About My HP LaserJet 2600N Laser Printer - Color - Plain Paper Print - Desktop
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HP LaserJet 2600n Review
The HP LaserJet 2600n Printer is a cheap, slow and easy to use color laser printer which is now not being produced by HP anymore. The device offers very good quality black and white results, but the color results are not so good. The printer is network compatible.
This device, although not expensive, offers very good features compared to its competitors. However, this printer works pretty slow, delivering only eight pages per minute for black and white, and a bit more than 6 pages per minute for color graphics. Its competitor, the Konika Minolta Magicolor 2430DL is twice as fast. If the speed is important to you, then you might want to consider which one of those two models you'll pick. Those speeds are only for the USB connection, but the Ethernet connection performance may even be slower.
This device works at a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch and supports the following media types: cards, envelopes, labels and plain paper.
The monthly duty cycle is set at 35.000 pages. HP recommends not overusing the printer, as this will considerably decrease the device's life cycle. They also recommend to not print more than 2500 pages each month, so the printer will work at optimal parameters everytime you need it.
The printer's dimension are 16 by 18 by 15 inches, which is a compact size, good enough for any home office, but also for small companies. The device weighs 40 lbs, but it's easy to move thanks to two sturdy handgrips in its base.
The input is a 250-sheet tray. Another 250-sheet input tray can be added, but this is only optional and will cost. It's easy to adjust the paper drawer's width and length for A4 or legal paper.
Regarding the print quality, the plain-text samples are great thanks to a crisp black not many printers can offer. The letters are sharp and clean even at 2-point size. The HP LaserJet 2600n also prints grayscale graphics well.
The printer is powered up by a 264 MHz processor and the RAM is a 16 MB one. The RAM can not be expanded, so you will have to work with the 16 MB available if you decide to go for this model.
The HP LaserJet 2600n ships with an automatic setup, so you won't need to do it manually. The help files are quite good, one of the best out there.
Aiming to cut costs with this printer, HP only included a tiny two-line LCD that's hard to read because of the awkward angle and backlighting lacking. The control panel provides buttons to move across the menus and go down, but not a button for going back up. To put it short, HP designed a control panel that accesses only one menu item at a time.
Though the black and white results are good, the color graphics are not so impressive. The gradients made abrupt transitions, solid colors have odd mixtures of extra colors and some photos come out too dark or brown. Most of the samples preserve detail well, but the colors are important too, and here the HP LaserJet 2600n is simply not good enough.
Though the printer is affordable, after you will get it you may realize it's not so cheap to maintain it. A page of black text uses around 3 cents' worth of toner, while a lightly color page uses about 15.3 cents' worth. Even with HP providing full cartridge in the box, that's a lot higher than many potential buyers want to offer.
The printer does not come with an USB cable, so you will have to buy it as long as you don't want to connect your printer through the Ethernet connection only.
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