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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 12:20 AM   #1
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Multifunction Duplex Laser Printer

Hello all-knowing ehMacers

I don't know if this is the right forum but I did a quick search for a recommendation on a multifunction printer but couldn't come up with what I was looking for.
What I'm looking for is a recommendation on a multifunction laser printer that has duplex scanning and printing. It will be used on a regular basis at a cadet organisation so it will be light to medium office type work.The budget is around $650 and I think B/W would be the preferred choice.
Any suggestions and or recommendations in the right direction are very much appreciated.

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A friend of mine just picked up this monster (it is heavy). He hasn't put it through its paces, yet, but it comes pretty highly reviewed and has all of the features one might want (including Wireless printing). It does work with Snow Leopard, in case that's a concern.

Brother MFC-9840 CDW

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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:56 AM   #3
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Can it do wireless scanning to OSX?
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It can indeed

One note on the wireless aspect of this - well, actually, any - wireless printer/scanner. If you're on a network that you don't control, or have a network administrator who is less than helpful, you may find the wireless side of things goes south quickly.

When setting up the wireless connection, you need to provide the IP address... which will not be static in most settings unless specifically set that way on the router.

Since the office where this is used doesn't really require WiFi to be used, we just plugged in the USB cable. The same problem would appear on an ethernet network where DHCP is in use.

It's easy enough to get around, if you have control of the router and the MAC address of the printer.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 02:13 AM   #5
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I often wonder why so many seem to post to this list for a recommendation on a product when a "quick" search doesn't seem to work for them, especially considering that there are *MANY* sites that focus on and specalize and supply such info and prices etc. needed.

Maybe the word "quick" = you look it up for me and let me know...???

The suggested Brother MFC-9840 CDW seems to be an excellent device for the price but maybe a wee bit overkill when the need for just a B&W duplex laser printer/scanner and no need for wireless was stated.

But after all and said, one can often find an "overkill" AIO laser/scanner on sale with more features than one needs and at a cheaper price than a basic unit.

An example I looked at in our local Sidney Monk Office supply store was for a Brother duplex scanner color unit with wireless etc. etc. (I don't recall the model #) on sale for $199.99!!!

But it was a BIG unit, but what a deal if one has the need and can use some of the features and the room to install it!!

I'll admit that I was tempeted for the price and features and Brother is very Mac OS friendly IMO.
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An example I looked at in our local Sidney Monk Office supply store was for a Brother duplex scanner color unit with wireless etc. etc. (I don't recall the model #) on sale for $199.99!!O.
Was that colour unit a laser or an inkjet? Problem with ink jets and colour lasers is that they eat you alive with ink and toner cost. Inkjet is Not the way to go in a moderate use office setting.

HP (office models, not home models) and Xerox will be the most reliable for commercial use.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 02:49 AM   #7
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The actual Brother printer model I was looking at, thinking of a client's HP wireless printing problems and possible solution, was a COLOR laser printer unit with multiple toner cartridges. Something that she doesn't really need to print out a patients prescription from her MBP over wireless.

My thinking was to suggest she get her own plain B&W laser printer to use and bypass all the HP network wireless printing hassles with the other office and Windows using users.

Believe it or not, their office is using a HP AIO inkjet printer (8500 I believe) for most of their printing/scanning needs - and you guessed it - they hardly ever need to print with color.

Probably purchased because the inkjet printer was cheaper to purchase and no knowledge of what their future printing costs would acually be. In fact they didn't even know or consider what their existing printing costs are when I asked.
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I love my Samsung SCX-4828FN. No wireless, but I have it hooked up directly to my router and can print duplex from anywhere in the house. As an added bonus, if you are into retro computing it speaks AppleTalk. I was able to print from my Mac Plus running System 6.
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Try xerox they have some great products - fully mac compatible and cost effective operating costs plus very competitive compared to the other brands.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:13 PM   #10
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Thanks for the quick replies everyone.
These will certainly do the job and I suspect that most of the time it would be used as a stand alone copier as not many in the office are tech savvy.
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