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22 Nov 2013   #421
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
I have a 6 or 7 year old HP 5610 that we have scanned at least 1000+ doc. and printed 2000 or 3000+ paper and card stock and still going great.
If the cost-performance ratio on PC's had stayed with that of printers we could buy a top of the line gaming rig for $299.99 today. My wireless Canon aio was cheap and has been a great performer for 4 years now. I think my next printer is going to be a HP. Linux likes HP drivers over all others, I still haven't got Linux to talk to my Canon.

Newegg has some good black Friday sales going, sucked me into buying a lap top I don't need. Now I can try W8.1 on a touch screen.


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22 Nov 2013   #422
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post

If the cost-performance ratio on PC's had stayed with that of printers we could buy a top of the line gaming rig for $299.99 today.
Printer companies basically give the printers away and make their money on ink and toner.
For the PC analogy to work you would be able to buy that top performing rig for $299.99, but be charged $40 every time you installed a program or utility on it!
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22 Nov 2013   #423
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

If only some of my programs cost only $40! I have a music notation program that would cost me $600 if I had to buy it now. Adobe Acrobat XI Standard would cost $254. Both have to be upgraded every so often. Both are around $140 each to upgrade.
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22 Nov 2013   #424
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Heh heh. In order for this ridiculous scenario to work as an analogy you would still have to buy your programs, but pay an extra $40 to install them. The analogy is OK, but the idea is crazy. That is why we still have to pay $1500 for a gaming rig.
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24 Nov 2013   #425
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

An amazing touchscreen Ultrabook for little money - but you have to be fast.

ASUS VivoBook 14" Windows 8 Intel Core i5 S400CA-RSI5T18 Touchscreen Ultrabook - Newegg.com
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25 Nov 2013   #426
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

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Watch the Samsung printers. Getting the wireless to connect is often temperamental and toner is a bit pricy. Also, their tech help is worthless. Yes, I'm speaking from experience but check the reviews.
I completely Agree, the wireless does not work well. Worse yet, if you need one of their printers on your wired network for staff and on the wireless for patrons they cannot be on 2 networks at once. Wire or wireless not both. useless. -WS
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25 Nov 2013   #427
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Watch the Samsung printers. Getting the wireless to connect is often temperamental and toner is a bit pricy. Also, their tech help is worthless. Yes, I'm speaking from experience but check the reviews.
I completely Agree, the wireless does not work well. Worse yet, if you need one of their printers on your wired network for staff and on the wireless for patrons they cannot be on 2 networks at once. Wire or wireless not both. useless. -WS
My wireless works just fine now but getting it to work the first time was a bloody nightmare (and I'm not even on Elm St.). Using a USB cable to set it up simply did not work. The first time I contacted their tech helpless department, the woman kept coming up with directions I didn't understand, then when I asked her to walk me through them, she would try something else instead (obviously, she didn't have clue what she was advising). The second time I contacted them the idiot on the other end kept saying I had to use an ethernet cable to connect to the router. I couldn't get it through his thick skull that 1. my router was 25' away in another room, 2. I didn't have a 25' ethernet cable, and 3. it was the middle of the night and there was no way I could get a 25' ethernet cable. I finally hung up on the "maroon" (apologies to Bugs Bunny) after he suggest I carry the printer to the other room and use a shorter ethernet cable. I told him my longest ethernet cable, 18", still wouldn't reach and, being 63 (at the time) and handicapped, if I carried that 40 lb. printer anywhere, it would be to my truck to ship the machine back. I tried using the WPS buttons on the printer and my router and couldn't get a connection that way until I lost my temper and leaned on the printer's WPS button while muttering not so sweet nothings not exactly under my breath to the POS. It turned out you have to hold the WPS button in until the printer responds on the display, which takes at least three seconds (any other time I've used WPS on other equipment, response time was immediate). It was really nice of Samsung to not put that in their *&^%! directions. Once I got the printer and the router talking to each other, all I had to do was install the driver.

