News • UnrealEd • Files • Mods • FragBU • Liandri Archives
BeyondUnreal Forums

Go Back   BeyondUnreal Forums > BeyondUnreal > Off Topic

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 31st Jul 2012, 03:15 PM   #1
DRT-Maverick
Lover of Earwigs
 
DRT-Maverick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec. 4th, 1999
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 3,566
Question So, I need to buy a printer. I need some help.

It's been about 8 years since I've bought a printer. I'm in need of a printer since I haven't had one for a few years now, and I'm re-enrolled in college. The thing is, I don't really know what to go with these days. There are many new brands, many better than others, there are also the old brands.

My main problem is I don't want to get Anything made by HP or a company that uses a single cartridge for tricolors. these cartridges are the worst things in the world. You run out of a single color and you've got to toss the entire cartridge.
I've been wondering if I should look at an Epson or a Canon, but Epson doesn't seem to have any affordable printers on newegg. And Canon, some of their cartridges look expensive as hell.

What should I do? What are your guys experiences? Can you refill a canon cartridge at say an office max or depot?
__________________

Sometimes you can't label beauty. It's there for you to interpret how you wish.
DRT-Maverick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st Jul 2012, 03:49 PM   #2
dragonfliet
I write stuffs
 
dragonfliet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr. 24th, 2006
Posts: 3,700
There is essentially no reason to buy a color printer, so buy a B&W laser. I have this, and it is absolutely amazing (I also love that I can scan multiple documents in a row--super handy) and you can often find it for around $100. Toner is cheap, it's reliable, awesome etc.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mister_Prophet View Post

WW1 I think it was more like "Hey allies! We'll lend you a hand" and Europe was like, "Pfff, whatever. Okay, like stand over there and do stuff", and America was all like, "Oh really!? You mean it! Oh Boy!", and after awhile the European allies were like, "Hey they're actually not bad. Fair play to the Yanks" and the French Allies were like, "Oh wee wee, they held their own", and the Americans were like, "Hey, what did you say France?" and France was all like, "Nothing. Go **** yourself."
dragonfliet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st Jul 2012, 03:50 PM   #3
DRT-Maverick
Lover of Earwigs
 
DRT-Maverick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec. 4th, 1999
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 3,566
I was thinking that, since when it comes to photos taken on a DSLR (which I do a lot of that photograhy) it ends up cheaper and higher quality, and lasting longer to have it outsourced (printed online and shipped to my house). But I'm trying to figure, do you think I'll never need to print words in different colors and such?
__________________

Sometimes you can't label beauty. It's there for you to interpret how you wish.
DRT-Maverick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st Jul 2012, 07:00 PM   #4
_Lynx
Strategic Military Services
 
_Lynx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec. 5th, 2003
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 1,911
Quote:
Originally Posted by DRT-Maverick View Post
But I'm trying to figure, do you think I'll never need to print words in different colors and such?
Really depends on how much you print and how much are you ready to spend. Keep in mid that color laser printer uses 4 toner cartridges. The cheapest one I've found here is by Canon ( i-SENSYS LBP7010C) and it's somewhere around 150-170$. And it's just a printer. If you want scanner/copier/printer, these start around 300$.

Regarding the toner, cartridges for that Canon are around 60-70$. Black's resource is 1200 pages, color ones - 1000 pages.

If you go just B&W it's a ~60-90$ printer with cartridge price ranging from 40 to 70$. Nowdays most of the devices are quite similar in what they can offer, so I usually check a few devices from certain brands, and then check price for the cartridges they use and how long they last. Sometimes one company can have two printers one 10$ cheaper than the other, but which uses more expensive cartridge, so make sure to check a few around the price range you're aiming at. I'd better pay 20 or 30$ for a printer that uses a significantly cheaper cartridge.
__________________

Last edited by _Lynx; 31st Jul 2012 at 07:02 PM.
_Lynx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st Jul 2012, 07:08 PM   #5
DRT-Maverick
Lover of Earwigs
 
DRT-Maverick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec. 4th, 1999
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 3,566
I went with the monochrome laser printer! Thank you guys!

A lot cheaper than buying tons of color cartridges, and I can leave the real photo printing to services online that use light and light sensitive photo paper along with chemicals.

