8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2005 8:11 AM by ColdHit
ColdHit Level 2 Level 2
Where can I find a list of compatible printers for Mac. My current Windows printer is a Canon LBP-1120 and cannot use it with my Mac mini. So its probably time to get another printer for my Macs.

iBook 14 G4 1.33Ghz/768MB/60GB Combo Drive, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
Solved by Koinseb on Nov 16, 2005 7:01 AM Solved
Hi ColdHit,

most printers are compatible with the mac, a complete list would be probably very hard to keep up-to-date.

Why don't you look for a printer that you like and then check the website of the manufacturer if they have a driver for the mac? This way of "backwards-engineering" would probably be a better route for you to take

HTH,
Koinseb
Reply by AndyO on Nov 16, 2005 9:48 AM Helpful
I should add that there are a number of printers that are compatible and that don't necessarily appear to be so as a result of third-party drivers. This includes, if I'm not mistaken, some Canon models which can be plugged in and selected in Printer setup.

Others, such as at least some Epson, HP and Lexmark models, are supplied with Windows and MacOS drivers (you need to make sure they're for the right version of MacOS) or the box will be labelled such that it indicates PC/Mac compatibility.

You might take a quick look at the printers offered through the online Apple store (under Mac accessories) to get an idea of which makes to look at. This will only tell you about current models of course, but should at least prove a reliable starting point.
Reply by Claire JR on Nov 17, 2005 1:08 AM Helpful
Here's the link to Apple's information on Tiger compatible printers.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301175

I have 2 HP printers (old models) and I didn't have to install any drivers for use with Tiger (I did with 10.2.8). I just plugged in the printers and they worked perfectly.

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  • Koinseb Level 4 Level 4
    Hi ColdHit,

    most printers are compatible with the mac, a complete list would be probably very hard to keep up-to-date.

    Why don't you look for a printer that you like and then check the website of the manufacturer if they have a driver for the mac? This way of "backwards-engineering" would probably be a better route for you to take

    HTH,
    Koinseb
  • AndyO Level 6 Level 6
    I'd give you a couple of '+' for that answer if the point system still existed, because I think that's a good way to proceed!
  • ColdHit Level 2 Level 2
    You are right. Went to Canon website and apparently only drivers for Windows exist. Will start looking for another printer for my Macs.

    Thanks guys.
  • ColdHit Level 2 Level 2
    You are right. Went to Canon website and apparently only drivers for Windows exist. Will start looking for another printer for my Macs.

    Thanks guys.
  • AndyO Level 6 Level 6
    I should add that there are a number of printers that are compatible and that don't necessarily appear to be so as a result of third-party drivers. This includes, if I'm not mistaken, some Canon models which can be plugged in and selected in Printer setup.

    Others, such as at least some Epson, HP and Lexmark models, are supplied with Windows and MacOS drivers (you need to make sure they're for the right version of MacOS) or the box will be labelled such that it indicates PC/Mac compatibility.

    You might take a quick look at the printers offered through the online Apple store (under Mac accessories) to get an idea of which makes to look at. This will only tell you about current models of course, but should at least prove a reliable starting point.
  • Claire JR Level 2 Level 2
    Here's the link to Apple's information on Tiger compatible printers.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301175

    I have 2 HP printers (old models) and I didn't have to install any drivers for use with Tiger (I did with 10.2.8). I just plugged in the printers and they worked perfectly.
  • Koinseb Level 4 Level 4
    AndyO,

    ...if we would still have the old system then I would give you a couple of "+" for this one
  • ColdHit Level 2 Level 2
    Claire, thank for the link. That was really helpfull.