The HP 4100N and HP 4200N Compete

compete3After much deliberation, you are finally choosing between two printers. Now what? We have drawn up a comparison table for you with the most important things that you will want to look at and filled it in for two of our most popular printers. By putting the specs side by side in a table, it is easy for you to see which printer outdoes the other in the areas that are important to you.


HP LaserJet 4100N Printer

HP LaserJet 4200N Printer




Memory Capacity (Std/Max)

32 MB/256 MB

64 MB/416 MB

Hard Disk Drive

Optional 5 GB

Optional 10 GB

Print Speed



Resolution (HxV)

1200 x 1200 dpi

600 x 600dpi

Monthly Duty Cycle



Client OS Support

Windows 9x/NT 4.0/Me/2000, Mac OS 7.5+, UNIX

Windows 98/NT 4.0/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6+ to 9.x, OS X 10.1, 10.2+

Standard Interface

10/100BaseT Ethernet, Parallel

JetDirect 10/100BaseTX Ethernet Parallel, 1 open EIO slot

Std/Max Paper Source(s)



Std/Max Paper Capacity

600 sheets/1600 Sheets

600 sheets/2600 sheets

Max Paper Size (WxL)

8.5″ x 14″

8.5″ x 14″

Automatic Duplexing



Energy Star Compliance



Noise Level (Print/Idle)

58 dB/32 dB

54 dB/24 dB

Our Price



Toner Cost

Black 10,000 Yield – $129

Black 12,000 Yield – $149

Weight (Base Unit)

38.5 lbs

45 lbs

Dimensions (HxWxD)

13.6″ x 15.3″ x 19.9″

14.4″ x 16.2″ x 17.3″

Click here for a blank table to fill in for your two choices and discover which one does better in the areas that matter to you. Now it’s easy for you to decide which one is right for your home or office.

Good luck!

Help! My Laser Toner Cartridge Just Leaked?!?!

toner cartridge mess

Toner is an extremely fine powder and in substantial concentration can cause irritation to the respiratory tract which can result in coughing and wheezing. Place a paper mask or scarf over your nose and mouth while dealing with the spill.

  • It is better to vacuum it up and thereby remove all dust particles from the vicinity, as opposed to brushing it which could cause a dust cloud and further spreading of the particles.
  • Any remaining toner powder should be wiped away with a cloth, made damp with a little bit of cold water.
  • Hot water should preferably not be used because it may cause the toner to melt a little and become sticky.
  • You can throw the toner away in a regular bin, but it is advisable to place it in a sealed bag which can contain the powder to avoid further mess
  • Use an abrasive sponge together with cold water to remove toner that has bonded to the skin.

Canon vs. HP, Ricoh vs. Xerox…How to decide which brand to use?!

When trying to decide on an office machine, looking at the list of many top Signpost Shows Confusion Or Dilemmamanufacturers can be rather overwhelming. How can you know which is best??

It is never a valid concept to say that “Brand A is better than Brand B”. You have to look at the functions of each machine individually in order to make your decision. When making the decision, there are various factors to look out for which will help you make a good choice.

Compare. Find models that fit your budget and perform the functions you need. Make a list of those models. Avoid features you don’t need. Paying extra just because a printer has exciting features you’ll never need or use is a waste of money. Look at the pros and cons of each and weigh up to see which is most suitable for your needs.

When you’ve got your list of potential printers, find the ink cartridges used by each. Then write down the page yield for each set of cartridges and the cost. Then make careful calculations. Ink is where your real money will be spent, long after the initial purchase. Any money you saved in the initial purchase is more than lost when replacing the inks very often.

Two general rules to remember:
1. The cheaper the printer the more you will spend in ink.
2. Ink tanks (one for each color) are almost always more economical than ink cartridges where three colors are in one cartridge.

Our helpful staff at copyfaxes will be happy to give you some advice and help out.

Good luck and happy decision making!!

How To Save Ink…Before You Hit Print

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Are you finding your ink costs soaring? There are various ways that you can minimize your ink costs, without compromising on printing whatever you need:

Check. And check again.

Save your ink by looking twice and printing once. Run a spelling and grammar check, and use the Print Preview tool to check you’re happy with the way your page looks.

How many pages??

If you only need certain parts of a multi-page document, make sure to select only the pages you need (in the Print Preview dialog box).

Quality or not?

Don’t print out your documents on a higher quality than you need. Your printer is likely to automatically be set at a high print quality, but if you are just printing driving directions or a recipe that looks good make sure to switch to Draft Mode in Print Properties. Draft Mode uses less ink and is also quicker.

Go black.

Color ink is usually more expensive than black ink, so save money by switching any color that you don’t need to black. The Google Map will direct you just as well in black as in color. Find the option to Print In Grayscale in Print Properties.

Ink low already? Its barely been used!

If you are not a frequent user of your printer, it may perform routine maintenance to clean the print heads, which causes ink loss. To prevent this, make sure to print regularly – once a week is good enough, and also make sure to turn off your printer with the on/off button rather than from the mains. This will make sure your printer resets before it shuts down.

No choice but to print the whole webpage…images and all.

Wrong. Try looking for a link for a printable version or a PDF option. If neither are available, get rid of the background colors and images before printing in the Advanced Internet Options under Tools.

Bear these pointers in mind when you go about your day-to-day printing needs and no doubt you’ll see your cartridges lasting longer. Just a little bit of thought and effort can make all the difference.