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#1 2020-08-20 21:00:50

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Printer shopping advice sought

I have been working from home since mid-march and not being able to print at all is starting to feel like a handicap. I do have an old HP inkjet printer. It has never failed me but I am tired of buying ink for it. The cost per page is over the top and I don't think I need colours so I am in the market for a monochrome laser printer, preferentially one that does automatic double-sided printing. Compact size is also important.

Browsing the Swedish market I have found a Brother that seems to tick all boxes but is somewhat hard to get hold of in Sweden. Another candidate is this Lexmark that is maybe a bit on the big side but is easy enough buy nearby. Both are said to work with Linux.

Anyone with experience of any of these printers or Brother and Lexmark in general?

There are many more options on the Swedish market but I find this is a bit of a djungle and many seemingly attractive candidates turn out to be click bait not actually stocked.

Anyway, all recommendations are appreciated.

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#2 2020-08-20 22:32:40

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

I use a Brother colour laser printer. 5x the price of an inkjet, but a fraction of the running cost.

I had to download and install the driver for it, but everything was quite straightforward to set up.


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#3 2020-08-21 00:49:01

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

I run a Brother Laser - monochrome.  Like you, I do not need colour.

Had to install the i386 arch to get the brother drivers working, no 64 yet.

BUT ... once past that headache it is a LOT cheaper than any "InkJet"

Not only that, when it runs out, I take the toner cartridge out and shake it a couple of times and put it back in.  Gets quite a few more pages from it.

That's also a good time to buy your new toner cartridge, well depending on how many pages you print a day.  I have a spare cartridge here most times.

I think this printer will still be good when they stop making the cartridges.

At that time I'll buy an HP monochrome.  Much better Linux support for those.


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#4 2020-08-21 01:08:08

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

I have a fried with an (oldish) Brother printer, and yes getting the driver installed, configured and working on Debian was an effort both times I had to help him. (Adding i386 architecture was part of it.) About two years apart - just long enough to forget everything and have to google it all over again. roll


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#5 2020-08-21 01:24:27

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

HP monochrome lasers are a good thing and can't go wrong with HP inkjets. I do subscribe to the HP Instant Ink program where I get ink when it runs out and I am charged per 100 pages printed. The $36 per year is a lot cheaper than the $70 for 4 cartridges would cost to purchase in a store.  The HP Linux drivers were a breeze to install and set up as well and the print quality is pretty much on par with that of Windows.

Oh yes Brother printers were a pita to deal with and the drivers aren't too hot either.

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#6 2020-08-21 08:14:40

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

So, maybe not a Brother then.

Thanks for the HP heads-up and the HP printer list. Interesting enough one of the HP laser printers available here is not listed at all. Another is listed as a colour printer while all the sales information over here claims it is a mono-chrome printer.

No-one on Lexmark printers?

/Martin


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#7 2020-08-21 09:11:51

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

Martin wrote:

So, maybe not a Brother then...

My experience installing one on BL was benign. But HP actively helps with installing/configuring/running on Linux.


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#8 2020-08-22 21:49:29

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

I just found that the compact Brother printer marketed in Sweden (but out of stock) is actually recommended here: https://haydenjames.io/finding-linux-co … -printers/

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#9 2020-08-23 00:49:23

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

Martin wrote:

So, maybe not a Brother then.

Thanks for the HP heads-up and the HP printer list. Interesting enough one of the HP laser printers available here is not listed at all. Another is listed as a colour printer while all the sales information over here claims it is a mono-chrome printer.

No-one on Lexmark printers?

/Martin

Lexmarks are good too and believe that they are reasonably well supported in CUPS.


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#10 2020-08-23 07:32:16

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Yes, I have spent some time tracking down user's manuals and find Lexmark's is the only one actually covering Linux.

Whatever I go for will have to wait until the next container ship with printers arrives from Asia. Every printer that seems reasonable for my needs is sold out.

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#11 2020-08-23 16:38:11

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

There is now an open source driver that supports many Brother laser printers (https://github.com/pdewacht/brlaser).  And it ships with many distros.

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#12 2020-08-23 19:51:55

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Cool, thanks for the heads-up.

/Martin


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#13 2020-09-04 16:45:19

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Re: Printer shopping advice sought

Configured Brother printer following these instructions. Worked like a charm.

/Martin

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