Resolved Need a cheap Printer/Scanner combo for college. Advice?

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    Hello, everyone. As the title of the thread states, I'm in search of a good, cheap printer/scanner combo for use with college work. I will be printing out many documents. I have the following requirements:

    • Under $70, $50/- preferred
    • Cheap, long lasting ink cartridges
    • Color Prefered
    • Networking capabilities NOT needed
    • Good Mac compatibility (obviously)

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    A cheap printer that also uses cheap ink doesn't really exist. I worked at OfficeMax my first year of college (which happened to be last year) and I've gained that knowledge through experience. A good cheap printer is the low end of the HP photosmart series, but the ink is rather expensive and lasts a moderate amount of time. That or the cheap end of the Epson workforce series. The ink for those lasts a bit longer, and might be a bit less expensive. You can offset ink costs by buying refilled ones, which are the original recycled cartridges just refilled with offbrand ink.

    Don't let anyone dupe you into getting a Lexmark printer. They offer a 5 year warranty because it's the only selling point of their crappy printers. Lexmark literally paid us extra at OfficeMax to upsell their printers because we wouldn't recommend them otherwise.
     
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    If you can get away without the scanner and only B&W, your absolute best bet is a cheaper Brother laser printer, since the toner will last you probably all year and is about the same price as a new ink cartridge for any inkjet you may look at.
     
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    Thanks for the advice and insight. I will keep it in mind :)

    My dad is a huge fan of Brother printers, but he (so far) has only bought the laser models. Do you have any experience with the inkjet versions?

    I saw this: http://www.staples.com/Brother-MFC-J430w-Inkjet-All-in-One/product_344773

    It seems to be a great printer for the price, but I haven't checked out the ink yet.

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    That might be a good idea. The scanner isn't a huge want, and the printers are $100. Do you know if they come with a toner cartridge? Or do I have to buy one separately?
     
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    That one does seem a lot better. The CMY is only $9.99 a cartridge and the black is $14.99. The thing to look at is if it will still print black and white even if the color cartridges are empty/low.
     
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    Brother inkjets are alright. Some of the cartridges are as low as $10 per color, so it may be worth looking into. Most of the lasers come with half filled cartridges, which will do about 600 pages. Last year, I only went though about 250 pages, but your needs might be different.

    This one:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/19477126?...&wl3=13701393310&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem&veh=dat

    will go on sale for as little as $50 at some places on some weeks, so I would just scour the ads online if you can wait a week or two. They pretty much just randomly assign sales to printers on random weeks, so it's hard to tell when.
     
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    Looks like it does, according to this article:

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.co...html?reg=us&c=ca&lang=en&prod=mfcj430w_all#pc

    I will only occasionally print in color, so this works out pretty well. I did just see that it was on sale for $10 cheaper last week. Hopefully the price doesn't go up even more tomorrow...
     
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    The canon pixmas are good I have an mx870 with auto feed that works really well.
     
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    Well, I got really lucky :p

    I found and old HL-2070N laser printer by brother. My dad had a new toner cartridge for it, too. He said that it was broken (something about the paper led flashing). Anyway, I found that it was just a simple paper jam and he said I could have it. Awesome! Though it won't have color or scanning capabilities, I could always use my school library for that.

    Thanks for the help, everyone!
     

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