November 12, 2005

HP 2600n v. Dell 3000cn

Prices are such that it is actually not unreasonable to consider a color laser printer. After about 15 minutes skimming through reviews on line, I have it down to the HP Color LaserJet 2600n and the Dell 3000n ($399 w/ free shipping). Apparently, HP agrees! HP must be losing a lot of sales to the Dell. HP is pitching faster color prints (single-pass v. multi-psas), faster warm-up, and less deskspace. Of course, the 3000cn has been winning all the awards for both speed and print quality. I bet they make it up in the toner though. Starter cartridges are rated for 2000 pages black and 1000 color. The key feature for me is print quality and networkability.

You can get a side-by-side analysis from PCWorld. They are right, the Dell is a clear winner. HP must be worried.

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