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Windows 7: Looking for recommendations on a new printer.

21 Oct 2016   #11
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I think that the most important question are:
- How many text pages you print a week?
- Do you Print photos? How many a month?
- Do you need a combo (printer+scanner) or even (printer+scanner+fax)?


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21 Oct 2016   #12
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

I have an Officejet 8600 Premium AIO, inkjet.
Print, copy, scan, fax.
The color of the device does not matter to me, but, yes, it (and most/all of the HP home models) is black.
I have used it under 7 and 10, with all manner of connection modes (local/USB, ethernet and wifi).
I do not use the fax much (mostly to contact politicians <LOL>), but I print nearly every day and I scan often.
I am a stickler for ink and do not use generic/aftermarket or refilled cartridges.
But the HP ink program puts deeply discounted, FRESH, genuine cartridges on your doorstep with free next-day delivery with a couple of mouse clicks.
VERY convenient.
And I have been pleased with phone warranty support the few times I've needed it.

If you search the specs by brand and model, it will help you pick the right brand and model for your needs.
Laserjets are much cheaper than they used to be, but they might be overkill for you.

HTH,

MM
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21 Oct 2016   #13
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I print maybe one text page a week. Sometimes I have bigger print jobs like the 56 pages I printed before the Lexmark broke. Some parts of the document was in color. I never print photos.

I need a printer, scanner, copier. Don't need a fax but at that point the AIO's usually have fax capabilities. Some of the printing I do has color so I do need a color printer be it inkjet or laser. SD card slots and USB ports (to print from) are not needed. I want to connect it wirelessly to my network and be able to print stuff from my iPhone if needed.

I'd also like to get around the same life out of the new printer that I did from the Lexmark.
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21 Oct 2016   #14
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

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I've had entirely different experience with HP over the years for home and home/business.
While I was not happy about their little issue with not-quite-empty ink cartridges (which has been resolved), I have found their hardware, software, ink and support to be more than fine over many years.
I've been relatively happy with HP printers and AiOs too (can't say the same for HP PCs and notebooks but that is an entirely different division of HP).

There are pluses and minuses to both inkjet and laser printers. I might suggest you check out Consumer Reports buying guide.
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21 Oct 2016   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I just did a lot of research for a printer. Ended up with a Brother's Laser.

My reasons for this choice.

1. It was priced right. Plus they come in all price ranges and abilities. (Toots and whistles)

2. Laser Jet prints great and if one does a lot of printing, it's cheaper per page.

3. With a little maintenance the damn ink doesn't dry out if one doesn't print much like InkJets do.

4. I contacted my local computer store, who sell all brands of printers and they use Brother's Laser printers in house to print boat loads of pages without any problems.
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Printers I have owned.

1. HP, (several) they always worked well but I was going broke buying ink.

2. Kodak, (2) they also worked well but the ink would dry up unless I printed some things every week. Ink was also costly even if it didn't dry up.

3. LexMark (1). It only took one to let me know I didn't want it. Made cheap, worked even cheaper. Sounded like a thrashing machine when it did work.

I just gave away 2 Kodak printers that ended up in the junk pile.
I also gave away a old (2007) HP that still worked great if one wanted to pay the high price for the ink.

Unless one has one of those many thousand dollar printers, printers are like Bic Pens. When they stop working throw them away. It cost more to fix than they cost to buy them; if one could find the parts.

Jack
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21 Oct 2016   #16
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

One thing that has helped me on laser printer maintenance is to cover them up completely with a dust cover like you'd have seen on a typewriter 40 years ago. It keeps dust, pet hair, and grime out of the mechanism. My 9 year old Brother printer looks like it did the day I bought it.
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21 Oct 2016   #17
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
One thing that has helped me on laser printer maintenance is to cover them up completely with a dust cover like you'd have seen on a typewriter 40 years ago. It keeps dust, pet hair, and grime out of the mechanism. My 9 year old Brother printer looks like it did the day I bought it.
I do something similar with my Samsung color laser. Since I leave it on all the time (reconnecting the Wi-Fi can be a bit temperamental at times), I just cover the top only to keep dust and small critters out of the mechanism (covering the entire printer would block cooling vents). Even with that limited coverage, it still looks almost new.
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21 Oct 2016   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I just did a lot of research for a printer. Ended up with a Brother's Laser.

My reasons for this choice.

1. It was priced right. Plus they come in all price ranges and abilities. (Toots and whistles)

2. Laser Jet prints great and if one does a lot of printing, it's cheaper per page.

3. With a little maintenance the damn ink doesn't dry out if one doesn't print much like InkJets do.

4. I contacted my local computer store, who sell all brands of printers and they use Brother's Laser printers in house to print boat loads of pages without any problems.
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Printers I have owned.

1. HP, (several) they always worked well but I was going broke buying ink.

2. Kodak, (2) they also worked well but the ink would dry up unless I printed some things every week. Ink was also costly even if it didn't dry up.

3. LexMark (1). It only took one to let me know I didn't want it. Made cheap, worked even cheaper. Sounded like a thrashing machine when it did work.

I just gave away 2 Kodak printers that ended up in the junk pile.
I also gave away a old (2007) HP that still worked great if one wanted to pay the high price for the ink.

Unless one has one of those many thousand dollar printers, printers are like Bic Pens. When they stop working throw them away. It cost more to fix than they cost to buy them; if one could find the parts.

Jack
Laser printers are more economical to use than inkjets, especially when you use printers infrequently.

I had one inkjet, an Epson. That stupid thing would clog if I didn't use it daily. You couldn't give me an inkjet for anything other than target practice.

I had one HP printer. It worked great and was still working great when I retired it. I retired it because HP wouldn't write drivers for it to work with Win 7 (one reason I delayed leaving XP for five years). Also, while I still could get toner cartridges for it, they were chipped and everyone I could find had expired, locking me out of the "tool box" preventing me from changing settings. That (HP also proudly refuses to write drivers for older OSs on new machines they build and has been known to increase the cost of consumables for older products) and the ineffectual support I received for an HP monitor I had, I will no longer buy HP products.

My experience with Lexmarks was at work (back in day when I still worked for a living). They were unreliable and expensive to feed.
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21 Oct 2016   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you ignatzatsonic and Lady Fitzgerald.

Covering the printer when not in use.
My printer is only on when in use.
I do have a long hair cat.

I just covered mine a minute ago after reading the posts.

Jack
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21 Oct 2016   #20
TrustMe

 
 

My advice is not to buy a Dell. I have a color laser printer and it's not very reliable, plus to price of the toner is outrageous.
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