| Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:10:11 +0100
| From: "Andres Jimenez" <gandresin at gmail.com>
| I am moving back to Spain very soon and I was planning to buy a
| not-too-cheap printer/scanner.
|[ ... ]
| Could you guys recommend any other printer/scanner, with reasonable
| priced cartridges if possible, that works well on Linux?
I use an HP Photosmart C6180 All-In-One (printer, scanner,
copier (all colo(u)r), and (never used this part) FAX).
it does not need a host computer to do any of the functions
(but without one some of the capabilities are a bit limited).
eithernet, wifi, usb, and bluetooth (albeit you need an
extra usb(?) unit for bluetooth). single-sided, but I
believe there is a duplex attachment available (I just
flip the paper over by hand, which unfortunately is a
slightly fiddly operation). never had a problem with
jams that wasn't my fault (ref. fiddly operation), but
clearing a jam is usually(?) a Really Fiddly operation.
everything (that I've tried) works out-of-the-box, as
advertised, on Linux. complete Linux support is available
on, IIRC, sourceforge (in case yer distro is lacking HP's
I now forget what the rated PPM is; the achieved PPM is
sufficiently fast I don't care. I was pricing cartridges
the other day, and at the not-cheap retail store I was in
(here in France), when purchased individually, it was c.14€
for the colour ones (4?) and c.39€ for the much larger black
(I also forget the rated page counts (sorry!) but it has not
been an issue for me). when bought pre-packaged, a full
set of cartridges was c.50€.
the catch is cost. I dunno what the price is now, but it
is probably in the (low-to-mid-)100's of €'s, this model
is near the top of this range (Photosmart? All-In-One?) of
HP units; there are cheaper units. AFAICR, this entire HP
range is 100% supported/works on Linux.
“support on Linux” does not(? did not?), however, mean
much help from HP's e-mail support group. if you have
troubles with HP's open source stuff, yer on yer own.
(HP say(? said?) this up-front, to their credit.)
as it happened, I did have to return my original unit
to HP under warranty (it stopped powering up for some
reason), and got a replacement well within the promised
timeframe (which was something like 10 days max; as I
recall I had the replacement in my hands c.4 days later).
which brings up a general point/caution (not specific
to HP): one thing to check (esp. if the printer's a
bit costly) is whether the warranty will be valid when
you return to Spain. (I've no idea about HP's printers,
but I ran into this issue when moving from Ireland to
France: my machine (not an HP) could be serviced under
warranty only if I first returned it to Ireland! ;-\ )
I switched to HP from Epson printers partly on the advice
of a good and trustworthy friend, and also 'cuz I got fed
up with Epson's issues with clean/clogged heads (plus a
deliberate(!) built-in obsolescence “feature”!).
the disadvantage is HP's print quality isn't quite as good
as Epson's; but I'm a (La)TeXer and, as seems to be common
in TeXland, notice and am annoyed by even very slight
imperfections. most people probably don't notice or care?
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