Best All-In-One Printer for Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by berkleeboy210, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Hi Gang,

    I'm going to buying a New printer Soon. I'm leaning either Towards a Lexmark or an HP All-In-One.

    Either the Lexmark P6250

    Or HP PSC2610

    Who do ya'll like Better, Lexmark or HP?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I know this doesn't directly answer your question, but I've had pretty good experiences with the Brother MFC range. :)
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    My parents' Lexmark all-in-one was broken all-in-a-year, so I wouldn't buy one. We both have Epsons and they're quite good.

    You should do a search and check all the other threads on this subject, too.
  4. purdueboiler87 macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2005
    Clearwater, FL
    I just bought the Canon MP780 and I love it. Check the reviews on Amazon, they are usually pretty helpful
  5. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    I'm too interested in the 2610
  6. switchr92 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2005

    I personally would go HP on this one, I just like the look/feel of HP more than lexmark. Your choice, but thats how I'd go.
  7. micvog macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2003
    I had horrible luck with a HP PSC2110. The first died in warranty (after about 10 months of light use) and, after many mis-steps by HP, they finally sent me a new PSC2110 as a replacement. It died after about 14 months of light use.
  8. Marneus macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2005
    I just bought the Canon MP760 in anticipation of using it with my new iBook (Monday...they've told me it should arrive Monday. I will not be happy if it's not). I'm currently using it with a Windows PC and am entirely happy with it so far. It does everything!

    And it comes with 2 CD's, one labelled "Windows" and one labelled "Mac. I haven't heard any first hand info about how good it is with Macs, but the presence of a dedicated Mac cd is comforting :p
  9. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Canon or Epson products will give better photo print quality. Look at Epson's RX500 or RX600. I used to sell all of the ones that have been mentioned so I played with them and saw how they worked. I thought the Epson All-in-Ones were much better. HPs Mac software sucks too.
  10. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Also something to think about: With Lexmark you are going to pay out of your rear end for print cartridges. Not only are they expensive, they don't last very long either. with Lexmark usually your black text is very sharp and clean, but color printing leaves something to be desired.

    HP has better ink prices for their black ink cartridges. Print quailty is average on both text and pictures.

    Epson has average text and excellent photos.

    Canon ??? about text printing, but photos are excellent.

    These are pretty broad, I know, but i've found them to be generally true.
  11. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Love my HP 4215 all in one. HATE Epson; slow, weirdly hard to work. Gave my almost new HP regular deskjet to my parents as their Epson was too much trouble for them.

    Lexmark? Piece of junk. Real piece of junk. Only had one because it came free with a PB I bought. It did weird things too, like taking ten minutes to print one page. Also, Lexmark ink somehow gunked up the high speed xerox copy machine at my local printshop, causing me numerous business embarassments as there were pages missing on things sent to my agent. A nightmare.

    I had an old HP 300 that I paid 650 dollars for new in the early nineties that STILL would work great if I could use it (I donated it).

    Seems to me that HP is way more Mac friendly than Canon, Epson or Lexmark. (also, I get free reams of paper from local Office Depot for old cartridges) HP rules. But that's just me. And I'm picky.
  12. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Neither. From my personal experience they both enjoy performing lewd acts on donkeys with much enthusiasm. I vote for Canon.
  13. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    I have an HP all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, PSC-1215. Very compact and was pretty cheap considering it's an all-in-one. I didn't want to spend a lot because i only print & copy occasionally. Overall I am pleased with it; the print quality is very good, but it has a very clunky sound when starting up (i think this is normal for most budget inkjet printers though) and occasionally it pulls in more than one sheet of paper and gets jammed, which is rather annoying. I have it connected to an Airport Express so i can print wirelessly and that works really well. Aside from the occasional paper jam it is a good printer.
  14. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    I've got the model before this, the 1100. It does all you've said above but generally it works well. Very simple, very easy to use. Its a nice copier/printer/scanner and for the price i paid £50 I would still recommend it for students and the like. It's obviously not a photo printer, but the prints aren't bad!
  15. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2004
    Los Angeles.
    I know this offers absolutely nothing you want, but here are my experiences:

    Canon -- Worked fine while I was on Windows, but stopped working after about 14 months.

