I'm looking for inexpensive monochrome postscript printer. I spent a lot of time searching for reviews, feedback and choices but I can't find comprehensive sources of information about this.
The printer will be used mostly for printing my daughter's student assignments. However I'm also a graphic designer and on occasions I would use it to hard proof the detail appearance of fine text and graphics but on the other hand I have enough experience with how it outputs in print shops and I have a lot of printed samples of various fonts in different sizes so, with this and my experience I think I can even get away without a home printer but my daughter needs it and if it doesn't cost much more to use it for my needs too it will be nice to have it. I used to have for more than a decade a 1200x1200 post script laser printer that died several months ago and I haven't been current to what's available now.
I will greatly appreciate any links, pointers, and advice.
I spent another couple of hours checking a list of printer manufacturers. So far I checked HP, Epson, Canon, Lexmark, and Samsung. From these only Lexmark and Samsung sell laser printers with postscript emulation - over $700 for Lexmark and over $1000 for Samsung.
Doesn't look very promising - I was expecting that nowadays the prices would be considerably lower in range like $200 - 300.
Xerox has one at the upper end of your price range:
For not a whole lot more, may I suggest the Phaser 6600?
Take care, Mike
Tank you Larry and Scott,
I'll check Dell
Scott, is this the same printer?
Yes it is. Looks like prices have dropped a bit since I purchased. Don't you just hate that Either that or it did cost me $250 and I'm mis-remembering.
I specifically was looking for a Postscript level 3 monochrome printer when a collegue at a repair center reccommended the Phaser 3250.
Great printer, quiet, fast, and dependable. Will do duplex printing (double-sided). Prints just fine from any app including Illustrator. Consumables are in a decent price rage as well. Toner for around $100 a cartridge and they tend to last quite a long time for me (like a year or more) with <15 prints a day here.
Thank you all.
I'm really relieved now because there is postscript in my price range and there are options.
Dell's processor is twice as fast and has much more memory but its connection is only USB 2.0 while the Phaser also has Ethernet which is faster and more convenient for me because my place is already wired with it. The cost of toner cartridge per page capacity is 0.023 Phaser vs 0.02 Dell which doesn't make much difference for me because I don't print a lot. While there are plenty of reviews about the Phaser, the Dell was just released and there are not even customer reviews yet.
I also learnt that most of the Dell printers are essentially relabeled Lexmark models and Lexmark on the other hand is using Xerox parts for a lot if its components. The information about the Phaser on Amazon says that it is made in China and I chatted with a Dell representative who said "I don't know, but most likely China".
If I have to base my decision based on the tech specs I should choose the Dell B2360d printer but I'm still scratching my head and wondering if there are other things to consider.
Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Xerox is primarily rebraded Okidata printers. But Oki gets very high reviews as well. Just something more to consider I've never regretted the Phaser purchase. I replaced an Oki monochrome with it.
In my experience Dell can be good. But my only real experience with Dell items are monitors, which are exceptionally different than printers.