We've been using an HP 3550 in our lab for a few years now and it has been hammered with print jobs, as it's the only color printer the students have easy print access to. We don't get many garbage print jobs, even with the open access. We talk with students who print large documents, but most kids are good about asking before printing something unusual. Consumables really run up the budget, with four cartridges for around $100 a pop. We've gone through a single transfer kit and a fuser over the years, both over $100, and a small forest of trees to keep it fed with paper. Consumables other than paper run us about $1,600 a year. We use remanufactured cartridges almost exclusively, usually from Vermont Toner or Gov Connection. Gov Connection has proven to be the best source for consumable modules, like the fuser, beating DepotAmerica handily in both price and delivery time. Steve Barner South Burlington High School -----Original Message----- From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Raymond Ballou Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 1:43 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: printer suggestions Dear List: Looking for a suggestion about a network color last printer. small workgroup sized NEED basic driver (windows) no 1/2hr installs (some of the HPs can be if if it insists on loading THEIR photo editor, etc) WANT a model that is new but proven or has long availability (so that I can order similar units a year from now) if you have one that you love or hate, I would appreciate knowing. R. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ This email may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If this email contains confidential and/or privileged health or student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA or HIPAA, federal regulations require that you destroy this email without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone. -- This message has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, ClamAV and Bitdefender and is believed to be clean.