Here is the other printer I will be throwing out:
The Dell 1320C Colour Laser Printer
This is a fantastic printer, and has served me well for around 2 years. I’ve even written evangelical product reviews about it on websites. But now the black is printing as light grey and despite changing the toner cartridge, makes no difference. All forums point to the PHD unit being on the way out, but as these cost more than a new printer, you’d just throw the whole thing away, don’t you? No point bothering, unless you’re a eco-warrior. What a waste. It’s been squeaking and whistling for a while now anyway – had no idea where to oil it so couldn’t do anything about it. Problem is that I have 5 spare toners for each of the 4 colours left! I got my mum the exact same printer upstairs, so she’ll be able to use them I hope.
So, it’s back to the HP2600N which worked fine and gave me a worrying message saying the toner was running out about 2 years ago (hence me buying the Dell). Upon later investigation, there was 38% capacity left in each toner cartridge, so needn’t have even bothered. Silly printers. Bane of my bloody life sometimes, they are, ain’t no mistake.
****UPDATE TO POST 3 MONTHS ON ****
The Dell 1320C has stopped sqeaking of its own accord (perhaps it reads this blog down the CAT5 network cable?!), a new black toner appears to have fixed the problem (you have to let it do a number of prints before any difference is visible). On large black solid areas it’s still not deep black, but it’s hardly noticeable now. So all is forgiven and I’m able to get through the rest of the toners I have in stock. Hurrah!
****UPDATE TO POST 1 YEAR ON ****
It doesn’t squeak. The black is black. But red is light orange! Gah! Have replaced all toners, hoovered out the front and inside the rollers etc as suggested on a number of websites where other owners are having similar issues, but to no avail. Replacing the expensive PHD unit appears to be the suggested fix by Dell but doesn’t seem to work in most cases. So I have bought another printer to replace it. More on that in a future post.