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Old 01-19-2014, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I print pages for a book I am trying to write. That and stock charts. for reference..........I bought a $40 HP and it has been troublesome and now a year later it seem useless...I think I'll shop for a new Printer. Any suggestions.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:32 AM
 
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I've always used and liked Epson printers except for my current one that came free with my new computer, an HP 9110. Don't like it at all.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:26 AM
 
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My first suggestion is consider a black and white laser if you never had one. We did a few years ago and it is still our goto device. We try to keep at least one inkjet for the few color jobs we think are required but they are seldom used and still a hassle.

We are not high volume printer users. We have gone through many color capable inkjets from various manufacturers. None have lasted long enough without constant hassles (stopping just when needed...rapid ink use...variable quality) and/or too costly ink (require costly OEM refills to function). The best color inkjet we had is an old HP that still can be used...the model is out of production.

Our used 4+ year old HP laser (2015 series...probably not available new now) on the network pretty well just keeps working. It works with inexpensive refilled aftermarket toner cartridges from a couple good suppliers.

Recently a customer bought a Brother 2280DW b/w multi-function that (so far) works well with inexpensive refilled toner. Two older Brother inkjets we had were short lived and a hassle as were other manufacturers.

YMMV...printers seem to have have a mind of their own...my last suggestion is to look at b/w lasers.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:52 AM
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Location: Cary, NC
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We haven't owned an inkjet for 10 years. All laser printers here, and we have several printers between home and office.
One HP and the rest are all Dell.
You pay a little more up front, but toners and the machines last for a very long time and the cost per printed page is much less with the lasers than with inkjets.

If you want to occasionally print in color:

Dell C1660 Color Laser Printer at Staples
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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I also switched to a laser printers a long time ago. I have laser printers at both my office and at home. Mine are black and white HP 3015 which aren't available anymore. I have printed cases and cases of paper through them. The cartridges last for over 2000 pages at least. I couldn't even guess at the amount of money I have saved using laser vs. having to constantly buy inkjet cartridges for the cheap inkjet printers. Plus, if a little water gets dripped on a page the laser print doesn't run like inkjet does.

A friend of mine bought the same HP 3015 after I recommended it and his is also still running. I can't remember for sure because it has been so long but we have probably had them over 10 years now.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Thanks to all who contributed. I got my inkjet working, HP 1000...I'll remember what you said.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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...the cost per printed page is much less with the lasers than with inkjets.
This may be true between your inkjet and laser but it is not generally true. Between the Inkjet Printers and Laser Printers that you find at your home-office store (Staples in this case), you'll find that the inkjets cost less per page. Laser printers are also slower.

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Samsung CLP-315 Black Toner: $56.99 at Staples and prints 1500 pages - 3.8 cents per page.
Samsung CLP-315 Color Toner: $50.99 at Staples and prints 1000 pages (each, you need 3).
Samsung CLP-315 Imaging Drum: $171.99 at Staples and prints 24000 black pages (6000 color pages).
Samsung CLP-315 Black Printing Speed: 17 Pages per minute.
Brother MFC-9320CW Printing Power Draw: 350 Watts.

Brother MFC-9320CW Black Toner: $74.99 at Staples and prints 2200 pages - 3.4 cents per page.
Brother MFC-9320CW Color Toner: $69.99 at Staples and prints 1400 pages (each, you need 3).
Brother MFC-9320CW Black Printing Speed: 17 Pages per minute.
Brother MFC-9320CW Printing Power Draw: 480 Watts.

Brother HL-2240 Black Toner: $68.49 at Staples and prints 2600 pages - 2.6 cents per page.
Brother HL-2240 Black Printing Speed: 24 Pages per minute.
Brother HL-2240 Printing Power Draw: 495 Watts.

HP 1200 B/W Black Toner: $92.99 at Staples and prints 3500 pages - 2.7 cents per page.
HP 1200 B/W Black Printing Speed: 28 Pages per minute.
HP 1200 B/W Printing Power Draw: 285 Watts.

