In Praise of Black and White Printers

by Randy Murray on May 14, 2012

You don’t need to print everything and everything you print doesn’t need to be color.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve owned a plethora of little color printers over the years. I can’t even count them. Frankly, I’ve never been happy with any of them. They’re slow. The quality of printing isn’t that great. They’re a hassle to configure with every system update.

And the ink for them is ridiculously expensive.

When I think back about the printers I’ve really loved, really been excited about in years past, they’ve always been black and white printers, typically laser printers. Fast, beautiful printing, and after the shock of the initial price of the printer, cheap to operate.

I’m absolutely nuts about my current black and white laser printer: The Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

This is the printer that my buddy, Patrick Rhone, raved about, and boy, was he right. 

It is FAST. It’s cheap to operate. It prints full duplex (prints on both sides of the page - another savings). It’s wireless, so you can set it up anywhere with a power outlet.

And you can typically find one for just over $100.

As a writer, I still use print a lot. I like to edit on paper. I take paper to meetings. And paper remains the ideal archive medium (more on that tomorrow).

Yes, I still have a color printer. But I don’t use it much. Frankly, you can save on your color printing by purchasing the Brother printer, use it for everything that doesn’t absolutely require color, and saving your expensive color ink for when you do need it. Four rounds of color ink cartridges will just about pay for this black and white beauty. You’ll save that back quickly.



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