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Printer recommendations???

Posted on 08/27/2013 8:10:32 AM PDT by djf

OK I have an HP V40XI and it all a sudden like decided to stop feeding the paper. When it works, this is a great printer, it also has built in scanner, fax, and copier. But over the couple years I've had it, it has been pretty much nothing but a major pain everytime I go to use it.

Picture quality is excellent. But it constantly complains about the color cartridge. And it gives almost NO indication what it doesn't like, just repeatedly saying "remove and check "color cartidge"...

So I think it's time to bite the bullet and get a new printer.

What I would like: Same capabilities, printing, scanning, copying. I can live without fax.

GOOD DIAGNOSTICS AND SUPPORT!

Something that doesn't cost an arm and a leg for cartridges. (Yes, I've gone the re-fill route, it can work, but it is not particularly reliable)

Windows XP support

Either USB or standard D25 connection

Most of all, rock solid dependability.

I am sure there are FReepers out there who have had a wide variety with good (Rare!) and BAD, CRAPPOLA printers(much, much too common).

Thanks in advance!


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1 posted on 08/27/2013 8:10:32 AM PDT by djf
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I have had best luck with Epson.


2 posted on 08/27/2013 8:11:30 AM PDT by Rio
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To: djf

If you print a LOT, I would recommend laser over inkjet as a general principle.


3 posted on 08/27/2013 8:11:59 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: djf

Avoid Canon.


4 posted on 08/27/2013 8:12:50 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: djf

I checked out Consumer reports and decided on HP.


5 posted on 08/27/2013 8:13:33 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

HP. It’s what they do best.


6 posted on 08/27/2013 8:14:44 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: djf

It “mostly” is a print spooler’ issue, which resolves it. Go to your Administrative Tools (or services menu and applications), find Services’, find the Print Spooler option and disable,enable or restart the process under the Print Spooler option.


7 posted on 08/27/2013 8:15:34 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Fresh Wind

Funny you should say that, because my back-up printer is a Canon BJC-210 which is printing the stuff I need right now. But it’s a small unit ok for one or two pages, but if I need 2 or 3 hundred pages of a manual or whatever, it’s not the guy for the job.


8 posted on 08/27/2013 8:15:57 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Rio

The RX 595 is several years old and going strong. Ink is pricey. I bought a bw Brother printer and scanner. It does good. I may have printed a dozen pages on it. The Epson has had countless reams fed through.


9 posted on 08/27/2013 8:16:52 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: djf

My HP officejet pro has run perfectly for years.


10 posted on 08/27/2013 8:18:28 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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11 posted on 08/27/2013 8:19:16 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: djf

Two Words:

Laser Printer.

More words: Get a B/W printer - get a color printer. Get what ya like. Just get a laser printer and not one of those cartridge printers. And get a Brother model.


12 posted on 08/27/2013 8:20:12 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Dittoes. Even if you DON’T print a lot - get a laser printer.


13 posted on 08/27/2013 8:21:04 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: djf

I have always had HP. They are the best IMO. Never had even the slightest trouble with them and I used to print a boatload of docs for my business.


14 posted on 08/27/2013 8:23:43 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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I don’t know if they’ve changed their design, but my gripe with the Canon that I used to own was that the cartridges dried out whether you used them or not. And once the color cartridge(s) dried out, the damn thing would refuse to print using the black cartridge, which is 90% of what I do. Add to that p*ss poor customer service, and I will never buy another Canon product.


15 posted on 08/27/2013 8:24:18 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: djf

Have you ever updated your printer driver? That might help with the ink cartridge issue but not the paper feeding problem. Paper quality could be an issue?

go to hp.com and look up your printer model


16 posted on 08/27/2013 8:24:52 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: djf

If you get another scan/print/copy/fax printer make sure it has a feeder so you can can scan/copy multipe pages at once without having to scan each page on the flatbed one at a time. It doesn’t really cost any more and I don’t understand why every model doesn’t have one but at least half the ones on the market don’t have a feeder.


17 posted on 08/27/2013 8:26:23 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Fresh Wind

I know whatcha mean. I bought cartidges in the past, printed 20 pages, gone back to use it six months later, and nuthin...


18 posted on 08/27/2013 8:26:27 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: oldbrowser

Looks like I’m the outlier here, but I’ll never buy an HP product again. After an HP printer I rarely used died, and a desktop computer that constantly failed because they intentionally installed faulty motherboards, good riddance to HP. (There was a class action lawsuit against them for the motherboards, but by that point I had disposed of the PC and couldn’t prove I had purchased it).


19 posted on 08/27/2013 8:28:13 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: Responsibility2nd
And get a Brother model.

