What's a printer brand that won't rip me off?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by oxband, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. oxband macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I used to have a Brother brand printer that sucked. It used ink testing itself when I was away and it wouldnt let you print if one color was empty. I want a replacement printer. Any suggestions for a printer that won't do those thing?
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    I like my Epson, haven't had any problems with wasted ink.
  3. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    i've always user HP printers- Hp deskjet, Hp Laserjet, and now HP Photosmart.. by far i <3 HP printers.. you can either buy online [look for coupons and sign up for HP Academy for max savings] or see if you can find a cheaper model.

    i9 also recommend you get the XL ink.. those cost a bit more [but you could get both color and black and white XL for about 60 bucks.. and last time i checked they offered FREE next day delivery

    my dad was asking about the cheapest place to buy ink, so i printed email this to him.

    of course tax varies per location and all, and i just realized that the zipcode in the document isn't mine :p lolz

    my model is HP Photosmart C4680 and it is the, wait no.. THE best printer everrrr :)

    EDIT in the PDF document, it hsould be $10 less.. i forgot to add the coupon for $10 of $50 :D
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I've never had an issue with Brothers. As the OP's experience shows, YMMV.
  5. gnasher729, Oct 4, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011

    gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    After my first Epson printer which behaved just like that, I switched to a laser printer. You'll have to look around a bit for the best price, but there is always some model that is available cheap. Even if you just use up the toner cartridge that it comes with, it will be cheaper than an inkjet.

    Example: Samsung ML-1910 B/W laser printer for £49. An older model worked for me for five years, with replacement toner bought for £20. Never failed to print correctly the first time.
  6. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA

    I'd rather spend a bit more on a laser printer. in less than a year you make up for the price difference with less wasted ink, no dried out cartridges, much less wasted paper and ink.

    in addition they tend to be much faster and overall more convenient.
  7. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    I tend to agree, unless you're printing a lot of pictures and color accuracy is a big deal.

    Then, I'd go with an HP inkjet that lets you upgrade one color as you need to, instead of all colors (CMYK).
  8. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I have To Say

    Inkjets cost. It's the way of things I'm afraid. If you can afford it (and they have come down in price) get a colour laser for day to day stuff, and an Epson or HP wifi enabled for glossy photo work.

    Check out laser printers on google, you might be surprised just how cheap they are now
  9. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Love my Brother. HE's not a colorful guy. He's a B&W type. Sharp as a laser though.
  10. RUGERMAN, Oct 4, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011

    RUGERMAN macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    I've got a Brother Laser for less than $100. Faster and consumables much cheaper per page. Only B&W but I never use color anyway.
  11. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I have a cheapy ($100) Canon MP490 All-In-One printer. Does the job, and scanner is Lion compatible. It's inkjet, the replacements are somewhat expensive - black is about $26 and the color is about $28. It's important to ignore the icons indicating how much ink remains. It drops fast, but you can do a lot of printing/copying after the indicators show the need to replace.

    Copying is slow, but printing and scanning works well. Canon has it's own printing app, so don't need to use iCapture. Canon's app works very well.

    If you don't need a super fast, high volume printer, this is a pretty good choice.
  12. noisycats macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    The 'ham. Alabama.

    You can find a laser for under 100 (I'm using a Brother MFP). 2 years later, and I am still on the original toner cartridge. Sure, I forgo color, but totally worth it. Printing is fast, crystal clear, and I don't go through cartridges 2-3 times per year.
  13. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I'm going to give my printer shout out to Samsung. Yeah, the printer is nice, but where they really shine is the drivers. I really appreciate the fact that they make a simple stupid monochrome driver that's only a few megs in size. I've had a CLP-315W for over a year now, and the printer has done its job without running out of toner at all so far. The drivers stay out of the way, on both Windows and OS X, and the toner carts aren't too expensive as far as laser printers go. Overall, I'd recommend a Samsung printer.
  14. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    I'd recommend whatever B/W laser printer is on sale in a given week from your local Walmart, Best Buy, Office Depot, or Staples. Buy it, and run the toner dry. Then keep an eye on a store offering trade-in credit, and go get a new printer with a refilled toner cartidge for cheaper than a single replacement tonor would cost you.
  15. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I have several Brother printers. I have a B&W laser AIO that sits on the network and can scan to ftp (but not to email without a PC). I have a B&W wireless that sits in the upstairs hallway outside the kids' bedrooms for all their homework printouts. I have a color laser that sits in my office only used occasionally and I've never had a problem with any of them. Well once my Macbook forgot how to print to one of them and I had to reboot but one easily solved incident in 3+ years is my idea of easy to use.

    The drivers come with OS X. I replaced an HP inkjet that worked but was almost always out of ink. I got tired of buying $75 ink bottles just so I could print one or two pages. I do think the printers "cry wolf" for toner more than I'd like but other than that they are great printers. I have never owned a Brother inkjet.

    I thought about getting an HP printer just to use Airprint but then I discovered an OS X app (Printopia, which was part of a recent MacUpdate Bundle) that allows Airprint to any Mac compatible printer. I received a document that needed to be printed out for my daughter. I printed it from my iPad. No trip downstairs to print it from the computer. Brother printers + Printopia on my Mac = easy printing from any iOS device. Of course Printopia should work with other brands but I've only tested it with our Brother networked printers.
  16. DesignerOnMac, Oct 5, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2011

    DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    For a B&W laser printer I would recommend a Brother brand.
    For color I would recommend a Canon PIXMA. Individual inks that never clog like my Epsons ALWAYS did!
  17. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I have a Brother Laser too. It prints on both sides of the page, has Wireless, ethernet and only costed me $99. Not to mention, the high yield cartridge is only $30-40 on Amazon.

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