msgbartop
Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Computer Repair Business Questions Answered Here – Just Ask!
msgbarbottom
29 Aug 13

Buying A Printer For Ubuntu

Recently Tom asked:

“Matt, I’m looking to buy a new printer for my Ubuntu system. But when I looked at the supported printers page for Ubuntu, much of it was really old. Do you have a list that you recommend?”

Well Tom, in fact I do. In this article, you will find fantastic printers for every budget. Even better, you can get them shipped right to your door and in many cases, it will be cheaper than you might find elsewhere. Another thing to note — the HP printer focus here. Why? Because even though there is CUPS and SANE support for CanonBrother and Epson printers/all-in-ones, these printers are pretty spotty in the ongoing support realm. HP by contrast, has the most solid Linux support available.

Office Inkjet Printer – HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e
This office friendly printer is inkjet, but boasts the advantage of being up to 50% cheaper per page, than with a comparable laser printer.  This office printer offers Ubuntu or Linux Mint users:

-Networking functionality (including wireless printing)

-Scanning to PC functionality

-Print head cleaning/check ink levels

-PC faxing, Photo card access (USB mass storage)

What you need to know about this printer running on Ubuntu? You need to install HPLIP Toolbox from the software center on Ubuntu, or you can download the ‘run’ file from the HPLIP website instead if you want full functionality. You will also use the HPLIP Toolbox to set up the printer. You will likely do best to use the advanced options on the printer itself, to set up the wireless printer settings. It does work, however.HP Photosmart 7510

Photo Printer - HP Photosmart 7510

Best described as an all round solid photo printer, this HP unit offers plenty of consumer-friendly functionality without breaking the bank. Another bonus is that you can use this badboy without ever having to boot into your computer, should you wish to go this route. This photo printer will provide Ubuntu or Linux Mint users with the following features:

-Networking functionality (including wireless printing)

-Scanning to PC functionality

-Print head cleaning/check ink levels

-Photo card access (USB mass storage)

What you need to know about this printer running on Ubuntu? Same as above with regard to using HPLIP Toolbox, with the difference being there are no fax services for this printer.

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w

 

Office Laser Printer - HP LaserJet Pro P1102w 

For some small businesses or home offices, nothing quite compares to a laser printer for speed. If this is where you’re at, rest assure that this laser printer will indeed, work out of the box on your Ubuntu desktop. This great laser printer will provide Ubuntu or Linux Mint users with the following:

-Networking functionality (including wireless printing)

-Toner level status

- Speed advantages associated with a laser printer

What you need to know about this printer running on Ubuntu? Same as above with regard to using HPLIP Toolbox, with the difference being there are no fax services, photo card access, or scanner functions for this printer.

 

Ubuntu printer installer vs HPLIP Toolbox 

In the video, I show just how painfully obvious it is to install a HP printer on the Ubuntu desktop. And because the HP drivers you need are already setup for you by default, you only need to install HPLIP Toolbox for the advanced functionality provided by the printer. Options such as ink levels or setting up other aspects of the device. For casual printing, the video below, covers it all.

Do you have questions about PC repair, Linux on the desktop, software or other tech related subjects? Don’t get frustrated, Just Ask Matt! Email me directly for help and perhaps I will be able to answer your questions right here at Matt Hartley Dot Com!

Reader's Comments

  1.    

    The Konica-Minolta lasers (Magicolor 2300 and 2430DL) have been in use in our home office since 2000, and since this company supplies Linux drivers, they have been easy to setup and run with our LinuxMint machines. We have had two in this whole time. The original one is still in use by our grandchildren.

  2.    

    I couldn’t agree more, I have a HP LaserJet 100 MFP 175nw, works like a charm with Ubuntu, though I recommend installing the HPLIP-Gui, much easier installing the plug-in for scanning, and for wireless printing.

    •    

      That has been my experience as well. While many printers/scanner are supported, HP has the dialog that makes the magic happen with HPLIP

      It’s the tool that other printer are missing on the Linux desktop. :)

      Good stuff.

  3.    

    I went down and took a chance on the cheapest laser printer I could find brand new from Brother and it works great. I didn’t have to install anything. Just plug and play.

  4.    

    Much as I like the super economical refilable tank EPSON L100 and L200 its HP for me for out of box support and fantastic full fledged and frequently updated HPLIP.