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Old 04-10-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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Please recommend B&W printer


Looked at the similar threads, but they do not describe what I am after.

Basically; I need suggestions for a B&W printer, (very) preferably NOT inkjet, and that has a good "history" of success installing on a Linux PC (Debian, in my case). That is to say; good effective ppd's available. My monthly usage is relatively low (home printer).

Something along the lines of a Samsung ML-1710 in spec, but with a good Linux compatible track record (this choice does not seem too bad, but I want to ask for experiences, first).

Thanks in advance.

PS: I am utterly *sick* of a Canon iP1800, which is going straight into the bin tomorrow. It is not that I did not have it working, it is just a poor and useless printer...
Old 04-10-2013, 03:31 AM   #2
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Well, you asked for no inkjet, but since you mentioned the Canon iP1800, which I don't know, and say that you need it as a home printer, I can suggest you another inkjet printer I recently purchased. The Epson Expression Home XP-30. It is a color inkjet printer, but it's supported perfectly by Epson's proprietary driver for CUPS. And for my personal needs (home printer and low usage as well) it's pretty good. Quite fast, at least not too loud, a good printing quality for text and graphics (I didn't print photos yet), it seems not to waste ink, and it's pretty cheap.

Otherwise I would recommend looking in computer stores or online shops for a printer that fits your needs and search the openprinting database for this printer. If this database says "perfectly", then you can assume that it's fully supported either by OpenSource or by proprietary drivers.

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:27 AM   #3
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My choices for laser printers are HP or Brother.
Old 04-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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They still make and sell a lot of the pin type printers. They seem high to start but pay off in ink costs. Most of them can emulate a few models so one is bound to work. The epson's have been what I have used a long time ago.
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I've always used Brother's HL series of laser printers and they've worked with Linux every time.
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Originally Posted by ozar View Post

I've always used Brother's HL series of laser printers and they've worked with Linux every time.
I'm looking into this one:

Currently $109 at Amazon, and it duplex prints, which is a big plus. I've also heard good things about the Brother HL series and Linux compatibility.
Old 04-11-2013, 06:29 PM   #7
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Thank you all for that advice. You don't know how much it has helped point me in the right direction.


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