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Lizard
02-12-2005, 08:58 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm looking into the whole scanner/printer business, and have done a bit of digging around on sub-$200 models, focussing on HP, Canon, and Epson as the major brands...

The models I've narrowed down to are:

Canon MP130
Epson RX430
HP PSC1510

All are much of a muchness, it seems. The HP scanner has an optical res of 1200x1200, while the others have 1200x2400 and slots for memory sticks etc (which the HP does not have.) However, the HP can take a photo ink tank. While I realise that as a multifunction device it won't produce stunning results in any particular field, in terms of "best-bang-for-buck" I would like one that produces a reasonable offering. How worthwhile are the photo ink tanks compared with the traditional CMYK systems, assuming appropriate paper? Are there any other issues with any of these models people can suggest?

Cheers

Lizard

andrew93
02-12-2005, 09:45 PM
Check out the cost of replacement cartridges and their relative yields. This might help you answer your own question. Often the cheaper printers have very expensive consumables. When you buy a printer (or MFD) what you are buying into is a lifetime (of the printer) of consumables and maintenance. Make sure you also look at some of the slightly more expensive models and there may be a large enough difference in the running costs, based on your expected print volume, to warrant spending a little more up front.

HTH, Andrew

P.S. and the varying spec's - it depends on what you are using the printer for etc. If one has a gee-whiz functionality that you will never use then it shouldn't enter the equation. Whereas if you are expecting photo-quality prints etc, then those factors should be important in you decision making.

notechyet
03-12-2005, 04:11 AM
Hi Andrew

A while ago I bought the Brother MFC 7820 N. The machine works very well except a problem with faxing. If I want to fax out with WinFax it picks it up and sends it to me.
Very nice with scanning,copy and printing.
I guess you get what you pay for it to some extend.

Gion

Lizard
03-12-2005, 07:21 AM
Check out the cost of replacement cartridges and their relative yields. This might help you answer your own question. Often the cheaper printers have very expensive consumables. When you buy a printer (or MFD) what you are buying into is a lifetime (of the printer) of consumables and maintenance. Make sure you also look at some of the slightly more expensive models and there may be a large enough difference in the running costs, based on your expected print volume, to warrant spending a little more up front.

HTH, Andrew

P.S. and the varying spec's - it depends on what you are using the printer for etc. If one has a gee-whiz functionality that you will never use then it shouldn't enter the equation. Whereas if you are expecting photo-quality prints etc, then those factors should be important in you decision making.

The cost of consumables was basically the way for me to make my decision. The Canon and Epson have pretty low consumable costs, costing between $50 & $70 for a full set of black and colour cartridges (particularly compared to my current HP 610c which demands about $70 per cartridge!) - the HP PSC 1510 also has the Photo tank option (hence my question above) - if the photo ink tanks don't make a significant difference in the printing of photos, then I can go with one of the others, but if it does make a difference, then I should go with the HP. Printing photos is not the sole reason for looking at multifunctions (otherwise I would be looking at a specialised photo printer), but I want to make sure what I buy does a reasonable job of most things...

Cheers

Lizard

Alan Cotrell
03-12-2005, 08:39 AM
Hello Lizard

Head along to here (www.consumer.org.nz/topic.asp?category=Computers%20%26%20Phones&subcategory=Computers%20-%20peripherals&docid=1033&topic=Printers&title=Running%20cost%20calculator&contenttype=calculator) you can then calculate your costs depending on the amount of printing of different types you are going to do.

If you are using your printer a lot,
you will be far better off in the long run paying out around $200.00 extra upfront and purchasing a Canon MP760 these are excellent multifunction devices that are very economical to run, they use a 5 cartridge system that includes the 20 ml 3e Black (one of the best bang for buck cartridges on the market) review here (www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/canon_mp760.html)

This printer is not available on the comparison table link, however the earlier MP750 is which will give you a good guide as to the merits of paying the extra up front. (you may have to change to the earlier model on some of your other selections as well)

Regards
Ac