My current printer is an HP Color LaserJet 2550L. It has worked great for a long time, but now it decided to not print at all anymore. I'm not too sure why that would be but I have been having more and more problems with it and it can't print large images (probably because it's limited to 64 MB of RAM, which in 2004 seemed like quite a bit already).

So I'm looking for a new multi-function printer and want recommendations. Here are the specifications I'm interested in:

  • Works great on Ubuntu 18.04+
  • Color Laser (no inkjet, please)
  • Multifunction - Printer, Fax, Scan, Copy
  • Duplex Scan and Copy
  • Two Sided Printing
  • Automatic Scan
  • Separate Color Toners
  • Standard Paper Size (US Letter/A4)
  • Internal Paper Feeder (at least 100 pages)
  • Output bin should support at least 20 pages
  • Connect by Ethernet and/or USB (no WiFi/Bluetooth)
  • Budget around $500

What I mean by "automatic scan" is a way to be able to scan an entire stack at once (for example, place all the pages of a contract in the machine and push one button).

The Copy feature should work on its own (no computer involved); like any photocopier.

Fax is really not that important.

  • B2 or A4? A4 is standard, B2 is huge (50x70 cm) and probably wouldn't make it in your budget with all those features, if they even make them.
    – jaskij
    Mar 4, 2020 at 9:05
  • Also, are you ok with WiFi being available but disabled if there is Ethernet or USB too? Or do you want it explicitly not present?
    – jaskij
    Mar 4, 2020 at 9:08
  • @JanDorniak Sorry, I meant US Letter. I guess there isn't a simple letter/number for that one. Mar 4, 2020 at 21:48
  • no, I don't think so. I actually wanted to check what printer we have in office for you but forgot.
    – jaskij
    Mar 4, 2020 at 21:57
  • Note that HP printers stop working if automatic ink purchase is stopped: howtogeek.com/403346/… . That might explain your issue. Mar 5, 2020 at 1:46

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I would recommend Brother MFC color lasers, such as the MFCL3770CDW which, at $400 retail, satisfies all of your specifications. Ubuntu drivers are available for direct download as a DEB file.

  • Are the Brother's drivers as good as the HP drivers? I've read that HP was better in that area, but maybe the other manufacturers have caught up by now? Mar 17, 2020 at 15:22
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    I am happy with my B&W Brother, but do not have a color Brother.
    – K7AAY
    Mar 17, 2020 at 17:55

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