printer for the techno-phobic Mac user

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jerseygirl, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. jerseygirl macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2005
    Hi! I am looking for a printer/copier. I have an iBook G4, bought last summer. I saw on another post that HP software is horrible for Macs; what does that mean exactly? I am not very technically proficient, so I want something relatively easy. Features I want include a photo card reader and color and b&w copies. A lot of fancy features will be wasted, as I know by now I lack the patience to learn how to operate them. I did buy an HP 1350v 2 days ago, however it was defective and I never got to the software installation stage. HP customer service was not good, I had to go through a lot in order to reach a person, and got sent to wrong departments twice. Lots and lots of time on hold. Then they told me they would replace my brand new machine with a refurbished one. Told them I could've bought a refurbished one for 1/2 the price, and I was just returning it to the store for a refund. So now I'm back at square one. A friend told me Epson is a good one for Mac, but on consumer they rated pretty low. So any recommendations for a Mac- friendly, easy to install and operate copier/printer, would be very appreciated! Any good/bad experiences with any particular companies customer service departments would also be good to know. Thanks!
  2. Prelude2Tragedy macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2005
    New Jersey
    Canon makes good products and their software is very easy to use.
  3. jerseygirl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2005
    Thanks! I just called their tech support line to see how easy it was to reach a live person (I'm not going through BS like I went through with HP again) and it was about 20 seconds! I'll definitely be looking at Canons.
  4. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    In case HP is still on your radar, I have an HP OfficeJet D135 all-in-one connected to my iMac G4. It works very well with the Mac. Fast, good quality B&W and color copies. Decent scanner, too (for the home user). The HP does okay with photo's, but this particular AIO is geared more at Home Offfice functionality.
    I have an Epson Color Stylus 900, which is what I use for photo's and printable CD/DVD media.
    I also got a free (with rebate) HP Deskjet 5150 when I got my PB last year. It runs off my AExpress for printing via Bonjour. Decent printer, easy to set up to print via either my PB (10.4) and my wife's Vaio (XP Pro SP2). Again, this one is not a "photo" printer, but it does okay.
  5. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    I've always had a great experience with Epson. They have had great MAc support forever, so I would be tempted to buy one. Also you probably just had bad luck with HP. I have two HP printers, one laser, and one inkjet, and they both work perfectly.

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