printers that don't suck

Joel Finlinson joel at
Fri Mar 7 10:04:54 MST 2014

On Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Chris Wood <chris at> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM, Michael Lovell <toelovell at>
> wrote:
> > My printer (a mid-range HP all-in-one) just decided to give up the ghost
> > after about 5 years and less than a ream of pages printed. Does anyone
> have
> > any recommendations for a printer that works easily from Linux,
> preferably
> > has a wired network interface, under a couple hundred dollars, and
> doesn't
> > completely suck? I don't think there exists a printer that doesn't suck
> but
> > hopefully there are some with a minimal amount. I don't do a lot of
> > printing, usually months between pages, but would like it to last for
> more
> > than a couple years. Any recommendations?
> Unless you buy a bigger HP (business grade), the quality seems to have
> gone downhill.  The last HP color laser I bought for work for about
> $800 was a disappointment.  I have a Brother laser that I have really
> liked and my parents have a couple of the smaller Brother laser
> printers and they seem decent.

   +1 on the Brother units.  I've got a DC7020 that's about 10 years old.
Replacement toner (TN350) is about $10.  Newer Brother MFC units that I've
purchased recently work well too.

   I've also purchased a couple of Samsung CLP 325w inexpensive color laser
units for people I help on occasion.  Replace all four color laser toner
was $100.  Works well with Linux via wired or wireless.

I wish I had picked up a color laser.  I thought I would use my
> inkjet, but as others have mentioned if you don't use them frequently
> they clog up.

I wouldn't recommend any inkjet to my ex-mother-in-law (if I had one).

> --
> Chris Wood
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-


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