HP Laserjet Pro MFP M521dn – Review

On August 16, 2013, in printer, Review, by Vicki Stokes

HP Laserjet Pro MFP M521dn
Company: HP
Price: $899.99

The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521dn  is a high-end home office laser printer. The printer features duplex printing, ePrint, automatic document feeder, as well as, the typical multiple function features, fax, copy, and scan. Additional features include touch screen access to business apps and HP ePrint. HP ePrint allows printing by sending an email attached document to the printer’s email address. It should be noted that this model prints black only.



HP Laserjet Pro MFP M521dn

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New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing
by Rob Sheppard
Lark Books
ISBN: 9781579907730,192 pages
$24.95 US, $31.95 CN

I recently purchased an Epson 3880 printer for digital black and white printing to replace my Epson 2200. The older printer consistently produced a notorious green cast no matter how often I calibrated or what ICC profile I used. Many prints showed metamerism or bronzing.

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Photosmart C4780 Printer/Scanner/Copier – Review

On October 13, 2009, in Macintosh, printer, Review, by John Nemerovski

Photosmart C4780 Printer/Scanner/Copier
Company: HP

Price: under $100 online

Most consumers won’t do a thorough evaluation of every aspect of their multifunction inkjet printer (MFP). If the darn thing prints reliably, makes a decent scan, and copies documents without too much fuss, people will be more concerned about the eventual cost of replacement ink than the details of software and hardware associated with a modern sophisticated device. HP developed this printer for home users to accomplish everyday printing needs.

For less than a hundred dollars U.S., you can purchase this sleek, black MFP from HP that prints beautifully, scans efficiently, and copies with enhanced options available. This unit is similar or identical to the “free” printers offered to Apple store customers who purchase a new computer. The Photosmart C4780 is one of the latest in a long family tree of multifunction HP machines dating back many years, beginning with the 1200 series, I believe.

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HP Photosmart C4280 All-in-One Printer
Company: HP

Price: $99 (US)

I remember hearing once, long before computers became so popular, that they would become so fast and powerful, with a storage capacity and connectivity, that we would essentially live in a paperless world. And so here we are today, in a world dominated by computers of all shapes and sizes. Computers are so common now that, if we know someone who does not have one, we are mystified how that could even be possible. But the promise, or prediction, of the paperless world has never come to pass. If anything, the commonality of computers has only increased our need for paper. Be it for documents or pictures, printers of all shapes and sizes can be found plugged into most computers, whether using a direct USB connection or over a local area network.

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Macspiration #79
Did you know…

On April 3, 2007, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

I help friends and family with their Macs all the time. Many things I show them result in them saying “I didn’t know that!” Many of these things seem like common sense to me. Here’s a list of many of these “I didn’t know that” items.

1. You don’t have to use the Apple mouse that might have come with your computer. You can use many third party mice as long as the package indicates it is compatible with a Mac. In fact, many of these mice work without having to install the included drivers. In cases like that, the drivers might add more functionality to the mouse, but you might find that the mouse works for your needs.

2. Here’s some more software you don’t need to install. If you just bought a digital camera or video camera and you plan on using iPhoto and/or iMovie you don’t need to install the software that came with your camera. The cameras should “just work.” The software on the included CD is usually iPhoto-like or iMovie-like applications that will just take up space on your hard drive.

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Where Have All the Epsons Gone?

On August 29, 2005, in Features, by John Nemerovski

Apple retail stores no longer sell or promote Epson printers, from my personal observation. Instead, HP and Canon are stocked. This change took place in May, I think, and was a wise, quiet decision by Apple.

Epsons print beautifully most of the time, but their print heads clog more swiftly and frequently than do HPs or Canons. I have a LOT of experience in this area, both personal and professional. I used to recommend Epson to my tutorial clients and Tucson MUG members, but I now also urge people to buy HP or Canon.

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HP Photosmart 2710 multi-function printer scanner copier fax
Company: Hewlett-Packard

http://www hp.com

I’ve been a big fan of multi-function (printer-scanner-copier-fax) units for quite a while. The Weeks division of MyMac.com labs has been using HP’s Photosmart 2710 for several weeks, and is quite impressed with it.

Multi-function units have two main disadvantages compared to a collection of standalone units:

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Tech Tips
My Mac Magazine #23, March ’97

On March 1, 1997, in Tech Tips, by Abraham Amchin

To start with, I’d like to thank those readers who contact me with their technical problems, I’m always happy to help out a fellow Mac user. This month Tech Tips will cover general printer troubleshooting, how to determine the cause of the problem and which areas to look at for the resolution.

Problem one: Printer won’t print, error message on the computer. This one is a very common occurrence for my clients. The main issue is that “won’t print” is enormously vague and can vary widely by printer type. Let’s start with a couple basics.

Can you print another document? If not, then try another program. If nothing will print, follow the steps below. If a different document/program will print then there are different software issues that will be covered in a future article.

What type of printer is it? If it is a laser printer, did it print out the startup page (if it normally does)? If it is an inkjet printer, did the printer make its usual ratchet noises (from the print head moving back and forth)? On either printer type, is the ready light on, not blinking, and no error lights on? If the answers were yes to these questions, we can hope that the printer itself is ok, or at least consider it the last item to check since it appears to be working. If you had difficulty answering any of these questions, mainly because you’ve never paid attention to your printer, I suggest watching what it does when you power it on – that way you know what is “normal” for your printer and can speed up any troubleshooting on your own.

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Tech Tips
My Mac Magazine #19, Nov. ’96

On November 4, 1996, in Tech Tips, by Jeramey Valley

This month is back to your standard troubleshooting and how-to. I’ll discuss printer maintenance for the various types (impact, inkjet and laser). A note about the steps I illustrate for cleaning: always unplug the printer, it’s better for you and your printer.

Printer health tips

Impact printers (also known as dot matrix, including the ImageWriter family):

The ribbon in an impact printer is vital to its longevity. Not only does the ribbon provide the ink on the paper, it also acts as a lubricant for the print head. Changing the ribbon whenever the print starts to get light keeps your documents looking good and extends the life of the print head by lubricating the firing pins. The print head is the component that actually presses the ribbon against the paper when it’s printing, so if it goes bad, you’ll usually notice dots missing from your documents.

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