View Full Version : What printer for general use.

28-02-2012, 01:43 PM
I have a Canon MP170 printer at present. It is a mutifunction but I am very disollusioned at its poor usage of ink.

I do not print much, maybe 50 pages a month tops! When I replace the two cartridges, one black and one colour it seems that I get an advice within two to three months that the ink is low.

Can anyone advise me of any multifunctioned printer, black and white would do, that has a long print life for its cartridges. At present the two Canon cartridges cost about $100 and I am getting heartily sick of having to pay this out every three months.

I do have an Epson stand alone scanner that I could use to scan into the computer and then maybe use a laser printer to print the copy from the PC. Do laser's allow you to print from a hard copy or does it need to be from the PC? How do the ink toner prices compare?

28-02-2012, 01:48 PM
Its possible there is nothing wrong with the usage of ink. The inks will evaporate over time once they have been installed, with or without usage.

28-02-2012, 02:05 PM
Buy the cheap Brother laser that is on special everywhere at the moment :)

28-02-2012, 02:06 PM
You can often get cheap lasers for around $100, buy one instead of a set of cartridges and use it for 3 months and see how it compares?
Toner tends to cost a lot more than ink but last a lot longer also, price per page is generally quoted as cheaper on laser.
Not sure what you mean by print from a hard copy sorry.

I print so little my ink dissappears before I get around to using it - either dries up or evaporates, so I use cheap aftermarket inks instead of the proper ones. They save a lot of money and if my printer has problems I just throw it away and get another one. They are pretty cheap unless you buy the fancy models.

28-02-2012, 02:22 PM
I'm not sure but I wonder if I have a sheet, say an invoice or the page of a book that I want to copy, will a cheap laser allow manual printing of that or does the printer only copy something that is on the computer?

28-02-2012, 02:30 PM
Like you, I got sick of the high cost of ink so I bought a cheap Brother laser ptr. I have a stand-alone Canon scanner and that came with the Canoscan software that allows you to, amongst other things, scan and print.

So, yes, with the right software, you can scan to a laser printer. Check if Epson has the software to do this.

Peter H
28-02-2012, 04:50 PM
Do you wait for the ink to run out? Mine will go for 2 - 3 months, after the warnings. Canon Pixma iP1600 - about same use as you, and last at least 7 months. I bought this July 2006 and are only now on my 8th set. CL41 & PG40

28-02-2012, 07:19 PM
Same cartridges and yes I do wait until they run out.

29-02-2012, 07:55 AM
I anold HP l7380 9 (3years or so) deskjet all in one and that prints about 700-900 colour/black pages with the ink only costing around 18.00 for colour and 24.00 for black originals

29-02-2012, 11:49 AM
Been using lasers since 1996. Cheaper and we don't need color ..

As for manual copying. Get the multifunction lasers then. Or you could just get a separate scanner but that needs a computer - bootup and then use the software etc ...