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Review: HP Color LaserJet 2600n

The price of color laser printers have come down over the years, though there is a tradeoff in quality and speed. HP is currently offering a 20% rebate on this printer, so you can now have it for only $319.

The HP Color LaserJet 2600n is HP’s entry level device. While not fast enough to be considered anything more than a small business device, it may work out fine for home use where professional quality color and high speed are not required. While the printer itself is fairly inexpenxive, HP estimates an average page of black-only printing costs $0.03, while an average color page is $0.15. The addition of a wired network port gives it added flexibility and convenience.

Cnet’s review only gave it a 5.8 rating out of 10, while it was a PC Magazine Editor’s choice pick. Cnet seemed to mostly mark the unit down for its speed, but I think that with it’s low price, slow printing is the price you have to pay. User reviews were much more positive, and the PC Magazine rates it as “a strong contender as the low-cost color laser of choice”.

While this is a decent printer with a very low cost, two other printer that you should compare it against if you are looking for color laser printing would be the Samsung CLP-510N and Dell Laser 3000cn. What works best for some may not be best for others. But if you are looking for the cheapest way to own own a color laser printer, this would not be a bad choice.

Specifications

Black print speed
Up to 8 ppm

Color print speed
Up to 8 ppm

Black print resolution
Up to 600 x 600 dpi

Color print resolution
Up to 600 x 600 dpi

Print technology
HP ImageREt 2400

Printer memory
16 MB

Processor
264 MHz Motorola Coldfire V4e

Duplex printing
Manual (driver support provided)

Paper handling Single-sheet multipurpose tray, 250-sheet multipurpose tray

Recommended monthly volume
Up to 35000 pages

Networking
Standard

Connectivity
1 USB, 1 Ethernet

Supported operating systems
Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, XP Home, XP Professional, Server 2003; Mac OS X v 10.2, 10.3

Posted by Jeff

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