My mother has been using my old Lexmark printer for many years, but it
is no longer possible to find toner cartridges for it (which is such a
shame, because it's a good printer). When the last cartridge became so
flaky that she could no longer print her tickets, she asked me to find
a new printer for her.
I thought about a cheap Samsung ML-16xx laser printer, but my recent
experience with SPL led me to
settle on the
instead. This printer ticks many of my boxes: it has Ethernet support,
automatic duplex printing (surprising, for a relatively inexpensive
printer), and a proper output tray. The downside is that it supports
only PCL6, not PostScript.
It was easy to set up the printer under Ubuntu 11.10. I chose the
generic PCL6 printer driver, and everything just worked. Delightful.
(Brother's web site does have some CUPS drivers for Linux, but I did
not bother to try them out.)
Not surprisingly, the printed output looks fine too.