View Full Version : Multi Function Printer/Scanner/Fax - advice

22-06-2004, 10:55 AM
I'm looking at buying a new MFD with printer/scanner/fax/photo printing capability and happy to spend around $600. Any advice please on the best model to get? I like the look of the HP PSC 2410, anyone know anything about that model? (I realise I will get better photo printing from a dedicated photo printer but I'd rather get one machine)

22-06-2004, 03:02 PM
Epson Stylus CX5300 is a good one.

mister harbies
22-06-2004, 04:35 PM
I have been told that epson gives the best quality. I was actually told by a graphic designer, but of course this could be his personal comment or preference.

I am also considering a MFC too. Will be interested to see comments from others.

Mister Harbies

22-06-2004, 05:16 PM
> I like the look of the HP PSC
> 2410, anyone know anything about that model?

see here (http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/18972-238444-236260-12085-f7-303752-303754-303755.html)
for the printer spec's. (I hope that link worked! My first attempt)

Personally I wouldn't recommend it given it is an inkjet - while the upfront cost is less you get stung in the long run on the cost of consumables - the cost of printing per page is more than double what you pay for laser technology. Check out the cost of the ink cartridges and how many pages you get out of the cartridges before you buy. Plus the estimates are based on 5% coverage of the page - effectively you can divide the projected yield by 20 if you are going to print A4 photos.

Plus, IMHO the multi-function printers don't do any of the jobs well - and given the limited amout of scanning the average user does, usually a fax and laser printer is enough. Plus I believe the useful life of a purpose built printer and purpose built fax will outlast any inkjet or multi-function printer....

.... but that's just my opinion.

22-06-2004, 05:21 PM
My farther has one of these and it is fantastic, you will get photo quality prints if you replace the black with a photo cartridge, and it is easy to swap cartridges when you want the black in again (in fact the photo cartridge comes with a holder so the print heads wont get dried when it is not in the printer.
Also another benifit is the multi card reader.


Terry Porritt
22-06-2004, 06:26 PM
The Canon MP 730 would also be worth looking at. It has separate colour cartridges.
After a lot of comparing printers, I have recently bought the MP700 which is less fax, other wise similar to the 730.

I'm more than pleased with it, excellent quality text and photo printing, but then I'm coming from a dot matrix so may be naively impressed :)

22-06-2004, 06:53 PM
Read this recent PCW article.


The only additional comment is that one or two members here don't like Epson because the ink is very difficult to refill.

22-06-2004, 07:30 PM
Thats probably the best and most relevant comparison.
If Winston001's link actually worked, that is.
Try this link (http://pcworld.co.nz/PCWorld/PCW.nsf/UNID/DAD35D1E731B078CCC256E5B0081D71A?OpenDocument&Highlight=2,multifunction)

I have the Brother 3820 CN mentioned in the article. Its quite accurate in its description, its not a photo printer and its only an average colour printer. It handles reports with small embedded photos just fine, if a bit slow. Scanning seems adequate. Photocopying is good.

It suits my needs though, as its both networked and has good faxing abilities. At $422 +GST that it cost me it is a "disposable item" anyway, as long as it lasts a couple of years its fine.

The Epson CX5300 mentioned up near the top of this post does not have a fax built in.