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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. – Jan Dorniak Mar 4 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? – Jan Dorniak Mar 4 at 9:08
  • @JanDorniak Sorry, I meant US Letter. I guess there isn't a simple letter/number for that one. – Alexis Wilke Mar 4 at 21:48
  • no, I don't think so. I actually wanted to check what printer we have in office for you but forgot. – Jan Dorniak Mar 4 at 21:57
  • Note that HP printers stop working if automatic ink purchase is stopped: howtogeek.com/403346/… . That might explain your issue. – DrMoishe Pippik Mar 5 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.

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  • 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? – Alexis Wilke Mar 17 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 at 17:55

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