The Brother desktop laser printers are amazing workhorses. Also, no DRM!
On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:24 AM, Sylvia, Margaret <[log in to unmask]>
> I can recommend a very inexpensive laser printer that I use at home for
> all my printing, including label-printing, the Brother HL-L2340DW.
> I bought it on a review from Wirecutter: http://thewirecutter.com/
> reviews/best-laser-printer and it really does a fine job. We have in
> our library office a higher-capacity Brother printer that is also a real
> workhorse, but probably overkill for a single-user desktop.
> The HL-L2340DW is $80 today at Amazon and it comes with a starter toner
> cartridge. Standard toner cartridges are $30 and high-yield cartridges are
> $45, pretty good as toner costs go.
> When I print labels with it, I manually feed the sheets. I'm not sure you
> have to do that, but I don't print a lot of labels at home.
> Anyway, my experience with the Brother brand has been entirely positive
> and I can recommend the HL-L2340DW for your situation, particularly if you
> are looking for something economical and sturdy.
> Margaret Sylvia
> Professor and Assistant Director
> St. Mary’s University Blume Library
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> 210-431-2299 ext. 1320
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Julie Swierczek
> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:35 AM
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] desktop printer for label sheets
> Oh Collective Wisdom!
> We use sheets of archival labels to label our document boxes in the
> archives. I think we buy them from one of the major library suppliers
> (Gaylord, etc.) although I can't say which for certain.
> The person who prints the most labels uses a desktop printer for this
> purpose. After three years of printing mostly labels, the printer will not
> feed the sheets into the printer any longer. I believe they tried
> replacing a roller or some such part - I know, I'm being real sketchy on
> details here, sorry - and it did not improve. You can't even get it to
> work if you manually feed the label sheet into the printer to help it get
> So, if you were going to buy a relatively-inexpensive - say under $300 -
> printer for this purpose, knowing you were going to be feeding labels into
> it all the time, what would you recommend?
> And, if you think it is ridiculous to expect a desktop printer to handle
> labels for years at that price, go ahead and say so and recommend whatever
> more expensive product you think is a good idea. We might just have
> unrealistic expectations for a desktop printer in that price range.
> Thanks much.
> Julie C. Swierczek
> Librarian for Primary Resources and Metadata Services Swarthmore College
> Peace Collection and Friends Historical Library [log in to unmask]