[LAU] OT: printers

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Thu Sep 15 10:10:29 UTC 2011

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.

NOTE: inkjet cartridges will dry out on their own, even if they're not used.

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