printers that don't suck

Jeff Nyman jnyman at americanleadership.net
Fri Mar 7 07:29:53 MST 2014


Newegg usually has some good deals on networked color lasers at around the
200 dollar mark. I try to stick with HP but we have purchased a couple of
Brothers lately and they seem to be working good.


On Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 6:05 AM, Barry Roberts <blr at robertsr.us> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM, Ed Felt <edfelt at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I bought a used business class HP. It just keeps working forever.  HP
> Linux
> > diver support rules.
> >
>
> I have had an HP Color LaserJet 2840 for a number of years.  I have a
> couple of warnings:
>
> 1. Toner is still not cheap, and most HP cartridges now are chipped
> and stop at a programmed page count regardless of actual toner level.
> Some cheapskates find that truly (exp|off)ensive.
>
> 2. Do extensive research, or avoid 3rd party cartridges.  Some are
> modified to gain wider model compatibility and don't cycle reliably.
> My 2840 is currently a B&W printer because printing color sometimes
> prints blank, sometimes just misses a cyan or magenta because the
> cartridges don't reliably rotate.
>
> So HP will have you by the short & curlies if you go that way.  I was
> about ready to buy a Brother because they appear to have a lower
> per-page cost, and seem to support Linux.  A whole new set of toner
> for my printer is nearly $400 and I could buy a new business class B&W
> Brother with duplexer and much higher speed for about that.
>
> FWIW,
> Barry
>
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*Jeff Nyman*
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