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Melissa:
Guys, I'm gonna save up for a second hand printer ( probably off Ebay) at some point to use on my Asus netbook, running on Peppermint 9. Could you please advise me which are compatible and easy to set up?

I've never had a home printer before, but need one as the local print shop closed down 2 years ago and the only other option is going to libraries ( which of course are closed right now). There isn't even a print shop in town any more!

Keith:
Hello Melissa.

I've settled on HP as they are very reliable, their customer service is good and they support Linux with the HPLIP (HP Linux Imaging and Printing system). 

I've also had Epson which are very good, too, except that unlike other manufacturers one doesn't replace the whole cartridge, just the ink reservoir.  I've had one instance of the ink stylus (fitted permanently) becoming blocked - but only the once, and one can get a very cheap cleaning kit that works well.  I find Epson's photo printing is better than HP but the installation of HP printers is usually easier. 

I have a friend running an HP printer on Peppermint 9 and she is very happy with it. 

Hope that's some help,
    Keith

10i:
I have also had an HP printer work very well on Peppermint Linux, although I haven't updated my blog in a while I did post a tutorial http://myiceadventure.blogspot.com/2015/09/getting-hp-scanner-multi-function.html

DavidMcCann:
I currently have an  HP (my second) and I've also used Samsung. Most of the big names work, but the secret is to check on-line before buying. So, a quick trip to ebay revealed a refurbished HP Envy 5530 at £25. A search for "hp envy 5530 linux" came up with a manual and driver to download and instructions for installation on Ubuntu — in other words, it's OK. It's also worth looking on Amazon to see the reviews. Of course, there's always some-one who's been unlucky, but the consensus will be reliable.

Rich J:

--- Quote from: Melissa on May 26, 2020, 05:04:49 pm ---Guys, I'm gonna save up for a second hand printer ( probably off Ebay) at some point to use on my Asus netbook, running on Peppermint 9. Could you please advise me which are compatible and easy to set up?

I've never had a home printer before, but need one as the local print shop closed down 2 years ago and the only other option is going to libraries ( which of course are closed right now). There isn't even a print shop in town any more!

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Hi Melissa

Printing and computers is rather like asking 'how long is a piece of string' - there are so many variables it's difficult to give a definitive answer.  It largely depends on what sort of printing you are wanting to do and how much?  Is it high or low volume?  Colour or mono?  Photographic?

A second-hand printer may be ok but will doubtless come with no guarantee so a new printer may be more cost-effective in the long run.  Is it possible to get a redundant one from a friend or colleague that you trust?  Or what about the computer shop that you already use?  Do they do recon printers? At least you would have somewhere to return it to if it became faulty.  Bear in mind the cost of consumables.  An ink-jet that has little use can work out very expensive on replacement cartridges as the jets can clog and then use masses of ink to unclog when running a 'print-head-cleaning' cycle - (I speak from experience!).

Most makes 'should' run pretty much out of the box these days on any platform but some are more user friendly than others and even the best can be pernickety over drivers and take some fettling to get working - and this applies as much on Windows as in Linux.........  I don't wish to confuse or frighten, far from it!  It would be useful if you could give a bit more info regarding your planned usage then no doubt we can come up with something that will fit your needs and hopefully help to keep the costs down.   ;)

Rich

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