[conspire] Re: conspire Digest, Vol 18, Issue 1

Ross Bernheim rossbernheim at speakeasy.net
Mon Nov 1 20:26:27 PST 2004

On Monday, November 1, 2004, at 08:13 PM, 
conspire-request at linuxmafia.com wrote:

> Thank you. Yes. This printer is an "LJET2P"-compatible printer 
> according
> to NEC-SuperScript_870-ljet2p.ppd.
> It turns out that this black and white SuperScript 870 laser printer
> receives a "one penguin" rating at <http://www.linuxprinting.org/>:
>     How well does it work?
>     One Penguin: Partially. These printers mostly don't work; you may 
> be
>     able to print only in black and white on a color printer, or the
>     printouts look horrible.

The one penguin rating is based on their criteria. As an Adobe PrintGear
based printer, it has numerous bells and whistles under the Windows 98
printer driver that supports it. Adobe dropped support for PrintGear and
all PrintGear printers suck from Win 2K onward and on any other OS than
Windows 98.

That said, it does a good job of emulating the basic HP Laserjet and the
printing is 600 dpi. I have one of the NEC 870's at work and use the
drivers for the HP. It is a good solid printer for text. It does line 
well. I use it almost every day and it just works. I have had to add a 
toner cartridge and lots of paper.

The lack of support for PrintGear means that the perception is that the
NEC 870 is junk. It isn't what it could do under PrintGear, but it is 
a good basic laser printer with a solid print engine and since it is 
out of
favor, available used at a good price.


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