I've had a Brother B&W laser printer that has been rock solid. I also had a Brother color all-in-one which seemed to drink ink while I was asleep so it wanted new cartridges even when I hadn't printed much recently. I liked it except it (like most other all-in-ones) couldn't scan all the way to the edge of an 8.5"x11" page so I replaced it with a Lexmark that could.

If I were buying again Brother would be at the top of my list except for the 8.25"x10.75" scan problem.

20 posted on 08/27/2013 8:28:23 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: smokingfrog

My current HP tends to have trouble with cheap, thin paper.


21 posted on 08/27/2013 8:28:41 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: djf

Use anything other than HP. Their business model is to screw their customers with the price of ink.


22 posted on 08/27/2013 8:29:04 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (No bombs for Al Qaeda in Syria!)
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To: djf

I love my Lexmark, although it has quirks sometimes. Lexmark is much cheaper on ink and does a fine job.

My other priners are HP and are quirky, at best.

My big shock is finding out that you cannot have a printer repaired any more. People treat them as disposable.


23 posted on 08/27/2013 8:30:39 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Uncle Miltie

Like I said, re-fill works. But ya gotta be careful, or you’ll have one hell of a mess!


24 posted on 08/27/2013 8:31:33 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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We liked this one so much we bought one for our daughter:

Brother® MFC-J430w Inkjet All-in-One

$99.99 at Staples

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25 posted on 08/27/2013 8:34:29 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’ve taken the HP apart before for general cleaning and put it back together. It’s probably just some kind of spring mechanism that’s gummed up. The paper at the rear of the feeder is not getting lifted up to the rollers.

I’d fix it if I could, but without any tech docs, I’m not sure I’m ambitious enough...


26 posted on 08/27/2013 8:35:08 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Laser vs. inkjet

The laser ink is a powder and will last forever in its reservoir. The inkjet ink is a liquid and will evaporate over time and gunk the orfices up.

Definitely go laser.


27 posted on 08/27/2013 8:37:11 AM PDT by cymbeline
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To: Responsibility2nd

Agree - HP for ink jet, definitely Brother for Laser.


28 posted on 08/27/2013 8:38:49 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: djf

We just got an Epson WF-3540. It scans, copies, does beautiful photos. Does not ask for new ink all the time. We print a lot of flyers for my music group, lots of photos - my husband is a terrific photog. We love it.


29 posted on 08/27/2013 8:39:29 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Dr. Sivana
If you print a LOT, I would recommend laser over inkjet as a general principle.

I second that recommendation. Even if you do not print a lot (like in a home-office setting) laser is so much more cost-effective vs. buying those damn cartridges.

I have a small lexmark fax/printer which is just god-awful. I use it only for faxes, but it nonetheless seems to need a new cartridge every month. I hate it!

30 posted on 08/27/2013 8:39:48 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Dr. Sivana
Yep! #1 rule on printer replacement is how much you are going to use it. Some very nice inkjet printers sell at what is probably near to or even less than manufacturing costs because they expect to make it back on the ink cartridges.

This works for me at home because I do little printing, mostly CDs for gifts. I've had the Epson XP-600 since November and have only replaced the ink cartridges once.

If I have a lot of standard printing to do, I do it on the laser at the office for a penny per copy (actual cost from our supplier is 0.7 cents, but I figure the company is entitled to a little profit for buying the machinery).

31 posted on 08/27/2013 8:41:20 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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I have bought 2 epsons, Artisan 810 and an 845. The 810 has a plastic paper tray that jams and sticks and is now broken. The 845 won’t stay hooked up wireless to the computer. Someone mentioned Brother so that might be my next choice. I will also check out HP. My other HP’s lasted a long time. As far as I am concerned I will not purchase another Epson.

Good luck


32 posted on 08/27/2013 8:46:38 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: Responsibility2nd; djf

Going to ditto responsibility2nd’s recommendation. I had a Brother B/W for years, and never went through the toner that came with it. We have upgraded to a Scanner, Fax, Copier, Printer model. Love it.


33 posted on 08/27/2013 8:47:20 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Thanks!

Just did some price checking, they seem cheaper than I would have thought.

But I don’t want to get eaten alive by the cartridge costs...

Lots of times with the cartridges, you can get a way better deal on Amazon than one of the big-box stores.


34 posted on 08/27/2013 8:49:19 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
My big shock is finding out that you cannot have a printer repaired any more. People treat them as disposable.

Our office has an older HP LaserJet DN 8100.

We paid a pretty penny for it back in the mid-1990's when we moved into this building.

Nobody will sell us a service contract on it, but we've called HP in once in the last 10 years to make a $100 repair. I don't know how they make these machines, but somebody needs to reverse engineer and duplicate it.

Higher end laser jet machines (we have mostly newer Xerox in the office) are all sold with a repair contract option. They supply toner and repairs for generally less than a penny per copy. See my previous post.

