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Cheap basic printer

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Phaser, 24 May 2006.

  1. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    Hi all,

    My Mum is after a basic printer now that she's got a PC in her house. Dosen't want anything fancy, just the ability to print color.

    I've warned her away from the £30-40 printers you find in PC World etc, because when it comes to buying a new cartridge your talking at least £25+!

    So, the requirement is a cheap printer, that have the "compatible" cartridges which are say £5-10 available.

    Thanks.
     
  2. [email protected]

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Oct 2005

    Posts: 2,455

    Location: Newcastle upon Toon

    Epson all the way.

    There are places to get replacement cartridges for £2ish (email in trust if you need a pointer).

    M
     
  3. utherpendragon

    Hitman

    Joined: 4 May 2006

    Posts: 499

    Epson all the way there are places only which sell cartridges for UNDER £1!
     
  4. Messiah Khan

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,998

    Location: Scottish Highlands

    Id say Canon all the way. Especially the Pixma ip series. Have a look at the Pixma ip4000. Canon ink tends to be cheaper than Epson as well, so work out more economical in the long run. They also don't suffer from some of the printhead clogging that affects some Epsons.
     
  5. wesley

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Jul 2003

    Posts: 7,552

    yep £0.94p per ink cartridge from a place i know ;)

    got R220, official Epson cartridge cost £10 each from No competitor talk please! so needs 6 = £60!!! cost more than the printer itself :eek:
     
  6. Messiah Khan

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,998

    Location: Scottish Highlands


    Edit;
    I would really steer away from ink this cheap, as it can end up damaging the printer by clogging it up. Fair enough, you dont need to get Epson/Canon official ink, but look for fairly decent stuff.
     
  7. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    Cheers all, any reccomendations for printer models etc?
     
  8. split

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,534

    Location: Dorset

    Search this forum for 'cartridges'.

    It seems a lot of the newer printers are using chipped cartrigdes that don't come cheap (they may in years to come)
    I would have selected canon as they never used to do this, but it seems the newer models are chipped.

    HP ones (on some models) are worth re-filling, but it can be fiddly.
    Older Epsons seem to block, but the ink is dirt cheap.
    Much the same with older canon, but they tend to block less and they take small re-fills (don't last as long as epson)

    What you use it for counts as well.
    My epson C84 has never blocked, but it aint cheap to run as is uses chiped cartridges.
    It decides when it's empty, and the ink drops a lot every time I turn it on (it does cleaning thing every time it starts hence it dont clogg)
    Cheap to run once on, but seeing as I don't use it a great deal (few pages of black and white a week) the colour ink level drops as fast as the black even tho it's not used.
    It prolly uses more ink turning it on than it does printing out a few A4 pages.
    Once on, it uses very little ink when printing tho.

    There is a plus side to this.
    I can't stand printers that clogg and then you have to wait ages for it to clean etc.
    I get this with the epson, its just that I don't like the fact it can run itself out of colour ink without me ever printing colour!!