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Re: Printer Recommendations?

On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 10:10:14PM -0500, Mark L. Kahnt wrote:
| On Mon, 2002-12-16 at 17:37, Karsten M. Self wrote:
| > on Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 04:01:24PM -0600, Alex Malinovich (demonbane@the-love-shack.net) wrote:

| > > Any suggestions on a good choice? 
| > 
| > A used, ethernet-capable, postscript laserprinter.  Possibly a higher
| > up-front cost, but generally higher performance, and better quality, as
| > well as far-lower operating costs, than inkjets.
| > 
| > HPLJ4 or better should do you well.  Used ~$300, but as noted the
| > operating costs are lower than inkjet ($40/cartridge or so).
| I would ardently concur - unless you must have colour, you are
| financially well ahead to put out an extra few bucks up front for a
| laser printer. A typical toner cartridge lasts 8-10 times the length of
| service of a typical ink cartridge, runs faster, has fewer movements to
| go wrong, and the typical printer tends to hold up longer 

I have a LJ IIIp (manufactured in 1993) still running well here.
While it listed for around $1100 in production, I acquired it
second-hand about 5 years ago.

| many of the budget inkjets I've encountered have something critical
| break by the second or third year,

My dad's Canon BJC-610 is still functional here.  It was purchased
around 1995 or so for around $160 (IIRC).  The manufacturer's Windows
drivers predate win95 and samba (it doesn't work over smb).  It may
not be an typical case, though.

| while laser printers have tended to still be strongly functional
| after nearly a decade.

Laser printers are designed for a much heavier duty cycle.

Not only that, but laser printers produce higher quality prints.  The
black is really black (instead of a greyish almost-black) and has
crisper edges.  Even at 300 dpi (the limit of my printer, new ones
have quadruple the resolution).

A neat accessory for lower-end printers is a JetDirect box from HP or
equivalent from NetGear.  They provide an lpd-capable, smb-capable,
and ipp-capable (varies with model and cost) ethernet interface and a
parallel port on the other side.  They are really handy for making a
parallel port printer network-aware without running an entire
general-purpose computer for it.  They are a bit pricey, however.


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