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HP laser printer too noisy - quiet laser printer?


A client wanted a fast printer, so I replaced their old inkjet with a HP 2055d mono laser.
However the noise levels seem imense. (Much higher then my Samsung basic mon laser)
It claims on website 55db.

I need to replace it and other HP lasers in the range still seem to have a 50db sound level (can't imagine there is much difference between 50 nd 55).

Any recommendations. The company uses HP throughout so that is why I stuck with HP, but maybe it is time to change?

has anyone else used the 2055d and noticed how noisy it is?
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Actually its hard to tell that any of these printers is really much louder or more quiet than another. We don't have a Samsung, maybe these are a "quiet wonder"? I dont think you can come much below 50 db unless its a really model heavily optimized for quiet printing. Some inkejts are really quiet and a pleasure to work with, but for offices with a heavy workload they are usually no option. I personally would rate the 2055 a "normal" printer, i would not have called it "noisy"

Here in Germany this is not really a problem as it's officially prohibited to place laser printers in offices due to their toxic toner and Ozone emissions.
The difference between 50 and 55dB actually is quite large. As a decibel is a logarithmic unit, an increase of one decibel will be a big difference to the ear.
The new lexmark printers have a Quiet mode that we've been tested, and it's really efficient.
It does not run at full speed, but it's acceptable considering the low level of noice produced.
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afflik1923Author Commented:
Ok thanks for input so far. Regarding the 5db sound difference I don't suppose you have any idea of a common sound that might be about 5db.  I know we are not sound experts on here but just in case so Ic an imagine how load the difference might be.

The link below isn't exactly for that decibel range, but it should still give a good idea. While 90 dB shouldn't be listened to for longer than 8 hours, this halves for 95 dB. So this 5 dB difference makes a big difference in the noise level:

a difference of 6 DB means half the noise level; so yes it is discernable.

some nice examples :  http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/dB.html

afflik1923Author Commented:
All good input. I offered many alternatives to try but I think the client got used to it in the end. Thanks for the input.
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