I am shopping for a new printer for my office, and I have become aware that some printers have postscript drivers whereas others do not. For instance, this printer that I'm considering http://www.amazon.com/Canon-imageCLASS-MF6160dw-Wireless-Monochrome/dp/B00E3WE4AI/ref=cm_cd_ql_qh_dp_t comes in two versions, one with postscript and one without, and the postscript version is 100 dollars more expensive. This other printer that I'm considering does not have postscript if I understand the specifications correctly. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SL-M2885FW-XAA-Wireless-Monochrome/dp/B00IQBT3VW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top.
From what little information I've been able to find online, the postscript driver is needed to print out some (but not all) lengthy pdf files, especially if you are doing desktop publishing. I regularly print out pdfs of math articles that have been compiled from LaTeX files, usually no longer than about 30 pages, but on rare occasions as long as about 100 pages. The majority of my printing will not be these math papers, but rather handouts, tests, and quizzes for the classes that I am teaching, also generally compiled into pdfs from LaTeX.
Do I need a postscript printer for my printing needs, or will an ordinary printer suffice? I don't need to print anything at desktop publishing quality, just for my personal academic use. I do need all of the math symbols to display correctly in the printed document. I've used a variety of printers to print math papers and never had trouble, so I think I'll be fine with an ordinary printer, but I just want to double check be for I spend a lot of money on a printer that won't work for my needs.