Bang For The Buck Laser Printer: HP Color LaserJet 3800

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The HP Color LaserJet 3800, with HP Q6470a toner is one of the most affordable color laser printers around. Most laser printer in its class promise quality prints. However, almost all of them barely have any printing quality that is worth mentioning.

The HP LaserJet is promising the same groundbreaking change. It promises to bring quality color prints at a very affordable price. It is certainly worth reviewing and see if sounds too good to be true.

For any laser printer, it is important that it looks nice and does not take so much space. The LaserJet 3800 has a diameter of around 15.7 by 17.7 inches, which is about the same as a large oven toaster. It stands 15.7 inches, so headroom is not a problem.

Even though it is compact, the LaserJet is quite heavy. With a weight of 59.7 lbs, this is one of the heaviest laser printers in its class. The design is marked with HP's patented white and grey color scheme.

With a 533 MHz processor and 96 megabyte RAM, this device can handle heavy loads of printing. If you think there is not enough RAM, you can upgrade it up to 544 megabytes. The RAM uses the industry standard DIMM 200-pin or DDR SDRAM, which you can find in any electronic store.

Like laser printers in its class, the HP LaserJet has no networking capability. Even though it does not have an Ethernet port, HP made it up by doubling the monthly page cycle. It has a whopping monthly cycle of 65,000 pages, which is unheard of for printer in its price range. It has enough printing capacity to compete against commercial laser printers.

For any laser printer, it is important to have enough speed. Most counterparts clock in at around 18 pages for black and white. The HP LaserJet was able to get speeds of up to 21 pages per minute for both monochrome and color prints. In fact, it is one of the fastest laser printers in its class. Both of its paper trays can handle a total of 350 sheets. The total capacity for both is enough for average use.

With a max resolution of 600 x 600dpi, the HP is just about average. However, the ImageREt 3600 is what makes it stand out against other laser printers. The ImageREt 3600 is HP's world-renowned image optimization system that can improve the quality of any image when you print it. When we unboxed it, the package includes four 6000-page yield toner cartridges.

The HP 3800 toner cartridges were black, yellow, red, and blue. Printing cost is also very affordable. The HP LaserJet prints each page at a rate of 2.2 cents for monochrome and 2.8 cents for color, which is very economical for a printer that cost less than $1000.

The LaserJet 3800 does have a parallel or Ethernet port. The only way to connect it is through its USB 2.0 port. Unlike other laser printers, HP was able to add a 6.6 feet USB cable free of charge. A wire like this will cost around $80 in stores. The LaserJet eats up around 737 Watts when in use and 48 Watts if it is on standby.

Overall, HP Color LaserJet 3800, with HP 3800 replacement toner, is great color laser printer. For a price that is less a $1000, HP was able to provide one of the most economical and quality laser printers in the market today. The combination of low printing cost, speed, and excellent prints easily makes the LaserJet 3800 a must have for any office. The Q6471a toner provided is the best toner cartridge for the money.

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