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D.V 09-19-2013 12:17 AM

What is your prefer printer type

Just curious of our members preferred printer types or what we use now.


itlb 09-19-2013 12:57 AM

What is your prefer printer type
Canon don't work well with Linux. Most people tend to go with HP because there's relatively good support with th hplip(?) driver.

H_TeXMeX_H 09-19-2013 02:45 AM

I always buy inkjet. Laser printers produce microscopic dust that is a potential health hazard. Dot matrix ... nah I can't stand the noise they make. I would rather have the sound of fingernails scraping on a chalkboard.

Arcane 09-19-2013 05:17 AM

Used to like inkjet since back in day Epson was good but now color-laser printers make less problems. As for health hazard - like ink is healthy for human organism. Heck nothing is safe anymore. You can even get deadly trauma by walking and slipping or your computer chair might break and you get hurt. :D

floppywhopper 09-19-2013 05:45 AM

Brother printers and scanners have good linux support

D.V 09-19-2013 11:57 AM

My vote was inkjet and B/W laser printers.

I had a color laser once, but the consumables were too expensive to buy all the time i.e four replacement color toners.

thanks for the votes and replies

jamison20000e 09-19-2013 01:43 PM

If I had to pick one it would print photos but only because 3d was not a choice; I'd love to have a printer museum so I voted all.

Off the beaten path:
Brings to mind a job I had few years back was just going to trash some old barcode laser scanners so I took them. A few I hacked open and use with a fog-machine put most of them have been in storage for some time now. Just resonantly saw a cool video so at least two are going to this... :D

DavidMcCann 09-20-2013 04:56 PM

"other" reminds me of when I had a thermal printer that used rolls of fax paper. I discovered it had been designed for that famous turkey, the IBM PCjr. After that was dropped, the printers were sold off cheap: I got one free with my Sinclair QL. I pretty quickly replaced it with a dot-matrix. That was quite presentable, once I'd customised the printer driver. Having customised an assembly-language printer driver really dates one!

brianL 09-20-2013 06:55 PM

I've got a cheap (initial cost, anyway: 25) inkjet, an HP Deskjet D4260. Can't say I prefer it, because I haven't used the other types. Waiting for it to die, before I try anything else.

Mr. Alex 09-21-2013 03:38 AM


Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H (Post 5030504)
I always buy inkjet. Laser printers produce microscopic dust that is a potential health hazard.

Yeah, but inkjet printers produce printings that are extremely easy to smear and spoil. And it's a pain to add ink in cartridges. So it's not harmful to health but annoying to service. I personally prefer laser printers.

frankbell 09-22-2013 09:10 PM

I've had a Lexmark (many years ago), an Epsom, and, for the last five years or so, an HP L7680. The HP is far the superior printer, but it also cost five times more than the others.

The Lexmark didn't work for a darn with Linux (Slackware 10.0 at the time), whereas the Epson worked like a charm, but it was just as slow to print with Linux as with Windows. The HP works like a charm with Linux and, once it gets going, prints 20 to 25 simple pages a minute (it's slower with complexly colored pages).

It uses far less ink, also. When it came out, HP was boasting of it's new "nano" inkjet technology. I was doing a lot of printing when I got it, and it paid for itself in savings on cartridges in five months.

I have no experience with more recent printers.

sundialsvcs 09-22-2013 09:45 PM

"Don't send a squirt-gun to do the job of a real (laser ...) printer."

frankbell 09-22-2013 09:48 PM

Don't use a Kenworth when a pickup will do.

Timothy Miller 09-22-2013 10:08 PM

I prefer color laser printers. But my B/W laser printer I have was the right price, so that's what I use.

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