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Which printer today...

Postby LOADSABEER on Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:04 pm

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Not seen much on here about printers, so here goes.

I've been after buying a printer for some time now and wherever I look, reviews all point to different printers being the best. I've seen HP, Lexmark, Epson and Canon all come out on top.

Does anyone have any real world experience on what's hot and what's not?

My budget is about £150. It'll probably get average use, printing both documents and photos. I'm also paranoid about buying a printer and then in 6 months time cartridges not being available for it as it's been discontinued. Is this something to be worried about?

Your suggestions and experiences would be greatly appreciated! :)

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Re: Which printer today...

Postby DrKazza on Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:37 am

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i did a bit of research recently and decided to get the Canon MP638... it's pretty good actually. I think the MP640/630 is the european equivalent/upgrade that is supposed to come out this month

http://www.canon.co.uk/for_home/compare ... ls/inkjet/

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bottom line is that whatever printer you buy it'll probably be cheap but the cartriges will cost you a fortune. non-branded replacements are a good substitute but never as good as the genuine thing unfortunately.
Cartriges should be good for a while though (in terms of buying them.... otherwise just stockpile the fuckers)
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Re: Which printer today...

Postby larchy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:14 am

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Kazza is on the money.

Canon are peerless, absolutely superb.

The MP620 is an awesome model and well within your budget (print/scan/card reader/print from card/both tray and sheet feeds/reasonably cheap ink plus compatibles available) - they were also doing £30 cashback over the summer on them, but think that's ended now.


Lexmark/HP cost stupid amounts for cartridges, and because the printhead is on the cartridge it's a cheap-ass disposable one and never great quality. Also, think of the environment ffs, they're unbelievably wasteful.


Epson have crap-ass drivers, are comparatively noisy and slow, and are constantly getting clogged/blocked printheads or going out of alignment. The proper cartridges are very expensive too.

Tbh the compatible cartridges are just as good as the originals, if not better... I know since I sold the things for years. It depends what you buy though... there are really crappy compatibles out there as well as good ones. Inkrite are really very good, although they are some of the priciest compatibles around. Still not too dear though.

Re: Which printer today...

Postby Tonster on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:24 am

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Another vote here for the Canon MP6x0 range, I have an MP980 which is basically a 630 with some extra bells and whistles and it's absolutely superb. I did a lot of research before buying and the MP range frequently was the best.

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Postby DrKazza on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:29 am

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larchy wrote:Epson have crap-ass drivers, are comparatively noisy and slow, and are constantly getting clogged/blocked printheads or going out of alignment. The proper cartridges are very expensive too.


fucking tell me about it... Epson plugged into UBS straight out of the box is BLOODY AMAZING... 2 weeks later and it's a fucking paperweight... actually that's too generous... it's a crumbled, unaligned paperweight.

Thanks for the tip larch I'll check those cartriges - to be fair my comment was probably based on the epson being shit rather than the cartridges... I pointed the blame in the wrong place clearly.
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Re: Which printer today...

Postby larchy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:49 am

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I remember my friend buying his new Epson R360 last summer from PEECEEWorld "coz dey had a speshul offa on", so it was only £20 dearer than eBuyer :rolleyes:

Aanyway, uses it a few times, and after a month or so it's clogged to fk with the cartridges that came with it.

He took it back and got a replacement.

Another month, cloggy cloggy. Decides to go get some cartridges. "I need the proper ones because I am l33t printer and need amazing quality!"

Uh-huh.

So, PC World again and £50 for a set of 6 cartridges. Guy at the checkout informs us "ah, well, they're dearer than the compatibles because they've got more alcohol in".

I am escorted from the store after asking just how retarded you had to be to get a job there, and if he frequently paid £4000 for a pint at his local pub since 72ml of ink (which doesn't even use alcohol as a solvent you moron) is apparently costing 50 quid because of it.

I was utterly flabbergasted.

Printer is still clogged.

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Postby LOADSABEER on Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:45 am

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Thanks for the advice guys! :D

I've gone for the MP620. I decided to buy from the devil and it's only £1 more than Ebuyer with their 'web exclusive price'. Plus I can't wait for things so reserve and collect all the way! I was plesantly surpised to see that the 620 had wifi too. I like.

Right, off to PCWorld.

I'll let you know how I get on :)

Re: Which printer today...

Postby LSM on Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:46 am

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larchy wrote:I am escorted from the store after asking just how retarded you had to be to get a job there


That was always my secret geek fantasy. Larchy you are now on my eternal heroes list.

Re: Which printer today...

Postby larchy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:16 am

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Oh, yes, WiFi and a wired LAN port too.... knew there was something I forgot to mention! It's a really impressive model.... I was surprised just how compact it was too with all the stuff in it and two paper feed systems.


My m8 hasn't taken me back to PC World with him since :D

Re: Which printer today...

Postby LOADSABEER on Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:04 am

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Well I must say I'm very pleased with the results.

I didn't think I'd do much photo printing, but the quality on glossy photo paper is spot on.

/me thinks I'll be getting through cartirgdes like there's no tomorrow.

Larch, where is generally cheapest place for carts, ebuyer and the like?

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Re: Which printer today...

Postby larchy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:14 am

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Lambdatek usually have them for a couple of quid.


Trade on them is about 60p

*sigh*

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Re: Which printer today...

Postby LOADSABEER on Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:25 am

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£2.40 inc vat on LambdaTek. That's cheaper than I was expecting. The Canon carts are about £7 each.

Whats the deal about using inkrites, does it invalidate the warantee and all that jazz?

I'm guessing it's not too good an idea to stockpile the carts as I imagine they have a short to medium shelf life? However I'm probably wrong like normal :)

Re: Which printer today...

Postby larchy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:30 am

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Um, I think it's usually around 18-24months IIRC

They've got no way of knowing if you've been using compatibles, and you ship them to the service centre without cartridges in anyway in case they leak during transit.

There's an official Epson service centre up here that actually sells the compatibles alongside the official ones, milked from the ink cows of Epsilon Persei 6.

If you're saving £4.60 per cartridge you could buy a new MP620 anyway after 4-5 sets of inks.

Re: Which printer today...

Postby LOADSABEER on Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:32 pm

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well a couple of months down the line and I'm loving the MP620. It still hasn't used any ink and I hate to think how many photos I've printed. Highly recommended. Plus I've seen tescos were doing it for £78 the other week. I'm sure there are much faster and higher spec printers out there now but for the price you cant really go wrong!

Best buy in a long time :D

Re: Which printer today...

Postby Pornstar on Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:50 pm

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its successor the Canon MP640 for £130 is also a great printer, but £78 is a steal.

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