7 September, 2009
printing like hell
Some of you may remember that I bought an Epson AcuLaser C1100N a bit more than 2 years ago.
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).
However, 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.)
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.
Posted by Antony on 7 September 2009 9:45 PM | gadget
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