I've been having an interesting couple of months. First my PC was doing it's level best to get itself pitched into the trash heap. Now that it's finally behaving itself (not crashing when I try to boot it anymore), my Printer has bit the biscuit. The printer that is currently not working is an hp psc 1210 all-in-one, it would allow me to scan a document straight to printing, print in colour and also print from my PC.
So folks, which printer do you recommend as being the best value for a buck (I would like to keep the colour and scanning options if at all possible).
Ive seen it around $150-180 depending on who has it and if its on sale. I got mine from Best Buy for $180.
The selling point for me is that it does photo prints extremly fast. It can do 4x6 in about 5-7 seconds and full 8.5x11 in less than 30 seconds. Ink replacement is $30 for all ink cartridges and it includes 200 4x6's.
Ink lasts well beyond 200 4x6's and more. Ive recommended this print to family and they also love it.
as a "Heads Up." Lexmark printers are very cheap, but, their ink cartridges are VERY expensive. (per page)
Last edited by loquin; 03-03-08 at 14:49.
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I hope all you HP advocates are correct. I bought one (HP deskjet) yesterday for my daughter who is leaving for college next week. Nice looking, compact, scanner and copier capability - $69, extra cartridges were $31.99 for long lasting black (estimates of 1000 pages) and $19.99 for color (not long lasting, estimates of 250 pages). But of course, no USB cable included, so that was another $33.99...Anyway, from a value perspective, it looked the best and was a good recommendation here (the brand, not necessarily the model). Thanks for the advice!
Thanks pootle. Amazing how many spam-signatures I've come across today! Seems to be an epidemic lately.....Anyway, I bought an all-in-one HP for my daughter (she went away to college a month ago :-( ). Setup was simple, ink was "relatively" inexpensive and she's good to go. Determine your needs, do a little research and go for it. Just don't watch sales-papers for while. Someone will have it on sale right after you buy it!!!
i got an epson scanner/copier/printer at the beginning of the year for around $69 + tax and it's worked great ever since buying it... if you're not looking for something professional, one of those are fine... i also have 2 older HP scanner/copier/printers and they are both good except one of them doesn't suck the paper in like it's supposed to... i have to manually feed it in unfortunately
The one thing you must realise with Printers is that many manufacturers put their printers out as lost leaders i.e. they hope you will buy their cartridges or ink. I know one printer that costs £600 (less any upgrade offers), the print head alone costs £1000 to replace. So just remember every time you print you are paying for your printer.