It does appear that yesterday I purchased a small laser printer. They retail for about $178 so we’re talking small, low-end laser printer. Its the Brother HL-2040. According to the reviews, photo printing quality is sketchy at best (even for a black and white laser). I just printed a high resolution photo on it and the only thing I noticed was the shadows just out of focus are blotchy, the actual foreground quality I thought was pretty damn awesome. This is of course from someone who has never printed a high resolution photo on a black and white laser before.
Either way though, I didn’t buy it for photo printing, that’s what my Epson Photo R210 is for. It is really nice to be able to print text faster than I can get up and walk to the printer (save warm-up time if it is in standby mode), I pumps out pages at about 22ppm and damn the text is crisp.
Aimee’s Canon which we’ve used for printed text up until now has some blocked nozzle which the printer can’t clean by itself and if it is the heads that need replacing it may not be worth it considering new printer prices at the moment, anyway, the laser was affordable and it is mine and fits on a desk and is better at printing text than my Photo printer by a long shot.
I’m happy with my purchase. Setting it up was a breeze as well, unplugged Aimee’s Canon from the Airport Express, plugged in the Brother, installed the MacOS X drivers from the supplied CD and that was it, Bonjour really is that great, up pops the printer under Bonjour printers in seconds.
As an aside, I pumped up the resolution to print the photo and maxed out the RAM on the beast, unlike other lasers I’ve seen (albeit much older) instead of failing to print and flashing random lights it printed the document fine and then printed a page telling me the printer had run out of memory on the job and had to downgrade the resolution to get it out, I thought it still looked ok so I can’t wait to print something at 1200dpi instead of having it pushed back down to 600dpi.