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Topic # 154853 10-Nov-2014 18:13
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Hi folks

I want a new printer for home with a scanner that I can print to wirelessly from my iPad and laptop. I've got 2 printers that are a few years old, nothing wrong with them but new printers tend to be cheaper than buying ink cartridges which is damn annoying.

There are lots of deals around, but I'm hoping you guys can give me a heads up as to a low cost multi-function with a low cost of ownership. One of the things I would like is to be able to print when I only have black ink. One of my printers won't print unless I have ink in all the cartridges even when I only want to print black.

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  Reply # 1172343 10-Nov-2014 18:21
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I'd be interested as similarly frustrated by inkjet printers that require colour ink for black olny printing, got to be one of the biggest haves in print land.

I'd be interested specifically in laser all in ones, for the life of me can't understand why the multi-function laser models are so much more, there's a slight premium laser only over inkjet printer only, but laser mfc goes to a new level again..

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  Reply # 1172345 10-Nov-2014 18:25
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  Reply # 1172346 10-Nov-2014 18:26
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The reason they wont print without all the inks, as they have to do a purge before printing. Lack of ink would mean air getting into the printheads and the remaining ink in there drying out and blocking it up.

If you just want to print black, it is probably a document so you should get a laser printer for that.


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  Reply # 1172358 10-Nov-2014 18:52
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I have given up on inkjets. The more you pay for the printer, the better value the inks tend to be. But my last HP printer which was a cheap one for about $100, after I inserted the new cartridges, it decided to do a clean, and after that, the inks were half empty. Only printed a few photos before one of the new colours ran out. Now I just go to the printers or photo printer, if I want something printed, as it works out cheaper for me.


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  Reply # 1172367 10-Nov-2014 19:09
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I recently went for a Canon MX710 and have found it to be excellent.
Admittedly getting it for $10 was part of the reason I gave it a try, but basically I wanted something reliable that worked with all tech in our house and that wasn't going to require a 2nd mortgage to get new cartridges! Note that it was normally $300, but they were clearing all display models @JB's in Dunedin 8-).

We have a huge range of devices in our house and I've found them all to work really well.
(Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iMac, iPod5, iPad Mini2, iPad, Sony Vaio, Samsung S3).

Non Canon cartridges are readily available on Trademe, with a complete set being about $18 incl postage.

The MX710 is no longer available, however an equivalent model appears to be the MG6460BK.

Had a look at Canon's website (to look at cartridges) and see they have $75 cashback

Trademe cartridges are $25/set:

Overall - the current Canon range seem to have brilliant tech and very low operational costs.
With a 6 + 11 year old who think it's a great idea to print 300 pages of minecraft images, low operational costs are essential 8-).


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  Reply # 1172407 10-Nov-2014 20:15
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Warehouse Stationary have the HP Photosmart 6520 on sale for $59 + shipping today as part of their click madness sale.

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  Reply # 1172445 10-Nov-2014 21:46
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I've just given my printer away and can't remember the exact model. It's a Canon, MG4200 series, pixma one. I had it for a couple of years and found it so good that I didn't mind replacing cartridges. I had a Brother before that and hated it. This Canon was the best inkjet I've ever owned and one of the most economical. The scan function was excellent and it was quick to print wirelessly. Power usage was lower than my previous printer and ink seemed to last longer. I'll be buying another Canon.

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  Reply # 1177249 17-Nov-2014 10:48
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I've heard the HP Officejet Pro 8100 is very economical, I'm hoping to get one myself sometime soon to replace a cheap laser.
The black cartridge HP 950XL is about $60 and does ~2300 pages; means black pages are about 2.6 cents per page

EDIT: Sorry I forgot the 8100 isn't multifunction. For a multifunction the EPSON WF-3620 looks quite good

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  Reply # 1177381 17-Nov-2014 14:33
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jnimmo: I've heard the HP Officejet Pro 8100 is very economical, I'm hoping to get one myself sometime soon to replace a cheap laser.
The black cartridge HP 950XL is about $60 and does ~2300 pages; means black pages are about 2.6 cents per page

EDIT: Sorry I forgot the 8100 isn't multifunction. For a multifunction the EPSON WF-3620 looks quite good

Perhaps the HP 8600 then,2817,2399429,00.asp
The 8100 is basically the Editors' Choice HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One ($299.99 direct, 4.5 stars) without the MFP features "

But you've tempted me with the 8100, I dont want mfc.
Does the 8100 come with full size carts or those starter cartridges. Starter cart would kill the deal, for me.

edit: the HP comes with starter carts. So you need to add approx $180 to the price for the full capacity carts . Its a very bad deal !!!!!

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  Reply # 1177382 17-Nov-2014 14:42
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Yeah that's why I've got an alert on PriceSpy to let me know if there is a sale sometime..
Do you know if they are starter cartridges, or just the standard yield ones it comes with? (Standard is about 1000 pages I think)

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  Reply # 1177431 17-Nov-2014 15:54
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I've had three Canon multifunction inkjet printers, one Epson MF inkjet, all failed within 2 years. I've recently gotten a Brother MFC-9140CDN color LED laser printer/scanner/copier, which includes 3 years on site warranty if you buy brother consumables. Given how rarely I print I think that's a good deal. It's not wireless, but you could probably hook something up using google print cloud or whatever it's called, or a shared printer through windows. I just ran an ethernet cable from my switch to the printer so all the computers can use it.

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