One that won't fucking die in six months or less, like every printer I've bought recently?
I stopped buying inkjets because they get "printer cancer" (i.e., dried out heads) from lack of use.
I don't print a lot.
I moved up to a laser, a cheap monochrome model by Brother actually.
I've been using the same Dell 1700 for about seven years. It's a B&W laser printer. I don't print a whole lot, though--probably no more than 20 pages a week.
Canon. I've had two, and neither has given up the ghost (the only reason I bought the second one is the first one had a parallel port, not a USB connection, so it wouldn't work on modern computers when I upgraded... seriously it's THAT old).
I got the Canon multi-function wireless printer. It's awesome. Speed, quality, "just works" with all my computers and devices wirelessly, and also copies, scans, etc. And it was dirt cheap for the quality, imho.
(For the record, I have the MP560 ... it's a few years old, don't know what the current model equivalent is)
And for the record, I don't print a lot either. I haven't had an issue with clogging heads or "printer cancer". Knock on wood.
4 year old Canon Pixma all-in-one with cartridges from Amazon Marketplace (24 for $30).
I've had to deal with a shitload of bank, broker, and lawyer stuff so this thing has paid for itself.
I have an epson inkjet that I love. I bought it in a panic when my HP failed, thinking it was a stop gap. I have been using it daily for 1.5 years with issue.
Get a 3-D printer. You can print out a gun, pizza, your dry cleaning, etc.
I like my Canon. I threw out my HP.
Just bought a new Cannon, I had an HP that lasted 10 years and the cord finally gave out.
I've heard nothing but bad about Epson printers for years now. They USED to be awesome, but at some point, they became cheap crap.
R10 - The only thing negative thing I can say about my Epson is that my inkjet uses A LOT of ink. Amazingly reliable and I print quite a bit. I started order the cartridges in bulk on Amazon to save $$ on it.
Don't all inkjet printers use a lot of ink? And doesn't the ink dry up if you don't use it ASAP? I once bought an ink jet and didn't open it until a couple of months after I bought it -- I print next to nothing -- and the ink had dried out. I have no idea what brand it was.
LSS, I bought a laser printer and have never looked back.
That hasn't been my experience with my Canon, R12
I owned an Okidata laser a while back that was rock solid.
I gave it to my brother when they wouldn't update the driver to OSX Mountain Lion.
So I called 'em up and yelled, "Ah so, prease, fukko you-san!!"
I also have a canon no problems so far after 3 yrs
I went through a few HP printers and all were pretty terrible. Years ago, I had a Canon BubbleJet that was terrific; very smooth, crisp printing and the ink lasted pretty long. Also, I had a Brother multi-function that worked great until the print heads wore out in four months.
Last year, on the suggestion of a friend, I got an Epson WorkForce 845 and, so far, it's been the best printer I've used. The ink is a good value, it prints fast, copies and scans great. Only one minor jam on the scanner and that was when my partner was careless putting an invoice with a ripped corner the auto feed.
HP computers are horrible. Thanks for all the info on Canon printers, that's where I'll go for the next one. Any ideas for laptops?
I've been looking for a new printer too, and reading a lot of reviews. Most agree that Epson is bad, HP is mediocre and Cannon is the best.
I love a good printer
OKI (using LED technology)
I like the Epson color inkjet all-in-ones (scanner / fax / printer) - generally pretty compact, and the software is decent.
For laser, I've been using the Brother wireless models, but those go through toner pretty fast.
I absolutely hate HP printers - they used to be great, but sometime in the 2000's they started packaging them with 10 different unnecessary applications and bloatware on your computer, which were so poorly coded they would conflict with other software and drivers and create huge lag times on startup - they were basically equivalent to a virus. I refuse to install any modern HP printers because their bloatware is so bad. Epson and Brother printers come with unnecessary applications too, but you can generally manage which ones you install pretty easily, and I haven't experienced software or driver conflicts yet.
Canon but fuck, ink is soo expensive. I'd probably look for the cheapest cartridges.
R17, for laptops if you're looking for a Windows system for work, I'm a fan of Lenovo / IBM ThinkPads - still the gold standard (great construction and layout, relatively lightweight), though the Lenovo bloatware can be annoying. But see if you can get one with Windows 7 Pro, since Windows 8 is a disaster.
If you're looking for something for more daily use (not work), I guess there's a range of options - I've used Lenovo IdeaPads (their consumer line), and Dells generally come pretty cheap if you're not too concerned about long-lasting quality. But again, I'd see if you can find something with Windows 7 pre-installed. I was thinking of getting my parents a Chrome OS netbook, since all they do is surf the Internet / watch Netflix, and you really don't need much besides a web browser to handle that.
I'm printing as I type this
I have a Canon copy/print/fax/scan. I don't remember it being overly expensive, but the ink is pretty pricy. One beef is that if one color cartridge is out of ink, it disables itself until you change out for a new cartridge, even if you try and print B&W only.
It is all the same Made in China crap OP. Sorry. Brand name is cosmetic today.
The printer I have works fine
I have a cheap Samsung color laser printer. Toner is not cheap but it lasts a very long time, and doesn't dry out like inkjet cartridges.
I like my Lexmark.
too many choices!
Can't Cannon cartridges be refilled. It's quite cheap at Costco.
I have a Canon and love it. Four years old and not a single problem. Unlike the Epson I used to have whose print heads would clog frequently.
I would only use HP, after many experiments with others.
I dropped my ancient (15 years old and still working perfectly) HP Laserjet for one of the combination scanner/printer/copier deskjets, and I'm completely satisfied. Excellent color, reliable, good wireless service, easy faxing for the rare cases I need that, and cheap. I can't complain about the cartridge costs - I print color only when needed and print in draft mode for mere text, which looks the same as prints with more density.
Rapists and wrong-doers buy brother
I never buy ink cartridges, I just buy new printers. They are fairly inexpensive these days.
I hardly ever print, in fact I went over a decade without a printer. Recently I got a $29 all-in-one Cannon. Works fine for my purposes, although it would be nice to have a better scanner.
That's hilarious r36. Yours is an extreme example, but it does actually make sense sometimes to toss something instead of wasting time repairing it. I spent hours cleaning out and disinfecting two cat boxes after my cat died, and that was definitely a stupid waste of time. They only cost $5 at the grocery store, and I'm not planning to have another cat for years anyway.
I actually marched my old Epson out to the third floor fire escape and drop kicked it into the dumpster, I hated it that much.
Buy the printer based on the ink, not the printer price. The profit is in the ink.
Since the ill fated Epson, I have has two Canon printers that perform superbly with economical ink costs. One is a multi purpose and the other prints 11x17. Love them.
OMG, did I actually post "I have has"?
Please, allow me...O, dear...