printer recommendations?

David Kelly dkelly at
Fri Dec 3 06:24:07 UTC 2010

On Dec 2, 2010, at 10:38 PM, Charlie Kester wrote:

> My old HP Laserjet 4+ is broken and I'm thinking about buying a new
> printer.  I'd appreciate hearing recommendations from the list.

My Brother HL5250DN has served 14,000 pages very satisfactorily so far. Was $250 full MSRP at Staples in 2005 or 2006. Believe the current version is 5350. Commonly appear on sale for $189 (but not that I've seen at Staples).

The xx50's have PCL and Postscript emulation, an xx40 only has PCL. xx70 appears to be a 50 with WiFi.

"D" stands for duplex.

"N" for ethernet. Speaks lpd.

3rd party toner refills for 7,000 pages are $20.

The one thing my 5250 has disappointed is printing of envelopes. The envelope gets printed but comes out wrinkled and nearly wadded up. Perhaps the 53xx's fixed this? I keep an HP inkjet loaded with envelopes. This is important because I print something like 2 envelopes per month.  :-)

Several years ago I was secretary/treasurer of a dirtbike club and was printing as many as 1800 envelopes and the materials inside the envelopes per year. Many times I went to the Post Office and bought $400 of stamps.

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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