Can we do a poll on printers for personal home use?

  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Oct 08, 2020 2:34 AM GMT
    Hello, all.

    I was wondering if anyone had a brand and model of a printer they liked. I am looking for input to help me make a choice. I tend to have regret with printers since so many of them don't seem to hold up.

    I'm just looking for basic printing of documents with some color. I'm not interested in photo printing. I'm willing to spend a few hundred dollars on something that will last.

    The last printer I had was a wireless Canon model that was a pain in the neck. It was horrible and wouldn't update properly and it would take a long time go through the menu to fix the issue. When it worked it was great. I could send it documents from all of my laptops plus my smartphone from anywhere in my home. But that was short lived. So I'm sort of reluctant to ever get another wireless printer again.

    Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Oct 08, 2020 3:38 AM GMT
    This is a sore topic for me. My HP printer loves ink
    and it did a good job, but the dry air in AZ caused it
    to work improperly, so my ink @ staples 45 a pop
    for duel black and white and color. 45? Hmm the cost
    Of a new and basic printer!! Lol I could of had 20 new
    printers!! Lol so, I trashed it when I left and now I just have
    Staples print, scan and email! Done deal and or I send out
    pdf files or word docks. No more printers and no more
    fax machines all digitally transmitted. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 08, 2020 3:40 AM GMT
    Don’t you dare spend more than 50-bucks!!!!
    In my view, for what you need, there’re all
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    Oct 08, 2020 5:26 AM GMT
    Great topic.

    I recently bought an HP 2600 printer for about $40. Like BigB mentioned, I figured that I could just buy a new printer instead of buying new cartridges. The black cartridge (which came with the printer) ran out after less than 50 pages. When actually faced with the hassle of buying, shipping, and setting up a new printer, however, I did buy cartridges. Scrapping a perfectly working printer wasn’t as appealing as I thought it would be. Setup was easy. The print quality is excellent. Even though the printer seems a bit light and flimsy, I would recommend it as an interim printer until you maybe find something better. Disclaimer: I have not used its wireless capability.

    The HP 1200 printer, which I got for “free” with my first PC, about 30 years ago, STILL works like new. Getting cartridges is not easy (Ebay) and they are expensive. It's now my backup printer.

    About three years ago, to solve the cartridge problem, I bought a $300 CANON 3000 EcoTank printer (which uses relatively inexpensive ink in bottles). Big mistake. Like JandL said, it worked well, while it worked. After about a year or two, the color printing failed, but worked after repeated “system cleanings.” Then I got a fatal error message that some excess ink storage tank was full. When I got around that, the black printing turned streaky. CANON support said that the printer needs to be replaced and offered 10 per cent off the price of a new one. Screw that and them.
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    Oct 08, 2020 6:14 AM GMT
    Wow, a whole ten percent? How generous of them. icon_lol.gif
  • bro4bro

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    Oct 08, 2020 4:27 PM GMT
    I've had an HP P1102w for several years. It's black and white, I don't have any particular need for printing in color and I find color printers for home use tend to be problematic - inconsistent quality, ink issues, color biases, etc - especially if you don't use it often. Mine seems to go a long time on an ink cartridge even though I periodically print a hundred or so pages.
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    Oct 08, 2020 5:31 PM GMT
    I just moved to Florida from CA, and staying with family. They did not have an All in One printer that I needed for my remote work, finally after 7 months got a job. Its been crazy. Anyway, My brother laser printer in the last 8 years have had no issues, but is in storage with the movers. I do not know at the moment where I will end up in Florida. I was forced to buy All in One MFC-L3770CDW (print, fax, scan, ) and chose again brother laser printer and got a good deal with Office Depot $400 - it is completely wireless, and I also can print through my iphone with their app. So far now issues, just a pain downloading the updated drivers.
  • mwolverine

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    Oct 09, 2020 12:55 AM GMT
    You may find that with the stream of people moving to working at home, some printers - especially MFP/AIO - are as hard to find as toilet paper was a few months ago.

    Generally speaking, the lower cost printers have smaller ink cartridges, making the per-page cost higher.
    If you print more, get the "bigger" and more expensive printer - it will pay for itself.
    Note also that some printers come with a "starter" cartridge, even smaller than the standard one let alone the XL or XXL.

    Especially if you do want to print a lot in color, beware the less expensive printers that have a single color cartridge.
    That means that if you print a lot of blue (e.g. sky landscapes), when you run out of Cyan in that single cartridge, you have to replace it.
    Even if the Magenta and Yellow are still almost full.
    But if you rarely print in color, just want the capability, that might be ok for you.

    With the Brother laser printers, the toner and drum are separate.
    If you buy a lot of toner cartridges, ask me about a less expensive alternative we sell.
    Also available at OfficeDepot... for more. (:

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    Oct 09, 2020 1:12 AM GMT
    As a general rule, the ink jet printers eat through cartridges or dry out quickly. You're on the hook for frequent proprietary cartridge changes, and they're not cheap.

    For black and white, I use a HP laser printer. It's reliable and has lasted for several years with occasional toner cartridge changes. If I needed some color, I'd look into their color lasers. Canon makes some of HP's print engines -- Canon would be a good buy as well.

    Laser is more expensive up front, perhaps more than your budget, but pays off with usage over time.
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    Oct 09, 2020 1:34 AM GMT
    I just take all of the stuff I need printed to Staples. I just put it on a USB stick and take it in.
    They do an excellent job for cheap and you don't have to worry about costly maintenance, cartridges. etc.
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    Oct 09, 2020 7:07 PM GMT
    Use to work for Okinawa an use to make printers. Like many of the lazer printers we made an when we went to printer ink I was not happy. They were bulky an weigh about 35 lbs or more. Depends on what you want them for??
    Lot of good ones but do research before you give up hard earned money.
  • Element1313

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    Oct 10, 2020 3:21 AM GMT
    I’m back using an HP all in one. Must be used regularly or the ink cartridges dry out. It works better last longer than canon or brothers.
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    Oct 10, 2020 3:23 AM GMT
    this thread is as interesting as your smelly personality
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    Oct 10, 2020 7:01 AM GMT
    I have a HP LaserJet 400 Color M451dw, which is a networked printer aimed at small businesses. A set of cartridges costs as much as the printer, but I do so little printing that it doesn't really matter. It just sits there, year after year, making no fuss and reliably printing anything I send to it.
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    Oct 10, 2020 11:25 AM GMT
    We have a wireless HP PageWide Pro, 477dw. About 3 years old now, no idea what the current model is. Really more for a small business, around $600. At the time we were printing tons of stuff, and our previous printer was slow, and required ink every 2 months.

    This is an ink jet, too, but way faster, like a laser, and much cheaper for ink versus toner, that we only need to replenish after more than a year. Both of our computers connect with it wirelessly via WiFi. Snaking printer cables through walls was out of the question. And especially after I got my MacBook Pro almost a year ago, that I use all around the house, including the outside patio.

    Any printer must be wireless. Plus we scan a lot of stuff with it (recipes from the newspaper or magazines he most often wants to save, but other things, too). And we get and send faxes, mainly with our doctors. Its other function is paper copying of countless documents we receive.

    Therefore our printer must be multi-functional: printer, scanner, fax, copier, and wireless.