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Need Printer recommendations for basic functions
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Thu 08 Mar 2018, 18:55    Post subject:  

Sage wrote:
Same problems with inkjets and Brother lasers. Anybody want a free inkjet?! But, old HP inkjets generally work OK, if can get the extremely expensive genuine replacement cartridges and can tolerate the poor resolutions. For Linux, Epson is the one to avoid despite cheap replacement cartridges and superior output. Remember that the ink is more expensive than gold, w/w, and that the system purges a lot of it into the giant nappy (US: diaper) in the well underneath every time it's switched on.


Hmm; I dunno.

I agree with ya about the giant nappy.....plus the need to periodically reset the 'counter' (which, if you don't, eventually reaches the point where it point-blank refuses to work until you take it to an 'Epson Service Centre' (hah!))

I've used Epsons for more years than I care to count; a wee bit 'agricultural', perhaps, compared to some, but they just keep on chugging along. Currently, I get my cartridges from Prink, here in the UK.....which works out around a quid per cartridge (especially when you buy in bulk).

(You'll not catch me buying their cartridges at full RRP in the high street retailers. £50 for 4 cartridges? You have to be joking; I'm not made of money!)

I use 'em just often enough to stop the heads clogging up with dried ink, and the ink quality, although not outstanding, is more than good enough for what I use it for. And they're one of the easiest brands to get going under Linux; I don't think I've ever had any major problems with 'em at all.

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@ retry3:-

I definitely concur with everything that David says about Epsons. They're solidly built, and keep going for ever. I have an elderly Epson dot-matrix printer from the late 80's that still runs; OK, the ribbons are hard to come by, although I've found a wee supplier here in the UK who seems to have bought out the entire stock from one of the big retailers that dumped 'em when inkjets took over. And Epson are one of the very few that still supply the older-style PPD files that such things invaraiably need.

They're a funny bunch, Epson. Publicly, their stance is that 'We don't do Linux'......but their downloads page on the website still caters for just about every model they ever made that once had a Linux driver produced for it. You just have to 'dig' a little; the drivers are definitely out there.

I can't recommend them highly enough. And if Epson themselves don't have a driver, a good place to try is openprinting.org.


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retry3

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PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2018, 12:43    Post subject:  

matchpoint wrote:
You've seen these, right? The second one here I use "Brother" as an example.

https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/openprinting/database/databaseintro

https://www.openprinting.org/printers/manufacturer/Brother



No, sad to say, somehow I missed them, but I sure have spent a lot of time looking at them now. Many thanks.

So far it seems that almost all of the AIO printers listed are not available anymore from the major online sellers, at least in the $100 price range.

Also, trying to find reviews is extremely time consuming, as you no doubt know.

The personal recommendations and experiences of the forum members is the most valuable.

Still working at it.

Regards,
retry3
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greengeek


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PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2018, 14:38    Post subject:  

Brother have been supporting Linux for a long time now, so should be on your short list.

It may be worth considering a model that has a scanner built in too - that way you can use it as a photocopier aswell as being able to scan things like passports, travel documents, photos, etc etc

I can't recommend a specific model as I tend to buy older Brother models for $1 on ebay etc - but I imagine any modern Brother AIO laser will be suitable.
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davids45


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PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2018, 18:53    Post subject: Any potential printer?
Subject description: Ask for particular experiences with that
 

G'day retry3,

If you're not too rushed in getting a printer, perhaps you could post details of one (or more) that seem(s) to you to fit your particular bill, and then see if anyone has one or has tried one with Puppy (or other Linux)? Brand and model.

Concerns in feedback would include:
Price
Availability (to you in OH)
Warranty
Intensity of use (how often would you print stuff and how much when you do? Collating? Double-sided?)
Ink (inkjet) or toner (laser) - cost and supply convenience; inkjets need more frequent "feeding"; lasers are fed less frequently but with more expensive 'tucker'; how quickly does it run out of toner/ink?
Linux driver available? (From where?)
Noise in use (lasers can noisy)
Weight (lasers can be relatively heavy)
Networkable (for multiple computers/devices at your place)?
USB or Wifi connection?
Footprint - space needed and ease of paper feed
And anything else of particular importance to you or to the person who already has one of your "maybe printers".

Happy hunting.

David S.
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retry3

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Apr 2018, 14:47    Post subject: Seach update & Thanks  

Thanks,
8Geee
J_D_
Sage
Mike Walsh
greengeek
davids45

Still considering all the input that you have been generous to give.

Have just about decided on a Laser

leading contenders now:
Brother DCP-L2550DW all in one
& Brother HL-L2390DW all in one
subject to change based on further advice.

Anyone have experience with either of these, or any advice at all?

Regards,
retry3
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J_D_

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Apr 2018, 10:34    Post subject: Re: Seach update & Thanks  

retry3 wrote:
Thanks,
8Geee
J_D_
Sage
Mike Walsh
greengeek
davids45

Still considering all the input that you have been generous to give.

Have just about decided on a Laser

leading contenders now:
Brother DCP-L2550DW all in one
& Brother HL-L2390DW all in one
subject to change based on further advice.

Anyone have experience with either of these, or any advice at all?

Regards,
retry3




No experience with those 2 models but I have the Brother MFC L2680 and it has been flawless for 17 months. I would have bought ink cartridges 3 times for an inkjet by now. It does the whole all in one thing but I only print from my laptop. For document printing I do not see how you could beat it.
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