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Hi everyone, I'm after a new printer as my Epson SX515w has stopped printing properly. It's been a serious piece of junk the whole three years I've had it, and I'm reluctant to get another Epson b… Read More
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2y, 10m agoPosted 2 years, 10 months ago
Hi everyone,

I'm after a new printer as my Epson SX515w has stopped printing properly. It's been a serious piece of junk the whole three years I've had it, and I'm reluctant to get another Epson because of this experience.

I'd like an "all in one" style printer as I could do with the scanner. A decent print quality would be good, but I mainly do black white documents. My priorities are a) running costs being low b) that it's reliable. When I've not used this for 2 months, I want to turn it on and it work. I don't want blocked heads, choked up cartridges etc etc.

Not sure on budget, I'd like something for less than £100 I guess! Thanks!
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2y, 10m agoPosted 2 years, 10 months ago
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#1
If you use it a considerable amount a laser printer is well worth the investment against the running costs. Just from experience we bought this and it has been worth its weight in gold in terms of printing a lot. It also does double sided which was useful as we were printing leaflets.

We went through a process of checking the yield of the cartridges at cartridgesave and the prices on ebay for 3rd party toners to work out the running costs. There are many other options some with scanners etc but some are much higher on the running cost.

Edit: Cartridges are 26.99 with 3000 pages on the black and 2500 on the colour at 5% coverage. Faster printing and double sided but no scanning.

Edited By: Bitofageek on Jul 18, 2014 11:42: Print costs
#2
I setup one of these last month and it is working very well so far...

Dell C1765nfw Colour Multifunction Laser Printer with a 3 years next business day warranty - £160

generic/refurbished toners cost £24 for a full set, with a 12 month warranty on each cartridge

page yield black: ~ 2,000 pages @ 5% coverage
page yield cyan/magenta/yellow: ~ 1,400 pages each @ 5% coverage

Edited By: SUMMONER on Jul 18, 2014 12:02: ..
#3
if you dont go to laser and still want inkjet i suggest canon as they seem happy to sit for a month and then print fine with out needing to flush/clean the printer
#4
Thanks for the info guys. It looks like printers with the toner cartridges print a lot for the cost of the cartridge - I've never owned one so I wasn't aware of this. Are quite a lot of them black ink only?
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SUMMONER
I setup one these last month and it is working very well so far...

Dell C1765nfw Colour Multifunction Laser Printer with a 3 years next business day warranty - £160

generic/refurbished toners cost £24 for a full set, with a 12 month warranty on each cartridge

page yield black: ~ 2,000 pages @ 5% coverage
page yield cyan/magenta/yellow: ~ 1,400 pages each @ 5% coverage


I bought one of those for the reason b) you listed. Got fed up of ink jets blocking. I don't print often but when I need to I want to know it works!
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g3legacy
Thanks for the info guys. It looks like printers with the toner cartridges print a lot for the cost of the cartridge - I've never owned one so I wasn't aware of this. Are quite a lot of them black ink only?
Cheaper/lower end ones yes. Dell model numbers are quite easy to spot. C-Colour, D - Double Sided, W - Wireless, N - Network
#7
Plus if it breaks in 3 years dell have to come to my house and fix it :-)
#8
brother laser printers are superb. My B/W one cost £50 over 4 years ago and still on the original cartridge (probably printed about 1500 A4 pages).
#9
It certainly sounds like I ought to spend the money and get something a bit better. These are helpful opinions, for sure.
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SUMMONER
I setup one of these last month and it is working very well so far...

Dell C1765nfw Colour Multifunction Laser Printer with a 3 years next business day warranty - £160

generic/refurbished toners cost £24 for a full set, with a 12 month warranty on each cartridge

page yield black: ~ 2,000 pages @ 5% coverage
page yield cyan/magenta/yellow: ~ 1,400 pages each @ 5% coverage

I have checked this model on the Dell site and it says manual duplex, is that right it is not automatic duplex?
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donaldduck2
I have checked this model on the Dell site and it says manual duplex, is that right it is not automatic duplex?
That is right, it does not have a duplexer built-in.

You would have to print all the odd pages, put them back into the paper tray in reverse (empty side up I believe) and then print all the even pages.

An alternative with an in-built duplexer would be the wonder of the printing world, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 for £112. This is however an inkjet, not a laser printer. Once again it has a 3 years on-site replacement warranty (via redemption!).

There is also a more expensive Plus model, which in addition to the basics does automatic duplex scanning, has a bigger touch screen and includes the ability to forward incoming fax-mails as an email.

Genuine HP pigment based ink (not the basic dye based ink you get with your average consumer printers!) £23 for XL black and £45 for the XL colour set.

page yield black: ~ 2,300 pages @ 5% coverage
page yield cyan/magenta/yellow: ~ 1,500 pages each @ 5% coverage

Edited By: SUMMONER on Jul 18, 2014 20:17

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