Yea? Nay? What say ye?
I am in the process of pricing and evaluating printers for my home office. We have a variety of clunkers about the house, testifying to the near-disposable nature of many of these "free" printers that get packaged with computers we have purchased over the years, and I would like to have a higher quality, heavier duty printer to handle my academic needs.
On the higher-priced end, I am intrigued by the Brother HL-4040CDN color laser printer, which has duplex printing and and built-in networking. It is currently on sale at a number of major retailers, and offers a lot of the features I would find useful.
This machine allows you to print PDF and JPEG files directly from a USB flash drive without connecting to a PC, which would be handy for those endless academic articles graduate students are expected to digest. This printer also has a printing rate of up to 21 pages per minute (color and monochrome), and that would come in handy on the days when university printers are on the fritz, which is far too often in this age of hyperactive cost-controls. At one local university which shall remain nameless, graduate students in a number of departments found that administrators were holding print cartridges hostage because of budget cutbacks.
Of course, since those same graduate students pay hundreds of dollars per term in "technology fees," one might wonder where the money is really going, but I suppose that is the subject of a future blog post.
Anyways, please feel free to offer your suggestions on a printer that you have found especially hardy and efficient, or post comments about any models you think I should stay away from.