What's the best printer brand/model ?

  • Webster666

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    Feb 19, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    I just bought an HP Officejet Pro 8500 printer/scanner/fax, and it's a total piece of junk.
    Now, I'm in the market (again) for another new printer.

    I do an average amount of printing, at home.

    Recommendations of brands/models, please.
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    Feb 19, 2011 9:15 PM GMT
    If you don't do any photo printing, get a color laser. They're really cheap these days. Samsung CLP-315 goes for around $150. HP Laserjets are good too, but kinda pricey.
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    Feb 19, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    whoever99 saidI have had an Epson Stylus CX4800 since 2002. Have never had a problem. Lexmark is the worst.

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    Feb 20, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    Used to work in action sports / press photography and also did a lot of work for graphic stuff.

    HP dominates the professional printing market for like banners / large format stuff, but as far as reliability, something that's going to last you a long time, not jam up as much, be good on ink, and also have good support - Epson is my suggestion hands down.

    Had a problem with a printer that was out of warranty once and they ended up offering me a free refurbished replacement anyway.

    Another benefit is that every time you put in new epson ink cartridges, you get new print heads, vs. other printers that have print heads that are in the machines themselves...leads to longer lifespan & cleaner results.

    But like that one dude said, if you can, go for the laser machine - fast, super efficient, and clean as hell.
  • Webster666

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    Feb 20, 2011 6:24 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys !
    You gave me some good choices.
  • bartzjegr

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    Feb 23, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    I would suggest Canon printers. I have never had problems with my Pixma MP830 and it is easier to use that any HP product. In my opinion, HP products are junk and I don’t know how anyone likes them. The next company that I would suggest would be EPSON. They are good for printing photos as well as Canon.
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    Feb 23, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    I have been through so many printers it's embarrassing. The photo printers are complete crap. And I've had just about every brand made. Never again. Right now I'm using a plain ole' Brother laser printer because I was told it was a workhorse, and so far that's a true statement. If you don't need color, it's really a great printer.
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    Feb 23, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    I've always been pleased with the Canon and Epson line.

    But printers are cheap these days... an intentional strategy by the manufacturers. Pay attention to the cost of the ink cartridges. The prices are crazy high. That's where they get your money.

    Think about how much you're going to be willing to pay every time you need new ink, and work backward from there.

  • NerdLifter

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    Feb 23, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    I feel like the printer corporations all decided to make shotty printers, made from as much low-grade plastic as possible, that break easily, and newly designed ink cartridges that run out of ink super fast and are proprietary, so they can charge whatever they want $$$.

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    Feb 26, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    I have always had HP inkjets and always paid ridiculous prices for ink cartridges.

    I don't print a lot so bought a Brother All-in-One, model MFC-J410w and can't believe how well it prints--even photos. It was on sale at Office Max. Original price $99 marked down to $59 and I had a $10 coupon. Couldn't pass up the deal.

    I was debating between the Epson and this one. The sales guy said they are comparable, and the ink on the Brother was cheaper. This is my first printer that has individual color cartridge replacement. I guess there are pros and cons of this, but so far, I have just seen the pros.

    BTW, this particular model was not marked down in the store shelf, but is on the website. They will give you the sale price.