BEST PRINTER ? (Low Operating Cost, Excellent Color Output)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dcl, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. dcl macrumors regular


    May 28, 2006
    Buying a Mac, so might as well take advantage of up to $100 off HP's & Canon's Printers.

    Already have an HP Laserjet for Document Printing, but would like a good inkjet, just for those times you would like some color.

    I have an Canon ip4000 that eats through expensive ink, even though I don't print pictures with it. Much cheaper to have pictures done at Costco

    Would like excellent color printing and a low operation cost (ink).

    Any Recommendations ?:confused:

  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I personally think that Canon has some of the cheapest ink simply because you can buy the exact color you need and not an entire cartridge that has two other colors just because one is out. But then again I use a higher end Pixma. An HP Photosmart will do the job as well.
  3. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I've got an HP psc 1210 All-In-One and it works great, especially with my Mac. I bought it about 4 years ago and it hasn't given me any problems whatsoever. I believe the ink is like $20 for black and $30 for color, but don't quote me on that. I've not had to buy ink since last October and my color ink is still 60% full and my black 20%.
  4. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    The last 4 printers I've bought have been Canons, and the next one will likely be one, too. Increased efficiency with ink use, relatively less expensive refills, and great print quality are a winning combination for me.
  5. mrchainsaw5757 macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2006
    i actually sell printers. dont ever buy a brother, they are crap. Dont buy a lexmark either, unless its really high end. But i really like HP's they are pretty reliable. The HP Photosmart 7180 is really really nice. Its really photo precise and the colors are great. It has individual colors for ink cartridges, which arent a lot per piece. Look into that. :)
  6. dcl thread starter macrumors regular


    May 28, 2006
    Just found complete list of qualified printers.

    Top Prority's : (Backup for HP LaserJet) so it needs to be an
    1 - Excellent color text printer
    2 - Affordable Replaceable Ink
    3 - Long Lasting Ink Cart.
    4 - Good Photo Printer
    5 - Reasonable price $ 100 - 200

    HP Photosmart C4200 All-in-One series
    HP Photosmart C5200 All-in-One series
    HP Photosmart C6200 All-in-One series
    HP Photosmart C7100 All-in-One series
    HP Photosmart C7200 All-in-One series
    HP Photosmart C8100 All-in-One series

    Samsung ML-1630 Monochrome Laser Printer
    Samsung CLP-300N Color Laser
    Samsung SCX-4500 Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer

    Canon CP740 Portable Printer
    Canon ES2 Portable Printer
    Canon iP3500m Photo Printer
    Canon iP4500 Photo Printer
    Canon mini320 Compact Photo Printer
    Canon MP470 Photo All-In-One
    Canon MP520 Photo All-in-One
    Canon MP610 Photo All-in-One
    Canon MP970 Photo All-in-One
    Canon MX300 Office All-in-One
    Canon MX310 Office All-in-One
    Canon MX700 Office All-in-One
    Canon PIXMA iP90v Photo Printer
    Canon PIXMA MP530 Office All-in-One
    Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-in-One
    Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Photo Printer
    Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Photo Printer
  7. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I have an HP Photosmart 7450, Deskjet 5740, and a PSC 1210v and they have all been excellent printers. The ink isn't too terribly expensive, and the printers don't use that much ink. I have also owned a Lexmark and it wasn't that great of a printer. Canon is supposed to be good, but don't quote me on that since I have never owned one.
  8. tacomahunter macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2007
    HP 6180 is a great all in one that prints fantastic pictures..
  9. dcl thread starter macrumors regular


    May 28, 2006
    Canon ip4500 / ip3500

    Does anyone have experience with either the Canon ip4500 or ip3500 ?
  10. lightsout macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2005
    The MP830 is awesome - great output and cheap to refill.
  11. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Kodak started making consumer printers. They claim 50% savings on ink.
  12. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Same here and for the OP, if you only use your's for text (black ink) then change your settings so that it won't pull from the color ink (small amounts but it does happen). I know my last 2 Canons used way less ink than my Epson or HP did. Those are now sold to someone else that can put up with single color tanks and clogged nozzles :cool:
  13. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    I just bought an HP C7280 from NewEgg on Saturday. It arrived today (Monday). It was $199, I just saw that if you pay with paypal, you get 20% cash back, so it could be a great deal. Sorry I didn't wait until today.

    I hooked it up, it worked like a charm over Wireless G.

    I printed a few photos on the included demo photo paper and the photos look great. I have always used HP, other brands just haven't been reliable. I tried to replace an old deskjet with a nice Canon, but it never really worked right. I ended up going back to the deskjet for a few more years (about 7 years old now). I'm happy already...
  14. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    I've got the Kodak 5300. The Easyshare software was a little buggy but since the update for Leopard compatability, it's been fine. Certainly can't beat $22 for both a black and color cartridge.
  15. jcisney macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2007
    Kodak AiO Inkjet Printers

    I work at Kodak and I use a 5300 with my eMac and my MacBook. I love using it for scrapbooking and crafts. Thank goodness for the inexpensive ink because I print a lot!

    You can

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