Affordable Yet Effective Gadgets: The HP Color LaserJet 3600n Printer

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Do you remember the days when color laser printers would cost thousands of dollars? Well, those days are now history. Say hello to the HP Color LaserJet 3600n printer using Q6472a toner. It is sub $1,000 color laser printer, which boasts blazing printing speed at a great price. Let's take a closer look at this nifty device.

It has a diameter of 15.7 x 17.7 inches, which makes it one of the most compact laser printers in its price range. Even though it is small, it does weigh a lot.  The weight of 59.7 lbs makes it quite heavy for a laser printer with its size. One could not expect this much weight for something that has the size similar to an oven toaster.

The LaserJet 3600n has an Ethernet port, which makes it a perfect solution in a small office or home. Once connected using a Cat 5 or Ethernet wire, it will automatically detect the configuration of your network. Connecting it to the network is very straightforward and everything is illustrated on the manual. Just plug it in the router and wait a few seconds and you will be good to go.

The LaserJet 3600n does have 360 MHz and 64 MB memory. Unfortunately, there is no way to upgrade the memory since there is only slot. Even though the memory is just 64 MB, it can handle anything thrown at it. However, it may stop once in a while, but it is quite rare.

Similar to other workgroup laser printers, printing speed is a very essential factor to consider. A good printer can handle up 17 pages in a minute. The same is speed can be achieved for color prints. Getting 17 pages per minute for monochrome is not that fast, but it is slightly faster than most. What really caught our attention is the similar speed with both color and monochrome prints. The color prints were clear, with barely noticeable discoloration. As for monochrome, it is nothing short of excellent.

The starting package includes a total four toner cartridges. The black image drum or toner cartridge has capacity of 6,000 pages. The cyan, yellow, and magenta toner cartridges can handle up to 4,000 pages. This is one of the most comprehensive starter's kits we have seen so far. For monochrome, the average cost per page is at 2.2 cents, and 3.6 cents for color. A high capacity 12,000-page toner cartridge can make it as low as 2.2 cents per page. So far, HP has one of best printing costs we have seen.

With electricity prices going up, it is important to get a device that is very power efficient. The LaserJet 3600n only uses 48 Watts when it is in sleep mode and 355 Watts when it is in use. These figures make the HP LaserJet very power efficient. One can leave it on without worrying about the electric bill.

With a price tag of less than $1,000, this HP model is a great product. It is not the fastest, but it offers lower printing costs and quality from the HP 3600n cartridges.  The HP LaserJet is definitely a great addition to the HP's award winning laser printer lineup and the HP Q6472a toner is no exception.  Working with a great printer and laser toner duo means value for your dollar.

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