments!

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

17 February 2007
I always think of HP's like others used to think of IBM....no one could criticize you for buying an IBM computer or an HP printer. I bought a Konica Minolta Page Pro 1250 in March 2003 and it keeps cranking them out with never a problem, replacing a Brother which was too noisy, and it can use a 6000 page cartrdiges....but it is not an HP. It has a small desktop track too. I bought another Konica Minolta 1300 series for our letter printer and love it too, but not as much. It is bigger and more resembles a Brother. I was going to hook up our copies to my laptop this year, tried it for a while and did not like the idea.

YOu're not talking about an HP made about 1994 or so, are you? God I hated the one we had....a jam was impossible, and talk about slow, even by standards of those days. We bought two the same day: Partner wanted the HP and I chose an Epson Action Laser 1500 which was wonderful, with no moving parts.

Deback (talk|edits) said:

February 17, 2007
My first laser printer was an HP2, and that was unbearably slow. Then I bought the first HP4 in late 1992 and have bought two other HP4s from eBay in the last few years. I've replaced the rollers in those a couple of times, and they have worked so well that I didn't want to replace them, but they have gotten slower with all the new and improved technology in the software. I also bought a 500-page attachment and an envelope attachment, which are other reasons why I haven't wanted to replace these two printers that I've been using for years (one in my bedroom and one in my office). I still have the original one from 1992, in case I ever need any of the parts inside for the other printers.

I'll keep these two printers to use when printing envelopes, letters, and forms in the fall, but I know I need to get a faster printer to print tax returns. I also have a Brother HL-1440, which has always been worthless to me, so I'll stay away from Brother. In 1994, I bought an AT&T printer and used it for a year or two (it was super fast...about 25 pages per minute), but then the toner supplies became way too expensive, because the company decided to discontinue those printers. I had to throw that one away, even though it worked better than the HP4.

Ok, when I'm ready to buy, I'll check out Konica Minolta. Thanks!

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

18 February 2007
I have a 1440 under a table in my office. For some reason the City of Philadelphia software will not communicate with the Minolta so I print their returns on it. Sounds like a wounded moose when it runs. I was turned off HPs whenever I had to clear a jam in the 4L, and then we got a 5L which we called our 'sometimes' printer as sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn't. Then there was a Brother 1240 and the 1440. I bought the Minolta one day when I was to do returns in a motel meeting room in Lakewood NJ....but fair warning about one thing....mine is not great with the full 250 sheets. The 1300 series is what we print mailings to 400-500 clients on and it works really well for that. But I've seen my co-renter use her newer HP in my Philly office and I am impressed. Cartidges for the Minolta run about $75 for '3K' copies and $120 for the larger number, but I think tax forms get more copies than suggested since the print mostly avoids solids. I get 20,000 copies or so on a drum. You can get some idea here: http://printer.konicaminolta.com/products/monochrome/pp1250E/supplies.asp

Deback (talk|edits) said:

February 18, 2007
Thanks, David. And thanks for the link. I think I'll stick with HP, because I don't want to have to replace drums, and I'll need a printer that can hold much more than 250 sheets. I think I'll be able to buy HP cartridges on eBay easier than other brands (it's much cheaper to buy them there), so.... Thanks for your help!


I'm curious which printer DZ is using (if you read this, DZ).

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

18 February 2007
I'm surprised you've had problems with Brother. I got my first one 10 years ago because of cost and speed. It was an affordable laser. I've had nothing but Brother's ever since. They're fast, quiet and affordable. I've got clients that have HP's and I hate them. They always jam and get black lines.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

18 February 2007
Everyone has their loves and hates. I liked the Brother but they always had a whine to them. I resisted Dell computers for years, using first Gateway and then Micron. Still have a Micron laptop sitting at the next desk, but the last three have been Dell's and I do like them. One desktop that does our letters and bills, and two laptops for preparation. Get a new one every third year.

Deback (talk|edits) said:

February 18, 2007
I only bought the Brother 1440 on the spur of the moment, when I was in Staples one day about 8 years ago. I used it on an extra computer upstairs. The tray doesn't hold enough paper to print tax returns, so I've never used it in my office, and I really don't like having to buy drums plus cartridges. I don't think I've had problems with it, but I just never liked it that well.

I've used the HP4 for so long that I learned (on the web) how to replace all the rollers and things inside that wear out (that will cause jams and black lines when the rollers wear out, etc). The parts are easy to find on eBay, including all the rollers, toner cartridges, a 500-sheet tray, and an envelope feeder. So, I'm planning on using the two HP4s upstairs to print envelopes, letters, checklists, cover sheets, and other forms in the fall time--at least long enough to use up the last three unopened toner cartridges.

I bought an HP 4250TN last night on eBay for $865 total. The ad says it's a store model with 2,324 copies made so far, and the regular price is about $1,500 new (plus tax and shipping), so I think I got a good deal and hope it gets here soon and that it will work fine. Has two 500-sheet trays and prints at about 43-45 pages per minute.

Deback (talk|edits) said:

February 18, 2007
Time spent searching online for the right printer was about an hour and a half last night. I decided to forego watching more stuff about Anna Nicole and to finally buy that printer I should have bought a few years ago. eBay was perfect for that decision, since I never have enough time to go anywhere during tax season, except to the bank and Walmart on Sundays.

Ztom (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
I have the 4250 and would not trade it for anything, it is the best printer I have owned. Found price on Internet for 770 to ad to Staples and they matched price. Prints really fst.

DZCPA (talk|edits) said:

3 March 2007
Deb, I think we have HP8000 with 2 -500 sheet drawers. It is over 4 years old with 3,000,000 copies on it. I like HP. Get the fastest machine available. Use 500 sheet trays only. Alot easier when refilling with a ream of paper. Also, toner cartridges can be exchanged for refilled ones for about 60% of the cost of a new one. The company we use is called "The Circle". We have NEVER had a problem with their products over a period of over 10 years and hundreds of cartidges.

Ztom (talk|edits) said:

25 March 2007
4252 and thow rocks at others. 45 pages per minute. just bought and love it.

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