Home color printer recomendation

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  1. AdamZ

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    Looking for a recommendation for a home color printer. Would also consider an all in one since I do make some single copies from time to time and on rarer occasion I'll scan.

    Right now I have a Lexmark Pro 900 series but I think its on its last legs.

    My requirements are:

    -Ability to replace ink by color. I don't want to replace colors when only back runs out.
    -Reasonably priced ink. ESPECIALLY black!
    -Wifi
    -Reliable
     
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    Do you want ink or laser? Upfront capital is higher on laser, but toner is cheaper per page than ink. If you do photos, ink is better - but you want a higher end machine for that.
     
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    you said "reasonably priced ink" so unfortunately I have no idea what to recommend.

    I recently bought a cheap epson from walmart of all places, so far it's been pretty reliable. scans well and prints well. was able to replace individual colors but when u do it remember you may have to run the cleaning process multiple times before it starts printing. oh, and wifi works great.
     
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    I use HP, black and color cartridges separate. I use it for photos and printing out sectional pages to use on my Fly Baby cross country flights (can't open a sectional in the Fly Baby.) It scans and copies, too.

    All right, not too enthused. The printer is cheap -- walk into WalMart and buy one -- and the ink isn't. On the other hand, that's true of the other brands, too.
     
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    I have one of the Brother MFC series laser printers, can’t remember the model. It is WIFI capable, so is wireless on the network. I like laser much better than ink. It can sit idle for a long time and no worries about clogged jets and the toner is more reasonable compared to ink.
     
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    I no longer buy inkjet printers because after owning many of the things I never found one that I thought was a good printer. I've switched to laser printers only. Really give them a look, there are color laser offerings under $200. They usually are more reliable. Yes, toner costs more than ink but it lasts a LOT longer than ink and unlike ink it won't dry out and clog the heads if not used for a couple months like ink will.

    I have a similar model to this one
    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-SL-C430W-XAA-Replenishment/dp/B0196HHDV6/

    Been going for over 2 years now, I only just replaced the toner that it came with last month.
     
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    I use the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fnw. It's been completely trouble-free.

    It doesn't do pictures all that well, but few laser printers do. It also doesn't do automatic duplexing, but I don't need that. They have a similar model that does. It does have WiFi, but I can't say how well it works because I hate wireless and use Ethernet whenever possible.

    Rich
     
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    I have one of the Canon Image lasers.
     
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    I've had an HP All-in-One for about 10 years now. For about half that time it performed flawlessly. In its old age it has developed some quirks.
    One is that, now and then, an apparent bad internal relay contact causes it to partly lose power (creaks & groans, display blinking). The cure
    is to hit it with my fist (seriously - fixes it every time). The other thing is that it periodically tells me that an ink cartridge has expired. You
    can acknowledge the "fault' and continue on. It also sometimes tells me that the ink system has failed. No problem - turn it off then on again
    and continue. A couple of years ago I found that I was no longer able to buy the HP cartridges in the usual places - so I switched to refilled
    cartridges bought on eBay. These have basically been OK, although one yellow cartridge leaked all over the place. I have been waiting for it to
    die for some time - but it just won't. So I would have to say that I got reasonable service out of it. YMMV.

    When it does finally die, I will look into Epson inkjet printers. I did have a Canon portable printer at work that worked great for over 10 years.
    Wouldn't hesitate to buy a Canon, either.

    Dave
     
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    For business graphics and print, get a laser, for photos, get an inkjet. I have the same laser as Rich and I buy after market toner (about twice a year) and a full set of every color and two blacks runs less than $80. That is good for about 2000 color copies. (Mine might be the older m476dn)
     
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    I have both an HP Laser/Fax/Scanner (MFP M476) that I use for everything except photos and a Canon Pro9000 ink jet that I use for high quality photos. The Canon uses separate ink cartridges per color; the HP has black plus 3 color toners. Have had good luck with both, and they're well supported. The ink for the Canon is $$$ (and I use Canon ink because I use a photo color calibrator).

