Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
ffutures

It never rains but...

Lovely day, but I've had to stay in because I'm expecting an engineer to fix my freezer some time in the next couple of hours. Which is just as well because I've just had an email saying that my new printer is going to be delivered between 12.15 and 1.15 . Not bad considering the anticipated delivery day was Thursday, but a teeny bit more warning would have been nice if I'd had other plans.

The delivery company's web site has a little map which I can use to track where the deivery van is now relative to my house, which gives me the impression that their depot is near here but they loaded the big awkward box first and it will be nearly the last thing out; he's currently making delivery 19 not very far away. I'm delivery no. 58. I sincerely hope that a lot of them are deliveries to the same address, otherwise I think 12.15 to 1.15 is highly optimistic, something like 3.5-4.5 minutes per delivery including travel time.

later and in about four minutes it did jump by five, so hopefully some of the deliveries really are multiple packages to the same address. Not that uncommon if it's a shop or something.

and later still Arrived at 12.30, just as the freezer guy was leaving, Once I'd cleaned up the mess from that I spent a couple of hours messing about getting everything set up - say 10-15 minutes to set up the printer itself, 5 minutes to install the windows driver, an hour plus faffing around before Mac deigns to work, but everything OK in the end. There doesn't seem to be a way to use it with the iPad, Ricoh's app doesn't support it, but although I could print with the canon I never actually did so - I suspect I wouldn't use it with the canon either.

It also has a PictBridge USB interface for cameras, but I've always found PictBridge to be a PITA. At some point I'll try it but it isn't a high priority.

First impressions are good - colours render well, print is very clear, not too noisy and time from pressing print to first page of document is pretty low - say 15-20 seconds. Not as good as the mono printer, which was about five seconds, but perfectly acceptable. It's got the nice laser printed finish and looks a lot more professional than the little inkjet, which simply wasn't much good.

Haven't yet decided what to do with the other printers. The inkjet goes onto Gumtree, I think; I need to check sale prices for the lasers on eBay, if as low as I suspect it may make more sense to keep it as a spare.
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