While its not a really discussed thing on the forum. there is a need for printer knowledge.
A small hub for printer knowledge sharing, repair, modding, privacy, and more. while this is normally a one time buy item and forget it exists. many people have high demands for printers and good ones at that.
As has been shortly discussed in the cringe thread having a place for printer discussion may be useful for some office techs here.
I used to be a Cannon* repair specialist for a non profit out side DC in Maryland. We received government surplus to be repaired and then donated to low income family’s. some times we got large office printers fax copy print, those printers where known the be hell to work on for the little documentation that existed. Cannon proactively made it hell to fix these printers dmca’ing pdf’s of the repair docs and requesting you pay them for a tech to repair. Cannon also took measures with the Hard drives in the printer to firmware lock out repairs. Low level binary copy’s of the hard drives had to be made to get around this issue if a drive was to fail and they FAILED.
from that time as a printer repair specialist, i was tasked to set up pos printers (i hate thermal printers), Cannon, Hp, Xerox, and brother printers.
I WOULD ONLY RECOMMEND OLDER HP laserjet printers those things are rocks they would require extreme beating to fail and the only bad failure you would see if not beaten is paper rollers getting gunked. those printers are the gods of printers. i would avoid pretty much every other brand for repair costs and aftermarket toner costs.
plus xerox has a big hand in MIDC which puts unique identifiers for printers by printing micro dots in yellow on pages. this would be bad for those who are whistle blowers and need extreme anonymity.