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The Low Cost HP Color LaserJet 2550L Printer

The Low Cost HP Color LaserJet 2550L Printer


    

The Low Cost HP Color LaserJet 2550L Printer

by Ben Pate

The HP Color LaserJet 2550L printer is an inexpensive laser printer using LaserJet 2550L replacement toner that has reached the end of its production by HP. This printer produces a large number of color prints. Although no longer available new, it can be found used in several places.

The HP Color LaserJet 2550L printer is a two-tone gray printer. It is lightweight and easy to move. It owes its compact size to the fact that the four-HP printer toner cartridge are arranged in a space saving carousel.

This printer helped to make color laser printers available to home users and small businesses. When sold new from HP, it was less expensive than most other laser printers at the time. To cut costs, the printer was designed so that adjustments were made from the computer and not an LCD screen on the printer itself.

This particular printer did bring about some complaints. First, the lack of a paper tray and second the cost and number of consumables that the machine required.

Without the optional paper tray, paper must be fed through a slot located behind a front panel on the machine. This panel must be kept open to keep paper loaded. Some purchasers felt that this exposed the inner workings of the printer to too much dust. In addition, consumers often find it difficult to locate the optional paper tray.

The HP Color LaserJet 2550L printer has a separate drum that must be replaced on a regular basis. Once consumer has reported replacing the drum three times in fifteen months. The cost of the drum is about one third of the cost of the printer new.

Consumers find that toner cartridges must often be replaced before empty. The printer employs a technique that uses print count to determine when a toner cartridge needs to be replaced. Thus, even when using the printer in the black print setting, the counter for the color cartridges counts down with every print made. Once the counter reaches the zero mark, the toner cartridge must be replaced for the printer to work. This has consumers replacing toner cartridges that may be over half full.

Prints that are produced seem to be mediocre and the speed is quite slow by today's standards. Even black prints are only produced at 12.1 ppm. Color prints slow the machine down even further to 3.1 ppm. Color of the prints is also often off and must be adjusted to get true to life color. Black prints however are excellent.

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You will need to have plenty of HP replacement toner to continue printing. Laser toner are online also. To get the best deal on your HP Color LaserJet 2550L toner cartridges, shop online.


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