Cheap document printer

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  1. =adrian=

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    Our printer is dead. It was one of those £30 cheap jobbies, it lasted a surprising amount of years too (8 or 9). We've been only using it to print letters and documents recently. Now that it is dead we need to ask around people to print stuff for us - it is a bit annoying for them and inconvenient for us.

    Couple of months ago I was very close from buying a professional photo printer. This has been postponed now, but not completely cancelled. So bearing in mind that I should have something else to print better quality stuff in future, I am now looking for a very cheap printer to print our docs and stuff.

    There seems to be quite a choice when it comes to low end printers but I am looking for real world user reviews. What do you have and use for document printing purposes? Is it any good?

    PS It would be great if it was wireless too, the old one wasn't and it was a bit PITA.
     
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    loads of reviews/info etc on amazon and places like that.

    Personally always used Epson printers - seem fine and you can use "fake" cartridges fine and they last just as long.
     
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    Keep an eye out for the dell laser printers. I bought a colour one which has wifi and the replacement carts are also cheap.
     
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    This.

    Ive got the c1765nfw and it's just so much less hassle than an inkjet.
     
  5. =adrian=

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    I've had (still do) one of those refill ink packs and have been refilling the same cartridges for years. All with black ink (for document printing) :) Probably that's what it killed it in the end. Still lasted a long time though.

    I just wanted to add. We don't print all the time. Printer could be in use on regular basis, but it also could be unused for months sometimes.

    I just had a quick look on Amazon at laser printers. The prices have really went down from the last time I looked at them. Maybe a laser printer woudl be a better solution for us.
     
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    For ad hoc printing laser is best, it does not dry and clog up the jets. I think I paid £80 for my one from ebuyer. Might be the same model as per the above post.
     
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    It's a little bit above what I want to spend for "cheap" printer really (£169 on Amazon), also it is a bit of a machine with 15kg of weight :)

    I am now looking at laser ones only. It looks like a better choice for us.
     
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    You can get one without the mfp bits for under £100
     
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    I purchased my HP Laserjet 1100 in 1998 and it is still going strong now. Replacement cartridges cost £16 and last a few thousand pages. Great for B&W printing.

    A refurbished one is on amazon for 56 pounds here Amazon.co.uk: Buying Choices: HP Laserjet 1100 Laser Printer

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    Scrub my reply. Just remembered, you need a parallel print port for this to work. I have a small network adapter with two parallel ports that allows me to run the printer. Sorry.
     
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    Could you please point me in its direction, I can't seem to find it
     
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    Yup, it is a mono laser printers I am looking at now. Ideally wireless too.
     
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    Ideally it would be through Amazon as well, I have a week or so left of Prime and wouldn't mind to use their speedy free delivery.
     
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    Seconding looking at getting a mono laser printer. Cheap printing, good for casual use and you can pick up a decent network one for a reasonable price
     
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    Only the price really. I want it to be as cheap as possible (but still good).

    The photo printer I will probably end up buying sooner or later is around £400, I don't really want to spend too much on this one because of that.
     
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    Fair enough, no laser printer can match a photo printer.
     
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    Don't forget to check the price of the carts on the hp one. I think for the Dell colour they are £24 for the full set.
     
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    That's why I am thinking about a little bit extreme solution, ie 2 printers. One for general doument printing and the other one for A3 pro quality photo prinitng.
     
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    The P1102 is a great wee printer.
     
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    Have you got one? Just going through reviews and quite a few people complain about the overcomplicated setup process (especially wireless setup).
     
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    I would love that Dell one and if it was available through Amazon, I'd seriously consider it. However in the end I've ordered that HP cheap jobby instead. If it's crap, I'll send it back.
     
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    Deployed 3 at work, never been called out to afterwards. These are the non WiFi versions though connected over USB.
     
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    Thanks. I've ordered the wireless version. Hopefully it will be OK :) Cheers
     
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    Just a quick question for future reference.

    There are plenty of offers for "compatible" toner (ie not OEM) for the printer. Does anybody use those, or is it not worth it?
     
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    We have samsung clp 320 wireless, best purchase ever. And we got it refurbished from eBay, I think we paid around 70£ delivered.
     

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