In terms of print quality, our plain-text samples looked great, with a crisp black that few colour lasers achieve, and sharp, clean letters, even at 2-point size. It also printed greyscale graphics well, with some blotchiness in areas but good detail, particularly on photos. The weakest area was probably colour graphics: gradients made abrupt transitions, solid colours had odd mixtures of extra colours, and photos came out unpleasantly dark and brown, though they did preserve detail well.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Upkeep for the 2600n is expensive. A page of black text uses about 2.5p worth of toner, and a lightly covered colour page uses about 12p worth, according to vendor specs. However, there are no other consumables to replace, and HP provides full cartridges in the box instead of the increasingly common half-full 'starter' cartridges.
Edited by Elsa Wenzel
Additional editing by Nick Hide