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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 16, 2011 / 17 Elul, 5771

$300 laser printer raises question of necessity

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Right now, $299.99 will get you Hewlett Packard Co.'s LaserJet Pro 100 MFP 175nw printer, a networkable color laser printer that's smaller than many previous incarnations, and at 35.5 pounds a lighter unit than many others. You can find this bargain at Staples or at BestBuy. Order direct from HP and expect to pay $50 more.

Forgive the repetition, but I remember one stop at a local nonprofit, early in my brief tech management career, where the head honcho was determined to get a laser printer for his correspondence, come you-know-what or high water. Get one we did, networkable to the special computer system used there, for about $4,000 of said nonprofit's money. Back then, in the second Reagan administration, lasers were quite something.

It's not the Eighties anymore, and today, lasers can come very cheap (for monochrome) or disguised as office document systems, what used to be called copiers. If you work in a large enough office, you're probably on a network to which the document system is attached. Find the right software driver, set the proper connection, and you can print on a "laser" the size of a small refrigerator. And, besides, the hike from your cubicle is good exercise.

So who needs a $300 laser, even if the name is HP, since so many laser printing functions and features are just a network connection away? And if you really, really want a laser on your desk, is this model, which debuted in July, the one for you?

It depends. The LaserJet Pro 100 MFP 175nw is a nice machine, with HP's usually excellent print quality, but it doesn't set my heart a-flutter. If you hit the manufacturer's stated "duty cycle" of about 950 pages a month, you can expect to spend around $50 every six weeks for a new monochrome toner cartridge, or about $450 a year. The cyan, magenta and yellow toner cartridges, at just under $56 each, are rated to last for 1,000 pages, and your replacement rate will depend on how much color printing you do. If there are plenty of yellow logos on your documents, get ready to pay. If you replace each color three times a year, that'll add $506 or so to your toner bill, for a grand total of $956 in cartridges, plus tax.

In the first year of use, then, you could spend around $1,200 for the printer and replacement toner cartridges. It would appear that, with this laser printer, HP has done what so many on the ink-jet side have done for years: offer a nice unit with a low price, and make it up on the consumables, the old "razors and blades" strategy.

But alternatives exist, including many small business inkjet printers that offer quality virtually indistinguishable from a laser, with more modest consumables costs. Purchase one of these - even an HP model - and pair it with a super-low price monochrome laser, and you may end up ahead of the game.

Should your heart be fixed on having a laser, I would suggest some serious thinking before signing up for this one. As mentioned, the consumables costs could come back to bite you if you're a heavy-duty user.

Also, setup was a bit daunting for a Macintosh user, which I am. There's no installer for the LaserJet software that supports Apple's latest release of OS X, nicknamed "Lion." So, you get to do this via Apple's operating system, and while it's relatively simple via a USB cable, it become a bit more demanding if you want to do things wirelessly. At least I found that using my Verizon FiOS wireless router and the LaserJet Pro 100. Things may get easier moving forward, but the install is more daunting than it should be.

Looking for duplex, or two-sided printing? Get ready to do it manually; there's no auto-duplexing here. That's another negative, in my book: competing inkjets offer this as standard.

Scanning a document? On the Mac, do it in Apple's Preview.app; the LaserJet100 and Adobe Acrobat Pro X don't get along.

HP remains an industry leader in quality, construction and reliability. This particular model may well find a lot of fans out there. But I was expecting a bit more out of this small package. That I didn't find it is a disappointment, and a challenge to keep looking.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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