05-30-2012, 07:39 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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I am looking for an all-in-one printer that will fax, scan and copy and that could also serve as a back-up printer (it will not be my main printer). A direct email feature would be nice but, it is not completely necessary.

Any suggestions? Any printers that I should avoid?

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 05-30-2012, 07:51 PM
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Injet or Laser?

I picked up an HP OfficeJet 6500 that I really like. I cant' recall the price exactly but I think it was $129 or so at Costco. It has the email printing as well as the wireless printing. The email printing is really nice to have. It will also scan more than one sheet at a time which is really handy if that's a feature you use.

I just found out Costco will refill the cartridges for about $7 each. I plan on trying that the next time I need more ink.

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 05-30-2012, 07:59 PM
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I bought a HP Photosmart Premium a few months ago. Special pricing plus Staples bought my broken printer for $50- I almost stole the thing after the dust settled. Everything it does is fast, works great, makes great prints, and I can get extended life tanks for it. I think that model might not exist anymore, but I bet they replaced it with something better.

And it has built in networking if that's important.

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 05-30-2012, 09:41 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(05-30-2012, 07:51 PM)5Savages Wrote: Injet or Laser?

Since it will not be my primary printer, ink jet would be fine.

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 05-30-2012, 09:42 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(05-30-2012, 07:59 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I bought a HP Photosmart Premium a few months ago. Special pricing plus Staples bought my broken printer for $50- I almost stole the thing after the dust settled. Everything it does is fast, works great, makes great prints, and I can get extended life tanks for it. I think that model might not exist anymore, but I bet they replaced it with something better.

And it has built in networking if that's important.

Staples had a similar deal over Memorial Day weekend for the HP 8600 series. I should have pulled the trigger.

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 05-30-2012, 10:07 PM
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I didn't get out of it as cheaply as I indicated. Yes I almost stole the printer, but I know how much I print so I had to have ink tanks. So that brought the total up.

At the same time I decided to go wireless network. A friend gave me a router that he'd never use so that came on line fast and at reasonable cost. But it was all time since I do all my own computer work. My computer is hardwired to the router, that took time, but it's blazingly fast.

And I rebuilt the computer while I was at it. But now it's done for a while.

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 05-30-2012, 10:42 PM
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  • Johnny
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LEXMARK S600 is what we use and it works great.

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 05-31-2012, 02:35 AM
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  • Dave
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Wireless printing is great for a lazy fella like myself. For my next printer, I think I'll get an AirPrint compatible printer so I can print from my iPod and iPad

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 05-31-2012, 02:40 AM
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  • freddy
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I have two Canons, one which is wireless. I find them incredibly reliable. Ink can be costly though. That is not too much of a problem for me as I don't do much printing. However, like Dave, I'd like an AirPrint printer next so that it will be compatible with my iPad.

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 05-31-2012, 02:51 AM
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  • Dave
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The only thing I print is shipping labels and text documents. I have a Samsung Laser Printer that just works and works. The toner is expensive for it, but I've had the printer a year and a half and have not had to replace the toner cartridge yet, where if I'd had an inkjet, the ink would have dried up in that time and I would have had to replace a few cartridges.

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 05-31-2012, 03:32 AM
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  • texquill
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IMO, when it comes to MFPs (Multi Function Printers), HP is at the top of the heap! The only downside to the giveaways or heavy discounts you find for these is the HP is terribly proud of their ink cartridges. Through sad experience, I've discovered that it is prudent to use OEM ink cartridges.

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 05-31-2012, 03:34 AM
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(05-31-2012, 03:32 AM)texquill Wrote: IMO, when it comes to MFPs (Multi Function Printers), HP is at the top of the heap! The only downside to the giveaways or heavy discounts you find for these is the HP is terribly proud of their ink cartridges. Through sad experience, I've discovered that it is prudent to use OEM ink cartridges.

I think they are all proud of their ink cartridges.

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 05-31-2012, 04:23 AM
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  • Howler
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I would recommend any of the HP printers.

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 05-31-2012, 04:28 AM
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I just bought an HP Officejet 8600...print fax scan copy, direct email. I really like it, and it also has apps that will allow you to print anything from activity sheets for kids to grocery coupons and everything in between right from the printer.

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 05-31-2012, 04:43 AM
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(05-31-2012, 04:28 AM)Russianrat Wrote: I just bought an HP Officejet 8600...print fax scan copy, direct email. I really like it, and it also has apps that will allow you to print anything from activity sheets for kids to grocery coupons and everything in between right from the printer.

I use those apps to print off math challenge sheets for my son. He always looks forward to those printing out every day. I print out the crossword puzzle for myself.

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 05-31-2012, 05:09 AM
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If you are going inexpensive inkjet - Brother. I have a MFC 465CN. I get 3rd party ink carts from carrotink.com. Stand alone unit that lets you scan to USB/CF/SD media - creates multi page pdfs from scanned in pages. I assume most do these things now, so really it comes down to cost of the printer, and the carts. 3rd party cart availability is critical for inkjest IMHO.

I paid about 65 bucks at Costco about 3 years ago, and it just runs and runs.

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 05-31-2012, 05:46 AM
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Epson or Lexmark with the options you want. Brother if you want to go cheaper. Never had any luck with HP multifunction. Used to do 100+ faxes a day and HP never held up. Feed mechanism or document platen always developed issues

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