[ILUG] OT hardware recommendation?
Niall O Broin
niall at linux.ie
Thu Feb 9 23:23:51 GMT 2006
On 9 Feb 2006, at 22:14, Bernhard Rohrer wrote:
> I am looking for a printer which needs to fulfill the following
> - less than 500 yoyos
The Dell 3000cn or 3100cn might suit - the 3100cn has an extra tray,
and is supported under Linux (which the 3000cn is not, though they're
the same printer - go figure). I have a 3100cn which I bought because
it's networked and supports Linux, OS-X and Windows but be warned -
it's a BIG printer.
> - colour laser
> - can use 200g paper
They can take paper up to 216gsm via their multipurpose input tray, but
only up to 90 gsm in the normal drawers.
> - can be shared for win on samba for linux via USB
ENOPARSE - did you want to host the printer on a Linux or Windows box?
Academic with the 3100cn, as it's networked. I suspect that you could
use the 3000cn attached to a Windows box, and use Linux to print to it
with Samba, but it might be an expensive esxperiment :-)
> - reasonable cost for consumables
Ah well, there's the rub. The business model for low cost printers is
the razor model, more so with inkjets, but it's also true for lasers. I
heard a story from a large company with which you would be familiar
which was offered Dell colour laser printers FREE if they would sign a
contract to buy toner.
These printers have 4000 page cartridges available (usual nominal 5%)
for 39 EUR (black) and 75 EUR for each colour. The life of the drum is
45K - 10K5 pages (black only - full colour) and a replacement costs 145
EUR so each colour page is costing 15c in drum life, which is expensive
enough, + toner costs depending on usage.
> I like the small Samsungs, but the cost of consumables is prohibitive
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