[Semi-OT] New Printer.
I've decided to get a new printer.
Unfortunately, while I consider myself to be very experienced and knowledgeable about most areas of IT, printers have long been the bane of my existence. They don't like me, and I don't like them. Thus, we've
always done best by ignoring and avoiding each other.
I've reached the limit of my patience with my current inkjet printer, though, and I've long wished for a simple B&W laser printer. 95%+ of what I print is B&W, and if I'm printing something color (usually an
image from my digital camera), I'd usually rather go to somewhere like Kinkos, where I can have them print it on their ultra-high quality color laser printers, on heavyweight glossy photo-style paper.
So, after having done some research, I've decided that now is the time. My new printer will be a laser printer.
There are basically three models that I'm currently deciding between:
- Samsung ML-2550
- Samsung ML-2152W
- Samsung ML-2151N
I've selected these because they appear to have the features I'm looking for at a price I'm willing to pay, and are available immediately, new.
If anyone has any comments, suggestions, opinions, or experiences with any of these, I'd love to hear it. Particularly if you've had good or bad experiences with any of them, or their (Linux) support.
I've included some of the details of my investigation on them below, along with some explanations for what I'm looking for in a printer, and why I'm looking at these.
Thanks for any comments anyone has. ;-)( Collapse )
The ML-2550 seems to be a slightly "higher end" printer (better CPU, more RAM, PostScript standard), but is the "base" model, without the extras (no NIC, no WiFi).
Right now, I'm very
strongly leaning towards the first one, the ML-2550. I was looking more towards the ML-2152W, but then I found that amazing price on the ML-2550. When it was a difference of $20, it was a close call. When it's a difference of $100. . . not so close. ;-)
I wouldn't mind having built in network capabilities on the printer, but it's not a necessity. It's not that hard to hook it up to my linux server and share it via Samba. And I'm actually kind of mixed on the WiFi. . . while it'd be a rather nifty feature, I can't help but wondering at how difficult it'd be to "lock it down", so I wasn't getting random drive-by printings.
For obvious reasons (Linux compatibility, and overall quality) I'm very interested in making sure the printer supports PostScript.
I'm probably going to order the ML-2550 in a few days, unless I find some good reason that I shouldn't.
Thanks for your help. ;-) Current Mood: geeky