For this colour laser printer, a sometimes-awkward design offsets good pricing, speed and print quality.
Stories by Melissa Riofrio
Give up my laser printer for an inkjet? Are you kidding? But that's exactly what HP hopes you will do, and the company may be on to something. HP's new CM8060 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology prints quickly, and it prints well. If it is truly as affordable as HP's estimated pricing indicates, we may have a new heavyweight contender. We certainly have a heavyweight.
Whether a printer costs $75 or $750, the purchase price is only the first item on the new list of ongoing printing expenses. Over time, buying the ink or toner and acquiring media (paper, envelopes, transparencies) will very likely make a far bigger impact on a customer’s wallet. These costs will vary depending on what they print, how much they print, and what kind of media used. Some expenses are unavoidable: Printing an 8 x 10 photo on premium, glossy paper will never be dirt cheap. Shaving cents off other kinds of printing, however, involves just a little thought, effort and advance planning. Read on for tips on how your customers can choose and use a printer wisely — or perhaps not at all in some cases.