The lowdown on laser printers

What is it? A network-ready laser printer for workgroups comes with a 10/100 Ethernet card and a fairly high pages-per-minute rating. It should have a fast RISC processor, upgradeable RAM, 600- by 600-dots-per-inch-resolution and drivers for multiple operating systems, as well as automatic duplexing, versatile paper handling and multifunction scan, copy and fax options.

What about color? Monochrome models are faster and less expensive than color models. Single-pass technology has made color models almost as fast as their monochrome cousins, but they are still more expensive.

Which should I buy? Monochrome lasers are great for print jobs requiring fast text printing with crisp resolution. Color lasers provide wonderful color graphics along with spots of color to spice up pages of text.

Must-know info? Color laser technology is rapidly catching up with user demands for speed, precise image rendering and cost-effectiveness. Within a few years, sales of color lasers will outstrip those of color ink-jets except in the personal and small-office sectors, and will probably eclipse sales of monochrome lasers as well.

What is it? A network-ready laser printer for workgroups comes with a 10/100 Ethernet card and a fairly high pages-per-minute rating. It should have a fast RISC processor, upgradeable RAM, 600- by 600-dots-per-inch-resolution and drivers for multiple operating systems, as well as automatic duplexing, versatile paper handling and multifunction scan, copy and fax options.

What about color? Monochrome models are faster and less expensive than color models. Single-pass technology has made color models almost as fast as their monochrome cousins, but they are still more expensive.

Which should I buy? Monochrome lasers are great for print jobs requiring fast text printing with crisp resolution. Color lasers provide wonderful color graphics along with spots of color to spice up pages of text.

Must-know info? Color laser technology is rapidly catching up with user demands for speed, precise image rendering and cost-effectiveness. Within a few years, sales of color lasers will outstrip those of color ink-jets except in the personal and small-office sectors, and will probably eclipse sales of monochrome lasers as well.

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