Best home printer?

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  1. Nemama

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    Hi lads,

    I would like to buy a home printer. I had some really bad experiences with printers before so I just want to hear your expert IT advises on this matter.

    I already got some such as "avoid HP's printers": cheap printer but over-expensive ink cartridges.

    Thanks
     
  2. jpd

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    I have used HP printers and ink for over 30 years and never had a printing problem. Yes, the ink can be more expensive but that's a cost I am prepared to pay for piece of mind.

    What kind of printing do you require - colour/black and white, paper or photos, volume, type of connection (wifi, wired)?
     
  3. dub_nerd

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    I've also had a HP printer for years without a moment's hassle. However, inkjet printers in general are a rip-off with some being sold for less than the cost of a set of replacement cartridges. Meanwhile some of the cartridges have fancy technology to ensure they can't be refilled so that you are locked into the manufacturer's replacements instead of grey market ones. If you just want a colour printer for occasional usage and don't care about cost of supplies, just go for any of the many reliable models. Otherwise buy a decent workhorse black and white laser, which will give you 5-10,000 pages per toner cartridge depending on print density and will work out at a small fraction of the cost per page of an inkjet. Or buy both, to cover the rare occasion when you need colour. (There are colour lasers too, but I've no real experience of them).
     
  4. Nemama

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    B&W but occasional colour.
    Paper only
    100-500 pages a month (+-)
    Wifi connection required

    Ink cartridges available in the grey market if possible (I wanna avoid originals as much as possible).

    Thanks
     
  5. Black Sheep

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    I've had a couple of HP's over the years no problems. Yes ink is expensive so I get them in LIDL at 1/3 of the price. Quality is fine!
     
  6. mathepac

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    You need a monochrome laser printer for those kinds of volumes IMO if your current inkjet caters for your colour needs.
     
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  7. dub_nerd

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    Totally agree. At 500+ pages per month you will save scads of money with a B&W laser, even though the initial outlay will be somewhat higher.
     
  8. jpd

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    He said 100-500 more or less not 500+ although the range 100 - 500 is huge ie 3-15 pages per day for 30 days
     
  9. Nemama

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    Will never be more than 500 but it might be less than 100 or 50. I still don't know.
    I assume laser printer is only an option for printing over 500
     
  10. mathepac

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    Inkjets are designed primarily for low-volume printing, as volumes creep up they become uneconomical and wear out mechanically. Even at volumes as low as 50-100 mono pages per week, I'd be looking at a laser
     
  11. Thirsty

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    Go for a laser printer. I bought no. 1 child a Brother laser printer at the start of university and it's still going strong (though not with the same toner cartridge!)
     
  12. Nemama

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    Ok guys!
    Very useful information from all of you.
    I love this forum :-D
     
  13. mathepac

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    Same as with a lot of the ink cartridges supplied with new printers, they tend not to be "full size". This tends to keep the purchase prices of new printers lower, but the cartridges/toners run out fast!!
     
  14. dub_nerd

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    Yeah, just noticed on perusing amazon that the laser printer market has changed since I last bought. I see laser printers as cheap as inkjets -- under £60 -- with "starter" cartridges with a few hundred pages worth of toner. I'd advise checking the price and capacity of new toner cartridges as there could be considerable variance. Buying the cheapest printer may not be the best choice. Known brand printers may be easier to source cartridges for.

    A bottom-end printer may also be flimsy and have a low volume sheet input tray. My old Dell workhorse laser is a clunky monstrosity but has been going for well over a decade, has a 250 page tray, and has printed tens of thousands of pages with only handful of cartridge replacements. There are also multiple suppliers of replacement cartridges and I recently found a site selling them in bulk for crazy cheap prices.
     
  15. Thirsty

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    Well that gave me a good giggle. No.1 child is long since graduated, if the toner cartidge had remained unchanged since purchase I'd be well impressed! I believe the original toner cartridge lasted about a year.

    Another point in favour of laser printers is that if you are not a frequent user, the ink jet cartridges dry up, which is a dreadful waste.
     
  16. dub_nerd

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    That reminds me -- laser toner cartridges can slightly coagulate over a period of time, like any powder. They always need to be gently rocked before initial installation, but you can sometimes revivify a waning seldom-used cartridge by doing the same.
     
  17. dublin67

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    I've used Brother machines for the last six years - scanner, b&w printer and photo copies and use refilled cartridges from somewhere like the cartridge shop. Great value, don't break down and ink is good value.