obsolete screws will be able to keep your old ink cartridges company. ; )
I wouldn't worry, except I saw a "late night infomercial" of their
joinery jig the other night. I found it interesting to listen to "how
one needs (to have or know) to do woodworking. Just a circular saw, a
drill, and their joinery jig... Of course, they have never been upfront
of the fact that
you don't really get the "whole" kit for $99... One will find, that just
covers the first installment.
We have a HP Officejet 5610 All-in-One that we have used hard for over 5
years with no problems. Started using it with Win XP now connected to
Win 8.1 still no problems.
We bought a Canon MX459 wireless printer. Less than year old now, it
works with my iPhone, and my wife's laptop, and tablet so far no
problems with the MX459.
I'm also in the market for a new printer and was looking for that
supports Apple AirPrint. We use iPhones and iPads in the house, although
the computers are Windows machines (7 and 8.1)
Have had good luck with Canon's thus far, and you can't beat the price
of that one for an all-in-one. (detest FAX, but required for me as many
of my sub's are still in the stone age).
Thanks for the heads up ... that one is now on my short list.
Thanks everybody for your input. I installed a HP printer for my wife and
had a lot of problems getting it up and going. I spent hours with an Indian
techie who had a heavy accent and kept reading the manual to me. I finally
figured out the problem myself. Support was useless. The printer has worked
just fine since then though. And she hardly uses it.
But I refuse to have anything to do with driver issues or bloatware. So, no
I have had good luck with both brother and canon before. I will look around
some more. Thanks again guys. Hearing some stories from others does add to
a little clarity to the issue.
I've got an old HP that I use the drivers from Windows Update for. It's
a much better experience, as it just works. If you have the choice,
install the drivers from Microsoft rather than the HP garbage.
Without the HP drivers, the printer actually used up the ink in the
cartridge. The print got so light I had to change it. It was nice to
use up all the available ink rather than having some piece of garbage
software program tell me it thinks I'm out of ink.
Cold day in hell when I would pay $400 for a consumer
grade printer and it goes without question you buy a NEW device
to replace an out of warranty puter type device.
Over 20 years ago bought a Panasonic 4450I for about
$1,200 as an alternate to an HP printer and worth every penny.
Printed 11-12 pages/minute for hours on end.
No longer necessary in today's market.
That was inexpensive for what I was getting, so to speak. Legal sized
all in one with 5 different color large inks. It's biggest issues was
software, of course. HP had to help set it up the first time and it was
boxed up ready to go back to the store at one time during the first 24
hours. Just out of warranty the scanner quit moving the light/reader
across the platen and its days of scanning were over.
1986. Panasonic 9 pin dot matrix, followed by 21 pin same brand.
Neither had a problem other than being noisy. Followed by a Canon
BJ-300, black only bubble jet. Fast and was capable of printing very
thin lines. Replaced because color was becoming common.
Then the HP crap, if you will recall the type that did not use tractor
feed paper. As a result, all paper including HP brand paper did not
feed straight and bordered prints always looked crooked. I put up with
that for years until the last HP, which was the last.
Using Lexmark now and was happy until the last year or so. Print heads
dry out prematurely. Prints good otherwise. Looking to go laser next time.
On Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:37:39 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You're right about the scanner support in more ways than one. I had a
really decent HP scanner and it was working great. I upgraded to
Windows 7 and found that HP refused to put out a Win 7 driver for it.
No work around for it anywhere. Sold the scanner for $25 and bought
myself a good Canon scanner. I refuse to have anything more to do with
You might want to have a look at Xerox when you go laser. I've got an
old Xerox laser printer that uses solid ink instead of powdered toner.
I was very impressed when I bought it a number of years ago and I'm
still impressed with it.
One thing really nice about solid ink is that you can add it as needed
to the printer even when it's running. Can't do that with toner
There's cheaper laser printers, but none I've found that are as
On 4/29/2014 9:13 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Is Xerox still in business? ;~) I looked hard at a Xerox before
getting the Lexmark.
I am not so much into buying a cheap printer as being able to afford
refills. There is something wrong with the picture of ink refills being
80% of the price of simply buying another new printer. Laser might be
"Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast dot net> wrote in
I've had two Brother printers, ne in my office, one at home, for some years now (one is 4+
years old, and the other must be nearly 10) -- and have had only one problem of any
significance, a software glitch that was fairly easily reset. Both are multi-function units (print,
scan, copy, fax).
Over the years, I've also had several Epson printers, retiring them only when they became
obsolete. When my son's Canon printer died two weeks after he went off to college (four
years ago), we bought him an Epson to replace it. Total problem count for all the Epsons
we've ever owned over all the years we've owned them: zero.
Obviously, I'd recommend either of those brands without hesitation.
The hardware from Useless Bastard is well-made, but their software is s**t: install an HP
printer, and then spend the next hour UNinstalling all the useless crapware that comes
along with the printer driver. On top of that, their drivers are poorly written: it's not unusual to
see an HP printer driver using 50% of the CPU time when you're not even printing anything.
And the support is about the worst I've ever experienced: apathetic, incompetent, and rude.
I have no comments on the quality of Epson's tech support -- I've never needed to use it.
The few times when I've had questions for Brother's tech support, they've been very
pleasant and helpful.
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