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Printer with cheap running costs

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1d, 1m agoPosted 1 decade, 1 month ago
Hi

I'm looking for a printer like the Epson R220 - hoping someone can recommend one. I want it for the occasional photo print run after the family holiday and general use.

Don't want to pay more than about £12 for a set of catridges though. If it's a choice between CD printing ability and cheap catridges I'll go for cheap catridges and forget aboyt cd printing.

I heard the Canon IP 4000/5000 were great too but current versions of these can not be used will compatibles.

Anyone help please?

Thanks

Pete
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1d, 1m agoPosted 1 decade, 1 month ago
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tgbyhn10
Hi

I'm looking for a printer like the Epson R220 - hoping someone can recommend one. I want it for the occasional photo print run after the family holiday and general use.

Don't want to pay more than about £12 for a set of catridges though. If it's a choice between CD printing ability and cheap catridges I'll go for cheap catridges and forget aboyt cd printing.

I heard the Canon IP 4000/5000 were great too but current versions of these can not be used will compatibles.

Anyone help please?

Thanks

Pete


Hiya. Just had a look at Which? and they recommend the Canon Pimxa iP4200, which they say is a "a great all round printer producing fantastic quality plain text documents as well as photographs and graphics".

Hope this helps.
#2
Yes I have heard the iP4200 is a good printer too but there don't seem to be any cheap compatible catridges available for it. I just checked www.inkcycle.co.uk and they want £50 for a new set of ink which is completely ridiculous. You may as well buy a new printer every time you ink runs out.

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tgbyhn10
Yes I have heard the iP4200 is a good printer too but there don't seem to be any cheap compatible catridges available for it. I just checked www.inkcycle.co.uk and they want £50 for a new set of ink which is completely ridiculous. You may as well buy a new printer every time you ink runs out.

Thanks


Yikes! So much for Which? I recently signed up with an ink club thingy and got first cartridge free... but that doesn't help with continuing running costs...

Anyhow, here's the ink club link
1. http://www.inkclub.com/index.asp?CtryNo=826&LangNo=1

or look at 2:
http://www.inkfactory.com/exec/a120cf8138122d5ec478bfbd77fb7e04/printerproducts/2307

Shall I check c-net and/or z-net for their recommendations? or have you already?
#4
Hi Angua

I am looking for advice all over the place and getting very little help at the moment. My best bet so far seems to be either buy a second hand Epson R220, a Brother all in one (I have no experience of these and wonder if the photo printing would be up to snuff) or get the Epson R240 which is still available and has cheap compatiables but does not print to CDs.

I think I may have overestimated the cost of the catridges for the IP4200 by a bit. You can get a set of compatibles on ebay for around £25 but there may be issues as the original catridges are chipped.

Pete
#5
tgbyhn10
Hi Angua

I am looking for advice all over the place and getting very little help at the moment. My best bet so far seems to be either buy a second hand Epson R220, a Brother all in one (I have no experience of these and wonder if the photo printing would be up to snuff) or get the Epson R240 which is still available and has cheap compatiables but does not print to CDs.

I think I may have overestimated the cost of the catridges for the IP4200 by a bit. You can get a set of compatibles on ebay for around £25 but there may be issues as the original catridges are chipped.

Pete


Hiya, Pete

C/Net recommends as a cheap all-arounder a HP printer: HP Business Inkjet 1200d (the review is US and from 2004)

Yes, there are probs with generic ink cartridges - i use generics all the time with my Epson Photo 890 - but often have to waste ink cleaning heads, etc.

Some of the advice/review sites let you specify what you want from a printer and then they makes suggestions.

Essentially, sounds like you've a budget to purchase and then need economy for running....?

I've had Epson and HP and Canon inkjets and they've all been very good machines. The HP is 14 yr old and still works! lol The Epson is 7 yr old and not a day's probs and the photo/print quality is good. There seem to be tons of generic cartridges for Canon, HP, Epson and Lexmark.

Sorry to blether on. Hope this helps. Might have a look at some of the big online stores for 1/2 price (Argos, Amazon, Woolies, etc.)?
#7
Finally, PC Pro puts the HP Photosmart D7360 on their A-list.

What they say about the Lexmark X5470 (less than £70, it seems)

"If you're more concerned with text-based documents and running costs, the Lexmark is an excellent choice, especially with the thrifty high-yield cartridges. Photos and images are its downfall, though, so if that's more important go for the HP C4180 or, preferably, the A-Listed 3210. But for office work, the Lexmark is a steal, especially considering the fax."

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