About to throw away my new printer. damnit!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Floris, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Floris macrumors 68020

    Floris

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    I have always been in love with HP printers, and after years my last one broke, so I got a new one. I just go the Mac Pro and noticed in the store a cool looking silver (matching mac pro) colored HP printer.

    I don't need much from my printer, but it simply has to work on those basic things, and it does not. And I am now a mac fan boy, so I am used of unpacking, plugging it in, and it having it to "just work". I am tired of trying.

    It's a HP Deskjet 5940

    I can get it to work just fine, it prints, etc. But.. photoshop files are out of color, but this changes, it doesn't consistent change color, I';ve played hours with color calibration from various angles (from os, monitor, photoshop and printer driver and combinations).

    But it are the little things like printing a web page, and it only prints the images, and no text. Or only half the page.

    The stupid printer also takes 0, 2 or 5 papers, instead of 1.

    Since I hardly print, I have it for a while now, returning it to the store is no longer an option.

    Odly enough, textmate printing is just fine. (because textmate is awesome).

    Maybe I should just get a new one and give this to someone in my family, they're on Windows, so they're used to things not working. Not me..
     
  2. pjarvi macrumors 65816

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    HP has been going downhill for well over the last 10 years. Go with Epson instead, that's the only brand our Marketing department will use.
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    I'm with pjarvi on this one. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to buy a HP DeskJet 1220C, one of the last HP printers that didn't suck. I will not buy a more recent model HP. Currently, I swear by Xerox. Many Mac users have good experiences with Brother. I have heard of problems with Epson ink cartridges. I recommend that you investigate this issue before you buy an inkjet from any manufacturer.
     
  4. synth3tik macrumors 68040

    synth3tik

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    I have an HP 9800, but once I up grade I will be getting an Epson.
     
  5. MK2007 macrumors regular

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    All you really have to know is for lasers buy an HP and for inkjets buy an Epson. Use that rule and it's unlikely you'll ever go wrong.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Except for the HP laser printer part. HP laser printers are slow and they suck. There was a time when HP laser printers were good, but that was a long time ago.
     
  7. bld44 macrumors 6502

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    As someone who just bought a new HP laserjet a few months ago, I couldn't even remotely agree with you.
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Perhaps I should amend my previous post. My Xeroxes are much faster and suck much less than my department's HPs. OK?
     
  9. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    I'm on my 3rd Epson (Photo R260), and it's the worst one I've bought. I drinks ink like koolaid. I recently replaced the cartridges (all 6 of them!) and it costs almost as much as buying a new printer. The color is okay, but printing grayscale or black and white is terrible! Prints too dark, contrasty and has a strange color cast that is impossible to eliminate even when tweaking in Photoshop. It prints text and logos fine, but forget about anything else. I would have returned it, but I bought it at Compusa and they went out of business.

    Although this printer is less than a year old, I'm looking for another one. I need something that does a nice job printing black and white and doesn't cost a fortune to feed it.
     
  10. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    I've had 5 Epson's give up the ghost on me, so I went and bought a HP PSC 2115 a few years ago, and it's still going strong even though it's been through a lot. Sure it's old, but it just keeps going, and that's all I need.

    I'll still recommend HP, my dad's new one works without problems as well.

    I've gone through two Xerox printers as well, they both died pretty quick.
     

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