Dell’s got another 30% off deal for the 3100cn color laser printer. I missed a 40% off deal by a week, so the price will be $384 (instead of $330) after discount. I’ve read a few reviews, and the consensus is that it’s a very good print. Cons include it being noisy and very bulky (16 x 16 x 21 inches). Anybody have first-hand experience who can comment on:
- Mac compatibility.
- Photo printing quality. What are the best papers for photo reproduction?
- Memory. Should I spring for the extra 256MB at $70? Is the extra memory required for printing photos?
- Toner capacity. What’s a reasonable number of pages to expect before plunking down $350 for a new set of CMYK toner cartridges?
My HP LaserJet 6MP has been serving me well for the past several years, but it’s no longer working with my Farallon iPrint Ethernet Adapter. This means I haven’t been able to use the printer with my Macs :( I guess I could find another iPrint on eBay for $30, but (1) I’m not sure if the iPrint is really the culprit (though it works fine through the parallel and IR ports) and (2) part of me is intrigued by upgrading to a color laser.
Anyhow, the deal ends tomorrow, though Dell no doubt will have another one in a week or two.