Cheap multifunction printer

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by hkriffraff, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. hkriffraff macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2003
    I'm looking for a cheap home printer that can also scan & copy (fax would be nice, but not really necessary). I'm a very low volume user and only occasionally need to print texts or copy something. Speed is not too important, but the output should be of decent quality.

    I can get a Brother DCP-130C for next to nothing from my credit card rewards catalog. Will this get the job done and does Brother make reliable printers?

    I've also been looking at the EPSON STYLUS CX3900/CX4100 and the HP HP Deskjet F380, which are both <US$100.

    The store rep recommended HP and said that Epson printers go through a lot more ink. If this is true, why would anyone choose Epson?

    How much do you have to spend to get a machine that can print double-sided?
  2. polevault139 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2006
    I have a C4180 Hp, and it's an aweome printer for the price. It is a printer scanner copier all in one. It prints fast and has really good quality. I used the ink cartridge it came with and have yet to use it up, and I have printed quite alot. I got it on sale for $89, and i think you can get it from for $100.
  3. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    eBay. Printers these days are practically free. It's a waste of money to buy ink when you can get a whole new printer for $30.
  4. haoqfu macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2006
    i wouldn't recommend epson printer either. i owned a photo printer from epson several years ago, it drained the catridge so fast, and the genuine ink catridges from epson were so expensive that i could almost afford another low-end printer.

    i would recommend either hp or canon. i'm looking at canon mp460 myself. it's about $110, plus the color matches my mac too.

    I'm interested in knowing how much i need to pay for a printer that can print double-sided as well...
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    New Kodak's have LOWEST INK COST

    The New Kodak Multifunctions are built to use less expensive ink -- HUGE savings over HP, Brother, and Epson stock ink.

    Mac World recently reviewed -- they look fantastic.
  6. Cybix macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
  7. Edwin the Elder macrumors member

    May 4, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    Epson Stylus CX 5800F

    I picked up an Epson CX5800F at a great price - $98 (Canadian). The HP 5610 was $50 more and has fewer features.

    The Epson supposedly works better with a Mac and has a media card reader and PictBridge.

    However I've read a lot of similar complaints:

    1. Printer stops working when you change a cartridge.
    2. You need to continuously clean the nozzles - which wastes ink.
    3. you have to change 4 cartridges when only 1 is out of ink.

    Views? (I haven't opened it yet.)
  8. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    i've used epson for years after owning canon and hp.
    i love the quality of epson.
    most pro photographers use epson too (in my opinion)
  9. Edwin the Elder macrumors member

    May 4, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada

    given the price, I'm gong to open it up and give it a try
  10. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Well also epson cartridges claim they are empty when still something like %30 full.:mad:

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