I think I might be at a point where I will never sell another HP laser printer again.
Recently (since early this year), we’ve been selling Okidata color laser printers. We have a couple customers with C7350n units, and a few more with C5150n units (we’re using the 5150 ourselves) and everyone has been thoroughly pleased. Well, we just ordered our first B&W Okidata laser printer for a client – a B6300n. I installed this thing and was immediately impressed. Power-on to Ready to Print in under 5 seconds. And it prints so fast – not only PPM speed, but just as important a very low time to first print (official number is under 9 seconds – but so far I’ve seen it around 3 seconds).
We currently have an HP 4250tn in our office – and I have to admit that the Oki B6300n is every bit as much the printer as the HP 4250tn. The 4250tn does have a higher sheet capacity than the Oki – (1,000 vs 700), and is has a higher PPM rating (45ppm vs 35ppm). But for the average small business environment, the difference isn’t even noticeable. What is noticeable is the price difference: $1,499 for the 4250tn versus $839 for the B6300n
So going forward – I’m recommending the Oki printers for our customers when they ask . . .
I’m finally back home from one of the more hectic weekends I’ve had in a very long time. I want to thank everyone who caught my session – and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask – either via the Contact link on the blog – or via the contact info in my slide deck (check the notes section for the title slide :^) ) Also, I don’t know if this was announced or not – but since I wasn’t about to stick around and repeat my session on Sunday, I’m offering to repeat to anyone’s user group(s) via LiveMeeting . . . I do want to also apologize to the people where I kept the conversation somewhat short, or just wasn’t able to touch base with at all – that was the primary down-side of having a super-tight schedule this weekend.
I don’t know about everyone else – but I thought this year’s conference went *very* well – but then again, I was only there for Friday ;^) I’ve already suggested that we’re at the MS Convference Center again next year – that venue rocks . . . not to mention it seems to allow for more blue badges to hang around . . .
. . . because the highlight of my trip so far has been the gas mileage I got on my drive to Minneapolis. What? Minneapolis you ask? Yep – I’m working on that whole ‘balance’ concept . . . I have a close friend from college who is getting married Saturday, but we have SMB Nation this weekend. SO – I drove the 400 miles up to Minneapolis (where I’m waiting for my flight to board now) to fly out to Seattle for SMB Nation. I’m giving my InfoPath & Sharepoint session Friday afternoon, then I catch an early flight back to MSP Saturday morning which gives me a little over 90 minutes from when I’m scheduled to land until the bride is walking down the aisle . . . And yes, this itinerary was approved by the bride beforehand. In her own words – ‘as long as you can land at least an hour before the ceremony you’ll be fine. Come on – it’s not like I’m Bridezilla or something ;^)’
So anyway – the gas mileage – just over 29 MPG – and I made the entire trip on a single tank of gas (with a quarter tank left). I probably could have hit 31 or 32 MPG if I hadn’t been in as much of a hurry ;^)
And my luck continues – I actually found a seat at my gate with a power outlet – so no sitting on the floor killing my back, or using up my battery before we’re in the air :^)