Low end machines, especially ink jets, are, as you say, a disposable item. I've taken many of them to Goodwill simply because newer, better models constantly come out for less than what the ink jet cartridge replacement would be.

35 posted on 08/27/2013 8:49:21 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: djf
if I need 2 or 3 hundred pages of a manual or whatever
If you need to print large jobs like this frequently, I would suggest you move to a laser printer.
This review is from 2012, but the good news is that the prices should be much lower.
Based on my experiences, I'd go with a Brother.
36 posted on 08/27/2013 8:50:24 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: djf

The main thing with refilling is don’t wait until it is empty.

It is harder to get the ink flowing properly if it runs out.


37 posted on 08/27/2013 8:51:22 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: djf

Your “but most of all” comment SHOULD be “The ink doesn’t cost more than the printer!” LOL Research ink costs prior to purchasing printer!


38 posted on 08/27/2013 8:54:12 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Brother makes a superb simple machine. We use them on our manufacturing line which is not a printer friendly environment-- lots of dust, vibration and temperature changes. They last and last, probably over three years per unit in an awful environment for printers. They are easy on the toner and fairly inexpensive to replace, generally in the $70-$100 range.

I would guess they last way more than three years in a decent environment.

39 posted on 08/27/2013 8:54:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

XLENT Point!


40 posted on 08/27/2013 8:55:10 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf

It depends upon your volume and your color / monochrome requirements.

If like me (and that is an assumption) 95% of your req’ments are black and white and you don’t need outrageous speed and only modest volume, I am absolutely in love with my Brother monochrome laser printer. On sale these things are $50-$75. The cartridges are $22 each on ebay if you buy pairs. They come with a “starter” cartridge only good for maybe 1K pages, the real ones are good for over 2K pages. Stupid cheap, bulletproof printer. If you need color, I have no reco for you, but the notion is that using your cheap mono laser printer for most of your work saves the expensive printer (and carts) for color work.

Mine is an HL-2140, I think the newer ones are HL-2170. Bulletproof. And if it breaks, you cannot service it for the amount a new one costs so that decision is simple. I have had this for four years with zero problems.

Brother mono laser. Unbeatable for simple, straight ahead b/w work.


41 posted on 08/27/2013 8:56:33 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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Best all-in-one printers (inkjet) (Aug. 09, 2013)

Top 5 Inkjet Printers (May 08, 2012)

42 posted on 08/27/2013 9:00:56 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: djf
Something that doesn't cost an arm and a leg for cartridges.

They all cost an arm and a leg for cartridges.

43 posted on 08/27/2013 9:02:18 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: djf
Printers
44 posted on 08/27/2013 9:04:41 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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I find that HP printers are very reliable bu their ink is prohibitively expensive. I had the Kodak printer which has the cheapest ink(not including knock off ink). It did go out of order as I use printers quite a bit but it lasted more than my lexmark printers did I had to have them replaced every year. They lived up to their warranty but after you had 4 of them replaced free they say no more. I now have a Brother which used to have very expensive ink but they got cheaper as I think they copied the Kodak model. I do use knock of ink I get through the mail for 4 bucks and some change. If I had to I would buy a Kodak again. Look for refurbished printers on line and get them cheaper. you might look at Big Lots and find a refurbished Kodak.
45 posted on 08/27/2013 9:08:37 AM PDT by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: djf
Inkjet printers are devices of Satan. They are expensive to feed, and unless you use them constantly, the printer heads dry out and you waste time at each use cleaning the heads and aligning the printer, again.

Get a laser or LED printer. Do you really NEED color printing? It's an expensive way to go; B&W is much cheaper.

I have owned several Okidata printers at home and ordered them for use at work. They are workhorses; the price is right, they are easy to clear if paper jams, and they have a relatively small footprint. They generate pages of high quality with a fast warmup and high printing speed. I highly recommend them. The toner cartridges are relatively cheap compared to other manufacturers.
46 posted on 08/27/2013 9:12:53 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: fella

Lol!!!

Funny thing is, I’m using my printer to print the manual for a 75 year old foot powered Singer sewing machine!
(which DOES NOT require any expensive cartridges!!)

;-)


47 posted on 08/27/2013 9:19:41 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf
There are many possible choices, and these are the two best sources that I know of for comprehensive computer printer recommendations: Consumer Search and CNET
48 posted on 08/27/2013 9:21:33 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: djf

A couple of months a ago we had my wife’s Great-Grandmother’s pedal singer shipped here for big bucks but it’s worth it. Wife made our kids clothes when they were little on it.


49 posted on 08/27/2013 9:26:23 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: Fresh Wind

I had the same problem with the Canon printer I had. Loved the compact design for the house though. I learned the hard way with that printer to run at least a small color print or test print once a week to keep the jets working properly. Believe it or not, it works.


50 posted on 08/27/2013 9:38:14 AM PDT by biff (WAS)
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