Re: Inkjet printers meeting the following requirements? Durable, Linux-compatible (or Postscript or PCL in FIRMWARE (built-in interpreter)), quality text & graphics, low ink refill or cartridge costs
From: ray (ray_at_zianet.com)
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 09:05:11 -0600
On Mon, 09 Aug 2004 01:14:20 +0000, Bill Haught wrote:
> Subject: Inkjet printers meeting the following requirements? Durable,
> Linux-compatible (or Postscript or PCL in FIRMWARE (built-in
> interpreter)), quality text & graphics, low ink refill or cartridge
> Note that while I may want to print out web pages with illustrations
> and other images, photo quality is not important as the other
> requirements (have two Epsons already) as long as the images are
> How well it prints on quality paper such as paper suitable for resumes
> is also important.
> I imagine that a 300 by 300 dpi printer (if available) would be a
> decent choice. The ink ought to be cheap to produce (and therefore
> buy). The heads shouldn't be clog-prone, even with 3rd party inks.
> Of course, I doubt that anyone manufacturers even produce
> multifunction units at that "low" resolution anymore. Also, I prefer
> new since buying used has the potential to turn out to be a case of
> purchasing someone else's problems.
> Another concern is that a "low" res printer produced today would not
> only be cheap but also be cheaply built.
> I prefer printheads that are either replaceable or on the cartridge.
> From what I have read so far, it sounds like nothing really matches my
> criteria. Canon looked good until I read that "There are few good
> free software drivers for Canon and Lexmark inkjets. Do not buy one
> and expect success." http://www.linuxprinting.org/suggested.html
> Also, from my understanding Postscript (and probably PCL) are unlikely
> to be found in a inkjet in the price range I can consider (definitely
> under $300, probably half that).
> Also, must be available in the 48 continental states of the United
> Nations of Texas
> Thanks in advance.
> Bill Haught
> Extract tooth to reply.
> Enron is a case of compassionate conservatism.
> Republicans have *morale* clarity.
> Reselect George Bush http://georgewbush.org/ Four more wars!!!
Strictly speaking, I think you are correct - the beast does not exits.
Look for a cheapie that does some version of PCL and refill the cartridges
- that's about as good as you can do. HP does make some low-cost units
which work fine with linux - I got an Apollo P2200 a couple of years ago
from OfficeMax - it's an HP print engine, basically Apollo was HP's low
cost brand for a few seasons. I've been quite pleased with
Mostly, for Linux, Canon makes good boat anchors.