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Old 10-18-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Just curious on either a standard inkjet vs laser general printing of less than 100 pages / labels a month. What's the self life of the inks and the drum.... either in the unit and or boxed un opened......?
And talking about labels is their a easy way on either printer to register your page so you know what column and what label the printer will start on next time you print a label.... ?
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:07 PM
 
Location: somewhere south of Canada
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I am regretting the day I bought my HP all in one. I had an older HP printer/copier/scanner that worked great with XP but when I bought a new computer it didn't work with Vista, so I went out and spent about $200 on a fancy schmancy HP all in one printer/copier/scanner/fax (C7280) and it sucks. I didn't hook it up for over a month because I was moving and decided to not unpack it until I was settled. So today I got a fatal error message when I tried to install it and THREE hours on the phone with HP tech support got me nowhere - I ended up screaming and swearing at the guy in tech support because he refused to transfer me to level 2 support, or let me speak with his supervisor (I had tried for over an hour to get him to transfer me and he just kept up with the infuriating excuses in that annoying voice). I ended up calling back and after 15 minutes with the next person I got a supervisor. They are supposed to be calling me tomorrow with higher level support. We'll see what happens.

I wish I'd tried to install it sooner because now it's too late to return it. I'm thinking of trying to sell it on ebay and buying a different brand. I liked the feature to print wirelessly but it's not an absolute requirement, so maybe I can find something cheaper and just connect with the USB when I want to print/scan. I usually sit with my computer on my lap in the living room, so the wireless would have been nice. I just don't think the aggravation with HP is worth it. Another $100 and I can save my sanity.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:56 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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Just curious on either a standard inkjet vs laser general printing of less than 100 pages / labels a month. What's the self life of the inks and the drum.... either in the unit and or boxed un opened......?
And talking about labels is their a easy way on either printer to register your page so you know what column and what label the printer will start on next time you print a label.... ?
Most of the drums have a best before date on them, or on the box, but it is generally in the order of 20-24 months if the cartridge is stored in a cool,dry, location in it's original packaging.

EDIT: As for the label printing, you could create a table in word or other package and make the cells the same dimensions as the area of the label you want printed and put other columns/rows in between to act as buffers.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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Generally speaking, I go with HP for everything....EXCEPT....for the scanner. I bought a very cheap, Canon Lide60 and it's been great! No bells or whistles, just performs a simple task, with a simple click. It's a couple years old, and no problems.

I'm not one for buying equipment that does 2-3 different tasks. One of my best investments in 1995 was a Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4000 b/w printer! That thing STILL rocks!
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