Printer recommendation please

Warren Block wblock at
Fri Mar 30 19:17:03 UTC 2012

On Fri, 30 Mar 2012, Karel Miklav wrote:

> Could you please recommend me a home printer that works nicely with FreeBSD?
> HP inkjets aren't that bad, FreeBSD drivers are allright, but I'd like to 
> shift towards some kind of PostScript laser. Xerox Phaser 6500 looks nice, 
> but I can not economically justify my appetite. Is there a cheaper 
> alternative or maybe PostScript printers aren't that good idea anyway, heh?

The Phaser 6500 has some good specifications.  Genuine Adobe PostScript 
3, gigabit Ethernet, 24 PPM.  The duty cycle is 4,000 pages per month, 
which is very low.  Toner is expensive.  Reviews are somewhat mixed.

It should work with FreeBSD, certainly for text.  For graphics output, 
Gutenprint doesn't have a setting specifically for the 6500, but one of 
the similar printers probably will work.  Don't expect photo quality, 
color lasers have to do halftones.

The alternative is a black and white laser (LaserJet 4050, still one of 
the best all-around lasers, used for $50-$150) and an inkjet for 
reluctant, eventual, stripy color printing.

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