[clug-talk] Printer / Scanner recommendations
clarkej at cuug.ab.ca
Sat Jun 16 10:38:08 PDT 2007
Awhile back I replaced an ancient hp 3 printer with a trim Lexmark e250dn:
- mono duplex printing + ethernet network interface for 250 $
- purchased from UofC Microstore; open just m-f 9-5 or so, I thought
they sell only to students+staff, but sell to public all but 'academic'
- Lexmark has drivers for most Linux distros (deb, rpm, etc)
- install includes command line + gui app to config and access print
queue, printer settings, etc.
- copious documentation (web, pdf)
> I'm looking for any recommendations of a printer, scanner, or combo unit
> that will work well with Linux.
> I will not consider an ink jet at all, so it must be a laser printer. I
> would consider a color laser, but I'm aiming for the $200 - $300 range,
> or cheaper. Though I might be willing to spend a bit more if the unit
> is REALLY good, and is "stupid simple" to set up on Linux.
> I just tried out a Samsung SCX-4200, with only partial success. This is
> a printer/scanner/copier unit. I was able to get printing working, and
> copying (cuz there's no computer interface needed for that), but
> scanning was an utter failure. So much so that I think I need to purge
> sane/xsane from my system outright, then reinstall them - or rebuild my
> box from scratch. I blogged about my experience:
> http://grover.open2space.com/node/160. Funny thing is that the unit is
> marked as "Perfectly compatible" on the linuxprinting.org site. Must be
> just the printing part of it. (I returned the unit...)
> I do not NEED a scanner/printer in a single unit. I'm willing to treat
> them separately. I'll rarely ever use a scanner, but do have a project
> in the next while that needs a bit of scanning work.
> Also, I need recommendations where to find said printer/scanner.
> Staples, Future Shop, Memory Express, all have rather limited options,
> and most of them are not well regarded on linuxprinting.org.
> Thanks for any input.
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