Printer recommendation please

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Sat Mar 31 11:05:29 UTC 2012

On 03/31/12 05:17, Warren Block wrote:
> 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.
Depending. Xerox C410 used a Fiery engine onboard which produced 
dramatic results- awesome photo quality I have yet to see even in an inkjet.

Not sure what the Phasers are like though; they're not actually Xerox 
designed per se, but use the Xerox processes so hence the brand.

Anyway, I digress. The critical point is the print engine- if it says 
Fiery grab it don't let go! :) Results may vary a little between brands, 
but anything with Fiery in it is better than without. And you don't need 
Gutenprint because thats what Gutenprint is attempting to emulate.

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