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Hi, I am looking to buy a printer to connect to my laptop as I'm starting college in September. I'm not very technical though so was hoping someone could spot a good deal for me. It doesn't have to… Read More
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
Hi,

I am looking to buy a printer to connect to my laptop as I'm starting college in September.

I'm not very technical though so was hoping someone could spot a good deal for me.

It doesn't have to be the best, but i'd like it to be quite good quality at least. Also the ink cartridges it takes mustn't be too expensive or hard to find.

It would be a huge plus if it had a scanner on it too. I can drive but would prefer it delivered to my door

Anything less than about £70 would be great.

Please help me someone! :)
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Can get Lexmarks almost for free because the cost of replacement ink is soo expensive. Epson are the most reasonable to run and do good range of printer scanners.

I have a 1 yr old all in one DX 4200, probably obsolete now! Similar ranges cost £49 in Comet and £39 currys. Worth trying other sites like EBUYER and microdirect.
#2
The Canon Pixma's are supposed to be some of the best printers at the moment, they're pretty cheap on ink too.

Just remember it's worth spending a few extra £ on a decent printer by a top brand as the cheap ones invariably sting you badly for replacement cartridges. HP and Canon are the top dogs at the moment, Epson's are usually pretty good too and Brother are a reasonable cheaper alternative, but avoid the likes of Lexmark, the replacement cartridges will cost you as much as the printer in many cases and well tbh they're just not that good anyway.

Something like this perhaps: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/118087 Canon Pixma MP600 All-In-One at £99.99 reviews very well. A little more than £70 but it's a lot of printer for the money.
#3
Forget the new Canon/Epson/HP and Lexmark, they all seem to have special /chipped cartridges just recently, and cost a fortune, get a Brother, copy cartridges are readily available for £1.99 each delivered.;-)

Fantastic print quality.
#4
Inactive
Forget the new Canon/Epson/HP and Lexmark, they all seem to have special /chipped cartridges just recently, and cost a fortune, get a Brother, copy cartridges are readily available for £1.99 each delivered.;-)

Fantastic print quality.


Word of caution: Using non-official cartridges can invalidate your warranty and they are usually (but not always) made cheaper by using lower quality inks, so "copy cartridges" are often a false economy.
#5
megalomaniac
Word of caution: Using non-official cartridges can invalidate your warranty and they are usually (but not always) made cheaper by using lower quality inks, so "copy cartridges" are often a false economy.


A myth, show us the proof.

The cartridges that I use in my 2 x Brother All - in - Ones are every bit as good as the originals, and actually last longer.
#6
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A myth, show us the proof.

The cartridges that I use in my 2 x Brother All - in - Ones are every bit as good as the originals, and actually last longer.


Ok, firstly you should actually read what I said: "Word of caution", "often a false economy" etc. I'm not saying they are all bad and should be avoided. Just that many are not great, you need to be careful and do your research if you are going to use compatible cartridges rather than official ones.

Secondly, whether or not they are "every bit as good" they still invalidate your warranty. If the printer is still in the warranty period then you need to think long and hard about using compatible cartridges. Because if the printer manufacturer gets an inkling that you have been using non official cartridges (or even worse have been refilling cartridges) then whatever the problem is, it will be your fault for not using the official stuff and you will have to pay for the repairs!

Also like I said some, not all, use lower quality ink. There are some good ones out there, you just have to be careful and investigate before you buy. By lower quality I mean that they dilute the ink with water and alcohol along with dye based solutions, meaning a lower print quality and a greater tendency to run. They also tend to use less preservation chemicals within the ink, so often have a shorter shelf life and wont be able to sit idle in your printer for as long before going off.

As for proof, a quick glance at your warranty terms will specify you are only covered if using official cartridges and a few minutes with a search engine will pull up a whole host of articles saying basically "you can save money, but be careful". So no it is not a myth, but nor does it apply to all compatible cartridges.

It would be good if you said what brand you use as an example of a good compatible cartridge maker.....
#7
izztron

The recommendation on the Brother printers is very good as they're reasonable to purchase and are great all-rounders, reliable and cheap to run.

This might be a good place to start:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/128778

I've seen this as cheap as £39.99, so you could look around.

However, before you buy any printer, do a proper google search to see how much the cartridges cost.
#8
megalomaniac


It would be good if you said what brand you use as an example of a good compatible cartridge maker.....



Well to be honest, I only paid £39.99 each for my Brother A.I.O's so even if the warranty was invalidated, which I doubt, it would be no big deal, I would just take it back to Argos, they would no doubt replace it without question.

My chosen supplier of copy cartridges is Choice Stationery, an excellent and reliable company.

https://www.choicestationery.co.uk/printer3_o.asp?printer_selection=5115&Submit=Find+My+Cartridges&group_selection=9&manu_selection=6
#9
I have owned TWO very basic Lexmark printers.....

BOTH have worked excellent, being able to leave untouched for several weeks then printing fine!

The non branded ink replacements for the Lexmaark are not that expensive.

By way of contrast, I owned a Canon printer which lasted only three months and had would not print after being left for ten days (useless) :whistling:

I feel Lexmark get bad press, and their cheap printers are good IMO
#10
Thank you very much all of you, you're definately more knowledgeable than me. I am thinking of going with one like the Brother printer suggested.

I think I will steer away from Lexmark if the ink is pricey - thanks for the warning.

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