Intel486dx33 wrote on 2020-08-13, 21:46:
You can’t go wrong with HP Laser printers. I have always bought them. They just work as intended and they have good software support.
Did HP buy Samsung printer division ?
I must say that I've been looking for an HP all in one replacement and it seems that I must stay with HP, but I'm not very happy.
Advantages of HP printers:
- They have drivers for most OSs, even for non PCL printers and/or scanners.
- Ink and consumables are easy to find everywhere.
- Windows drivers are bloated to the extreme, unless you manually install them (via device manager).
- Consumer stuff is crappy (more about that later).
- Scanner software is crappy.
- Every scanner I've tried (except office stuff) seems to produce bland colours.
I've got a HP Laserjet M1132MFP (all-in-one, laser, monochrome), and like most of their consumer stuff seems fragile. The drivers (as installed from CD) are full of useless shit, including (but not limited to) their own consumables shop, software that sends your printer metrics to HP, and official HP adware. Fortunately, you can get rid of most of this stuff installing the drivers via device manager.
The scanner part had a minimal driver (even worse than standard SANE drivers). Colours were bland and it seemed to have less definition than my previous scanner, and most grayscale images were unreadable. Also, (AFAIR) the software lacked capabilities like scanning to PDF (or couldn't make multi page PDFs, I don't remember) so I had to search other software. To add insult, the scanner failed just after warranty expired (E8, carriage can't get home position I guess). I tried to repair it (lubricating the carriage) but it worked only for two weeks. I've looked for a replacement part... but it's expensier than the entire printer.
So, I'm using my old Canon 5200F scanner on top of my printer. It's older but the software is way better (even being unsupported on Windows 10) and produces better images. When I finish the toner cartridge, I guess I'd try to replace the printer but I don't trust consumer HP stuff although it seems it's the easier way.
BTW, my requirements are:
- Laser monochrome all-in-one.
- It must work on Windows and Linux systems (note that my previous printer, a Canon LBP2900, had Linux drivers but they stopped being supported).
- Ethernet connection.
- Send to file capabilities (i.e.: scanning directly to a file on a shared folder).
I have traveled across the universe and through the years to find Her.
Sometimes going all the way is just a start...
I'm selling some stuff!