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Many thanks for your insights on current laser printers

Bill Taylor
Hello All!

I want to thank all who responded to my request about laser printers.  Also, thanks to Curtis for correcting me and explaining what the acronym ‘laser’ means.  I don’t ever recall coming across that, which is why it’s nice to know of now.

Going from memory, it seems the Brother brand of laser printers have a big following.  I was also glad to learn that from the details of other peoples experiences, HP printers are best avoided because corresponding software is seldom if ever updated on the Macintosh side of the computing universe.

Again, many thanks for all the input.  The expertise and help available on this mailing list is wonderful.

I ended getting a Lexmark laser printer, model ms517dn that arrived Tuesday form the Canadian Costco.  The last time I bought a laser printer was during the summer of 1995.  I can’t believe how much more is available with this Lexmark printer, as opposed to my old Laserwriter Select 360.  I just hope I get a good long useful life out of this new printer, as my last one gave me 20 years of great service.

… I’m wondering if I take my old printer apart to spray an electronics circuit cleaner on the contacts; if it might run again?  Anyone tried such a thing?  If so, did it work?  …. could it just need a good cleaning?  [I’m guessing not, as it’s presumably reached the end of it’s service life?]

Again, thanks to all for your insights and recommendations.

Bill Taylor




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Re: Many thanks for your insights on current laser printers

Doug Hogg
Bill,

Any details on your new printer and why you chose it?

How us it behaving?

:-)

Doug Hogg

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> On Apr 13, 2018, at 4:33 PM, Bill Taylor <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I ended getting a Lexmark laser printer, model ms517dn that arrived Tuesday form the Canadian Costco.



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Re: Many thanks for your insights on current laser printers

Bill Taylor
Hi Doug,

As an avid cyclist, I find that in addition using a GPS, a printed copy of my route as a map and a cue sheet, are great to have as a backup in case my GPS dies or otherwise acts up.

My experience with ink jet printers is that the ink can smudge if the paper gets wet.  Even sealing the printout in a zip-loc bag or map case can still let water in.  So the last thing I want to have happen if I’m on a ride a 100 kms or more from home is to find that I have no way of navigating.

In order to keep my expenses down, I decided to avoid a colour laser printer, as the replacement costs of the toner cartridge is in many cases, more than the cost of the machine originally.  

I’m hoping that with detailed grayscale printing, I can make out the various map coordinates.  

I also wanted duplex printing to again, help keep costs down of the paper.

Having a printer directly connected to my network also means I can print from my other, old Macs.

So I know I needed printer with detailed printing, no colour and duplex printing to help keep costs down, and the ability to print from various computers.

Since getting over the initial ‘sticker shock’ of having to pay to shop at Costco, that I initially though absurd, I’ve been a long time fan of Costco and have come to believe that if they’re selling it, it must be good as their buyers have done the necessary background research.  

When checking printers available from Costco here in Canada, I notice a specific Lexmark model of printer was on sale, and a better cost then available elsewhere.  So, when ‘the planets aligned’ I decided to buy it.

Provided this printer lasts a good 10 years and hopefully more, then I’ll be very happy.

So far, I’ve yet to get my teeth into the 255 page manual, but have been printing from it already, leaving me impressed with it’s ability to print images which to me, means that maps come out in the detail I need.

I’ll have to work my way through he manual, but so far, so good.  I’m very happy with it.

Hope this helps anyone else considering a new printer.

Bill Taylor


> On Apr 13, 2018, at 9:34 PM, Doug Hogg <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Bill,
>
> Any details on your new printer and why you chose it?
>
> How us it behaving?
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> :-)
>
> Doug Hogg
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Apr 13, 2018, at 4:33 PM, Bill Taylor <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> I ended getting a Lexmark laser printer, model ms517dn that arrived Tuesday form the Canadian Costco.
>
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Re: Many thanks for your insights on current laser printers

Randy B. Singer

On Apr 13, 2018, at 10:38 PM, Bill Taylor wrote:

>  I’ve been a long time fan of Costco and have come to believe that if they’re selling it, it must be good as their buyers have done the necessary background research.  
>
> When checking printers available from Costco here in Canada, I notice a specific Lexmark model of printer was on sale, and a better cost then available elsewhere.  So, when ‘the planets aligned’ I decided to buy it.

Lexmark has always seemed to have had good hardware.  Sort of like HP.  However, many years ago their Macintosh support was poor or non-existant.  At some point, maybe a decade or more ago, they started making a real effort to be Macintosh friendly and I was so impressed (after some personal interactions with their tech support and service depts) that I started to recommend some of their models to clients.  Those models are still by and large working in the offices of those clients.

But at some point Lexmark's support for Macintosh users dropped off, and I stopped recommending their products.  Folks randomly tell me every few years that Lexmark is catering to Mac users again, but given that there are brands like Brother, who have been consistently supporting the Mac for decades, I always like to recommend the product that Macintosh users can consistently rely on over the one that comes from the company that *may* be Mac-friendly this year.

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