computer printer - which to buy?

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16 hours ago, LeonG said:

 

I paid 20€ for a no name drum + toner for my Brother laser in 2019.  Í can't remember what I paid for the printer itself in 2009 but i think around 120.

 

If you don't print a lot, I'd recommend laser.  I always had problems in the past with ink drying up on me.

 

Thanks for the tip. 

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I have the canon MX870 because it's a scaner with sheet feeder and printer combined. It's even so old it supports Fax, but I have never had any reason to try using that 'feature'. Plugs into the ethernet with a cable which means scanning is at least 2x faster than with Wifi. I am forever buying cartridges for it, which I buy in bulk from Canon on the regular offers Amazon seem to run. Had previously a similar canon model which also lasted for many years before eventually going wrong one day.

 

Out of curiousity, I looked up the 'support'. Last driver was 2015 for Windows 10 and first was 32 bit Vista. MacOS 10.5 to 10.10. Guess it's pretty old now....

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All the cheap printers use a UPE or a universal print engine, one size fits all, most are a Mitsubishi design built by Foxconn so you just need to skin it with your branded covers and huck it to customers. That way you can get a 40 Euro unbranded laser printer chassis and use any toner you want.

If you can´t find a newer driver, try feeding your printer via a PCL6 driver, it´s a driver from 1996 and will work with most new and even the so-called obsolete printers by the way, you may not get all the functions but it should print.

Laser printer design hasn´t changed in decades, in fact I can show you a laser printer from 1995, I´ll take parts out of it and install them in a 2021 printer. What is interesting is that the laser is from the early sixties, they transfer toner to paper using a Xerox method from 1932 which is based on electrostatic printing from 1904. And the spinning mirror is a galvanometer from 1820.

And why am I telling you this..? It´s Friday evening and I´m bored.

 

PS. Just did a check, you can pick up a A4 laserprinter for 20 bucks on Alibaba.

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I'm a heavy printer (up to a 1000 pages a month) and the hardest number to come by is the cost per page for printing. To me that would be the most important number but as mentioned it's hard to find. Google "cheap printers" and all you get is the price.  Currently I'm using instant ink, running about 3-4 cents a pag vs about 7-8 cents (half if you can find a generic cartridge). HP is really pushing subscription services now, and comparted to buying cartridges it's much cheaper and less hassle. Generic ones are really hard to come by, HP makes it difficult to find ones that work. 

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We have an HP Lazerjet 1010 which we bought via kleinanzeigen. We think around 2c a sheet, not really sure.

 

Currently we can only use it with the one Mac we have.

 

Kid#4 might try slammer's suggestion above with one of the other laptops. It worked with Windows Vista :lol: back in the day :lol:

 

It only does BW, don't think it does anything fancy, but really we're just glad it prints.

 

We have a Canon for stuff that needs to be nice, or colour or whatever, but that's more expensive.

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On 8/4/2022, 12:44:02, Rushrush said:

I'm a heavy printer (up to a 1000 pages a month) 

Why do you print so much?:blink:

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I don´t print a lot, but I use a Samsung ML-1610 laser printer that is over 20 years old.

It uses no-name toner cartridges without any problems (ca. €28)

I have also replaced the rubber band thingy on the paper feeder a couple of years ago - only cost €5 on Amazon, and the time it takes to watch a Youtube video to find out how to do it :)

At the time, a friend asked me why I didn´t just buy a new printer? My reply was that it is better for the environment to keep this one going, and it is also better for my purse!

 

 

 

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On 05/08/2022, 13:33:26, Gambatte said:

Why do you print so much?:blink:

 

I teach a lot of company group classes and printing is such a hassle. I can do it there, in colour but you need to get someone to sign in and/or if I ask someone to print they enviably forget. It costs me around 25 a month, 5 for paper and 20 for instant ink. The contract pays really well so I don't mind.  

 

Edit closer to 500 sheets a month

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I teach a lot of company group classes too and, when I'm actually in the company (most lessons are online today), I bring 1 printed sheet with me and photocopy what I need in the company.  I've been doing this for 25 years and not one company has ever said I couldn't, in fact, they're more than willing to let me photocopy whatever I need.

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