HP have released a new ColorLaserJet – the 3600. This printer is aimed at small offices with a street price of around $950. First impressions are very favourable, it is very easy to set up and use.

One of the main features is the printers use of the new HP ColorSphere toners. These toners promise a more glossy print (even on plain paper). You can use glossy paper in this printer as well. Another unique feature is that unlike most other mid-end colour lasers, the HP Color LaserJet 3600 cartridges also include the drum. This means you replace the drum every time you replace the toner, which will result in clear prints every time. Often on color laser printers the drum (or photoconductor unit) can cost as much to replace as the original cost of the printer!

One drawback of the HP Color Laserjet 3600 is that it is a host based printer, which basically means it uses your computers processing power and memory to render the page for printing. This can put a strain on your workstation, so be careful. It is, however, compatible with both Macintosh and Windows. The HP Color Laserjet 3600n and HP Color Laserjet 3600dn also support out of the box networking making them very easy to set up and connect.

All in all a great colour laser for small offices.

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