Thanks for replies so far, everyone. Wired means USB cable. I don’t intend to connect to the network in any capacity. It’s a security risk with no benefit to me. I don’t have an office or a 5,000 sq foot house with a dozen people living in it.
The specifics of the security risk fall under “unknown unknowns” because I can’t tell you exactly how a hacker might exploit this in 5 years. Likely port scanning will find vulnerable unpatched printers and cause them to do bad stuff.
Print out pages demanding payment in bitcoin to stop. Overheat the printer and cause a fire. Burn the toner out. Brick the printer. I don’t know, all of those seem possible. Given that I don’t have a benefit to print wirelessly or from multiple computers, it seems prudent to avoid this risk.
I looked up some printers referenced so far in this thread and wow, HP sounds like the absolute WORST company! They literally advertise the “feature” of “we will disable your printer after X pages even if there’s toner left, and you will only use our official toner or your printer won’t work”
They proudly brag about that as a benefit. This ensures you only get the best printing experience! So bizarre.
I looked into what if I just get a Brother printer and disable the WiFi. There’s still some risk, but it’s less of a risk. The WiFI might still be beaconing out or might be tricked into connecting to a malicious host. But I mean if the only alternative is to buy a 10 to 15 year old printer that I’m going to try to make last another 20 years, then I guess I’ll have to consider WiFi and try to disable it.
But even then, all of the WiFi Brother printers on Amazon say they were first released FIVE years ago! If that’s the case then if I can find a 10 year old printer without any network functions, I guess it’s not as bad as I worried.
Also trying to avoid anything with Fax or Photocopy features. Stuff I dont need, won’t use, and adds a potential failure point.
As far as price, I really wouldn’t mind dropping $1k+ if it was a high quality printer that would last 20+ years of casual use. I will print maybe 200 color pages per year. It seems like I should be able to get 10 reams of paper printed through a printer it over a lifetime.
Of course, the printer drivers might not be available in the future, but I think they might be. I’m currently using a 10+ year old Brother B&W laser printer and the current Mac OSX has no problems with it.