The HP Color LaserJet 3600 Printer

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The HP Color LaserJet 3600 printer is a fine unit intended mainly for networked workgroups. It uses paper extremely well and also is appreciated by many for its low operating costs, including the Q6473a toner. In addition, it's obvious that Hewlett-Packard designed this particular printer in a thoughtful manner, making everything to do with the printer extremely easy to understand.

Starting prices for this Hewlett-Packard printer run around $700, though many online outlets are discounting it to much lower prices when it can be found. It also comes with decent expandability characteristics, as well as decent text appearance, meaning that most any large workgroup -- which mainly needs output product rather than high-quality product -- will appreciate the printer.

In terms of the printer's size, most people who look at it say that it's relatively small. As well, it's fairly lightweight for a printer meant to service the needs of a workgroup, coming in at only 60 pounds. This means that the printer will be fairly easy to relocate if the need arises. It also can print out at up to 17 pages per minute in both black-and-white and color, making it fairly speedy for color printer.

The LaserJet 3600 also connects to a network via standard wired technologies, including through USB 2.0 and Ethernet 10/100 Base-TX. This is fairly commonplace among network printers, and there isn't generally any sort of option where it could be connected wirelessly, but that's hardly any big deal when it comes to a printer of this sort and at this price. Workgroups prize simplicity over complexity, quite honestly.

In terms of print resolution, Hewlett-Packard has given it a 600 x 600 dpi clarity resolution in both color and black-and-white. This is also standard fare for most any network printer, and it'll hardly be the case that something higher in resolution would be needed. In other words, it'll deliver fine-looking, clear and crisp print and even graphics if needed, which is a definite plus.

The standard processor included in the 3600 is a 360 MHz unit, meaning that print jobs will be handled fairly quickly by the printer and produced with a minimum of fuss. Hewlett-Packard also delivers the printer with 64 MB of RAM included and there's no option available if the IT specialist wants to up the RAM though, again, that should hardly be a consideration for a workgroup printer.

The LaserJet 3600 can handle a wide variety of media types, including envelopes, bond paper, labels, plain and glossy paper, as well as transparencies and specialty color laser printer paper. This gives the 3600 quite a bit of versatility, it must be said. Total media holding capacity in all trays is standard at 350 sheets with optional trays able to increase that total to 850 sheets.

For about $700 before discounts, the HP Color LaserJet 3600 printer would seem to be a fine candidate as a replacement workgroup printer when the time comes to dump the old unit. It's durable, small enough to be moved around easily and the HP Q6470a cartridge provides the clarity you need. Keep enough HP3600n printer toners on hand so this workhorse is always available for you. You can find cheap toner cartridge refills at many online websites.

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