    I warn folks against Dell. I have a Dell 2155 carcass in my garage that's going to the dump soon. Not well supported, Dell jerked around when I tried to order toner & parts, lied about delivery, and the scanner got a ton of dust inside. Never Dell again.
     
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    I find it hard to think of a good reason why most people should look any further than HP for laser printers. In terms of universal support and quality for the money, they're hard to beat. I have another HP printer (CLJ 3600) that's been plugging away for more than 10 years without a hitch. I really needed the network scanner / copier / fax more so than the printer when I bought the MFP M477fnw, but it had great reviews all around and was on sale for $150.00 off, so I bought it. I haven't regretted it.

    What a mess. They used to made by Lexmark and were, for the most part, cheap winprinters. Lexmark dropped ink / toner and software support for many of them because it wasn't worth the hassle considering the small number in the field. Most of them were also strictly winprinters, so even if they were network printers, they couldn't print from non-Windows devices.

    My HP printers, on the other hand, can print from literally anything on the network. I routinely print to them from Windows, Linux, and Android. Guests who have iPhones have also printed to them. I've even printed to them from BlackBerries. In a nutshell, almost any device that can print to anything can print to an HP printer.

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    Second that. I use the older version of it - a MFP M277DW. Also completely trouble-free. This is the first printer I've ever owned in my life that if it breaks, I'll be happy to get another identical one. Refurb ones are $208 on eBay.

    Won't ever go back to Inkjet. Having a printer that's available and "just works" when you haven't used it for many months is worth so much more than the marginal extra quality you get from inkjet.

    I even use it to print out photos to put in frames. Only you will know the difference. Not as good as inkjet, but good enough.
     
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    It's not colot, but my HP 6mp laser has been going for over 20'years. Only repair was the $8 rubber roller on the output tray. Needs an extra box for ethernet network, but that's trivial for a copier that's still going strong. The older copiers integrated the toner and engine, so every toner change is like getting a new copier.

    I agree the cost effective route is laser, even color. HP, Canon or Brother are the best choices.
     
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    Another vote for HP LaserJet. I hesitated before replying because my printer is a few years old now and works fine, but we all know "past performance is no guarantee of future results". While inkjet printers render photos very well, the cartridges are expensive, and get clogged if not regularly used. More expensive color laser printers are adequate for photographs, but mine is a cheaper one. I replaced the black toner twice, and it is warning me that magenta is getting low (finally).
     
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    Color laser jets are affordable and work just fine. I’ve always frowned on the all in one deals, if one thing breaks you may have just lost the others. Don’t have recommendation for brands or models, sorry. YThe only thing I’ve noticed is the toners can get a bit spendy.
     
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    Children drawing magenta lines?

    (Ba Dum Tsss...)
     
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    I have both a HP ink squirter and a Dell laser printer. Both are 3-in-1 units. The HP is my last shot at HP. If it holds up I'll get another, but for a while they were having some serious quality issues. 3 printers, 2 of the same model, that quit working properly. The 310 quit feeding paper. The other two (same model, don't remember what, they're at home, I'm in Stockholm) quit feeding ink from one of the cartridges. Black, IIRM. The current one (8715) is working fine. Keeping my fingers crossed. The FAX function works fine for sending, I've never needed to test receive.

    The Dell (e525w) works fine, but I wouldn't give you 2 cents for the software that comes with it. Sometimes I can get it to scan, sometimes I can't. So I just run upstairs and scan on the HP. For printing it works fine and I've had no trouble ordering new toner cartridges from Dell. I wish it did two sided printing automatically, like the HP, instead of printing all pages on one side and then having me reload them into the paper hopper to print the other side. That is annoying.

    I've got over 2 years on the Dell and probably that on the current HP, if this helps.
     
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    Canon MG6820 all in one here. Ink runs me $10 for all cartridges. Photo printing is acceptable 8/10 (nothing like my Epson was) and text/graphics printing is 10/10 laser quality. Scans and copies are spot on.