Dell Laser Printer with OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by corywoolf, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2004
    I can't seem to find any documentation that says Dell Printers are supported by OS X, will they work out of the box? I am thinking about getting that ultra cheap $100 Dell Laser printer after going through five inkjets in five years. I understand the toner isn't cheap, but it still ends up being a lot cheaper in the end. I don't need color either, so I am just looking for anyone that has used this printer with a mac and can give me the go ahead.

    thanks in advance.

  2. macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    How cheap is ultra cheap? There are lots of Mac compatible printers out there.

    The Dell printers are typically re-branded Lexmark printers which are crap. They would most likely work with a Mac as long as the open source drivers are used. I have no experience with Dell printers, but since almost everything from Epson, Lexmark, and HP work with those open source drivers, there is no reason to think that the Dell wouldn't.

    Keep in mind that you will not be able to get toner and such locally. You will have to order online from Dell. That would keep me from buying a printer from them, no matter how little it cost.
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The *best* *best* *best* option is to buy a printer on Apple's supported hardware list:

    The second best option is to get one that's on GIMP-Print's list:

    or one that other people have reported success with on OS X.

    But I'd be very careful about the assumption of using Lexmark drivers with a Dell unless you can find someone who has that specific printer running on a Mac. I've read threads before where people tried this and were not able to get it to work.

    Also try forum searching... there was a very inexpensive printer from... I don't remember whom... that several people on here bought.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Mac OS X supports pretty much 90-95% of printers out there.
    Dell printers are most likely just rebranded Laser printers from some other manufacturer. So they should work fine.
    I havent found a printer that doesnt work with OS X yet.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006
    FWIW, a friend of mine had a Dell-branded Lexmark inkjet printer that wouldn't work with my mac. I would say cut your losses and buy something you know will work.

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