Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We need a printer

Are we the only people on the planet that don't own a printer? It is a silly thing not to have but I think the main reason we don't have one is because there are just too many choices. How the heck do you chose which one is best?

The thing I remember about owning a printer is that ink prices are redonk. I don't want to spend more on ink refills than the actual cost of the printer. I think it is pretty standard to get a printer/scanner/copier combo these days so that is what we are looking for.

Any suggestions? Do you love your printer? Is it reliable? Does the ink cost an arm and a leg? Is it worth getting a color printer vs. a black/white? Please help!


Mama Parker said...

We have an HP color printer/scanner/copier. I use it all the time...especially for crafting. I love the scanner and the copier has come in handy. We have had ours for over 5 years and are only now starting to have some issues (actually it's Richard that usually has issues b/c he is electronically-challenged).

Brant and Amanda said...

Found this on Yahoo today:

The Canon Pixma iP4820
Price: $100
While a $100 printer is often a bad sign of high ink replacement costs, this Canon model is an exception. It is a simple, color inkjet printer — no bells or whistles — but its ink does go a long way. If you're only printing in black, a $16 ink cartridge should print 341 pages, which comes to about 4.7 cents per page. "It's just a win-win. It's very hard to find a win-win in the $100 range," says Riofrio.

Epson Stylus NX625 All-in-One Printer
Price: $130
This fast, wireless ink jet printer works lets you print, scan and copy. It works well for a small office. Ink costs are also very economical; the extra-high-yield black ink cartridge rounds out to 3 cents per page. You can also print on both sides of the page.

Epson WorkForce 520 All-in-One-Printer
Price: $130
Like the Epson Stylus above, this model is super-fast and designed for the small office environment to handle high volume printing. You'll also pay very little to print. The standard black ink cartridge costs a little more than $15 and lasts 550 pages, equaling 2.8 cents per page.

The HP Officejet 6000 Wireless
Price: $120
PC World calls this HP model a "small-office bargain," thanks to solid performance, rich features, including a 250-sheet input tray and low ink costs relative to its sticker price. Replacing the standard black ink in this printer will cost about 4.8 cents per page.

HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One
Price: $150 with $50 instant rebate from HP
Riofrio calls this HP Officejet model a "good all-around machine." It has decent speed, print quality and an automatic document feeder that's great for high volume printing or faxing. High-yield black ink cartridges cost $32 and last for about 1,200 pages, totaling 2.7 cents per page.