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Old 11-10-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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I know this has been asked before but that thread is quite old and I know new models have come out..

I currently have a Canon MX870. I love the printer but hate the fact that it just eats up the ink big time.

I do a lot of scanning and faxing as well as printing in my home office. I go thorough periods such as yesterday where I printed over 700 pages in one day. Of course today I may have printed only about 20 so that gives some idea of what I'm doing.

One thing I love about the Canon is the software they have. It is an absolute must to have a confirmation report printed after sending a fax. The scanning software is great too.

I purchased an HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 but took it back after a few days. I absolutly hated the software. Since I do a lot of faxing and scanning I do need software that lets me do what I want and save to where I want. Should also be noted that I do not have a huge amount of space - hence the need for an all in one.

So with that being said are there any recommendations out there? I can go either inkjet or laser and while I do print photos once in a while that is not a huge issue with me.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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If you don't mind a refurb, check out the refurbished Brother MFC-8680DN at Staples. Right now, it's $220 after rebate, which is a very low price for a machine that doesn't cost an arm and a leg in ongoing consumable costs. 30 ppm printing, double sided scanning/printing/copying, network interface, legal size flatbed, toner is decently priced even for OEM cartridges (at Amazon), and as we have a Brother MFC at work for fax duty, I can vouch that they do print out confirmation sheets. We don't bother with any of the included software beyond the drivers on the computers; most of the scanning is done straight to PDF, so. And since it's not inkjet, there are no worries of the ink drying out because you haven't printed anything in a month.

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For printing photos, I find it's way cheaper to send it out by the batch or at a local store versus DIY ink/paper costs.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:39 PM
 
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Hmmm...had not considered a refurbished one. Will check into that. Thanks for the info.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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I've been using a Brother MFC-8480 for about a year now. No complaints whatsoever. It's been a very solid printer.

Newegg.com - brother MFC Series MFC-8480dn MFC / All-In-One Up to 32 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:27 AM
 
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I'm not remembering the model, but I set up a Brother all-in-one laser for a client almost a year ago and they have been very happy with it. It is network ready so she can use GoToMyPC and print from it as she travels, which she does a lot.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I think your Canon MX870 is fine. I have the MX850. Just use cheaper generic inks refills from ebay to cut down on ink costs.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I know this has been asked before but that thread is quite old and I know new models have come out..

I currently have a Canon MX870. I love the printer but hate the fact that it just eats up the ink big time.

I do a lot of scanning and faxing as well as printing in my home office. I go thorough periods such as yesterday where I printed over 700 pages in one day. Of course today I may have printed only about 20 so that gives some idea of what I'm doing.

One thing I love about the Canon is the software they have. It is an absolute must to have a confirmation report printed after sending a fax. The scanning software is great too.

I purchased an HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 but took it back after a few days. I absolutly hated the software. Since I do a lot of faxing and scanning I do need software that lets me do what I want and save to where I want. Should also be noted that I do not have a huge amount of space - hence the need for an all in one.

So with that being said are there any recommendations out there? I can go either inkjet or laser and while I do print photos once in a while that is not a huge issue with me.
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I think your Canon MX870 is fine. I have the MX850. Just use cheaper generic inks refills from ebay to cut down on ink costs.
Yes, I agree. Your problem isn't the printer it's the cost of the Canon ink that's got you looking. Solve the ink problem with non-canon ink and move on.
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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actually it is not so much the cost as the cartridges are relatively inexpensive. But it is the frequency that I have to install new cartridges. Personally I have had terrible luck with the generic or off brand cartridges in that very often they do not work in this printer. And there is no place locally that does the refilling.

Even customer service at Canon agree that they are running out too fast on me but offer little help in figureing out what to do about it.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I have an Epson WorkForce 600 that has a card reader and is Wi-Fi capable on my wireless home network. I solved the ink issue by buying the largest cartridge made. I have to drive 50 miles for ink, so I try to make it worth the trip. I had a Canon on my first Mac, but I like the Epson even better.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Use your boss's (company's) printers.
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