Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 22:18 UTC
Editorial Your computer is an important energy consumer in your home. Can you save energy when using it? This article offers a few tips.
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Morgan
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2005-06-29

Plus my year old laser actually shuts it self off after 5 minutes of inactivity. It doesn't "Sleep" it shuts off. It can't be woken up by software, a hardware button must be pressed to get it to print. I usually leave it unplugged just in case. I understand the energy implications, but inkjet is crap.


I had an old laser printer that went into a deep-sleep mode that also required a hardware button to be pressed to wake it up. It was faster than waking up from a power cycle, and it only consumed about half a watt while asleep if I remember correctly.

These days -- especially for us alternative OS users -- I would suggest a Brother laser printer for several reasons. They tend to be energy efficient, and they have the cheapest toner cartridges by far (they don't chip their cartridges so you can get generics and refill kits super cheap). They pretty much all use Postscript and PCL, and they are among the least expensive laser printers out there. No, I don't work for them, but I've had a lot of experience with them at my part time job and I absolutely love them!

Here's a neat trick with Brother printer cartridges: As I said above they don't use a chip to tell the printer when the cartridge is empty, rather they use a gear on the side of the cartridge. Once the gear has rotated 180 degrees from printing all those pages, the printer senses it and tells you to replace it. You can buy a toner refill kit for less than $10, pop off the plastic cap on the side of the cartridge and refill it, then take a Phillips screwdriver and remove the gear cover. Turn the gear back to the original position and replace the cover. You now have, according to the printer, a new cartridge.

You can even do this with the starter cartridge, the only difference is the starter doesn't have all the gears necessary to reset, so you have to buy a $5 gear kit for it. Once you've installed the kit, it becomes a standard cartridge and holds just as much toner as a retail unit.


I don't often print, but when I do print, I want it to look good.


You're the most interesting printer user in the world! ;)

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