Multifunction Printers, Which is the best to buy? This is for home use. I don't need the top of the line. I'd like a Printer, Scanner and copier.
Mindee from Indian River, MI
Honestly it's not really the printer to spend too much time thinking about, it's the ink! Find a decent priced printer, any thing you find at walmart or target should be just find. Check to see which has the cheapest ink, because if the ink costs more then the printer to replace then it's not worth it. I know they have the refillable ink, but be wary they may be fine, but they may cause problems and void your warranty at the same time.
I have an hp psc 2410xi photosmart all-in-one; printer, fax, scanner, and copier. I really like it and have never had a problem with it. Ink cartridges (one color and one black) run about $28 to $32 at Walmart. I like it because I am not very computer literate and it is very simple to operate.
Do not buy a Brother. The ink may be cheaper but the problems you can have with them greatly out-weigh the ink. I would Google any unit I was interested in and read the forums on the printer. I was having a problem with my MFC3220 and found a bunch of the Brother models have the same problem and it costs more to fix it than to buy a new unit. I will be doing a lot more research before I get my next multifunction unit.
I bought a HP Deskjet F3000 series, from Walmart for $47.99. I works great. It has a scanner, copier and printer. I has buttons for plain paper, photo paper, # of copies, black copies and colored copies.
The ink is in the same range as all the other inks.
I comes with a CD that can many different sizes of pictures, takes out red eye, can flip a photo to many things to mention.
We've had a lexmark and an espon and they were awful. I have an HP at home and another one in my classroom and they are great.
You can cut down on ink usage in any printer if you select "Fast draft" or whatever the lowest print quality is. And don't expect to print a lot of pictures on your printer. If you print more than just a few here and there, you're better off taking the digital pictures to Walmart or Ritz Camera. It's cheaper to print them there than buy a new color cartridge every time.
I have had my HP all in one for about 10 years and it is still working like a champ!
we bought a Hewlett Packard Printer scanner copier ( HP PSC1410v) that works great AND the cartridges are only $15 for B&W and $22 for color!! We have used it for over a year!
I'm very very happy with our HP printer. Daughter uses it every day. This is the easiest printer and printer cartridge to fill with ink from a kit. I can get about 3-4 or more fillings with the ink kit for something like $ 30.00 . Last printer was an HP too, still worked but I ran out of ink from the kit and the cartridges wore out so would have had to buy both, ink and cartridges. Instead for $100.00 bought a new printer, and another ink kit.
Very Very Happy with it, It is on the first refilling.
I've been refilling cartridges many many years ( more than 10 ) Wouldn't have it any other way.
The cheapest way to go.
I have an HP copier/scanner/fax/printer and love it! It prints everything, including photos, beautifully.
Had a Lexmark printer years ago. It came bundled with a computer we'd purchased. Wish I'd never owned it. I learned the hard way to always check on the price of new cartridges before buying a printer.
I also have a hp all-in-one and mine faxes, too. Another good thing about hp is that every time you change out the cartridge you have a new and clean print head, which is good for having a clean print every time. I will only have a hp.
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I need a new fax, copier, scanner, printer all in one. I have an old Brother fax machine, but the cartridges are hard to get in and very expensive. It doesn't work with a computer as it isn't a printer. I need an all in one that isn't expensive and the cartridges aren't expensive or hard to get in. Please reply if you have a recommendation. Thank you.
The all in one printers, copiers and faxes aren't very expensive at all. You can usually find one for no more than $100.00 and sometimes less. Of course I am talking the discount stores, not office supply stores.
The Cannon all in one's are about 40.00 at Walmart now. I love mine. It's simple, cheap to run and small enough to pick up when I need to move it.
And the ink substitutes at Office Max and Depot are about 1/3 cheaper than Cannon's too.
This is what is on sale right now. Good luck
PS: Don't get a Lexmark. The ink will bankrupt you!
I have an HP Photosmart all in one that I love. It prints, faxes, scans and prints photos. I love being able to print out my photos at home when I want them. You can find them at the office supply stores and are pretty reasonable. I also have used the fax feature many times and would never want to be without one again. I would get another one when this one wears out.
I've always used an HP all-in-one and like it very much. I am on my second one now. It is easy to use and lasts. The first one I had for over 10 years and gave it away when I got a new one 2 years ago so I could go wireless.