Home printer for occasional use.

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  1. dimme macrumors 65816

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    My 25 year old laser printer is going south. I need to replace it but I only need a printer or rare occasions. I see inkjet printers are rather cheap but the ink is so expensive. Is there a inkjet printer out there that will not clog up if use once a month, or do I need to buy another laser? If I go with inkjet is there on that I can buy the ink in bulk so when I cleaning the heads I not flushing money away.

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  2. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502

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    I've had good luck with the Canon lower end all in ones. They're decent on ink and, if I end up with a big ink bill at some point, it is actually cheaper to replace the entire printer than 2 new high capacity ink cartridges. (Fry's has these on sale all the time. Sign up for their Daily Deals online, get a promo code and you save even more money) My last one cost me about $35 and it prints really well, text and pictures.
     
  3. Foggydog macrumors 6502

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    The same can be said about HP. They have a printer that costs about 30 bucks that will print and scan. Buying ink online will always be less than the store. Also, if I remember correctly, office max sells an ink cartridge that is their brand but can be used in the HP, Cannon. It's considered generic but I have used it in the past with no problem.
     
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    This is all you need:
    Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer, Monochrome, Wireless, Duplex Printing,
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LZS5EEI/
     
  5. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I recommend another laser. I bought one for $80 eight years ago, and I am still on the starter toner cartridge. It has paid for itself compared to the ink-jets for the very reason you described.

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  6. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote here for a laser. You can get oen for under $100 and they do better with occasional printing. The Brother mentioned above is a nice printer.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    One more vote for a laser.
    This is all the more important if -- as you mentioned above -- you will use the printer only occassionally.
    Inkjets tend to clog up or have problems unless they're used frequently.

    I'd recommend Brother, as well.
    Mine's been running for years -- can't remember how long I've had it.
     
  8. dimme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks everyone, I just ordered the Brother printer.
     
  9. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    This is helpful also as I was looking as well...does the Brother work with iOS printing?
     
  10. willmtaylor Suspended

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    Depends on the model. Many (mine included) work great with OSX and AirPrint.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 5, 2017 ---
    Which one?
     
  11. satcomer macrumors 603

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    If you want an AirPrint printer then consult an Apple Support document About AirPrint because it has an ever growing list of printers!
     
  12. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    Great! looks like Brother HL-L2340DW has AirPrint
     
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    That's what I have. It works wonderfully with all of my :apple:Devices.
     
  14. Alisha Patel macrumors newbie

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    I am using from last 1 year Epson WF-3640 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Printer with Scanner is the best printer with scanner. It allows scanning and copying your documents in whichever format you wish to have your content. It is powered with PrecionCore technology to give high quality laser output, thus, increases productivity and flexibility in terms of paper handling. You can load up to 500 sheets and use the rear tray to keep envelopes and additional paper.
     
  15. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    The issue with Inkjet on occasional use is the ink get dried up and can ruin the head versus lazer.
     
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    Not true. My Canon AIO was kept in the self storage for 5 years and ink never dried up or clog print head. I find this hard to believe.
     
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    It's widely known and reported that most inkjets don't do well with only occasional use.
     
  18. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    My HP inkjet suffered from that problem if it sat idle for few months, multiple models.
     
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    I've also personally seen this issue with Canon, HP, and Epson.
     

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