My inkjet printer died and I replaced it with a mono-laser printer. I still need to occasionally print a few pages in colour. I originally thought I would just bring my files to an office supply company and have the colour pages printed there, but I am being quoted prices of around 50 cents per page. It does not make sense to pay 50 cents per page when I can buy an inkjet printer for $19.
My inkjet printer requirements:
* it needs to be cheap * it does not need to do anything other than print * it needs to be small, I have very limited desk space * quality is somewhat important (most of the colour prints will be pictures), but if I want high quality I will pay the 50 cents and have it printed elsewhere, * it does not matter how fast the printer is, I won't be printing very much, * having a wired or wireless connection is highly desirable (I have no space near my main computer) * supporting Apple eprint would be nice * the printer will get very little usage, so the cost of cartridges is relevant, but as long as they are not too expensive that is ok. I am not going to refill cartridges. I have tried refilling and it is too much of a nuisance for the amount of money saved. * I have had Brother printers before. I don't like them because, for me, they never lasted very long.
(Fry's currently has 3 printers on their website for $19 or less, 2 of which are wireless) Fry's is currently selling the Canon ip2702 for $19.
Best candidate so far is Canon MG3120 at Office Depot for $49. (recycle some cartridges and the effective price becomes about $25)
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Senior Member - 5K
posted: May. 24, 2012 @ 4:38p
$0.50 per page for color is alot - should be able to find $0.19 - $0.29 at your local Staples, UPS Store, etc.
$19 (if you can find such a seal for a networked printer) is the price of admission. Generic cartridges are available for most Canon printers for less than $2, but unless you use them regularly, they tend to clog, dry out.
Frys, Microcenter and the like offer deals on inkjets - particularly refurbs; gone are the FAR days, but if you are patient, it should be possible to find something decent, that accepts generic cartridges (some are "chipped", particularly Epson, so do your homework first), is not known to be an ink hog (read online reviews first).
Senior Member - 4K
posted: May. 24, 2012 @ 7:28p
The $19 printer as mentioned and found in previous hot deals at Walgreens is a choice.
Frys, Microcenter and the like offer deals on inkjets - particularly refurbs; gone are the FAR days, but if you are patient, it should be possible to find something decent..
Spot-on advice. Well-said..
posted: May. 24, 2012 @ 9:01p
I am a very occasional user of color inkjet and use the mono laser for most of my printing. One problem I run into is that, inkjet cartridges seem to dry themselves out if not used for a few weeks. That ended up costing me more. One suggestion is, if you do end up buying an inkjet for occasional printing, print a page or two every week to keep the cartridges from drying.
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