I own an NEC SuperScript 870 laser printer. When I bought it – sometime towards the end of 2000 – I was incredibly thrilled. (I had actually bought one sometime in ’99, I think. Then I moved to California and couldn’t bring the world’s most-economical, feature-rich, best-performing printer with me. So I bought another one because I was so happy with it.) This printer does everything. And it does everything extremely well. Watermarks, half-tones, headers and footers, multi-column pages, foldable brochures … it had the most incredible software interface! If you were working in Word and clicked Print and then looked at the Preferences (or Options) it was boggling how many awesome things you could do with this printer.
But that was before Windows 2000.
Now this printer is a great big piece of crap. I am now, and have been ever since I upgraded to Win2K, thoroughly disgusted with NEC. I will never purchase another product they make. I am so completely #*&!@ at this company that I can’t even begin to tell you how cheated I feel. The Windows 2000 drivers have these options:
- print sideways
It is criminal. This used to be the baddest mo-fo printer anywhere and now it just eats donkey dung. How can a company as mighty as NEC refuse to update its drivers? How can they live with themselves? How can they sit by and watch as Google spiders dozens and dozens of infuriated customers all writing about how crappy they are for not updating their drivers?
I’ve been very mad for very long about this. I just don’t really print that often. But almost every time I do print I do a search thinking, “Well … they must have released new drivers by now!”
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