    Epson -- The software was awful and always had to change the drivers on Windows... ultimately I got a new printer because of some software issue, and the damn printer had a habit of printing crazy characters and generally misbehaving (nice quality while it worked though)

    HP -- I had a 12** series all-in-one, which I gave to my sister. The scanning was fine, the printing was fine, and the copying was fine, no big problems there. Only thing wrong is that it needed the driver on the disc to function =\ I used it occasionally for printing papers out for school, and it was great for what it was.

    Lexmark -- My dad and I have had a couple of these in the past few years, no real problems with them at all. i've never printed photos with them ( I don't think I'd want to), but everytime seems to work perfectly printing papers and the like. Also I got a very very cheap all-in-one (around $50, and I know some of you would not even bother, but it scans fine (main reason was I needed a scanner), and it also prints my text only papers for school.

    Good luck on your choice, and it really depends on what you want or plan to do more of-- photos or text documents.
  16. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    Well, while weighing these options for a client recently I took most of the things into account that have been brought up here... plus the price of ink (the long term cost of owning an ink jet based system). The Canon we ended up getting her had the least expensive ink refills ($8 for black and $18 for color as I recall).
  17. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    We have an HP OfficeJet 5510 at home. My wife and I both love the printer. It has print/fax/scan/copy capability. It has both a flat-bed scanner as well as a continuous feed scanner (where you place the docs on top and it automatically feeds them. You can find some deals and get them for $130 - $150.

    I wouldn't take an Epson if you gave it to me. Their cartridges and the print heads are separate so you only replace the ink tanks when you run out of ink. So, the printer then uses a ton of ink to clean the print heads. Also, if they sit for a period of time, they will clean their heads again. I had one Epson and tossed it, as well as every member of my family.
  18. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    I have an all-in-one HP printer connected to my iBook, and I love it. I would recommend an HP printer, as I have had good experiences with them, but have never used a Lexmark.

  19. voiceofreason macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2005
    I just went through this a few months ago. I have had HP and Epson products in the past.

    My old (mid 1990s) HP printer was great, but the printer/copier/fax I bought in 2001 is so frustrating to use. It beeps incessantly and the paper feeder is incapable of hadling more than 3 sheets at a time. Text quality is average and picture quality poor. It is sloooooooow. Ink refills ran $29 for black and $35 or more for color. I decided not to get an HP

    My Epson was a photo printer and produce good color prints for the first 6 months. The Epson ink refills are avg price but the cartridges do not contain a new print head like most brands. After a short while the old print head gets clogged and leads to poor performace. It has never performed as it did when new even thought I have cleaned it multiple times. From the research I did this is common on most Epson inkjet printers. For this reason I ruled out Epson.

    I settled on a Canon and love it. It has good quality text and great photo printing. It is must faster than either the Epson and HP models I had. Zero problems hooking it to my iMac. The ink is by far the cheapest too. Don't rule out a Canon even if it is slightly more upfront; you'll come out ahead.

    This goes without saying, but if you really want great text quality, get a laser printer and get your pictures printed online. You'll save even more.
  20. berkleeboy210 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Actually the Brother Unit's look Pretty Good too. I might be looking into the Brother 420CN, It got a good review over at Cnet.
  21. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2005
    I have had only problems with HP All-in-Ones; don't know what it is, but they never seem to work. Either it will print but not fax or scan but not print or fax...but it will never do what it's SUPPOSED to! We're on our second or third one, so you'd think we'd learn our lesson.

    But that's just my two cents. ;)
  22. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Hi, I had a HP 2110 and it stopped working after 4 mths. with my eMac and the cost of ink was huge since I print many photos and text. I then bought a Canon i960 and a scanner and have been happy ever since. Nice software and drivers work as they should...good luck with your pick ;)

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