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HP Color LaserJet 4600n Review
There’s only one thing better than color prints and that’s color prints that won’t cost an arm and a leg in ink costs. The 2002 HP LaserJet 4600n is HP’s second generation of color laser printers. The 4600n’s were network-ready, with options for print 2-sided color laser prints at 2400 dpi, and options to handle any office demands.
The hefty, 80-pound printer with an almost square 18” x 19” square footprint will need a sturdy table to support it. Extending with a second tray to a height over 25 inches, the LaserJet is tall enough for a person to operate it without stooping.
There are four variations in the LaserJet 4600 series: The basic 4600, the 4600dn (dubbed 4600n in Europe) with Ethernet and duplexer, the 1000-sheet capacity 4600dtn, and the 4600hdn with all of the features of the 4600dtn, plus a hard disk for extra storage. The network, memory, and extra paper tray are available as optional accessories and can be easily added to any printer with no more than a screwdriver.
The LaserJet 4600n comes standard with a 500-sheet cassette tray, capable of holding over a ream of letter or legal-size paper. For more capacity, a second 500-sheet cassette is available as an option. The flip-door on the bottom of the printer reveals a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray that can handle transparencies, labels, post cards, envelopes, and to 8.5" x 14” legal paper of various bond weights up to 44 pounds.
With 18 seconds from its “energy saver” state, the LaserJet 4600n can print up to 17 pages per minute on single-side paper, 8.5 pages per minute in duplex mode. Single-pass color printing allows color print speeds to be as fast as many monochrome laser printers in 2002. To achieve the 2400 x 2400 color resolution HP utilizes a technique where using a 600 x 600 dpi hardware each dot will have 4 colors. Think of it like having a whole pie then cutting it up into 4 smaller pieces. At the maximum print resolution text is reasonably sharp, and photographs are very detailed with smooth color transitions. If you want to print in B & W, the printer software will allow for only the black toner to be used, saving on color toner.
In addition to Ethernet, the LaserJet 4600n also has a Parallel port interface. The built-in 96MB of printer memory can be expanded up to 512MB, enabling the LaserJet 4600n to easily handle workloads as a high-volume network printer.
One of the sacrifices of a color printer is print speeds. Even in single-sided printing, the print speed is only 17 pages per minute. Nowadays there are color inkjet printers that are faster than the 4600n.
This is one printer you don’t want to keep by your desk. Sitting silently idle, the LaserJet 4600n produces 65db of sound when printing. To give you an idea of what that means: 60 decibels is the level of typical conversations. If you have a quiet workplace, you don’t want to place this near any office cubicles, but its noise will hardly be noticeable in a copy room or break room.
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