USB Printers on the Cheap

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Several readers wrote in to rave about the Lexmark Optra E310 printer that retails for under US$400:

Your post made it seem like the GCC USB laser printer was in fact the first of its type. In fact Lexmark has had their E310 laser printer out for 4 to 5 months time.

The E310 in fact had to wait for OS 8.6 to be released so that it could be used with the Mac. It is a 600 d.p.i. laser printer with Postscript level2, and PCL6 language and 2MB memory (cheap to upgrade memory as well since it just uses 72pin EDO SIMM’s). It is fully Mac supported when used in conjunction with OS 8.6 and is way less money than the GCC laser printer. The E310 sells for about $560.00 Canadian (approx. US$375).

As for other sub-US$400 options, one reader suggests the Brother HL-1040:

You can buy Brother’s HL-1040 with a USB kit from Outpost for about US$370. Granted it is a parallel printer, but it’s still much cheaper. My HL-1040 also came with a toner. Please note, I haven’t personally used it with a Mac…

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