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Any printer should work as long as you have a ppd file for it. Go into your CUPS configuration (web browser to http://localhost:631) and you can see a full list of the printers it supports in there by trying to add a new printer.
You already got a bunch of advice on this in your other recent thread. Since the topics are different, I'm going to leave things alone---but: please don't start new threads for topics you already have under discussion.
At the risk of triggering the same debates----I recommend HP. However, the low end of the laser printer market is very competitive and there are several good choices.
Avoid Lexmark---they have been the worst in terms of Linux support.
Keep in mind that the cost of consumables will quickly eclipse the purchase price---buying the cheapest printer may not be the best plan.
Can anyone tell me how difficult it is to buy toner? Not the cost--I know toner is expensive--but whether toner is printer-specific. If it is, finding the right toner could be a pain if I don't buy a recent model. (I might not. I was looking at the HP P1006, but have backed off it, because I saw too many bad customer reviews. I am now considering the older but more proven HP 1022. It is no longer made, but used ones in good shape are easy to find, and openprinting.org indicates it is supported even better than the P1006.)
As you can gather, I've never owned a laser printer. I found out about five years ago that they weren't prohibitively expensive anymore, but just after I found out, someone bought me a new inkjet printer (blah).
Last edited by newbiesforever; 01-02-2010 at 01:16 PM.
A toner cartridge is printer specific. You also need to worry about the drum too. Some laser printers (for example the one I mentioned) have a combined toner drum unit so there is only one consumable (and paper of course) to worry about. These units tend to be slightly more expensive than toner cartridges were the printer has a separate drum. However, the drum is also a consumable and will need replacing somewhat regularly.
Some printers have more more than one possible cartridge too. There are two units for mine, one rated at 1000 pages, the other at 3000. the 3000 page one is more costly, but works out cheaper per page.
Don't let any of this put you off though, do you research and I'm sure you'll find (as I did) a laser printer an order of magnitude easier to live with than in inkjet.
Yes, but not if I bought a laser printer and then found that its specific toner cartridges were no longer manufactured (or soon wouldn't be). I'm still going to get a laser printer, but I guess I'll have to be careful.
That Samsung printer is nice, but is a bit more expensive than the HP models I have considered.
Last edited by newbiesforever; 01-02-2010 at 03:13 PM.
You can find after market toner refill kits for most printers. Look at some local toner/cartridge refill shops. We have several in our area and their reasonable. The big cost will be the drum when it wears beyond use. If you get in the habit of gently agitating the toner with a roll action you will find the cartridge will last a lot longer.
BTW, I like the Brother series Laser printers for the durability and cost. Cheap but good.