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I bought a printer today..

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Juelz, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. Juelz

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    For the first time in about 12 years I own a printer, I was getting fedup having to keep going to the library to print of documents even if it was only a few times a month. I bought a HP Deskjet 2540 All-in-One wireless printer and it cost £35 and came with a black and coloured ink cartridge already in the box which was a big plus as these are around £10-13 each.

    Is there anything I should know about printers in general? they dont need any maintenance done to them do they? I'm a novice when it comes to printers it took me about 15mins to get the ink in and I had to use a youtube video lol.
     
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    Good stuff mate. I went without a printer for a while and it was a hassle when I needed to print something in a hurry!

    Just a note that sometimes the cartridges you get with the printer are not always full – will be enough to get you started though.
     
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    Nice one mate. Fancy getting one myself now since I work from home. Wouldn't mind a little wireless printer. They sound like they have come right down in price from years ago when I last owned one, bonus!
     
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  4. Juelz

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    So far I cant fault this one, overall it was easy to setup, no need for a manual, basically plug in and play. I have a ton of printing to do over the next few weeks so worth the investment I think. I think you can get the same one I got in Argos for £29.99 but I got mine in black as it looked nicer and was £35 in ASDA.
     
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    The usual thing i have found with the cheaper printers is the cost of ink outweighs the price of the printer ie cheaper to buy a new printer than replace the ink carts (this has happened with me I have the Advent AW10 which is basically a rebadged Kodak)

    Another thing to watch out for on inkjets is the nozzles drying out if you dont use it often I have this issue with mine and wasted two loads of ink carts cleaning the heads just as well they were cheap 3rd party ones from Ebay and not full price versions
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    I agree with mojorsin, printers are like razors, they make the money off the consumables, check the running cost of your printer before buying.

    I'd recommend a cheap black and white laser over an inkjet for general use.

    Inkjet nozzles get gunked up over time, even on the models with nozzles in the cartridges, generally you need to bin them after 3 years.
    You have to be careful how you turn them off to ensure the cleaning routine runs each time, and you are supposed to run a special clean print routine every few months.

    In Asia you always see Inkjets fitted with special reservoir systems so they dont have to pay for official ink.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_ink_system
     
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    Yeah, its very handy to have one at home but I have noticed mine getting used less and less, seeing as I can print from work now.

    I bought a Samsung laser one about 5 years ago, it still has half of the toner left, I only print in B+W

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    I'm looking for a laser all in one that doesn't look like a monster. There's a Canon that's perfect but it's inkjet. Similar I won't use it much but when I need one it's very handy. Not sure if anyone can recommend one to me? As always has to be half decent looking ie small, pref white, pref wifi. I'm not sitting looking at a darlek all day ha ha The one I like is the
    CANON PIXMA MG3550
     
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    Cheers Dave, I've ordered that little printer. For that price. TBH I can't see me using all of the original toner. I don't think it goes off like inkjets. The number of reasons I have to go into the office are getting less and less :S
     
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    I have been looking at laser printers, I have found one where toners cost £40 for all 4 and last between 2500 and 3000 pages.

    Now to persuade the wife.
     
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    Let us know what you go with :)
     
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    Will do :)
     
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  15. Juelz

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    Need abit of help..
    I have both black and colour ink cartridge installed into my printer.. My colour ink has reduced dramatically but my black ink is fine. This doest make sense to me as I've used way more black ink than colour ink. I could be wrong, but is it possible the colour black is being printed from my coloured cartridge and not the actual black ink cartridge? that's the only conclusion I could come to.
     
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    I'm no expert but I think it's possible if you're not actually printing in black, perhaps it's very dark blue? Have a look over something you've printed. Another thing that really annoys me about inkjets is when your colour runs out, some printers refuse to print just black where you might have a full cartridge. I used to own another inkjet that also wouldnt scan if it didn't have ink! Even if you had no intention to print, what the....
     
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    Thats why I dont like most colour printers, print a web page with purple or blue in colour, watch £10 in ink go down the drain...

    Then when you start to run out, combined color cartridges will typically run out of magenta or cyan, meaning you might have lot yellow, but you have to bin the cart anyway.

    Of course you can tick the greyscale box...
     
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