[LAU] OT: printers
ken at restivo.org
Thu Sep 15 04:09:18 UTC 2011
On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 10:12:49PM -0400, Rob wrote:
> On Wednesday 14 September 2011 21:35, Ken Restivo wrote:
> > I said "I'm just looking for a printer that doesn't suck, and where the
> > cost of the ink cartridges isn't more than the printer costs".
> Well, the fact that you said "ink cartridges" probably means you're not
> interested in this, but we got a Brother HL-2140 laser a couple years ago
> from Newegg for 60 bucks and the generic toner available for it is about 25
> bucks. We have it set up on our Linux server and access it from our Linux
> laptops through CUPS, and we've printed thousands of pages without a
> problem. It was totally plug and play under Ubuntu Hardy, so it's been
> around a while. Newegg has a newer model with duplex for 80 bucks as I
> type this, but it seems to have been a sale that ends tonight. I have no
> idea if the new ones still use the same driver.
> But it is black and white, and a laser, so not as energy-efficient as an
> inkjet. We got an HP Officejet 4500 g510n (they really need to rethink
> their naming scheme) all-in-one, mostly for scanning but do what little
> color printing we need to do on it. We had to mess around with it a bit to
> get it working on Ubuntu 9.10, but 10.04 and up seem fine.
> We're able to print to it and scan from it over wifi without hooking it up
> to a computer. A full set of first-party ink runs about 40 bucks, but
> we're still on our first set so I can't comment on how long they last. You
> can find "remanufactured" (meaning refilled) ones for a little less, but I
> don't think I've seen generic ink for it yet. I don't think I'd print my
> family photos on it or anything, but my old standby Epson has really fallen
> hard for the "charge more for the toner than the printer" model the last
> few years. So, any port in a storm.
Thanks to everyone for replies!
Yes, a laser would be a much better solution, since I only print black-and-white anyway most of the time.
However, I hadn't even considered lasers, since the last laser printer I bought (and not with my own money) was like $5000 (in the early 1990s).
But I guess they've come down a lot in price. A laser for US$60? That's awesome, and right in my price range.
Thanks all. I'll have a look at some of the low-end lasers you mentioned, from HP, Lexmark, Brother, etc.
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