I needed to replace my old HP photosmart, which was just giving me too many problems, not to mention expensive carts, official or otherwise, and refills are pretty messy.So, after a lot of research, including previous posts on here, I concluded that I needed to get either an Epson, or a Brother, as both have cheap replacement carts.I found that Rymans had the best price for a 'bricks & mortar' store, but wanted to actually see them all before making a choice, so took a quick look in Staples, and well the Epsons looked very poorly made, with a lot of flimsy parts, so I decided on the Brother, which seemed a much better made machine.I've got it home, took about 15 minutes to setup, and install, and I must say I'm very suprised at the quality of print (I know there are better, but probably not for this price, or with cheap replacement carts, ie HP & Lexmark!).It's worth pointing out that this takes individual front loading colour and black cartridges, so very easy to change, and you only need to replace what you need, and Anyway, whilst not a deal as such, it's about £10 cheaper than any other stores I'd checked, with the convenience of being able to go and buy, rather than having to wait for a delivery, although you can order online as well.
Wait.. it gets even better, register the product on the brother website, and your 12 months return to base warranty, is upgraded to on site! as long as you register within 30 days of purchase.
P.S. I'm still very new here, and this is only my 3rd post, so please go easy on me if I've got anything wrong.
Anyway enough of me, here are some more details on this printer...
Model Name: DCP-145C Compact Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Dimensions: (H x W x D) 365 x 390?50 mm
Weight: 7.1 Kg
Print Technology: Printer resolution is 6000 x 1200 dpi,
the scan resolution is 1200*2400 dpi,
the photo copier resolution is 600*1200 dpi,
Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Print Size Post Card, Envelopes and Index
Print Method Direct printing from USB memory stick,
PC free copying.
The scanned document can be sent to E-mail, OCR and USB
User Interface USB 2.0 Full Speed, USB Direct, Pictbridge
Operating system used Windows Vista, XP Professional (32 & 64 bit editions),
XP Home Edition, 2000 Professional (SP4),
Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later
Software Reallusion® FaceFilter Studio
Power consumption Sleep mode: less than 2.5 W
Standby: less than 3.5 W
Printing: less than 1.5 W
Accessories Brother MFL-Pro Suite For Windows: Brother Control Centre3,
Scan Soft, and Paperport 11 SE with OCR
For Macintosh: Brother ControlCentre2, New Soft Presto!
PageManager7, Innobella Range of Ink set
All in all, a great machine for the price, and the inks are only about £10 for a set via ebay, or similar, for compatibles, although the official ones are obviously better using 'innobella'? ink.