Basic home mono laser printer

sinar

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I'm looking to buy a basic mono laser printer for light home printing duties, I want something reliable for single sided text printing. It will be used with my iMac running latest version of Mac OS

Something like the Brother HL-1110 or Samsung SL-M2026 seem to fit the bill, any suggestions or suitable models appreciated
 

Alrescha

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I bought a Samsung ML series for $80 four or five years ago for exactly the purpose you describe, and it is still going strong. Never a hiccup. It is currently connected to an old Airport Express for shared printing.

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kryten42

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For basic mono lasers I've liked Brother laser printers for years. Had one that lasted until Parallel ports were no longer around (the printer worked, just didn't want to get a convertor) and then had a wireless one too that is still going strong after I used it for years and then gave it to a relative to use.

I think any brother that has the specs you need at $100 or less should work!
 

danielwsmithee

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I've owned a pair of Brother laser printers for ~7 years black&white and ~3 years colors. They have been fantastic, I'd highly recommend getting a Brother laser printer.

If you are willing to spend a little more I'd recommend stepping up to their business class (ethernet interface + duplex + faster printing + larger cartridges)HL-L5100DN. That is the modern equivalent of what I have, the thing is a work horse.
 

thats all folks

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I'm going to have to go with the folks here on Brother. it's been a couple years but the last time I had responsibility for buying printers, eventually ended up with all of them being Brother.

one thing to be aware of is the over-sensitive toner sensor as described here,
http://www.kineticcomputer.com/tips/1107-excessive-low-toner-warnings-on-brother-laser-printers-and-copiers.htm
can't say that it applies to any currently shipping models but something to look into once you've picked out your printer.
 

sinar

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Thanks for the replies, it seems as though Brother or Samsung are suitable, i think i'm going for the Brother as it's cheaper than samsung at the moment and i think it will fit the bill nicely, i'll only be printing 10-20 pages a month maximum, so i'm going for the basic model.
 
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xbpr

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Do a little research into replacement toner cartridges. I bought a cheap Samsung M2830DW which has worked out great so far, but I'm in the market for replacement toner and I've found that OEM toner cartridges are difficult to come by and are therefore expensive. I read mixed reviews about the quality of the non-OEM toner, so I've been hesitant to go that route.
 
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millerj123

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Definitely check out toner prices first. In 15 years, I'm on my second Samsung, an ML2525 that I picked up for around $80. New toner is about $20, and seems to last forever.
 

kryten42

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Brother toner is very cheap normally, another reason I had them for cheap mono lasers. Unlike my current HP color laser that is rather expensive, but company pays for replacements as home office :D
 

steve23094

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I own a Brother.

I used to sell printers retail (amongst other things). We had all the main brands and it was Brother that came back for repair or refund least often.
 
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finsfanscott

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I actually have two Brother printers at home, a HL-2340DW black and white duplex printer and a MFC-9330CDW color printer/scanner. Both work without any issues with my Macs running Sierra and El Capitan, as well as running on a shared network with kids' PCs. Very happy with both.

Have not purchased toner for the color one since I bought it. Have three teenage boys in middle/high school, and my wife in grad school, so lots of printing going on.

Hope this helps!