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Old 10-24-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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I'm looking for a scanner/printer/copier combo (no fax capability necessary). It's been a while since I bought my last unit, which is a Brother MFC-J430W - a nice enough printer, but is getting on a bit (heads clogging every week is a particular annoyance), plus its control panel has been attracting wildlife, otherwise known as a very active (and, apparently, intelligent) kitten who has become prone to button-pushing (the noises! the moving paper! the endless entertainment!). Would like to hear some real-world experiences, especially with respect to the last point. My requirements are as follows:

- Under $150 (ideally under $100, but deals are always out there to be had)
- Vertical control panel (or one that can be rotated down)
- Double-sided printing
- Ability to utilize 3rd party inks without having to clean heads daily OR cheap-ish OEM ink

Would love to hear some suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 10-24-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Brother! Best printer/all in one brand I have ever owned!
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:03 AM
 
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Brother! Best printer/all in one brand I have ever owned!
My experience with the clogged printer heads would tend to contradict that. I'm not against another one, but am a bit leery. Also heard that Canon's printers have similar issues.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:55 AM
 
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My experience with the clogged printer heads would tend to contradict that.
That all depends on your definition of "It's been a while since I bought my last unit". What is a while?
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:27 PM
 
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That all depends on your definition of "It's been a while since I bought my last unit". What is a while?
I've had it for about four years, I'd say. The clogging issue has been intermittent for the last three.
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Old 10-24-2016, 04:06 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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In my experience (5 printers over the last 15 years), HP printers are horrible and my last two Brother printers lasted 5 years each. Right now I'm running a 5-yo Brother J470 on cheap 3rd-party ink and a 1-yo Canon laser printer.

If I were in the market, I'd probably get another Brother printer or this one: Canon MAXIFY MB2320 Wireless All-In-One Printer Black 9488B002 - Best Buy

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Old 10-24-2016, 08:27 PM
 
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In my experience (5 printers over the last 15 years), HP printers are horrible and my last two Brother printers lasted 5 years each. Right now I'm running a 5-yo Brother J470 on cheap 3rd-party ink and a 1-yo Canon laser printer.

If I were in the market, I'd probably get another Brother printer or this one: Canon MAXIFY MB2320 Wireless All-In-One Printer Black 9488B002 - Best Buy
Thanks! Maybe I'll give Brother another look. That Canon does look tempting, as well, though. Poor graphics per reviews, but I don't print graphics, so that should be OK. Although it does have buttons facing up, so maybe not...
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Old 10-25-2016, 12:55 AM
 
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Do you need color?
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Old 10-25-2016, 05:40 AM
 
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Thanks! Maybe I'll give Brother another look. That Canon does look tempting, as well, though. Poor graphics per reviews, but I don't print graphics, so that should be OK. Although it does have buttons facing up, so maybe not...
Maybe consider a color laser then? No more clogged print heads.
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Old 10-25-2016, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You will never get a consensus on here.
Any all in 1 printer I've purchased or have helped anyone with that was under $100 without fail has turned out to be crap. Brother, Canon...
We do have this in our office and it's actually been pretty reliable so far:
https://www.amazon.com/Canon-imageCL...ywords=printer

It was over $99 when we bought it.
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