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Old 04-11-2010, 07:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi im looking for a basic printer for just regular stuff mostly used for text and on a rare occasion a picture.

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HP has always been my favorite. Lexmark is alright as well.

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I dont like HP due to the cost of Ink.

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Lexmark is alright, but they use different cartridges for every color and the printers only work when they all have some ink in them. So you would have to repalce the yellow to print even if the document had nothing but black ink.

I am looking into one of those newer Kodak printers only cause they do have the cheapest ink out there. I only need to print a few documents and spending only $10 per black ink cartridge sounds a lot better than what i would have to spend on a HP or Lexmark.
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Over the LONG term a Laser printer will save you money for the cost of toner than a ink printer will, and you get longer use out of it, At home I use a HP black an white printer P106 laser and I get about 2000 sheets out of a 30 toner cartridge but the same cost in a domestic ink printer would be FAR more.
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If you're looking for an affordable, economical inkjet printer, I strongly recommend Epson.

They have the largest product base of consumer 3rd party continuous ink supply systems (CISS) and refillable / re-usable ink cartridges. You'll find many of these 3rd party products on eBay and online stores specialising in printer ink supplies.

For example, at home we have an Epson Stylus Photo R220 printer. Instead of using original single use cartridges (or 3rd party ones for that matter), we've installed a continuous ink system (where ink cartridges are fed via tubing connected to external ink tanks placed beside the printer). It does take time to install, but once that's done, and assuming you maintain and use the system properly, all you need to do is top up the external tanks with ink. The cartridges reset themselves.

At University, I have an Epson Stylus DX5050 all in one printer, and do loads of printing. While continuous ink systems are available for my printer, I use 3rd party refillable / re-usable ink cartridges instead, as the initial price is cheaper, and it makes the printer easier to set up and transport. In a way, it's similar to a continuous ink system in respect of the refillable cartridges, but minus the external ink tanks and tubing connecting the two together - the cartridges themselves are refilled directly, rather than being fed via external tanks. The cartridges reset themselves, just like a CISS, and all I need to do is refill them with inks which can be cheaply purchased online.

Both a CISS and standalone refillable / re-usable cartridges (compared to original and 3rd party single use cartridges) are cheaper in the long run, last longer in terms of ink capacity, can hold more ink, do not need to be refilled so frequently and are more environmentally friendly since they produce less waste. With my Epson DX5050 printer, I'm inconvenienced more due to running out of paper and having to go out to buy more paper, than due low ink levels!

Inkjet printers aside, If you do mammoth amounts of printing, then maybe you should consider a laser printer. They're becoming more affordable for consumers these days.

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