Get me a printer

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  • malloc 9 May 2013 15:23:21 2,844 posts
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    I've just bought a new laptop. And I could do with a good printer. Nothing massively expensive but one that is quick, good quality and can scan etc. Any thoughts?
  • cubbymoore 9 May 2013 15:23:54 36,503 posts
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    Are you going to pay for it?
  • RobTheBuilder 9 May 2013 15:27:06 6,521 posts
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    Printers are ALL bastards. But I've used two HP's that weren't bad. Two epsom's that looked good but kept bugging, and a xerox that made me want to burn the office just to kill it
  • mrpon 9 May 2013 15:40:23 32,369 posts
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    From the PC Pro A-List: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/printers/372037/canon-pixma-mg6250
  • malloc 9 May 2013 16:03:58 2,844 posts
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    Yeah I'm paying for it. I've rarely been all that happy with the printers that I've had hence this thread. Also I've not looked into printer buying for several years.
  • Sid-Nice 9 May 2013 16:09:04 15,848 posts
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    Buy a mediocre printer, then replace the printer with a similar model when the ink runs out; this is cheaper than buying new ink cartridges.
  • Deleted user 9 May 2013 18:56:15
    The "a new printer is cheaper than ink" thing is a bit of a misnomer. It's true for a few brands and models, but not for others, as most come with starter cartridges with a heavily reduced lifespan and capacity.

    I'll put it this way - if it were true, the printer companies would make it so that it isn't.
  • RobTheBuilder 9 May 2013 19:12:42 6,521 posts
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    If printing lots of colour stuff, go for one with separate colour cartridges, as you have to replace the whole block if one colour runs out otherwise.
  • Whizzo 9 May 2013 19:18:05 44,697 posts
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    Starter cartridges are shit, look for the running costs of a printer then buy one you can afford to keep going.

    Separate colour cartridges are a must and ones that have individual colour print heads as well can end up getting pricey.
  • neilka 9 May 2013 19:53:39 18,740 posts
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    Caxton and relaxton

  • Nexus_6 9 May 2013 20:24:32 3,971 posts
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    I have a Samsung laser printer/scanner. It wasn't expensive but wasn't cheap either. To
    Get it to copy ata scale, or scan to computer is a total bastard and the image print quality ain't great.

    The first cartridge started to go last week, the cyan, now the yellow this week. Looking online they are each about 50-60 bucks.

    Dunno what I will do next - lots of Cash to spend on toner, and with the laser there are other bits that can go too.
  • fletch7100 9 May 2013 20:41:12 8,356 posts
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    got a cheap HP 2510 printer/scanner, 35 from argos. Does the job as i just use it occasionally. takes 2 ink cartridges which you can buy in a double pack for 15
  • heyyo 9 May 2013 20:47:06 14,362 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    Printers are ALL bastards. But I've used two HP's that weren't bad. Two epsom's that looked good but kept bugging, and a xerox that made me want to burn the office just to kill it
    Such fucking, fucking bastard things. Important document you need sir? No problem sir i'll just print pages of gibberish, deplete of ink & disconnect.
  • malloc 10 May 2013 13:22:48 2,844 posts
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    What makes me unhappy about them is that something tends to go wrong. With our current one I have to disconnect and reinstall it every now and then. And it only prints from Word some things.
  • malloc 10 May 2013 13:22:48 2,844 posts
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  • wobbler147 10 May 2013 13:28:34 5,186 posts
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    I recently bought a HP 5520 and I'm chuffed with it, ink not too expensive and wifi a doddle to set up.

    good reviews too: http://www.trustedreviews.com/hp-photosmart-5520_Printer_review
  • PearOfAnguish 10 May 2013 13:37:07 7,573 posts
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    Get a Brother. Canon, HP and the rest are a rip-off. Brother printers don't use chipped cartridges so you can buy big packs of ink off Amazon and other third parties for a fraction of the price of the official inks.
  • Flying_Pig 3 Jul 2013 20:35:35 14,518 posts
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    Ok, EG Hive Mind. I need a cheap(ish) reliable and easy to use printer. Mainly B/W printing, but the occasional photo thrown in. Wifi would be really useful too.

    Ideally looking to come in at about 50

    Go!
  • gammonbanter 5 Aug 2013 18:35:15 1,587 posts
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    I want a b&w laser printer, just for docs and pdfs. I'm paying for it, so as cheap as possible.

    I think laser is the way to go, if I can get 5,000 prints from one cartridge, then that is pretty much me for the rest of my life!

    So any ideas guys? Guys...?

    Actually this thread is most helpful in this regard Small Printers

    Edited by gammonbanter at 18:35:41 05-08-2013

    Edited by gammonbanter at 18:42:07 05-08-2013
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