printers that don't suck

Dan Hanks danhanks at
Mon Mar 10 16:03:21 MDT 2014

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?
> mike
If you don't need color, the Brother HL2270DW is $100 on Amazon and is a
great B/W workhorse. We had the previous generation (in beige ;-P) which
was still going strong after many years of regular use. The only reason we
went to the new one was to get wireless printing, which has been great. I
used to be an HP laserjet fan, but have had great experience with Brother.

For color, we use an Epson Artisan 835. The current model, the 837, is $280
on Amazon. It's been a great color printer (though the ink, as usual for
inkjets, is ridiculously expensive). If you're printing mostly B/W, go with
a laserjet.


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