Printer for a student

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crazycat, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I know there are lots of posts about this so please forgive me.

    I need a nice little printer for the new ibook i got :) i am a student and need to print lots of stuff for college, i also print lots of projects myself so that i need to it to be a workhorse. I have a a place beside my desk to put the printer so all i need is a recommendation.

    This is my first time posting on MR :)

  2. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    Little grey, chilly island.
    Hello, and welcome to Macrumors!! hehe.

    I wa sin the same situation a few weeks ago before starting University and looked at photo printers, laser printers...everything!!

    What I went with was the HP Business Inkjet 1000 - which offers MASSIVE ink cartridges that are available on eBay for £10 a pop (bearing mind they are 69ml for a black!!) offers great text quality and things like small images etc. The only thing it doesn't power through are photos - for that you need a photo printer although it does provide "acceptable" output in this area.

    I am a music student and print a LOT of music scores and essays etc - ive been there 10 weeks and i'm not down to 80% yet!! Amazing value for money. The printer is around £100 but the initial outlay is more than worth it.
  3. DJ1UK Guest

    Try a canon i320 or similar. Usually around £50 to buy, good for normal printing and photos. Ink is usually around £2-£3 - bargain!

  4. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I have an HP Deskjet 5150 and it works nicely.
  5. JessFactor macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2005
    There's really only one way to go if you're a student. Get an HP LaserJet 1012. They are about 130 bucks and the tonor cartridges last a few thousand pages, as opposed to a few hundred w/inkjets. I'm in my 2nd year of college and I have yet to need a color printer. Also, I don't have to freak out if I have to print out 100 or so pages at once. You'll be happy when you see everyone around you replacing their black cartridges every month.
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Yeah, unless you're doing color spreads and pictures go with a laser printer. I'm considering getting one. The toner lasts so many pages. Plus you get crisp text and great black and white.
  7. edge540 macrumors regular


    May 10, 2004
    I have a Deskjet 5650 and i have been in college for a year and a half now and have not even changed the cartridge once. It prints really nice and is pretty fast once you tweat the setting. Even the draft setting is very good quality. I would recomend this one.
  8. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    How about an HP PSC, I have one and love it.
    Good printers but also useful when scanning/copying notes.

  9. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
    I like my Canon i550 all right, but I have to say that Inkjets are kind of unreliable. It's always either out of ink or jammed or something. Lasers are generally rock solid, I miss my old Apple Laserwriter, I never should have given it away.

    BTW when I was in school, I could plug in my laptop just about anywhere and print for free on the school's printers. Maybe they don't do that where you are.
  10. crazydreaming macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    Salt Lake City, UT -Westminster College
    HP PSC printers/scanners are very popular at my college. I have one and love it. Never had any problems. Have it hooked up to my airport express and I can print from anywhere without having to hook up to the printer without problems.
  11. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    lasers are so cheap now you might as well go with one. As far as color goes, I've printed exactly three pages of color this year, none which I actually needed to print (I'm also in college). I have a canon inkjet I bought a few months ago and it bleeds like crazy.
  12. macEfan macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Forbidden, you do not have access to that server
    Yes, I love that printer.. Fast, small, and cool!
  13. iBS23 macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2005
    Yep, Laser is the way to go. For the few trhings you'll actully need printed in color you can use your roommates/neighbors/Kinkos/School lab. With a laser you'll never have to worry about that expensive ink -- a good laser will give you a few thousand pages.

    As for which ones, I've always liked and used HP. My dad picked up a Brother HL-2070N about 9 months ago and he likes it a lot. Despite my love for HP, I "needed" (actually "wanted" as it was still working great) to replace my 8 year old HP and I just picked up a Samsung ML-2010 at a great price. About a month into usage, I've been quite happy with it -- and you cannot beat the price! However, if money wasn't a concern, I probably would have gone with the HP Laserjet 1022 or even the entry level HP color laser.
  14. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    I have a Brother HL-5140 and love it. It was pricier then what you are looking for ~$180, but have had an excellent track record with Brother. Had a HL-630 back in 1995 for 4 years.

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