I switched to Epson (XP-400), because ink
seemed to be cheaper and they make a well
regarded, high-end photo printer. It was
nothing but trouble. Ink dried out. The cartridges
were cheap but held very little ink. The machine
refused to do anything at all when it claimed the
ink was low. I suspect the low ink report is also
based on some combination of use and time. I was
getting very few pages out of a cartidge, and
colors were running out without my using them.
In short, Epson negatives went from the sometimes
irritating level of HP, with their ink that costs
nearly as much as the printer, to blood-boiling
outrage at their audacious sleaze.
I've recently switched back to HP.
An HP Envy 5660 for $80. Prints nicely. Provides
an option for draft printing. (Epson draft was high
quality, wasting ink.) HP has never been troublesome
for me in terms of ink drying and has never refused
Like you, I don't need anything fancy. Printing
photos well requires an expensive machine and lots
of expensive ink, so I don't try it. I only need a
printer on an occasional basis, to print contracts,
business receipts, etc. I probably use the scanner
function more than the printer. The HP scanner
applet could stand to be a bit more professional,
but it's serviceable.
But I'm still unsatisfied in terms of cost. For someone
who does occasional printing, the per-page cost is just
far too high. And at $62 for ink vs $80 for a printer
with starter ink, I have to seriously consider whether
it might be at least as cheap to just treat printers as