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Laser Tag

Affordability has finally caught up with performance in laser printers. Does that make you "it"?

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This story appears in the June 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Twenty minutes. That's how long it took to get going--from opening the box until we were printing a test sheet from the Samsung ML-1651N networkable laser printer. Not too shabby. You can expect to get a good degree of user-friendliness when dealing with most of the lasers on the market, even when you take the extra step of tying them into your network. Congratulations, you're one wire away from sharing a printer.

The days of working in an office that looks like an inkjet ranch or spending a Bill Gatesian ransom on a laser printer are gone. Growing businesses can now choose from a herd of affordable monochrome lasers to meet their workgroup printing needs. Benefits of going this route include low consumables costs, fast printouts and robust duty cycles. One disadvantage is lack of color, but that's still not a requirement for most business printing. For the sake of comparison, the one exception in this (rticle is the Xerox Phaser 8200. We'll give you more on that later. No matter what, a good laser will look like Charles Atlas compared to your average inkjet.

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