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[SLUG] Serious Printer Question -- Samsung CLP-550N


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Here's a link to Samsung's page:

   http://www.samsung.com/au/products/printerfaxcopysolutions/printerfaxcopysolutions/clp_550n.asp


I'm thinking about buying one of these printers, they are available under $800
and they support Postscript and PCL5c as well as the undocumented (i.e. useless)
Samsung Printer Language. They also have a rather low cost-per-page when you
add up the consumable costs (note that the KYOCERA FS-C5020N has a lower cost
per page but you have to print about 40000 pages to break even, when you consider
the different up-front costs, I doubt I'll print that many).

Note that the above break-even calculation is based on the presumption that
both printers come fully loaded with toner when you first buy them... but it's
starting to become standard practice to sell printers close to empty. What makes
me nervous is that the Samsung is a lower price for equivalent specs to just
about every other colour-laser on the market at the moment... is it just
good value or am I missing a trick? I'm wondering if they sell it with no colour
toner at all and make you buy your first batch up-front (which would bring the
price in line with the rest of the market).

Has anyone tried one of these?

Any inside knowledge in the colour-laser market?

I note that LEXMARK C510 looks like a close contender with lower up-front
cost and higher consumable cost (but still Postscript and PCL support, woot).
Unfortunately I just don't trust the Lexmark name after experience with their
disposable inkjet printers. Yes I know that it's not fair to compare a laser
with an inkjet but if Lexmark want to put their name on junk then I'll treat
them like junk, that's what trade-marks are intended for.


	- Tel

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