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Old 07-21-2006, 06:29 PM   #1
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need B&W Laser Printer suggestion


Hi,

I am looking for a decent, reliable & cheap monochrome laser printer. I do not need it to be fast or fancy, just to work well without problems and do a decent job printing text. A used model is fine.

Oh, and of course it needs to work with CUPS (I use Debian).

I realize that there must be many models which meet these criteria but since I am a printer ignoramous some pointers would be helpful.

Many thanks in advance,

VS
 
Old 07-21-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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Any PostScript printer will work with CUPS, though often they tend to be more expensive than printers that use generic drivers. Instead of needing a driver, all you need is a plain-text ppd (PostScript printer description) file, which tells CUPS your printer's capabilities.

I have a Kyocera FS-1020D (210 from SavaStore - depends on your definition of cheap), which offers PostScript emulation, and works fine for me (using SuSE 10). It also has built-in duplex printing, and manages 20ppm single-sided, 10ppm double-sided. It claims the lowest toner cost in its category - 7,200 pages per cartridge (54 from Amazon) at 5% coverage, though I haven't been able to confirm this as most of my printing tends to be much higher coverage - I'm getting about 2,600. Print quality is fine for text and graphics, though flat areas of grey can be a little grainy. Overall, I would recommend it.

It would be worth your while having a look at linuxprinting.org

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Old 07-21-2006, 07:27 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vees
Hi,

I am looking for a decent, reliable & cheap monochrome laser printer. I do not need it to be fast or fancy, just to work well without problems and do a decent job printing text. A used model is fine.

Oh, and of course it needs to work with CUPS (I use Debian).

I realize that there must be many models which meet these criteria but since I am a printer ignoramous some pointers would be helpful.

Many thanks in advance,

VS
I have a HP LaserJet 6L that works perfectly if you can find one of them used/surplus I would say go for it. Just checked ebay and it looks like there is bunch of them for under $40 US.
 
Old 07-21-2006, 07:41 PM   #4
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I've got a HP LaserJet 1100 that I dug out of the trash at work. I'd say that qualifys as cheap it's a B&W laser printer and works with cups.
 
Old 07-22-2006, 10:41 AM   #5
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Ditto on HP. I've got an ancient LaserJet 5 but it has run flawlessly for almost 10 years now and completely satisfies my printing needs
 
Old 07-22-2006, 03:42 PM   #6
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I still refurbish HP LJ4s. If you can find one, it will work like the dickens.
 
  


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