[CentOS] Printer recommendations

John Plemons john at mavin.com
Tue Jul 22 16:00:02 UTC 2008

What ever you choose, don't forget to look at the cost of the toner or 
ink, companies like Lexmark sell you a nice printer at a low end price, 
then get you on the back end with the cost of the toner or ink...  In 
some cases a cartridge will cost more than you paid for the printer...  
Look at cost, yield and availability.

John Plemons

Robert wrote:
> Ron Loftin wrote:
>> Since my old Epson C86 has finally managed to clog up the print heads,
>> I'm in the market for a replacement.  I'd like to know what the people
>> on this list are using for printers that are currently available, since
>> we are using versions of CUPS and foomatic that are frozen, and any
>> other issues or "gotchas" that you are aware of.
>> For the replacement printer, I'm considering a color laser printer
>> instead of the inkjets that I've been using, and I'm dithering back and
>> forth over the question of direct-connect or networked printer.
>> Suggestions, warnings, and horror stories are welcome.
>> Thanks in advance.
> I tossed my C86 a couple years ago in favor of an HP 6122 based on the 
> recommendation at linuxprinting.org (moved to 
> http://www.linuxfoundation.org/en/OpenPrinting) and have not been 
> disappointed.  I consulted the same source when I bought a B&W laser 
> and suggest that site to anyone with printer questions.
> As far as direct-connect or networked, networked is great for me.  
> Duplexing is also a great feature if you plant to print multipage 
> docs. (The BASH manual and release notes for CentOS come to mind.)  
> Keep in mind that you can pick up a print server at your favorite 
> computer outlet but a hardware duplexer is another matter.
> I just now looked and my laser printer has printed 3402 pages, had 14 
> jams and 1 toner cart after the original. 78% of drum life is 
> remaining.  The toner cart costs about 1-1/2 times as a set of ink 
> carts for your C86 and lasts much, much longer.
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