Need a new printer advice?

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  1. facetjoint

    facetjoint TONKA

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    I need a new printer for my confuser. My old one is almost impossible to find ink cartridges for anymore. And when I try and get my old cartridges refilled. The claim is that they can't for whatever lame excuse of the day is. I have an HP 932C inkjet now that does all I need a printer to do.

    So it's time to look for a new one. I only need an inkjet printer. I do not need the all in one set up. My wife has that. I do not do photos. And really don't do much printing on a monthly basis. I've tried to research it. And the reviews are all over the map. I am looking for printer of reasonable cost. Fair quality print with low ink cartridge cost. It seems like HP, Lexmark, and Cannon are the top contenders. Wireless or not, I don't care.

    So I'm open for suggestions and where to get one for the best $$$$

    Thanks Bill
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  2. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    I've got an HP Photosmart D7100 that I've had for 5 or 6 years now, and it has been excellent. I know you said you don't print photos, but it is relatively cheap, and so is the ink.

    The biggest problem I had with other printers (previously had a Brother and a Canon...hated them both), was that the ink heads would dry up and quit working if you didn't print stuff every day.

    The HP uses individual cartridges for each color, so you only have to replace what you use. Some printers have an "all in one" cartridge, so if you run out of black, you gotta replace the whole thing.

    Another nice feature of the HP, is that the black ink cartridge is twice the size of all the other colors...and it lasts a very long time.
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  3. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    If you dont need color, buy a laser. Way cheaper. Find one on clist. You can refill your own toner or many places swap toner for $50 ish
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  4. PoundSand

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    laser or inket that takes the large, cheap cartridges (for hp, something that takes the high yield 'xl' cartridges), check consumables beforehand.
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  5. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    No matter what you hear here.... all printers suck. All of them. Brands, models, age, they all suck.

    The ones I've had the least problems with: HP, brother, Konica.
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  6. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    +1

    The software for the HP Lasers isn't great, but the hardware is bullet-proof. At least my 1320 has been for me.

    I probably just put the whammy on myself.:eek1
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  7. facetjoint

    facetjoint TONKA

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    Thanks, thus far. I don't mind paying a little more for a printer if I don't get a gun held to my head when I have to but ink for it. Like right now. My printer is out of ink. And I can't print out my income tax to mail in without buying $80.00 worth of ink cartridges for a printer that may go South any given day.

    Thanks Bill
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  8. AkBrian

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    You can't beat a laser printer for infrequent use. Ink jets need to used regularly. B&W lasers are cheap and will run for years for light use without doing or buying anything but paper. Also, why not just set up your Wife's printer on a network and print to it?
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  9. facetjoint

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    We'd thought of that. But the soft ware on the tax program will not let us export the docs. or let us save them to a thumb drive.
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  10. PoundSand

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    he's saying set the printer up on the network and print directly to it. no need to export or save to thumb drive.

    but if you want, you can get a pdf 'printer' and print to that (you do a print, select that 'printer', and it saves a pdf file), then save that file to a thumb drive.
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  11. AkBrian

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    ^ TaxCut I know has a built-in PDF printer. If you briefly describe how your home network is set up, and what your Wife's exact printer model is, I might be able to tell you if you can easily network it. For example, do you have a router, and how do you connect computers to it? Wired or wireless?
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  12. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan Lone Trail Of Dust

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    Same thing today. Epson 600 runs out of "Cyan" color (one of 4 colors) and it won't print. Try to print Black only and it still won't print. But you get a nice pop up that says "Buy EPSON INK here". Have to CTL-ALT-DEL and End Task to get out of it. So finally went to store to buy ink for $40. Yikes!
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  13. kennay

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    Brother laser monochrome $49., at OfficeMax. Works like a 200 dollar printer, spits the pages right out. Used the usb to mini usb cable off of old HP printer.
    Or HRBlock tax software, save file as PDF, send to jump drive, take to store, 9 cents a page.
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  14. oz_airhead

    oz_airhead Been here awhile

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    See if you can find a Kyocera second hand if you don't want to buy new.

    A very well built and last for ever Laser printer - so you don't have the hassle of drying out ink-jets from low use.

    Cheers

    HTH
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  15. AkBrian

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    If it networks (my old Brother monochrome does), just plug a cat5 cable into it from a router or hub. Then you can print from any computer easily, even from wireless on laptops.
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  16. scottro

    scottro Been here awhile

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    I got one of these about 2 yrs ago. Works great. Small footprint. No cables to connect. No ink to dry out. I use it a few times a month avg, but months go by where it's not used at all. I got tired of ink drying out and gumming up my ink jet printers. I've gone thru HP, Epson, and Canon ink jet printers. I won't buy another ink jet.

    http://www.amazon.com/HP-LaserJet-P...GGVO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330305115&sr=8-1
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  17. facetjoint

    facetjoint TONKA

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    I ended up with a new unopened in the box Brother black and white only model # HL-2230. Got it and a spare ink cartridge put on my door step on day # 3 after I ordered it for $92.00 and some change. In retrospect the ink jets for my old HP 932C were going to be right around $75.00. So we'll ride this one out.

    I will say that the hook up and interfacing was incredibly easy. Even for a techno. challenged dummy like me.

    Once again thanks to all!
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