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Phil 916/09/2016 13:59:18
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I have bought a few cheap supermarket ink jet printers but they don't seem to last long before problems occur.

should I go for a laser printer or a better quality ink jet.

I don't do a lot of printing but I want a printer that will work when I need it without faults developing

If there are any tips on how to top the ink drying up if left unused that may also help

Edited By Phil 9 on 16/09/2016 14:08:48

Denis Watkins16/09/2016 14:05:08
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Just a tip Phil, and guys and dolls, when you get a new printer, and it is not frequently in use, Just switch it on every couple of days, or even once a week, just to run the motor and gears and as it traverses the carriage, it also swishes your ink jets. It works for me

Eagle 89916/09/2016 14:21:09
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Epson, I've had several over the years without problems.

Current one (SX425W) is a printer/scanner/copier, cost about £50 five years ago and I use non OEM inks which are cheap too.

Shep

Percy Verance16/09/2016 14:25:04
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Another satisfied Epson user here. On my second one in 10 years or so. Few issues/problems, even using non genuine ink cartridges.

John Tee16/09/2016 14:27:43
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Phil.

I have a HP Laserjet P1102w wireless laser printer bought from Staples for approx £80. Also they do a non wireless model but not sure of the price. Has been very reliable. I do a fair bit of printing of score sheets and league standing sheets for the tenpin bowling league I play in each week. If you go to HP website the toner cartridges are cheaper than most stores.

John

Percy Verance16/09/2016 14:33:41
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As a Which magazine subscriber, I've just had a look at their site, and I found their current favourite printer to be the Samsung XPress M2885FW (£156.97). It had a score of 82%, which is good. The second and third favoured printers were also Samsung products, with the Epson Workforce Pro (£295, and scored 79%) in fourth place.

They've tested a total of 178 printers over the years, and they update the test results regularly.

Hope that helps.

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 16/09/2016 14:36:05

Phil 916/09/2016 14:43:27
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my last printer was EPSOM and had problems with low in being reported after printing fewer than 10 sheets with a new cartridge. Others have reported similar problems with the Epsom cartages with the chip system that reports low ink prematurely

WolstonFlyer16/09/2016 14:47:47
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I have a Samsung CLP-315w series colour laser printer, had it about 4 years and never had a single problem, it is also wireless so can be anywhere in the house.

The toners give you about 1800 pages for the colour ones and 2500 black pages, there is a slightly higher capacity black toner that you can get. Toner is about £100 for a full set of original Samsung brand and about £40 - £60 for a full set of after market brand.

It does cost more for the printer to start with but I would highly recommend it.

I think the current model is the Samsung CLP-415 on Amazon

Edited By WolstonFlyer on 16/09/2016 14:49:55

Denis Watkins16/09/2016 15:54:38
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Suppliers of Non OE Epsom cartridges have the chips reset, and OE cartridges can be reset to drain them during printing

G194016/09/2016 15:58:51
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We have an HP6600 Officejet combined printer, scanner, copier which seems to be giving good service. It replaced a Kodak printer which failed and I was unable to repair it and Kodak have stopped making printers anyway (are they still in business?). It was on offer at PC World when we bought it but I can't remember the price now. The disadvantage is that the paper trays stick out at right angles permanently but it sits on my wife's desk OK so not a real problem for us.

One thing I do is use only HP ink cartridges (the XL size with more ink). I wrecked the printer we had before the Kodak when cheap non-manufacturer ink dried up in the jets and foiled all attempts to clear it. That was a photo quality printer which I thought I would use more than I actually did.

As Dennis says above the real danger for printers is not using them and running them at least weekly is a good idea to prevent the jets becoming clogged with dried up ink.

Geoff

Andy4816/09/2016 16:03:27
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Before buying any printer I'd check out the price of compatible cartridges for that printer.

I get a full set of 5 cartridges (2 black, magenta, cyan, yellow) for under £5 delivered for my Canon. Never had any problem using decent compatibles.

Jon Laughton16/09/2016 17:24:55
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Canon and HP have been very reliable for me

kc16/09/2016 17:31:38
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You might consider the HP Instant Ink scheme where you pay 1.99 month for up to 50 prints with cartridges sent by post. Only certain models are eligable but they start from 36 pounds. Frankly it seems such a good deal it surely won't last........ but cheap printing whilst it does!

Martin Whybrow16/09/2016 17:45:09
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All inkjet printers consume ink whenever they're turned on; you can't leave them turned off either, as the heads will dry up and become blocked. A laser printer can sit idle for years with no ill effect and doesn't use any toner until you print. I have both at home, the inkjet for anything needing colour and the laser printer for everything else; I have run about 8 to 10 sets of 6 cartridges through my inkjet (HPC5180), the laser printer (HP1020) is still on its 1st toner cartridge!

Phil 916/09/2016 18:02:29
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Posted by Martin Whybrow on 16/09/2016 17:45:09:

All inkjet printers consume ink whenever they're turned on; you can't leave them turned off either, as the heads will dry up and become blocked. A laser printer can sit idle for years with no ill effect and doesn't use any toner until you print. I have both at home, the inkjet for anything needing colour and the laser printer for everything else; I have run about 8 to 10 sets of 6 cartridges through my inkjet (HPC5180), the laser printer (HP1020) is still on its 1st toner cartridge!

looks like a laser might suit me better then.

I don't think I print enough for the instant ink scheme

ken anderson.16/09/2016 18:07:58
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all sorts of different views/ways of looking at them(printers)i'm keen on photos and used to buy the all bells and whistles Epsom's/canons etc...but the refills were stupid money,ihad a Kodak one that was a goodin,but it developed a fault and that was that.....I now have a cheapie canon one £40...£20 for a pair of inks and so far so good kulou I don't intend going back to spending loads of dosh...when this one dies it'll be going to the tip...and a new cheapie droid will take its place...

ken Anderson...ne...1 droid dept.

Phil 916/09/2016 18:19:38
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doing some more reading I think I may have to settle for a mono laser printer. colour laser is expensive and colour ink jet will leave me with the same old problems due to infrequent use and I will end up paying for new ink almost every time I need to use it.

kc16/09/2016 18:58:19
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Surely the HP Instant Ink is the cheapest? It's 1.99 month = 23.88 for a year. Cost you that much to buy a set of cartridges for most printers. No worries about it drying up.

Andy4816/09/2016 19:05:17
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I've just said above, a full set of cartridges cost me under £5 delivered.

Eagle 89916/09/2016 19:13:43
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For a long time now I have bought my ink cartridges from **LINK**

Currently I can get 5 sets of cartridges for £13.99 delivered!

Never had an issue with them.

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