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    Printer?

    I'm getting a new printer this weekend. The main usuage is for printing photos, but there would be the occasional office work as well. I like the idea of the all-in-one with the copy and scan functions, but I don't think the printers photo quality matches up to others that are photo specific.

    Anyone have recommendations?


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    I usually get printers that can do "adequate" printing of photos. But my mantra is that home printers are near-disposable items (very green of me, I know).

    But if I get a year out of it, I feel ok. Too much can happen with nozzles, alignments, etc. And over time, the self fixing mechanisms just don't get it done, and there's no where to get it fixed - cheaply.

    Therefore I rarely spend much more than maybe $75 on a printer. Most come with a first supply of ink - which is about $50+ itself. If you find the right deals at box stores, it's almost cheaper to buy a new printer, than get ink refills (never done it, but still...)

    I've almost always got Epsons. They have good quality photos - if I want better I'll just take it to Walgreens or Target or one of the online places. Never got a scanner/copier.

    Make sure whatever you get, you can get ink locally. I know Dell used to only sell their inks through them (you can get them at Office Depot and such places now). But before, you would have to pay through the nose to order it.

    And also make sure you get the separate ink cartridges (usually 4 total) and not the black and combined 3 colors in two cartridges.



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    I hate printers.

    Over/under on cuss words while working with any printer- 1000

    Odds that I may smash my printer with a hammer after I'm done with it- 1.5 to 1




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    Re: Printer?

    Try the Kodak printer. My wife bought it for her daycare business. The ink is cheap and so far it has proven reliable



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    Re: Printer?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I usually get printers that can do "adequate" printing of photos. But my mantra is that home printers are near-disposable items (very green of me, I know).

    But if I get a year out of it, I feel ok. Too much can happen with nozzles, alignments, etc. And over time, the self fixing mechanisms just don't get it done, and there's no where to get it fixed - cheaply.

    Therefore I rarely spend much more than maybe $75 on a printer. Most come with a first supply of ink - which is about $50+ itself. If you find the right deals at box stores, it's almost cheaper to buy a new printer, than get ink refills (never done it, but still...)

    I've almost always got Epsons. They have good quality photos - if I want better I'll just take it to Walgreens or Target or one of the online places. Never got a scanner/copier.

    Make sure whatever you get, you can get ink locally. I know Dell used to only sell their inks through them (you can get them at Office Depot and such places now). But before, you would have to pay through the nose to order it.

    And also make sure you get the separate ink cartridges (usually 4 total) and not the black and combined 3 colors in two cartridges.
    Buy your printers and ink online and save some money.... I agree on not spending alot on a printer. And I used to be anti all in one before they became so cheap.

    When I bought my first printer some 11 years ago it was a photo printer and with photo paper printer a pretty nice picture, today they are all even better so I don't think you can go wrong.

    I recently got a officejet 6310 for like $80 it is a little slow on the scanning and copying, and takes a little time to get started on the first page but if you get a photo cart for it, it will do nice pictures.

    If you jump yup your price range to the 6450 it has wireless built in and is much faster at all items.



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    Re: Printer?

    Have heard good things about these, and ink is cheaper.

    KODAK ESP 7 All-in-One Printer



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    Re: Printer?

    I've been partial to Espon and Cannon because I've read their photo printers are some of the best.

    I think scanning could be nice to make digital copies of old photos. Anyone have any luck with this.

    Copy and fax aren't so important to me as I'm sure I wouldn't use it all that much. But maybe that's where I just buy a nice photo printere and then find one of those small portable scanners.


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    Re: Printer?

    Quote Originally Posted by moater View Post
    Try the Kodak printer. My wife bought it for her daycare business. The ink is cheap and so far it has proven reliable
    That's good to know, moater. I have seen them advertised and always wondered what the quality was like. It seems like they advertise that a black OEM ink cartridge is like $10 and the color cartridge is around $15.

    As cheap as these darned printers have gotten, I have seriously thought about tossing my HP printer and trying the Kodak. I could probably justify the Kodak with three or four ink cartridge purchases.



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    Re: Printer?

    I've got a color laserjet printer - HP Laserjet 2600. HP has some newer models in the $300 range.

    Mine has 4 cartridges (3 color + black) and they cost around $70 each. But the life of the cartridges is very, very good compared to that of inkjets. I've had that printer for more than a year and have not changed a cartridge yet (and I do print quite a bit )



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    Re: Printer?

    One other minor thing, alot of stores give you little discounts - maybe a few bucks off if you "recycle" your cartridges with them. Office Depot used to give you a ream of paper, but now I think it's a few bucks off your next purchase. Not a big deal - but it's nice little gimmick to save some $$.

    Anyway, for some reason most of these places haven't accepted my Epson cartridges - I have no idea why.



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    Re: Printer?

    Okidata Laser Printers I have a C5150 and its been great



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    Re: Printer?

    Laser would be awesome, but they're a bit big it seems.

    Here is one that caught my eye...

    Canon - PIXMA Multifunction Printer/ Copier/ Scanner - MP620


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    Re: Printer?

    I own an HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-One printer

    Amazon.com: HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-One Printer: Electronics

    At $150 at Best Buy, it is a little more pricey, but it produces nice results, and it is wireless enabled, which is a big plus for me.



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