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Old 03-04-2007, 12:01 PM   #1
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Which printer should I buy?


I wanna buy an all-in-one printer but can't seem to decide so I thought it would be useful to have your suggestions

MOST IMPORTANTLY I need a printer which is CHEAPEST to maintain i.e. I don't have to spend too much money on buying new ink catridges.

I've heard that HP printers are a bit costly to maintain....is this true? PLZ recommend good ECONOMICAL printers. I've heard good things about Epson and Canon regarding maintenance.

Plz note that I'll be doing a lot of text printing...more of text printing than photo printing.

ALL suggestions MOST WELCOME.
 
Old 03-04-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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I have used HP for years under Linux, OS/2 and other OSes. Very good over all support under multiple OSes. Currently using a aio P3310 using the HPLIP driver package. I can print, scan, fax, and also read data and write data to memory cards inserted into the memory card slots. Currently setup directly connected to the network over an ethernet cable. I have printed through USB, Bluetooth and Wireless to it as well. Techincally you can only use the wired or wireless at a single time. Not both at the same time. There is hack to enable both to be used on the net somewhere if needed.

Now it uses the Viveo color cartiages and has a total of 6. 5 color and 1 black. Color cost $10.00 each. Black about $15.00. Now what can save is goto staples for ink cartiage return program for $3.00 per cartiage. Now they cost $7.00 a piece. If lucky some stores have the $3.00 HP cartiages. So I return to Staples and use the $3.00 to but other things and goto the other place to buy cartiages. So in a sense they cost $4.00 each.

Had it setup and running in 2 minutes. That includes installing the HPLIP modules.

Brian
 
Old 03-04-2007, 03:21 PM   #3
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Personally I would also recommend HP.

Regardless of which printer you decide upon, you might want to checks its compatibility with Linux. Go to LinuxPrinting for the most comprehensive printer compatibility lists on the web
 
  


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