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7 September, 2009

printing like hell

worn photoconductor message

Some of you may remember that I bought an Epson AcuLaser C1100N a bit more than 2 years ago.
It has been working very well for us. Recently, the printer has been printing like hell.

Laurent's old (and very bulky) photocopier dead a while back, and he has been using Epson AcuLaser C1100N as the printer. Initially, he scanned the documents for printing (which was very slow), now, we re-digitise all his old documents for a better and new formats. (sorry Don: the new typesetting is done with Apple Pages, part of iWork.)

Back to the story, the third Photoconductor Unit(other manufacturers usually refer to it as drum) of this printer gives me "Worn Photoconductor" message today. A message that tells me it is reaching the end of its life, and I shall source a new one soon.

I used a price searching tool site and found one retailer. Just about ordering it, it might also make sense to order another set of high capacity toners (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) since we will use the toner sooner or later. And the total price (a photoconductor unit, a set of high capacity toners) is way above than the printer itself I paid for. In fact, it can buy (about) 1 3/4 (one and three quarters) Epson AcuLaser C1100N printers (based on the price I paid for 2 years ago).

Epson C1100N Supply Levels

Epson AcuLaser C1100However, when you buy a new printer, the included toner is of 'lite' version, usually you can print less than 'standard capacity' ones.

Each Photoconductor is rated 14,000 pages, and this is the third one we are using now.

The plan on getting a black and white laser all-in-one printer (with duplex) is still in the card. As last time I calculated, the running cost (per print, on the said new printer) is less than half of the running cost using this Epson AcuLaser C1100N on monochrome mode. (to Don: Antony is poor.)

Well, I have to admit that between Laurent and I, we have more printers than computers. Still, Don once had 16 computers all at the same time. (to Don: Antony is poor.)

Epson AcuLaser C1100N is the network version of Epson AcuLaser C1100. If anyone is getting a new printer, I highly recommend that the printer has built-in network support.

related blog entries:
Epson AcuLaser C1100N is working again (13 February, 2008)
cold today and my printer is not working (9 February, 2008)
Epson AcuLaser C1100 (Epson AcuLaser C1100N, 1 May, 2007)

Posted by Antony on 7 September 2009 9:45 PM | gadget
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Well, I am still using the same ten-year-old LaserJet 1100, I guess I am much poorer than you are since I can't afford a new printer like yours.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 8 September 2009 9:50 AM.
As usual, you missed out the thing: Combining both Laurent's and my printers, still no where as many as the number of computers you once had.
Posted by Antony on 8 September 2009 1:14 PM.
And you probably spent more on printers than I ever did on computers.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 8 September 2009 11:08 PM.
We compare the total amount, not the cost.
Further, for the same item, it is well known that people can get it much much cheaper in the States than here.
Posted by Antony on 8 September 2009 11:14 PM.
Then you should compare the total amount purchased, not the total amount possessed. In other words, we shouldn't count the PCs I plucked out of the garbage.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 September 2009 5:49 AM.
Why?
People see how many items someone has (possessed), they don't really care about how they get the items (paid or any other manner).
Posted by Antony on 9 September 2009 10:08 PM.
In which case they would have seen beat-up old hardware and would have laughed, rather than consider me rich.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 September 2009 2:50 AM.
I guess they don't know about the value of antique.
Posted by Antony on 10 September 2009 10:16 AM.
The HP2500 is a colour laser printer which replaced the ageing HP4500 machine and was aimed to put HP back into the colour printing market. The user has to purchase 4 colour cartridges + 1 OPC Kit to operate this printer.

Posted by laserjet 2500 on 4 October 2009 5:41 PM.
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