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HP laser printer too noisy - quiet laser printer?

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Hi,

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.
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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.
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Hi,
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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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.

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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:

http://www.oshax.org/info/articles/decibel-levels
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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

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by:afflik1923
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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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