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Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 11 Aug 2017, 15:14
by JulianBennettHolmes

I'm looking to buy a printer for printing parts and scores. Here are my requirements:
• Must be a laser printer, absolutely not inkjet.
• Must be able to print 12"×18" minimum.
• Must be able to print on both sides (duplex) automatically. (Buying an extra attachment to do this is OK.)

It looks like the HP LaserJet 5200 series would satisfy these requirements, although it's unclear to me if the automatic duplex attachment can handle 12"×18", or only 11"×17" — does anyone know about that?

And are there any other printers that meet these requirements? Cheaper is better, and I don't have room for something the size of a whole copy machine, so something closer to the size of the HP LaserJet 5200 series is better.


Re: Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 11 Aug 2017, 17:36
HP LaserJet 5200 is very fine printer, I am not sure if there is a new model out.

It can print on both sizes automatically, but smaller sizes only.

With the large size pages I always print double sided inserting the paper twice: once you learn how to do it (odd or even pages, correct order) it is very straightforward. The only time consuming is when you take a bunch of paper and insert it once again and press print.
You can also save settings for PDF printing with double sided as "step 1" and "step 2".

I think HP LaserJet 5200 is the highest quality printer of all "budget" printers. Everything above it is extremely expensive.

Re: Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 13 Aug 2017, 11:50
by John Ruggero
The HP 5200 is no longer made, but refurbished ones are available. This seems to be the printer of choice for many, not only because it is an excellent printer, but because it (and its siblings 5000, 5100) may be the only choice. There is more info at recent thread at

Sorry, I don't know if it will duplex 12 x 18 not yet having one. Hopefully, some with one will answer that.

Re: Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 13 Aug 2017, 15:42
by JulianBennettHolmes
Thanks to both of you — this is exactly the information I needed. I'll keep an eye out for a good price on a 5200 and get it when I can.

Thanks again!

Re: Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 16 Aug 2017, 11:34
by benwiggy
No, it won't auto-duplex 12 x 18". The largest known size it will do, according to the manual, seems to be A3 (11.7 x 16.5"). You might possibly persuade it to do a slightly longer custom size.
It does let you print a whole batch on one side and then re-load to print the other side. ("Manual duplexing").

If you're near South London, I happen to have a spare....

Re: Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 16 Aug 2017, 22:05
by JulianBennettHolmes
Manual duplexing is fine by me, and my usual notation software (Dorico) seems to make this really easy.

I'm in New York, not London, but if you're interested in selling the printer, I'd be interested in buying it and paying for shipping... Although overseas shipping might be prohibitively expensive...

Re: Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 26 Aug 2017, 15:19
by benwiggy
JulianBennettHolmes wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 22:05
Although overseas shipping might be prohibitively expensive...
I get people baulking at paying shipping costs for 1Kg of paper to the US. 51 Kg, plus the weight of the pallet and packing, would be prohibitive.

Re: Printer Recommendation?

Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 00:07
by JulianBennettHolmes
Hi everyone,

I've had the LaserJet 5200 for a couple months now, and it's working perfectly. I had a couple issues getting it up and running, but now that it does, it seems like an excellent printer. The manual duplex is very easy to deal with, and the output is great.

Thanks again for all your help!