My printer problems continued. I had to say bye-bye to the Samsung printer and got myself a HP printer instead.
The new Samsung SL-C480 color laser printer turned out to be less than compatible with Macintosh and Mac OS X 10.11.2 (my iMac) and 10.10.5 (my MacBook Pro). I installed and deinstalled, I downloaded new drivers directly from Samsung in exchange for those on the install CD. Nothing helped. Once in the blue moon the printer printed one single page. Normally it just printed gibberish. It couldn’t even print a pdf.
The newest drivers available from Samsung were released before Mac Os X 10.11 El Capitan was released. So of course they were not all that compatible. Apart form that it lacked a file it said when trying to install it. After trying to make it work for about a month, I gave up. Installing drivers and getting a printer to function shouldn’t be that difficult. And in this case, impossible. It was good at making color copies, but I really needed to print now and then.
So about two weeks ago I asked my neighbor to take me and the printer back to Netonnet to return the printer and get another one. Was a bit anxious if they would accept the exchange or not as the free 30 day return-period was passed with about 13 days. But to my relief they did accept to take it back when I explained it wasn’t compatible with my Macs (or the iPad or the iPhone either for that matter).
My choice for a new printer was between an HP LaserJet Pro 200 M277dw and a Brother DCP-9020CDW. As I had/have no experience with Brother printers, the choice fell on the HP. I have used HP printers for many years and never really had any problems with them. Both the above are sold at the same price at Netonnet (SEK 2.990) and cost SEK500 more than the Samsung I returned.
The HP printer was (and is) a totally pleasant and good experience from the very first moment. The installation was smooth, fast and easy and HP has drivers for the latest Macintosh OS. Everything just worked from the start. Both on the iMac, the MacBook Pro and the ePrint from the iPhone and the iPad. I am happy. I can finally print – even from the sofa from the iPad. Haven’t tested the copier yet, or the fax (don’t know where to connect it presently – have to find a vacant phoneline for it) or the doublesided printing, or the print from anywhere, or the scanning – but I will, soon. The most important thing was to be able to print. It has all the functions I want, including wifi-printing and much more. The HP toners are expensive, but so are the other firms toners too. May the printer last a long time.
I am happy. I can print again. And I can recommend this HP printer.