On Fri, Aug 12, 2005 at 10:32:18PM +0100, Mr. Spock wrote:
Many programs that print PS can be configured for Level 2 or Level 3 or
automatically get the printer's requirements from the PPD file.
I use an HP Laserjet 1100 for printing music. Somewhere along the line
(CUPS, ghostscript etc) PS gets turned into suitable PCL and it just
works, absolutely perfectly.
Unless you've got a very compelling reason for needing all the CPU power
you can muster, it's not worth spending the extra money on a PS printer.
Processing delay is insignificant compared with printer warmup time for
the first page and overlaps printing for further pages and I've never
noticed any sign of excessive CPU load.
Don't get a Windows GDI printer and you'll be fine. PCL no problem.
> I also want a networkable one to share over my (wired) LAN.
My LJ1100 isn't a network printer, but it's hooked up to a server box. I
do also have a PS colour laser that is networked (QMS/Minolta
magicolor 3100) and they both just work (after a little futzing about
with CUPS, PPD files etc).
> I've looked at the very informative pages about Linux Printing:
Pick any printer for your best mix of those qualities (not a Linuix issue),
check with the linux printing database, and you're away. I don't think you
need to restrict yourself to postscript. You are certainly right to
choose a laser though.