Windows Magazine: Printer Guide 2006
C5900DN goes head to head with HP Laserjet 3800DN
"If you are looking to squeeze the most bang from your buck, and want both the quickest print speeds and the biggest potential memory capacity (for yet greater performance), we recommend the C5900dn, as in our tests it consistently outperformed the higher priced LaserJet 3800."
Battle of the beams
Targeted at the small workgroup, each printer offers mono and colour output, plus each is network and duplex ready. When comparing the products, the Windows Magazine reviewer looked at print speed, print quality, product features and cost.
Value for money
Of course every business is cost conscious and the difference in prices of the machines is substantial, so businesses with the tightest budgets will find the C5900dn $899 price tag hard to resist.
Speed and Quality
To test performance, each machine was tasked with printing Windows documents:
- 20-page black & white text document (printed in normal and
- 20 page colour text document (normal and duplex modes)
- 6 page colour text and image PDF document (normal and duplex modes)
Test results showed that the C5900dn print speeds were consistently faster than the HP's. The C5900dn finished the mono text test with speed of 18.7ppm compared with HP's 17.9ppm. The difference was greater however in duplex mode; C5800dn achieved 19.7ppm compared to HP's 16.6ppm.
For colour results the C5900dn was again super quick. The PDF document printed at 8.4ppm while the HP managed 7.5ppm. In duplex mode, the C5900dn performed better still with 8.2ppm versus 5.8ppm.
And for the quality of the print, the C5900dn was judged as slightly more vibrant than the HP.
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