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    Recommend me a wireless networked laser printer...

    I'm having that time where everything explodes/breaks, and the latest thing to go is my colour laser printer.

    It has been streaking colours for a while and now jams regularly.

    I need:

    1) Duplex printing
    2) Networked (at least), WIFI preferably
    3) Paper tray holder which can hold a big chunk of paper
    4) Windows and OSX support

    Both the Mrs and I work from home, so I need more of a SoHo unit rather than a cheap and nasty one.

    What do you recommend?

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    Re: Recommend me a wireless networked laser printer...

    I have used Brother and Lexmark printers with success, Lexmark consumables tend to be on the expensive side.

    I have used printerbase in the past, and had good service from them.

    http://www.printerbase.co.uk

    Brother printer is networked multifunction monochrome duplex and is at least 7 years old. It only gets light use but is my main printer. It has been superseded by the Mfr - but for reference it is MFC 8860DN.

    Other one is a Lexmark c310dn and includes airdrop. It also gets very light use.

    If I was in the market for a new printer, id be looking at printers from these two mfrs first.
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    Re: Recommend me a wireless networked laser printer...

    IJT Direct have some offers on at the moment, might be worth a look. My Dell 1320CN came from them several years ago and is still going strong, it was on one of the deals where you buy a couple of sets of toner and get the printer free.
    http://www.ijtdirect.co.uk/?sct=printerdeals

    My printer lacks WIFI but does have Ethernet, easily got around using a wifi range extender with Ethernet port, costs about £15.

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    Re: Recommend me a wireless networked laser printer...

    How much do you print, and does it need to be in colour? I can wholeheartedly recommend Brother mono laser printers, I have not tried their colour lasers but I've heard the entry models (DCP 901x and 902x) unfortunately get the 'cheap and nasty' tag. There is an abundance of cheap 3rd party consumables for Brother printers.

    If by SoHo, you didn't mean print volume, but a printer that works and doesn't bugger up in the middle of a big duplex print, forcing you to start all over and then doesn't recognise when there is actually paper in the tray and jams for no good reason (danm you HP *shakes fist*), I have had the MFC J5625DW for a while now and have been very impressed. To note, it is a inkjet but has optional large cartridges which can be found remanufactured for not much money. It prints at good speed thanks to printing broad-ways rather than typical top to bottom. The duplex hasn't failed on me and it hasn't chewed up any paper yet. The ADF scanner is great if you are one to the scan-and-shred documents as it can get a stack of scanning done quickly. WIFI and cloud integration (I use Google Drive but Dropbox and Microsoft's services are also available, alongside cloud printing options) is easily managed by the touch screen.

    For your 3rd and 4th points, it has a 150 sheet tray and supports OSX and Apple Air Print.

    I won't necessarily say buy this particular printer, but of all the networked and cloud solutions I've seen, Brother's seems the most well thought out.

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    Re: Recommend me a wireless networked laser printer...

    So in the end I went for a Brother MFC-9330CDW as there's a £100 cash back offer on it.

    As an aside, here's a good example of why I prefer OSX to Windows:

    I had to get a printer quickly to print out some contract stuff, so I went and bought a HP Envy from my local Tescos.

    Connecting it to my Macbook Pro in Windows:

    Go to 123.hp.com, download the HP installer.
    Install the HP installer
    The HP installer pulls down ~ 200MB of 'software'
    Windows sits and thinks for a bit.
    The HP installer pulls down more 'software' and makes me accept a bunch of T&Cs
    I can print...

    Connecting it to my Macbook Pro in OSX:
    Click add printer.
    Printer HP Envy found using Bonjour protocol.
    Add.
    I can print......

    Where Windows took about 15-20 mins, OSX took literally seconds.

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    Re: Recommend me a wireless networked laser printer...

    Err that's down to HP not windows, the printer probably would have worked with the built in windows drivers. They want you to add all the extra software to get you to buy consumables from them.

    My networked dell with windows 10, no drivers required, it just appears in windows as an available printer, you don't even need to do the add printer bit.

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    Re: Recommend me a wireless networked laser printer...

    Quote Originally Posted by Flibb View Post
    Err that's down to HP not windows ...
    This. I've got a Brother MFC J4610DW on the wireless network at home. I set up a new Win 10 computer - I think for the first time - over the Xmas hols, and it found and installed the printer automatically during OS install. Literally it was there as soon as my desktop was ready for use. Just about the most impressive thing windows has ever done for me

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