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Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

Depends on your point of view. Before this, I had an HP Laserjet 3 with approx 50,000 pages (so maybe 2,000-2,500 pages a year). So yeah, the Brother may get me around 5+ years, but a) the drum has a shorter shelf life than that and b) 5 years is still way to soon to junk a perfectly good printer. As long as it works, why replace it?

The HP was actually about 50 times the price of the brother. And with inflation more like 100 times the true price. I'm not saying the brother isn't good value for a solid machine, just that the environmental price of their broken business model is awful.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

It's a Brother HL-2240. I just checked staples and the fuser says 12,000 pages and it's currently 2.5 times the price I paid for the printer. IMO if anything it should optionally come bundled with a toner cartridge for an extra $20 on top of the cost of the toner.

The printer really was great value, but I'm not going to buy another machine that's going to the garbage dump over such a stupid reason, I will definitely be more careful when I replace it.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 3, Informative) 387

I have a Brother laser printer. It really is a fantastic printer, and it was quite cheap to buy. But it has a fuser assembly that's good for about 10-15,000 pages and will cost about twice as much to replace as I paid for the whole printer. I wasn't aware of that when I bought the printer and it means the printer is going to have a very short life before becoming landfill. I really hate Brother for playing that game.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 5, Interesting) 387

I used HP printers for years starting with a LaserJet II. From about 2000 on, they were nothing but trouble, constant cartridge errors, clogs, etc. With both OEM and non-OEM ink. One with a scanner had the scanner self-destruct after about 20 page scans.

About 5 years ago, I bought a canon. It's been through about 150 non-OEM cartridges. It's sat idle for a month and it's printed 200 photos in a day. And it works like a dream every time.

This isn't really a plug for Canon, but HP is just so unbelievably bad. Nobody should buy their printers.

Comment Re:Tractors (Score 1) 400

But you don't need to own the advanced machines.

I "need" a $250,000 HP Indigo 7600 Digital Press. Rather than spend the money on a machine that will sit idle 99% of the time, I found a company near me whose core business is owning the machine and allowing others to use it. The company operating and maintains the machine saving me the trouble, but I get to use the machine (along with several thousand other people). I pay a tiny, tiny fraction of what it would cost to have my own machine, I get all the use I want out of it, and the company makes a nice profit on their actual investment.

Apple needs a multibillion dollar chip fab. And the'd need to replace it every 3 years with a newer process fab. Rather than invest the money themselves, they design the chips and have someone else produce them on their fab. And we're at the point where you can order as few as 10,000 units of a chip bringing the benefits of a multibillion dollar fab into the reach of just about any company.

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