Spent $129.99 on a Brother wireless monochrome laser which retails at 199$, and 30$ on a toner cartridge.
__________________

Sometimes you can't label beauty. It's there for you to interpret how you wish.
DRT-Maverick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Aug 2012, 01:42 AM   #6
cryptophreak
unbalanced
 
cryptophreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul. 2nd, 2011
Posts: 837
I thought we'd be past this kind of problem by now.
cryptophreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Aug 2012, 03:33 PM   #7
Manticore
Official BUF Birthday Spammer
 
Manticore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov. 5th, 2003
Location: Optimum Trajectory-Circus of Values
Posts: 4,129
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by DRT-Maverick View Post
Spent $129.99 on a Brother wireless monochrome laser which retails at 199$, and 30$ on a toner cartridge.
Good choice.
__________________
Quote:
"If you’re going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill
Manticore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Aug 2012, 04:10 PM   #8
DeathBooger
Sparkle Magic
 
DeathBooger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep. 16th, 2004
Posts: 1,860
Color is a waste of money unless you're printing images constantly. Get something that will print with smartphones or tablets if you happen to have one. I think the iOS version is called Airprint or something. Avoid HP and Dell like the plague, they're cheaply made and don't like to work properly.
__________________
74 68 65 20 66 75 63 6b 20 79 6f 75 20 6c 6f 6f 6b 69 6e 67 20 61 74 3f

Last edited by DeathBooger; 1st Aug 2012 at 04:13 PM.
DeathBooger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd Aug 2012, 02:48 AM   #9
DarkED
The Great Oppression
 
DarkED's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar. 19th, 2006
Location: Right behind you.
Posts: 3,021
I think you already made a good choice, but ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by DRT-Maverick View Post
My main problem is I don't want to get Anything made by HP or a company that uses a single cartridge for tricolors. these cartridges are the worst things in the world. You run out of a single color and you've got to toss the entire cartridge.
... I just thought you might like to know that usually only the low-end HP inkjets use a single multi-color cartridge. The mid-to-high-end consumer-grade OfficeJets all tend to use one cartridge per base color, and I have seen enterprise-grade HP printers (for shirt/photo printing and the like) that can use as many as 20 different color cartridges plus a toner. Incidentally, those are some of the best printers I've ever seen.
DarkED is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd Aug 2012, 02:12 PM   #10
DRT-Maverick
Lover of Earwigs
 
DRT-Maverick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec. 4th, 1999
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 3,566
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkED View Post
I think you already made a good choice, but ...



... I just thought you might like to know that usually only the low-end HP inkjets use a single multi-color cartridge. The mid-to-high-end consumer-grade OfficeJets all tend to use one cartridge per base color, and I have seen enterprise-grade HP printers (for shirt/photo printing and the like) that can use as many as 20 different color cartridges plus a toner. Incidentally, those are some of the best printers I've ever seen.
Incidentally, the best printer I've ever used or seen is a commercial photographic printer by canon and one by kodak which uses light and chemical immersion to print on light sensitive. Crazy stuffs.
Edit: Actually it was Fuji not a Kodak. Been a few years since I worked in the photo store.
__________________

Sometimes you can't label beauty. It's there for you to interpret how you wish.

Last edited by DRT-Maverick; 2nd Aug 2012 at 02:20 PM.
DRT-Maverick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd Aug 2012, 04:51 AM   #11
dotnetbeast
Taxation Without Representation
 
dotnetbeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb. 14th, 2006
Location: Washington D.C.
Posts: 5,823
You need a new printer?

*PUTS ON STAPLES UNIFORM*

Hi welcome to Staples my name is Lou. How may I help you today?
dotnetbeast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd Aug 2012, 08:25 AM   #12
KaL976
*nubcake*
 
KaL976's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov. 28th, 2003
Location: Cardiff | UK
Posts: 2,406
Too late, but my only point would be to check the websites for irate customers.
My ex spent quite a lot of money on a printer a couple of years ago [epson] & all was good under XP but when she got a new laptop with Win7 Epson didn't provide updated drivers [& still haven't afaik] so she was forced to buy another printer [not an epson needless to say]
__________________
KaL976 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Copyright ©1998 - 2012, BeyondUnreal, Inc.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
Bandwidth provided by AtomicGamer