(E. Steve Crandall) writes:
>I'm currently in the market for a $2k 600 dpi laser printer. Should
>I get the HP 4M or the Apple 600 (with some extra memory thrown in to
>get it to 600 dpi)? Some reviews I've seen give the HP the edge in
>print quality and the price seems to be better.
>Speaking of price, some mail order places have the 4M for just under
>the $2k mark once shipping is included. Is this the best I can do --
>does anyone have any recommended mail order places with great service
>and reasonable prices?
My most specific question in considering a HP4M or a LWP600/630 would be
whether or not you are going to use it in a mixed environment and whether
or not you intend to use a considerable amount of postscript fonts. Each
questions tips the scale for each printer.
If you are going to use the printer in a dos/windows/mac environment, then
the 4M is without a doubt the clear choice. It's greatest feature (Apple,
wake up!) is that it can automatically switch between PCL and Postscript.
The Apple product requires you to manually reconfigure your printer for
either emulation, and let me tell you, it is a REAL pain.
I know you mentioned that you only wanted to spend $2k, so I guess that
would rule out the LWP630, which is what I use for our Mac printing. The
direct ethernet connection reduces printing time as well as having a hard
drive directly connected to it to access postscript fonts.
So, I guess for the $2k price, I would go with the 4M. It's a little more
compact, has a status display and seems to be the overall better selection
at that price.
<And, I have no affiliations with either company, so no flames>
Unversity of Minnesota