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Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2011 1:17 p.m. PST

My old Lexmark has finally given up the ghost. So with black Friday coming up I will be in the market for a new printer/scanner/fax machine. I am not wedded to a brand. My main requirement is one that has an automatic document feeder for the scanner and preferably gets good milage out of a cartridge of ink. I hope to spend less than $100.

Anyone here care to share their opinions?

John Leahy21 Nov 2011 2:06 p.m. PST

I have had good experiences with my Brother machines. Ink is cheap and they work well. I have owned 4 including my recent laser printer.



jdpintex21 Nov 2011 10:18 p.m. PST

Another vote for Brother. I've had many a combo machine. Had all the usual problems. Finally took the advice of an IT guy and bought a Brother. No Problems At All. Easy set up, wireless, works great.

Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2011 5:17 a.m. PST

Anything by HP. Mine was from the cheap end of the price-range and it's never given me a moment's trouble. Print quality's good, too.

alien BLOODY HELL surfer22 Nov 2011 5:40 a.m. PST

well in the UK I'd say Kodak at the moment, certainly on the cost of inks, beats the others hands down.
I've an HP but it won't work on the Mac for scanning, and they haven't/won't do any updated drivers.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Nov 2011 8:53 a.m. PST

Pay more for the Printer, you'll pay less in Ink.

BTW I have neer had issues with HP

Micman Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2011 10:28 a.m. PST

I have had good luck with Brother and Samsung lasers. If you do a lot of color printing be sure to check the price of ink/toner. Some of the really inexpensive ones it is cheaper to by an new printer then get new ink or toner.

Jovian1 Inactive Member22 Nov 2011 1:18 p.m. PST

Look for the one with the cheapest ink refill costs – regardless of price – ink is the killer these days!

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2011 3:13 p.m. PST

As said above, printers are cheap, cartridges are expensive. It does make more sense to look at the ink costs rather than the printer costs – in the UK, some firms give you a free printer if you buy a couple of sets of cartridges.

Incidentally, refilled cartridges are usually a lot cheaper. However, new printers don't always have refilled cartridges available – check this out before you buy, often best to go for a slightly older model printer.

Doug em4miniatures Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 1:43 a.m. PST

You can get some really cheap HPvall-in-ones in the UK (just got one from Tesco for $27.00 USD).An the cartridges are average prices – from Amazon anyway.


Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 6:57 a.m. PST

Thanks all for the suggestions. Looks like a toss up between Brother and HP. I guess I will see what Black Friday brings (shudder)

haywire Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 7:17 a.m. PST

If you can go LASER. Ink expires and will disable the scanner with most All In Ones because there is no ink! Laser toner never expires and if you can, you can just replace the toner, not the whole cartridge.

My current scanner is a Kodak and I hate it, the ink is cheap ($25), but like I mentioned, if it expires, it takes out the scanner/fax until I replace the cartridges. Plus I think I replaced the ADF twice (keeps jamming up).

Cincinnatus Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 8:29 p.m. PST

Well, to add a different opinion, I love the Kodak wireless we have. The ink is cheap and the copy/scanner function is very easy to use. Plus it's easily less than $100.

But I would agree that a laser printer is a better deal long term.

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