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School Computer Lab Networked Color Laser Printer

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#1 techteacher


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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:45 AM

I am the technology teacher at an elementary school. The computer lab has 20 Gateway P5 stations as well as capability for 15 additional wireless laptops. Students currently are unable to print in color. We want to use the proceeds from our fundraising drive to purchase a color printer/system so that students can print report covers, greeting cards, book reports etc. using some color on the graphics. Another school recommended the HP Color Laser 4005. This is my first time running a computer lab so any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:52 AM

I don't think I'd ask the students...a little research cuts the potential cost.



I guess I don't see why book reports would be in color...but I'm older (in muliples of 5) than your students :thumbsup:.


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Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:17 AM

I like HP color laserjets. They have good print clarity/resolution, are built to handle the job flow in a lab environment, and have support in place when needed (HP and numerous local shops that are HP certified.) I recommend a few things...

Visit the HP site and look under education sales - choose your state.
Find the printer that matches your need. (Duty cycle / Media styles / Etc)
Visit http://www.reviews.cnet.com (Click Printers) and see what others say about the printer.
Speak to other schools - neighboring districts - and see what they like.
Make sure the printer you select can be easily networked.
Talk with your district's IT department for what is supported.

After you have all that research, the you are ready to buy a printer. Shop around! There are deals in many places with some sites that cater directly to education. Be sure to state that you are buying for a school.


Talk with your district's IT department for what is supported. Hmm I said that twice... Think maybe I am a District IT admin??? Yep :huh:

For the record: I suggested HP because that is what we use, and are most familiar with. There are many good color laser / inkjet printers out there.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your purchase. I am sure the students are going to love their new printer! :thumbsup:

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