That is pretty crazy...although, hopefully it beats having to pay a couple hundred dollars for a new book, only to sell it back for $20-$50 at the end of the semester.I think its a real disservice to force the reading of text on monitors. I've heard of a few schools trialling eBook readers for students, which would be really nice to read from, plus it gives you the capability to highlight and take notes in text. Still not like using a real textbook though.I do understand the "no printing" thing, as that likely saves a ton of money each semester, but I'd be curious to hear how well students do, as I could see a lot of disorganization by the student trying to find the right handout/page.So, what laser printer did you buy? The black print on my Samsung CLP-300 went bad and I tried to clean/repair it myself (with online instructions) but that didn't fix the printing. It looked like the whole imaging part ($120) would have to be replaced, so when I found an HP 1518n on clearance for $140, I just bought it. Its really nice to have a networked printer at home!
Perhaps the only advantage of not having a text book is the money savings. Apart from that, I would hate to not have actual pages to turn and write on.
I'm not a big fan of the laser printers. Or any printers. Once the toner cartridge of mine ran out and I found out the replacements were $70, I've found a way to avoid printing anything.Highlighting and taking notes off a computer screen is a drag. But then again, we were never supposed to write in our schoolbooks, so I suppose there isn't much difference there.
If you've got a mac, you can get a program called Skim--lets you highlihgt and add notes directly on the PDF.
Winston, I was the same way when I first found out how replacement toner was. I ended up finding some much cheaper (meaning, instead of $50 for a single color, I got all four for under $30) and then I didn't feel so bad.
I *love* my little bitty HP laser printer. Yes, it only prints black and white. Yes, it's kinda slow. However, unlike ink jets, it doesn't require that you print frequently in order to keep the ink from drying out, and I'm still on the same toner cartridge it came with when I bought it, despite printing countless recipes and maps and manuscripts. It's been bombproof. Yeah, the toner will cost me about sixty bucks when I have to replace it, but considering I've gotten about four years outta one...I guess I can hack that. If I need color, I'd rather go to a print shop where they have really *good* color printers, which I can't afford and don't want to maintain even if I could afford 'em.
LFP I know the HP Laser your talking about! One of the only ones not to have a defuser fan that iv seen. Mine has a loud fan that runs when it's printing, and for a bit when its done. I looked at the one you have and liked how quiet it was!