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For various reasons, some of which you can view in this thread by cousinlucky, I've grown disenchanted with HP printers. I've had several over the years and until recently, was ...
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    Please recommend a good (non HP) printer


    For various reasons, some of which you can view in this thread by cousinlucky, I've grown disenchanted with HP printers. I've had several over the years and until recently, was always satisfied with their performance. I guess I kept allegiance to HP for so long because of their devotion to supporting Linux.

    I'm now looking for a new printer from a different manufacturer. Can any of you share good experiences you've had and make recommendations for other printers that play well with Linux? I would appreciate your input.
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    I've had great luck mixing Linux with various Brother HL Series laser printers and have been using their printers for about 12 years now. Around 8 of those years have been using them under Linux, and I've had no problems to report whatsoever. It may be that not all of them will work well under Linux, but most do. Brother maintains a listing of Linux printer drivers on their website, but you can usually find them buried somewhere on the disk that comes with their new printers, as well.

    There is absolutely no way that I'd ever go back to dot matrix printing!
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    Though I don't print as much as you guys do due to the nature of my job description. I have a Epson Workforce 30 That is supported by

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    It was a freebie though given to me by my younger Sister (New in the box though). It functions for the limited printing I need done pretty well and is a cheapo lower end model.
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    One thing that irritates me each time I buy a new laser printer is that each new printer seams cheaper built and more flimsy than the one purchased before it. The plastic on them keeps getting thinner and thinner, and you are left feeling like you aren't getting much printer for your money. I'm afraid to open and close the little folding compartment doors on my latest printers for fear that they might snap off.
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    A good Postscript laser printer from most anyone that has network connectivity will work well with Linux. It's the ones that require special printing languages that cause problems because of a lack of CUPS drivers for them. Just my opinion. Reality may differ!
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    Brother printers are well supported in Linux, and I've also found that they're about the only reliable printer in Android. My next printer will almost certainly be a Brother.
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    I went with the Brother recommendation and bought an HL-2280DW black and white printer-scanner from the nearby OfficeMax. After thinking about it, I just didn't see a need for a color printer in my situation. This thing was a cinch to set up on my network wirelessly to print. Cups found it and configured it right away! Brother makes a utility to get scanning going wirelessly. This took a bit more time but wasn't too involved. After a few weeks of printing and scanning with it, I couldn't be happier! This machine is high quality hardware and is exactly what was needed to fix the long line of heart breaks I've had with HP over the years. Thank you all for your recommendations!
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    Nice looking printer, and yeah, Brother's HL line of printers have been working so well for me under Linux, I'm afraid to try anything else.

    Glad you were able to find what you needed and it's working well.
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    oz, I feel confident enough to print a 110 page script with this machine! I would have never even considered such an undertaking with any of the HPs I've had. This machine is superior to every printer I've ever owned. It just does what I want without hesitation. No paper jams, just prints it and spits it out. Wonderful!
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    I'm a little late to the party but I have a Canon Pixma MP490 that just works. It's not a top shelf printer but it does the jobs. It only took me awhile to get it working under Gentoo but most other distros ran it like it was hot.
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