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Started by dreams99 on Jan 2, 2019 9:11:48 AM
New Printer/scanner/copier

I need advice and recommendations on printers to buy.

Not doing high volumes, mostly b&w A4 printing, some colour.

But would also like the ability to scan, and to print out photos.

Budget - prepared to pay for decent quality, so £100-200.

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carterbrandon - 02 Jan 2019 09:55:34 (#1 of 22)

Brother colour laser. Inkjets hate low volumes and drink all your money. And Brother, being the source of the world's sewing machines understand things mechanical. Printing is electronically straightforward but physically tricky. Motors and rollers and cogs and sensors is where all the ballache originates and why one Brother is worth 20 Samsungs.

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 10:10:29 (#2 of 22)

That's interesting, I'd presumed inkjet. Do you have a recommended model?

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 10:12:40 (#3 of 22)

Seems to be a good choice of models between £150 and £200.

TRaney - 02 Jan 2019 10:13:28 (#4 of 22)

Inkjets hate low volumes

Why is that?

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 10:15:01 (#5 of 22)

Which recommend Samsung and HP, and the only Don't Buys they have are Brother printers:

https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/printers-and-ink/article/inkjet-vs-laser-printers/top-five-colour-laser-printers

Cavewoman - 02 Jan 2019 10:15:07 (#6 of 22)

Presumably because the jets get clogged up with dried ink when not used for long periods.

Sabacious - 02 Jan 2019 10:15:44 (#7 of 22)

The jets get clogged.

nemo75 - 02 Jan 2019 10:22:47 (#8 of 22)

Cheap inkjet which has cheap affordable third party ink available.

bossab2 - 02 Jan 2019 10:24:20 (#9 of 22)

I have an Epson combi 4 cartridge which I mostly use as a scanner.

It happily takes non Epson carts.

It was about £40

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 10:24:46 (#10 of 22)

What about this one?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brother-DCP-L3550CDW-Wireless-Connected-Printing/dp/B07HN8HJ3V/

carterbrandon - 02 Jan 2019 11:13:35 (#11 of 22)

#5: Which are and have always been terrible judges of technology.

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 11:17:02 (#12 of 22)

I've always done well with them, but I have no track record with you.

carterbrandon - 02 Jan 2019 11:23:54 (#13 of 22)

That's a bit much for home use. Also wireless is not as reliable as wired and there's not much point to it for furniture. What if it's flaky in your chosen printer shelf? When my new home office is ready I'm going to be happy enough with the HL-3170CDW colour double-sider and cable it up.

It'll replace the mono Brother laser that has managed 5 paper jams in 10 years.

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 11:27:23 (#14 of 22)

That's a bit much for home use.

That's entirely a subjective judgement.

I'm going to be happy enough with the HL-3170CDW colour double-sider

Doesn't scan or photocopy, so not good for me.

Also wireless is not as reliable as wired

It will sit next to my desktop, so there will be the option of both.

BenSawbridg - 02 Jan 2019 12:43:00 (#15 of 22)

Only dreams could start a thread asking for advice about technology and then complain when the results don't coincide with his own research.

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 13:05:29 (#16 of 22)

The 'results' didn't coincide with the request in the header, you twat.

carterbrandon - 02 Jan 2019 13:11:43 (#17 of 22)

I prefer a separate scanner for the scanning and photocopying. They are dirt cheap and the trouble with big office all-in-ones vs personal laser printers is you are stuck with paying more for the consumables.

dreams99 - 02 Jan 2019 13:19:30 (#18 of 22)

ok, maybe I'll do that, thanks. I bought a scanner about 15 years ago (scanned all my photos in) but I doubt it works now.

Although looking at it, it would still be about £100 for a decent printer and £70 for a scanner, so not much difference.

cozzer - 02 Jan 2019 13:25:06 (#19 of 22)

Only dreams could start a thread asking for advice about technology and then complain when the results don't coincide with his own research.

I was about to ask if this was a rancourman tribute thread.

BenSawbridg - 02 Jan 2019 13:37:24 (#20 of 22)

Why, is he dead?

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