HP Laserjet Pro 300 Black Toner: $83.99 at Staples and prints 2200 pages - 3.8 cents per page.
HP Laserjet Pro 300 Color Toner: $119.99 at Staples and prints 2600 pages (each, you need 3).
HP Laserjet Pro 300 Black Printing Speed: 19 Pages per minute.
HP Laserjet Pro 300 Printing Power Draw: 445 Watts.

Canon MP560 Pixma Black Ink: $12.99 at Staples and prints 340 pages - 3.8 cents per page.
Canon MP560 Pixma Color Ink: $15.99 at Staples and prints 420 pages (each, you need 4).
Canon MP560 Pixma Black Printing Speed: 9.1 Images per minute.
Canon MP560 Pixma Printing Power Draw: 14 Watts.

Canon PIXMA MG5220 Black Ink: $15.99 at Staples and prints 310 pages - 4.2 cents per page.
Canon PIXMA MG5220 Color Ink: $13.99 at Staples and prints 460 pages (each, you need 4).
Canon PIXMA MG5220 Black Printing Speed: 11.3 Images per minute.
Canon PIXMA MG5220 Printing Power Draw: ???.

HP Officejet Pro 8500 Black Ink: 38.99 at Staples and prints 2200 pages - 1.8 cents per page.
HP Officejet Pro 8500 Color Ink: 27.99 at Staples and prints 1400 pages (each, you need 3).
HP Officejet Pro 8500 Black Printing Speed: 35 Pages per minute.
HP Officejet Pro 8500 Printing Power Draw: 26 Watts.

HP Officejet Pro 8600 Black Ink: 36.99 at Staples and prints 2300 pages - 1.6 cents per page.
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Color Ink: 27.99 at Staples and prints 1500 pages (each, you need 3).
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Black Printing Speed: 35 Pages per minute.
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Printing Power Draw: 28 Watts.

HP Officejet Pro X400/500 Black Ink: 119.99 at Staples and prints 9600 pages - 1.2 cents per page.
HP Officejet Pro X400/500 Color Ink: 119.99 at Staples and prints 6600 pages (each, you need 3).
HP Officejet Pro X400/500 Black Printing Speed: 70 Pages per minute.
HP Officejet Pro X400/500 Printing Power Draw: 70 Watts.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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I had a Brother laser printer for 10 years, and only got rid of it because I got a new Samsung laser printer from work for free. But the Brother still worked just fine. Killed me to get rid of it.

I don't do ink-jets.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Have had several Epson printers through the years (still have 2 do-all ones), and most of the problems with the Epson printers relate to printhead clogging or drying. So far for printing B&W documents, no printer has been more reliable than a HP P1102w laser printer that I bought two years ago. I buy third party toner from Amazon, which keeps to cost of printing quite low.

For photo-printing, the most reliable printer I have had for several years is the Canon Pro9000 Mark II. This is an older model now, but quite reliable for printing photos. The ink cartridges are expensive, and it uses 8 of them, but the printhead has never clogged. I have no idea how Canon figured how to keep the printhead from clogging, but whatever they did works. This is not a printer you want to use for printing documents (too expensive); it's a photo printer. Also, it probably weights around 40 pounds, and takes a lot of room of a desk.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I have a Brother HL-2270DW, and I think it might work for you, depending on how heavy you intend to use it. It's $99 at Amazon (free shipping/prime), and is their best selling laser printer. Toners are $47 for 2600 pages (I usually get about 3-3.2k), for a cpp of 1.8 cents. It also duplexes (prints on both sides of the page), which would be good for your books and for saving paper in general.

I also use them at the office for light duty use (mostly 1-3 page jobs printed throughout the day - our desktop printers) and they hold up to that, but any large jobs get sent to the copier. I've done 40-50 page jobs on them and haven't had any problems. I also print checks (heavier stock), FedEx and postage labels, and have never had a problem with feeding. I've even printed on greeting cards with it.

I spent two decades in IT, and of all the printers I've owned, used or worked on, this little printer has impressed me more than any other, when the intended use and all aspects of ownership are considered.
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