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Old 10-11-2005, 07:24 AM   #1
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Default Replacing a Home Office Copier

My old home office copier machine, a Xerox 5310 aka relabelled Sharp Z88, died on me. The problem apparently is a circuit board, and the cost of repairing it is too prohibitive. Also given the repair history of this low use machine, I would not consider anything offered by Xerox or Sharp again. A few testimonials I have received about Canon suggest I stay clear of that brand as well.

In my price range, approx. $500 give or take, the only alternatives I can find are laser-based b&w digital copier/printers, some with added multifunctions like scanning and faxing. These, however, have a platen no larger than legal size paper, a distinct disadvantage given my kind of use.

If I wish to purchase a multifunction machine, I have narrowed my selection to the HP LaserJet 3380 All-in-One or the Brother MFC-8840D. HP has a one year warranty, Brother three years. The 8840D also has auto-duplexing, a feature I covet.

The Xerox 5310 had a stationary platen 11 x 15 inches, which enabled me to copy oversized books reduced to fit onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. I do not need to copy onto legal size paper, but I do need at least a legal size platen if not larger from which to copy large bound originals.

Since dedicated copiers would cost me well over $1,000 and would be out of my budget, and multifunction machines don't have all that I would truly desire, I was wondering if anyone herein would have any other ideas I might consider.

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Old 10-11-2005, 08:21 AM   #2
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Thankfully I rarely have to copy anything larger than letter size documents, but we've been quite happy with our little multi-function HP. Have never hooked it up to a computer and used the scanning function, just used it for fax and copier features. Oh yes, just for fun we once tried its ability to read the media from our digital camera and print directly from the cards.

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Old 10-11-2005, 11:01 AM   #3
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Brother, Samsung, HP and Dell offer monochrome laser all-in-ones in the $400 price range that enlarge and reduce, when copying. They also, of course, print at ~15ppm. They FAX from your computer, or as a standalone. They have autofeeders that work pretty well for copy and FAX both. They have scanner functions, frequently in color, that are best ignored for critical work. For $100 more, you can get a model that goes right on your network - no specific computer has to be on to get shared printer access.

I found a Brother 8820DN refurb for $200, and I'm very happy.

(Scratch that - they're arguing with me about the rebate. Grrr. But the hardware's fine.)
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