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    Printer suggestions

    I have an HP C5500 All-in-One printer that seems to have bit the big one. It worked fine when it worked, but the ink was/is crazy expensive. I read that the lazer printer is much cheaper to operate. I would appreciate any suggestions, as my knowledge in this area is pretty scant.
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    I had my SIL computer guru search for me,,, he found this one for me,,

    It is GREAT,, I love the wireless features,, after several reams of paper we are still on the "starter" cartridge,,,

    My wife wanted the copying capability.

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    A replacement cartridge is also SUPER cheap,,, $11

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    Really like my Brother HL3170 CDW it however is just a color printer

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    Definitely get a laser printer. HP is still the best printer. You will spend more money on a cartridge, but it lasts lots longer and it does not dry up like a ink jet cartridge. My main printer is a HP black/white laser printer that I have had for 10-15 years and it still works just fine. Cost per page is just slightly over a penny. Doubtful that any of the newer printers will be that economical. Think hard about whether you really need a color printer. Most people really do not need a color printer. I have a separate color printer, but have only turned it on maybe 3 times in the last 2 years. Black/white (mono) printers are much cheaper than a color laser printer and are much cheaper to operate.

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    I gave up on ink jet 15 years ago and now only use a laser-we don't need color. I've had a 5n1 Brother network printer/scanner/copier/fax for the last 6 years so that's still kicking strong.
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    Agreed

    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    I had my SIL computer guru search for me,,, he found this one for me,,

    It is GREAT,, I love the wireless features,, after several reams of paper we are still on the "starter" cartridge,,,

    My wife wanted the copying capability.

    Robot Check

    A replacement cartridge is also SUPER cheap,,, $11

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    I have a very similar Brother scanner/copier/printer and after a couple of years I would still recommend them. Toner lasts a good long time and is only a little more expensive than an ink jet cartridge. Print quality is great and startup time is much better than an HP that I use. Mine is B & W but they make color as well although that's an entirely different price point. I doubt I'll ever go back to an ink jet printer for B & W again.

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    If you have a Costco nearby they can refill your cartridges in a hour while you shop.
    MUCH cheaper. They re chip them so your printer will recognize them.
    Works for me
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    When looking at laser printers keep this in mind. Many times the parts that wear out are built into the toner cartridges. Not all of them but quite a few of them. That is typically what HP always did. Then as more and more people complained about the $200-250 refill kits, they eventually started to split off the toner from these other parts. For home use it isn't as big of a deal. You will likely never print enough to wear one out. At least not in my home.

    My Sister and Brother-in-Law are both lawyers and share an office and a secretary with one additional lawyer. They have a secretary/paralegal who likes having a printer at her desk for printing something on letterhead or envelopes and labels rather than trying to run that type of stuff through their big office printer/scanner/fax. I replaced her computer a couple weeks ago and ended up getting her a Dell laser. Probably not the best one out there but for her needs it should work well. At a little under $200 it is basically disposable. The refill toner cartridges in my HP Laserjet 5M cost more than that the last time I bought one. This got me thinking when it dies again or needs a refill, I probably won't fix it. That Dell was cheaper, has all the same options. Network connectivity (Wired built in with optional wireless), duplexer for two sided printing and is 3 times faster at printing (10 PPM vs 35 ppm).
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    I've been using a Brother all-in-one laser printer for about 7 years now. I first bought a Brother for my daughter when she went off to school. Then I bought mine, then I bought my younger daughter the same printer as my older daughter when she went off to school. They all use the same toner cartridge. Overall I've been pretty happy with it.

    Depending on how much of a hurry you're in, just watch the Sunday ads for OfficeDepot and Staples. They generally run some pretty deep sales on printers every few weeks. Of course, the Brother linked above looks like a sweet deal.

    For color, I have a Xerox solid ink printer. It basically uses a big crayon that it melts and puts on the paper. I first bought one back in '99 to use for printing small runs of product literature for my business. It's pretty cool but not something the average homeowner wants/needs. Plus, the consumables are pretty cool.

    I don't think there's a "best printer" any more. HP used to hold that position and they dictated the printer standards (you used to have to look for "HP Compatibility") but that's no longer the case.
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