What kind of printer do you have and why?

@coffeebreak (17824)
United States
March 23, 2010 7:35pm CST
I am looking for a new printer. One that is cheaper on ink. I have an HP deskjet...and use about 2-3 black cartridges per year and 2 color. I use them sparingly. A set costs $55. To refill is $10 and $15 but the cartridges can only be refilled once, then they "say" they are not taking the refill. Sometimes I have wondered if the place is just saying that so you will go ahead and buy a new one while you are there needing the ink anyway. However. I have heard about the Kodak one that uses cheaper ink.. of course doesn't say how much, but if it is cheaper on the ink, I want to go that way if the quality of the ink used is presentable and all. So...what brand of printer do you use at home and why?
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
24 Mar 10
I only buy HP printers because I have had problems with other brands. Yes, the cost of using HP cartridge is annoying, but there too, after using refilled cartridges and ruining the printheads on one HP I decided not to try that any more. I do buy new cartridges cheaper on occasion, but over time I have concluded that the new HP cartridges last longer and are less trouble so I just eat the expense and am thankful to have good reliable printers that work. Some of the HP printers have more expensive cartridges than others, and that is one thing I consider when looking at the price of a new printer. I might pay a bit more to get a printer that uses cartridges that more widely used and therefore cheaper than others. I do remember when ink cartridges cost more than a tank of gas, though. Now it is the other way around.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
24 Mar 10
I hadn't thought about the cheaper ones maybe not lasting longer. Have to look into that. Mine are $28 for the black and $35 for color. I like HP to. THey have great customer service and warrenty plan. I can't afford to do anything at the moment..unemployment has hit me hard, but at least i will know what to do if things change and i have that option!
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Even when the economy is good, which it looks like it will not be for some time, I always look for scratch and dent specials on printers. Sam's Club has them sometimes, but mostly I buy printers from Office Max and computers from the Sam's Club seasonal special markdown deals.
@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
My printer I have today is HP inkjet. I have as a package when I buy the computer. So I no longer have any choice but to keep it. Its also ok because its inkjectable so its refillable but its expensive sometimes I cant afford it.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
24 Mar 10
That's my problem. I use it sparingly (not that I'd waste it but there are things I'd like to print if I could) cause it is like $28 for black and $35 for color. I figure if I spend $100 for a new printer that uses cheaper cartridges, my first year in refills vs. printer cost would equal out. Then cheaper after that
@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
You have a point in there, it would be a good a lot money to save using those cartridges.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
24 Mar 10
We have one of those all in one HP printers. It actually belongs to my brother but he wasn't using it so my sister and I took it. He got it for free. It came with the PC bundle he ordered. The price for the ink isn't too bad either. It's a lot cheaper than what we were paying when we had a Lexmark printer. It runs us around $30 for the black/color combo pack. We go through, maybe, three of those a year.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
25 Mar 10
My HP is $28/$35. And I sparingly use the ink and go through usually 2 of color and 3 of black in a year. THat'd buy a new printer if I can find one that has cheaper cartridges...as long as they last reasonable length of time!
@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
I also have the HP Deskjet and it's an All-in-One thing. About the thing you were told that you can only refill it once, don't believe it, I have refilled the last cartridge for years before I had to buy a new one. I bought a new one because I mistakenly refilled red to the yellow port (yeah, I know!). It didn't really lack the quality since refilling, the only thing that matters is that you get good refilling inks. It's good too if you'd allow a company to refill for you once a year or so because they have that special machine that pumps pressure to the cartridge causing the bad ink to come out. I don't know about you but here in my country we have unlimited ink in big cartridges (about 10x the size of your ordinary cartridge) and should you need to print a lot in a year, that'll be a great help. But it doesn't work on our type of printer because the tubes would hinder the head movement (for HP printers) but for Epson and Canon printers, it works well. As for quality, I think nothing could outdo laser printers in that category. You'll easily fall in love with the images it prints, but well the machine and the toner just costs more than one could really afford - well unless you're doing business with it though.
• Singapore
9 Apr 10
i am using Canon Mx700 and why i choose it because this one has many function that is really useful for me , with normal function like print , scan , or more like fax , wireless ,i think if we buy the cheap printer so later we will waist more to buy the ink , cheaper printer ink is more costly than expensive one so make your wisely decision .
@DOLLYBABY (2536)
• United States
25 Mar 10
i have a hp printer....i think it's a hp 3500 but at the time when i buy it it didn't cost me much than what it now cost today.i think i only change about 1 or 2 cartage for the entire year because i don't do much of printing.
@basqui (3892)
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
We used to have an HP Deskjet here at my work and we refill the cartridges by ourselves. We buy a refill kit from a supply shop and we inject the ink into the cartridge. But those cartridges don't last long if it were injected for several times so we have to buy new cartridges from time to time. We recently bought a Canon Printer which has a Continuous Ink Supply System. Continuous Ink Supply System has the cartridges connected by hoses to ink tanks located outside of the printer. I think it is easier to refill because you don't have to take out the cartridges to refill them, you just put the refill inks in the tank when it is exhausted. I think most printers that support CISS are Canon and Epson, I have seen HP printers with CISS but most of the cartridges get clogged as they say. find Epson or Canon printers that support CISS. It's good!