suggestions for all-in-one

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 09:56:47 MST 2012


Guess I should have mentioned that mine is in fact wireless.

By the way, this http://goo.gl/k938g  came in this morning's email.
Looks like some really good deals in there.  Great time to be in the
market for a printer I guess.

On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM, Barry Roberts <blr at robertsr.us> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM, Brett Rasmussen <brett.rasmussen at twoedge.com
>> wrote:
>
>> All, thanks much for your suggestions.
>>
>> I don't use or research printers very often, so I don't really know the
>> whole state of affairs.  Hence a couple of what might seem obvious
>> questions:
>>
>> It seems to be my experience that people with inkjet printers are always
>> buying new cartridges, and that laser printers are more expensive per
>> cartridge but they last a lot longer.
>>
>
> Generally true, but not always.  HP (and maybe others) have made their
> toner cartridges "smart" and they refuse to print well before the page
> quality even begins to degrade.  If you're a print quality purist, that's
> great, if you're (I'm) a cheapskate, it's really annoying.  Supposedly
> there are simple hacks that work around that, but I've never tried them.
>
> Also, laser printers seem to pump out a lot more pages per minute than
>> inkjets.
>>
>
> I haven't used an injket in years because I hate them all with a fiery
> burning passion.  But it used to be the case that most laser printers had a
> longer startup time than most inkjet printers.  Some manufacturers are
> claiming they don't do that any more, but I don't believe them yet.
>
>
>>
>> Dale's got a Brother all-in-one that's inkjet, and Henry's dad has a
>> Brother laser printer, both of which work well wirelessly, so it seems a
>> Brother that combines the two would likely work just fine.  Anyone else
>> have any specific models (HP or Brother or whatever) that they've just
>> loved and think I should look into?
>>
>
> I have an HP Color LaserJet 2840.  I've had it for several years, and
> printing and scanning work great with Linux.  I haven't even tried the fax
> capability, but it is supposed to work.  Even though  the size, noise, and
> "smart" cartridges give me a rash, I have to admit it has been a solid,
> reliable, high-quality all-in-one.  It's old enough it only has wired
> network, so it's probably not an option for you unless you want to add a
> wireless AP.  But I think HP still makes some pretty good stuff, especially
> if you buy their higher duty-cycle business models.   I keep hearing that
> their consumer-oriented stuff has gone way downhill since the IIIp my
> mother-in-law has been happily using for 20 years.
>
> FWIW,
> Barry
>
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