When looking for Linux compatible HP Printers, you will find a lot of options. You may even be wondering if HP is the brand to select for Linux. HP as a company has had its problems, but Linux support is not one of them. HP is one of the few printer manufacturers that has supported Linux for years by providing open source drivers to the community. In fact there are over 2,500 models of Linux compatible HP printers. The majority of HP printers will work out of the box with out installing anything on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora and many other distributions. With so many how do you choose? First you should start by identifying what you will use your Linux compatible HP Printer for. Will you use it for general home printing, business printing, photo printing or a combination of all of them? Lets go through them one by one.
For printing general documents, recipes, taxes, bills, fliers and maybe a few lower quality photo’s here and there when you need them, you will more than likely want to choose a model that sacrifices some color quality for slightly lower ink usage and faster printing compared to other HP models in this class. Remember ink is the most costly part of any printer purchase, in fact one gallon of ink (from all brands averaged out) comes out to about $9,500 per gallon, making it one of the most expensive liquids you can buy. You will always spend more money on ink than you will the printer itself. The printer itself only accounts for roughly 5% of costs over the lifetime of any printer from any brand. That is why for general home or even small business use, where you will not always be printing full color or even full pages, and will not print a whole lot of photos, I recommend picking up the HP OfficeJet 4650 series. It is a durable, full featured, and fully Linux compatible HP Printer. It will serve you well, and should help keep costs down compared to other HP models, while still offering most of the same options as the more expensive and ink guzzling models.
Main functions of this HP color inkjet printer:
Copy, scan (1200dpi), fax, wireless printing, AirPrint, two-sided duplex printing and touchscreen
Letter, legal, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, No. 10 envelopes
Up to 9.5 ppm black
Print speed black draft: Up to 20 ppm
Up to 6.8 ppm color
Print speed color draft: Up to 16 ppm
When it comes to general use Linux compatible HP Printers, the HP OfficeJet 4650 is the best. It has fantastic speed for its class, and is even faster if you print all those bills and other documents in draft mode. It uses less ink compared to some other HP model’s and it uses even less when you print in draft for all those not so important documents. It can hold it’s own in the photo department, and can output some pretty nice prints on good photo paper. Just keep in mind, the photos from this printer will not be as good as a dedicated photo printer.
If your business has outgrown a home office or you find yourself needing higher quality prints and increased speed but still don’t have it in the budget or don’t have the room for a high end laser printer, you will want to have a look at the HP OfficeJet Pro 6968. This printer offers professional color print quality for items like fliers, brochures, customer invoices, and can even print photo’s at a relatively high quality, however, keep in mind this is also not a dedicated photo printer. This model will hold more paper (225 sheets) than the previous model discussed, will print faster and higher quality. The trade off is that higher quality means more ink used. Of course you can still be economical by changing you printing habits and making sure to print in draft mode when printing something of minor importance. The addition of the document feeder is a must have when you need to quickly scan or copy documents. No longer will you need to scan each page one by one. The built in WiFi also helps when you need to provide printer access to more than one machine.
Main functions of this HP color inkjet printer:
Copy, scan (1200dpi), fax, wireless printing, two-sided duplex printing, color touchscreen and automatic document feeder
A4, Letter, 5×7 in, 4×6 in, Legal, 4R, L, Panoramic/10×30 cm, 10×15 cm, 10×15 cm plus tab, 13×18 cm, 4×8.5 in, 13×18 cm
Up to 18 ppm black
Up to 10 ppm color
When it comes to business Linux compatible HP Printers the HP OfficeJet Pro 6968’s speed durability and features make this a fantastic choice. It will keep you up and printing for a long time and will require little to no maintenance over the years. HP will most likely stop selling the correct type of ink before this one fails, but even after that there is always refill kits.
While all Linux compatible HP Printers will print photo’s in varying qualities, none of them match the quality of a dedicated HP photo printer. With a dedicated photo printer you will be able to print great quality photo’s and lots of them or at least until you can’t afford to buy anymore ink. These printers tend to be the most costly of all printers because of their incredible ink use, but are the only way to go if you want photo lab quality prints. These printers will print documents also, but will use more ink even for basic prints. Of the Linux compatible HP Printers for photo’s the HP Envy 5560 Photo Printer is one of the best. The actual printer cost is generally low (under $100), but as I said, the ink use is where they dent your wallet. With this printer and some good photo paper, you will be up and printing great quality photos in no time. There are other brands that make slightly better photo printers, but not many of them are not Linux compatible.
Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer:
Print, Scan, Copy, Photo, and Wireless capability
Borderless 4 x 6-inch photos and documents up to 8.5 x 11
Black: Up to 14 ppm.
Black draft: Up to 22 ppm.
Color: Up to 9 ppm.
Color draft: Up to 21 ppm.
Linux compatible HP Printers are the perfect companion for your home or business, especially since other manufacturers do not provide their drivers to the open source community for inclusion within Linux. HP generally has higher ink costs, but the out of the box compatibility and quality of the printers mentioned here make it an easier sell. I hope I was able to help with finding the best of the 2,500 Linux compatible HP Printers.