Ode to a printer

We’re always complaining about stuff not working, but I just want to say how happy I’ve been, and still am, with our HP Laserjet 2300 DTN. Sounds like a commercial, doesn’t it?

Anyway, as I replaced the drum today, I checked the numbers. We got it in the summer of 2003 and it’s never failed yet. It has printed more than 64,000 pages, most in duplex, and has jammed less than 20 times total, according to the event log. The last jam was more than a year ago. It’s running as network printer for all the machines we have and it works flawlessly with any OS we’ve tried so far. The printouts are always just fine. Scrambled output has only appeared maybe twice during all these years. I can’t even remember when it last happened.

There’s always an up to date software package to be had from HP for any Windows version I’ve used. Admittedly, I don’t know about Win 7; I’ve stopped getting new versions of Windows a while back. It has been automatically located and installed on every Mac I’ve had, up to and including Snow Leopard, without any intervention by the user. Just like that. Options and all. Probably due to it running Bonjour flawlessly. I’ve never done a bios update.

As a final bonus, I’ve noticed that its actual consumption of cartridges is not one per 6,000 pages as advertised, but somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 pages per cartridge.

I simply can’t believe what a good investment this has been. Amazing. Now let’s hope it doesn’t die just because I sang its praises…

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