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What kind of printer should I buy?

By dreck · 32 replies
May 2, 2005
  1. What kind of printer should I buy?

    My printer cost me a fortune in ink! I want to buy a new printer and want a bit of advice.
    I would like to stay under $250.00
    I want a printer that has drivers for windows and linux.
    Of course I want good quailty printing..

    Which is better ink cartrages or refillable?
    Do I have anymore options?

    Thank you for any response and or info,

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Have a look at the Canon Pixma iP4000. Comes in 2 versions, one of them as wireless printer.
    Has 5 cheap cartridges, beautiful colours, great for pictures, can print direct from Pictbridge compatible cameras, has parallel and USB connections.
    In other words, not to be missed! AND is well in your price-range!
    European versions can also print directly on CDs, not sure if this is available in USA.
  3. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  4. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    I've got the same problem as dreck. I've got an Epson printer and I can't afford to keep it in ink. I'll have to take a look at that Cannon printer. Thanks.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I have the Canon smartbase mp360 all in one scanner printer copier, and it works great. I get cartridges for less than £2.50 each.

    Priced around £100

    IMHO well worth checking out

    Regards Howard :) :)
  6. andygibbs

    andygibbs TS Enthusiast Posts: 60

    I agree with realblackstuff's suggestion - my next printer will probably be a wireless version of the ip4000. Amazing print quality and print speed.
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495


    Thanks RBS for the link, im getting that right away. My dell printer (my mom got stupidly) is a racket. I have to go through their website to get ink, and the ink dosent last more then a day (ok maybe im strecthing it a bit :cool: )

  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    For Epson Printers. (They also sell other brands, but epson cartridges are super cheap).
    The site looks like they might not be trustworthy but they are. I've ordered from them for about 4 years now, they ship things out same day most of the time.

    Word of the wise though, their cheap ink is great for regular everyday printing, but don't go printing those precious family photos. The color will fade. I have not tried their more 'expensive' inks (which are still insanely cheap compared to picking up ink at a retail store), so they might be decent for pictures.
  9. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    in janurary of 2002, my lexmark z11 cost me $22 (USD) at a flea market. i had to give it a good kick to make it grab paper every time, but it printed at 1200dpi (dog slow though) in decent color. it worked for years until, upon recently administering another kick, my boot went through the front and destroyed the thing.
    lexmark makes a shoddy product but it'll get the job done to most standards, and ink never costed me more than 30 bucks a cartridge (which lasted for numerous months).
  10. AMD2800+

    AMD2800+ TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Go Canon - we're on our second Canon printer with our second computer, the first one (old BJC 265 or something) wasn't great but now have a multifunction ImageCLASS MPC190, its great, only AU$190 & does photos pretty well as well as good text & copying.
  11. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    did you ever look at this post of mine?
    Dell Printer A940 Cartridge scam!

    And the reason I suggested this Canon iP4000 is that I have one myself. Took me a couple of months to evaluate a lot of them, but this Canon beats most of the competition!
    The 4000 is faster and better than the (more expensive) 5000 model!
    I paid €125.- for it.

    For normal black & white I use my old (1996) HP Laserjet 1100. This is still as good as when I got it 9 years ago.

    My previous colour printer was a HP Deskjet 690C (very expensive cartridges).
  12. AMD2800+

    AMD2800+ TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Didn't get to finish that, its been replaced now by a MFC Pixma but go for the pixma regardless. Hewlett packards are gay... hehe they can't be but the ink is ridiculously expensive. Go the Canon.
  13. isatippy

    isatippy TS Rookie Posts: 497

    I would get an all-in-one if I were you. A friend has a hp all-in-one and it has great prints and the scanner works great to can't tell the differeces between the scanned ones and the old ones.
  14. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter


    How about the feed back. :) Thanks for the great replys.
    Canon Pixma iP4000. sounds good!
    And their are drivers available for linux?

    I couldn't find the wireless version on a google search?
    That would be very nice!


  15. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    RBS i can not thank you enough, i will never buy Dell Ink agian. Finally i can stop aiding dell in ther racket buy paying for overpriced ink.

  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I've refilled my ink tanks for several years now. I have a Canon S400. The newer canons are faster and just as easy to fill. Yes it can be a little messy, but if you wear hospital gloves (or get cheap like me and use a ziplock baggie to protect your hands). Ink is expensive for a reason, it's marketed that way. They practically give away printers to sell the ink.

    Canon ink tanks are easy to refill. Get a tank refill kit. It comes with rubber stoppers to plug the hole you'll punch in the top of each tank. (each tank has a point on the top made by the factory to punch into.)

    HP printers are a royal pain to refill, but it's still worth it cost wise.

    go to to buy refill kits.
  17. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  18. AMD2800+

    AMD2800+ TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Don't buy Hewlett Packard though, not as yet, anyway: they're currently in court with some woman sueing them because some of their ink cartridges simply won't work after a certain date, even if you haven't used them, or once they use up a certain amount of the ink, something like with 25% remaining. Ultimate rip off.
  19. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter

    $229.99 with 70 buck rebate... That is a great deal. I am sold!

    Thank you very much! :grinthumb
  20. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Lexmark X5150

    I bought the Lexmark X5150 at Staples for $85.00. It is the absolute greatest printer I've ever used or owned.
  21. isatippy

    isatippy TS Rookie Posts: 497

    I've never had a problem with HP. As far as I'm concernd they're a geat comany.
  22. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Posts: 71

    i have a hp

    i have a hp 3 in 1 and i just go to the dollar store for refills. i have used the same cart. for the last year.
  23. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter

    After reading the fine print I found out the rebate is not $70.00 for the printer but is for the camcorder only. :(

    But I feel the printer is a good deal and meets all my requirements.
    I just order the printer! :)

    Thanks for all the help,

  24. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter

  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    HP cartridges cost more because they have the print heads right on them, as opposed to brands like epson where the heads are seperate. Believe me when I say this can become a big issue.
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