[RndTbl] Linux colour lazer printer

John Lange john.lange at bighostbox.com
Mon Feb 23 09:31:17 CST 2004

I don't know if it is true or not but HP claims that the per-page
printing costs of their newer colour deskjet (inkjet) printers is lower
than a colour laser.

Apparently Cannon owns the patents on colour laser technology and HP has
to pay large royalties to them which makes them more expensive to
operate. Additionally, the newer inkjet technologies use much less ink
than before so cartridges last longer.

This was told to me by an HP rep at a conference I was at. I've never
looked into it so please investigate yourself before making any

At first blush I was sceptical figuring that he was just trying to
justify the high cost of replacement ink. Then I realized it didn't make
sense for him to be talking me out of buying the laser printer since it
was much more expensive. Why would an HP rep talk me down to the
$400-$500 deskjet when I had originally been interested in a $1200


John Lange
(204) 885 0872

On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 09:07, millward wrote:
> I'm giving up on ink-jet printers. The
> ink is just too expensive.  I was wondering
> if anyone out there could advise me on
> a good colour lazer printer to operate 
> with Linux. I was thinking around $250.
> Best Buy had one for $150, but I suspect
> it might be a bit too cheap.
> I know nothing of lazer printers except they
> are reputed to be fast. Do they require 
> expensive paper? Do the lazer diodes last
> very long? Are any of them parrallel port?
> Any advise would be most welcome.
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