The problem I have now is, if I put something other than 20 lb. paper in the single sheet feed tray, such as a 3"x5" card or an envelope (I print more of those and checks more than anything else), the printer will throw an error message, complaining that there is a media mismatch. Pressing OK button on the printer once or twice will let the print go through, otherwise there is a 30-45 second delay before the print goes through on its own. Contacting Samsung on this so far has been a total waste of time.

It's a pity that I'm having these problems because, otherwise, this would be a nice printer. Color and B&W printouts are sharp and clear, and colors are bright and beautiful. Once warmed up, it's pretty fast. Carts are expensive but cost per page is reasonable (a little over a nickel for B&W).
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25 Nov 2013   #428
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

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Watch the Samsung printers. Getting the wireless to connect is often temperamental and toner is a bit pricy. Also, their tech help is worthless. Yes, I'm speaking from experience but check the reviews.
I completely Agree, the wireless does not work well. Worse yet, if you need one of their printers on your wired network for staff and on the wireless for patrons they cannot be on 2 networks at once. Wire or wireless not both. useless. -WS
My wireless works just fine now but getting it to work the first time was a bloody nightmare (and I'm not even on Elm St.). Using a USB cable to set it up simply did not work. The first time I contacted their tech helpless department, the woman kept coming up with directions I didn't understand, then when I asked her to walk me through them, she would try something else instead (obviously, she didn't have clue what she was advising). The second time I contacted them the idiot on the other end kept saying I had to use an ethernet cable to connect to the router. I couldn't get it through his thick skull that 1. my router was 25' away in another room, 2. I didn't have a 25' ethernet cable, and 3. it was the middle of the night and there was no way I could get a 25' ethernet cable. I finally hung up on the "maroon" (apologies to Bugs Bunny) after he suggest I carry the printer to the other room and use a shorter ethernet cable. I told him my longest ethernet cable, 18", still wouldn't reach and, being 63 (at the time) and handicapped, if I carried that 40 lb. printer anywhere, it would be to my truck to ship the machine back. I tried using the WPS buttons on the printer and my router and couldn't get a connection that way until I lost my temper and leaned on the printer's WPS button while muttering not so sweet nothings not exactly under my breath to the POS. It turned out you have to hold the WPS button in until the printer responds on the display, which takes at least three seconds (any other time I've used WPS on other equipment, response time was immediate). It was really nice of Samsung to not put that in their *&^%! directions. Once I got the printer and the router talking to each other, all I had to do was install the driver.

The problem I have now is, if I put something other than 20 lb. paper in the single sheet feed tray, such as a 3"x5" card or an envelope (I print more of those and checks more than anything else), the printer will throw an error message, complaining that there is a media mismatch. Pressing OK button on the printer once or twice will let the print go through, otherwise there is a 30-45 second delay before the print goes through on its own. Contacting Samsung on this so far has been a total waste of time.

It's a pity that I'm having these problems because, otherwise, this would be a nice printer. Color and B&W printouts are sharp and clear, and colors are bright and beautiful. Once warmed up, it's pretty fast. Carts are expensive but cost per page is reasonable (a little over a nickel for B&W).
I am glad you got your wireless to work. We were not so lucky. It would work for 1 day and then refuse to work again. Solution, wipe out all the settings to factory and setup. Works for a day and then nothing. Swapped machines, same thing, then upgraded to the next model, same thing. UGH!
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25 Nov 2013   #429
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm wishing I had not gone for the wireless model (CLP-415NW) and had gotten the CLP-680ND instead. It has a much better sheet feed tray (50 sheet capacity instead of only the 1 sheet of the CLP-415NW).
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26 Nov 2013   #430
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

An extra $10 off with Promo code BTEWWVR37 for all those Windows licenses:

Newegg.com - Software, Operating Systems, OEM
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