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#1 florin91


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:16 AM

What multifunctional printer do you have? I need to buy one, but don't know which one to choose. I was thinking for either a HP one, or a Canon. I also need to print both color and grayscale occasionally, so I was thinking for an inkjet.

So, what printers do you have and if you have encountered any problems with them such as drivers and other things?


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:52 AM

What do you mean "multifunction"?
One of those that are also photocopy machines and scanner (and possibly fax)? :unsure:

IMHO, get a B&W Laser multifunction AND a colour inkjet "normal" printer (but A3).
You'll have some more "desk estate" occupied and possibly spend a little more money at the beginning, but the actual cost of the consumables (toner/laser cartridge vs. inkjet cartridges), and when needed you will be able to print a larger colour *something*.
Personal choices (models, not necessarily seller/shop):

Of course it all depends by a number of factors that you completely fail to specify (number of pages, need for speed, etc.)


#3 florin91


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 11:14 AM

Multifunctional means, for me, just printer, scanner and copier. I don't need fax :)

About a B&W laser and a color one, looks tempting and the price on consumables depends on how much I print, I should say average printing. I know laser should be the way to go, but I don't want to leave out colour printing, scanning and copying.

The biggest problem might be the high price of consumables (cartridges) that might overcome the price of the printer itself.
On an old printer, I used to overcome this by manually refiling the ink cartridges. But with new models and chip cartridges, I don't know if this is still possible, since the manufacturers don't want this.

These looks also tempting:

Now it's all about manufacturers: Canon, HP, Epson, Kodak,Lexmark

Which of them have chip-less cartridges? I think this might be the only atribute I don't know: the refill state of the cartridges.

And the second link gives: 310 (net::ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS) It worked only with a proxy.


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 12:13 PM

The price of the cartridges will always overcome the price of the printer, so that's no point to consider.

Inkjet printer are cheaper to buy, but alot more expensive to use than Laser ones.
Yes even when you refill the cartridges yourself!

So, which is cheaper overall, depends on, how many pages you print during the estimated lifetime of the printer.

I personly prefer Cannon, but know people, who are equaly happy with a HP.
It all depends on your intended use and what quality you expect from your printouts.

And of course there are cheap 60-70 Euro models of each company and then there are high end home printers for 600-700 Euro.

The only company i can say bad things about is Lexmark. They don't produce any high quality printers to my knowledge and they usually trap buyers by offering the most underpriced printers on the market to then make good, really good on the cartridges.


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