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Printer Purchasing Guide

This guide is for faculty and staff interested in purchasing a departmental printer. OIT recommends selecting a business model printer with an Energy Star rating and the ability to perform duplex printing. Because of ink pricing, purchasing a higher end printer may have lower per page costs.

Purchasing Printers

University purchase orders are accepted by the following suppliers:

Suggested Printer Models

OIT has developed a list of devices that have been tested in the campus environment and are fully supported. The table below can help to inform your decision about which device would best fit your intended usage.

Requirements

Users

MSRP Range

Printers

Black and White:

     

Low-end

1-5

>$350

HP LaserJet Pro M401dn

     

Xerox Phaser 3250dn

Mid-range

5-10

$500-600

HP LaserJet p3015dn

     

Xerox Phaser 3600dn

Workgroup

10-20

$950-$1,350

HP LaserJet Enterprise m602dn

     

Xerox Phaser 4600dn

High Volume/Lab Use

20+

<$3000

Please consider leasing a copier

Color:

     

Low-end

1-5

>$450

HP LaserJet Pro m451dn

     

Xerox Phaser 6500dn

Mid-range

5-10

$600-$900

HP LaserJet Pro m551dn

     

Xerox ColorQube 8570dn

Workgroup

10-20

<$1050

HP Color LaserJet cp4025dn

     

Xerox Phaser 6700dn

High Volume/Lab Use

20+

<$2300

Xerox ColorQube 8870

Other Printer Models

To meet minimum requirements to be supported by OIT and assigned a print queue on the PSU network, your printer must meet these standards:

  • Has drivers for Printer Command Language (PCL) 6 or drivers for Postscript (PS) that are compatible with Windows 7. (Note: PCL is preferred. However, if a user asks for PS drivers, OIT will support this, as long as the drivers are model-specific and are compatible with Windows 7.)
  • Has its own processor (listed in the technical specifications).
  • Does not require a connection to the server via USB cable or wireless.
  • Does not require software to be installed on the print server (excepting printer drivers).

Further Resources

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.