Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/12/29

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Subject: [Leica] OT: Home laser printer
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:59:56 +0100
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I have a cheap Samsung (model 1865 or some such) and I am very happy with 
it. I am sure they have models which meet your requirements below (I do not 
need networking or sizes other than A4/letter). I agree with you about 
staying away from the all-in-one units. Does anybody still send faxes, 


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Dec 30, 2013, at 5:57 AM, Peter Klein wrote:

> I am contemplating buying a black and white home laser printer.  Our 
> vintage 1994 HP Deskjet 500 finally died.  I think I got my money's worth 
> out of that one.  :-)  So I turn to the infinite-seeming knowledge base of 
> this group.
> Requirements:
> * My wife needs to be able to print a dozen pages per day, give or take, 
> of letter-size scratch documents for translation (not final copies, those 
> are emailed).
> * The printer must be able to print legal size (8.5x14) as well as 
> standard letter size. I don't mind if it must be fed from a secondary 
> manual-load tray.  I need to print music from PDFs or scanned documents, 
> at up to legal size (9x12" sheet music seems to print quite readably on 
> legal-size paper, slightly reduced). Any bigger than that, and I'll use my 
> Epson R1800 with carbon ink, or go to Kinko's.
> * Reliability is key. I don't want a cheap piece of junk pre-programmed to 
> die shortly after the warrantee expires, or to only take overly expensive 
> consumables (which is why Lexmark is out).
> * The printer should be networkable, preferably via wireless. I don't mind 
> networking via an external network/print box if it will save substantial 
> money.
> I've pretty much decided on laser rather than inkjet. From what I've read, 
> laser means better quality and lower long-term cost (unless you folks have 
> different experience).  And no clogging.  I already have 2 photo inkjet 
> printers, an Epson R200 for color and an R1800 with cartridges hand-filled 
> with MIS Eboni carbon ink for B&W. The latter actually prints documents 
> nicely, but I don't want to be filling cartridges all the time for my 
> wife's language translation business.
> I thought about getting an all-in-one (scan/fax/copy/print).  This would 
> be convenient some of the time.  But my experience at work is that the 
> all-in-one's tend to have complex problems. And if the scanner dies, it 
> may stop printing, too (firmware self-test failure).  Repair is not 
> economical, so you have to buy a new one. Also, the all-in-one's need for 
> you to install all the manufacturer's software, which in HPs case is 
> universally awful. I think I'd be better off with a simple laser printer 
> and getting a flatbed for music and old family photo scanning.
> I'm inclined towards HP but will entertain other suggestions.  This week 
> Office Depot/Max and Best Buy all have sales going on.  There seem to be 
> three price-classes, $150, $250 and $300 on the B&W printer-only models, 
> with $30-$50 off this week.
> Any thoughts?
> --Peter
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