I have an HP 682C--doc's say 1284 printer cable recommended, not required. This brings up a bigger issue. Most printers now require the 1284 cable, which is shielded with twisted pair wiring, right? Officemax sells a "shielded" cable for $11 but it doesn't say 1284. Can't I just use that? The real 1284's are $25-40. Typical new technology ripoff scheme--customer needs--customer pays through nose. Shielding and twisting a cable shouldn't double its price.
Anyway back to topic. Will using the cheaper cable damage a printer asking for 1284? I get the feeling things are spelled out too vaguely by the manufacterers to scare everyone into buying 1284's.
Thank you all.