LaserJet 5 print quality
usenet at blarf.homeip.net
Thu Sep 15 14:29:15 PDT 2005
I've recently acquired a LaserJet 5 for light printing duty. For text,
the printer works quite well with Cups. Unfortunately much of what I
print will be scanned in copies of text (thank most of these
academic journal archivers for avoiding OCR).
When it comes to images I seem to have two choices: extremely slow, or
low quality. I've tried the following drivers with the following results:
CUPS 'LaserJet Series PCL6': quite slow (5-10 minutes per page depending
on how big it is), but the quality is fantastic.
GIMP-Print 4.2.7 LaserJet 5 Series: fast, but the graphics are not good.
I've tried both the Adaptive Hybrid and Floyd-Steinberg dithering
algorithms with little success.
Foomatic LaserJet5/lj4dith: tolerable quality, seemingly reasonable
speed but it will inform the printer that I want A4 paper for every job.
Foomatic LaserJet5/lj5gray: lousy quality, tolerable speed
Foomatic hpijs driver: the worst quality of all the drivers, a bit slower
The easiest test is the color wheel on the CUPS test page. However, I've
taken a mostly light colored image off of hamncheez.com (yeah, it's quite
tasteless, be careful) and gotten more dramatic results.
Is there a driver out there that will handle graphics at a tolerable speed
(< 1ppm is hardly tolerable), and with reasonable quality?
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