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  1. Catrin Lewis

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    Best or Really Good Printer under $100

    Discussion in 'Software' started by Catrin Lewis, Jul 23, 2017.

    My 10.5 year old HP 300 all-in-one printer is even now giving up the ghost on me. It still prints, but it holds tight to the page at the back end. This interrupts the job, and if you're trying to do booklet printing (as I frequently need to do), it always restarts with the same page.

    Anyway, it's effectively dead.

    So what do you all recommend I replace it with? Wireless would be nice, though not a requirement. But it definitely has to scan and copy, and accept photo paper as well.

    Thanks.
     
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    I don't have a recommendation (I'm in a different country, anyway, so prices wouldn't compare well) but I'd mention that you should look at the cost of replacement ink/toner in addition to the original purchase price. The cheaper the printer, in my experience, the more likely it is that the toner will be really expensive.
     
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    Good point.
     
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    Printers are cheap, and they often don't last long.

    My next printer is going to be black only. I don't use the color printer enough and the colored ink still gets used up in the warm-up process. So I'm paying for a lot of ink I don't use.
     
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    Brother Business Smart Wireless Color Inkjet All-In-One Printer, Scanner, Copier, Fax, MFC-J4320DW

    Description

    Versatile and powerful all-in-one printer
    • Built-in wireless connection offers cable-free convenience. Also includes wired connectivity for added versatility.
    • Prints, copies, scans and faxes.
    • Prints up to 35 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 27 pages per minute (ppm) in color.
    • Up to 6000 x 1200 optimized dpi resolution for crisp images.
    • Accommodates up to ledger size (11" x 17") media.
    • Copies up to 12 cpm (ISO) in black and up to 9 cpm (ISO) in color.
    • High-speed 33.6 Kbps fax.
    • Automatic 2-sided printing saves paper and money.
    • 151-sheet total paper tray capacity can handle complex print jobs.
    • 2.7" touchscreen allows easy use.
    • Wireless compatibility with AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Wi-Fi Direct, Brother Cloud Apps and WebConnect.

    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/123245/Brother-Business-Smart-Wireless-Color-Inkjet/

    --- what it cannot do is copy 11x17 ledger size pages -- should be ok with 11x14
    on sale now at office depot -- $99.99

    or from Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/ask/questions/asin/B00N7Q2K34/2/ref=ask_dp_iaw_ql_hza?isAnswered=true#question-Tx2ZIBW2ZZJCNST
    same price -- $99.99

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    Ink...roughly $100 per 1,000 pages
    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/387456/Brother-Extra-High-Yield-Ink-Cartridge/

    Amazon has the ink at about $67
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LGCUTMK/?tag=writingfor07a-20
     
  6. Catrin Lewis

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    I'm checking into this. I like the idea of automatic 2-sided printing, since I duplex all the time and it'd be nice not to have to turn the paper around and feed it through.

    Appears that OD has the best price on the printer, but the ink can be gotten a lot more economically (not to mention, closer) at Walmart.
     
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    I have been going with Brother for a while now, they just seem to be more economical over the long run. The ink price vs. number of pages is a big factor. I have a black and white one for now, and was thinking of getting an all in one.
    The other key factors I look at is print speed, and resolution, I have had some really slow printers in the past.
     

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