On and off I've just spent the better part of a day farnarkling around with a laser printer install. A Brother HL-2270 DW. I suppose if I'd just sat my arse down for a concentrated three or four hours of frustration and shoutiness I might have wrapped it up earlier, but I had other jobs to attend to.
I've been looking for a home office printer for over a year now. Lost track of the number of cheap arse junky ink jets I've gone through and abandoned because spending a hundred bucks on ink cartridges that run out after a month of moderate use just got old. I even dropped four or five hundred on a lower mid-range Hewlett Packard all-in-one that had good reviews. It just fucking broke with a crunching sound one day. No fucking idea why.
Anyway, I've had a contract needed printing and signing. Tried to talk them into accepting a signed PDF from my iPad, which is becoming more common here in Oz, but this was an American law firm, and they were old school.
Paper, and only paper.
After one final arse raping I decided to give up on ink jets. They're a fucking scam and they hurt my bottom. Part of me longed for an antique Apple laser printer. One of the ancient models that used to retail for about five grand. But the rational part of me went to thewirecutter.com and looked up their recommended pick. The Brother 2270.
Tried buying it online, but the delivery went awry. (Reminds me I have to chase up that refund).
So, much disgruntled I drove into nearest Harvey Norman (I know, I cringe with shame to write it) and found it on sale at a steep discount. Fuck me, a lucky break.
And then the hands on fun started. The driver software on the disc was out of date. The download from the Brother site wouldn't ... er... well it just wouldn't. There was no cable, which I sort of expected. But all my spare ethernet cables seemed to be invisible to the machine. For a while I seriously considered a trip to the Apple store to buy a new retina Macbook and whatever the fucking genius said would work with it. But that was just the junky in me look for a comfort purchase.
Luckily I found an old USB 2.0 cord in my stash and that seemed to work. A few more hits on the download site shook free a working driver. I now have a cheap working monochrome laser printer.
But I do wonder whether the printer market is broken and waiting to be disrupted in the arse.