On May 31, 2008, at 6:34 PM, Derek Ragona wrote:
At 04:12 PM 5/31/2008, Kurt Buff wrote:
I'm looking to replace my current printer - a Dell 1700n - because I
can't make it work with FreeBSD/Linux.
To replace it, I'd like to get a duplex printer, as I really hate to
waste paper. Does anyone have good experience with one that isn't
terribly expensive (expensive to me means more than US$500) and that
works with with FreeBSD? Even better if it has Ethernet.
I'm only finding (on ostg.pricegrabber.com) the Lexmark Optra T622DN
and T522DN, but don't know much about them.
Anyone care to share?
My 2 cents is I'd looks for a printer with a built-in network
interface and that has postscript and pcl emulations. In addition
look at the replacement toner cost and figure out the cost of
ownership across 3-5 years.
I would look at lexmark, and samsung. Lexmark have higher duty
cycles (pages per month) and take larger toner cartidges. The
samsung's make nice work group low duty cycle printers.
Lexmark and Dell are infamous for expensive toner-lock-ins.
We had this discussion months ago where I recommended a Brother
HL-5250DN. I have about 12,000 trouble free pages on mine, just don't
bother trying to print envelopes.
Has ethernet, duplex, postscript emulation, PCL-6, just about
everything but a paper tray large enough to hold a full ream. Multiple
paper trays are an available but expensive and rare option.
Readily available from Staples and other places for $250. Refurbished
units occasionally appear for $100. The usual 3rd party toner places
have refills for under $20 that I've found are good for about 6,000
Staples recently (no longer) had refurbished Brother MFC-8660DN on
sale for $200. Appears to be the same printer and features plus
scanner with paper feed, and fax.
David Kelly N4HHE, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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