Giving Up on Inkjet Printers

| Ted Landau's User Friendly View

Pop quiz: What’s far and away the oldest piece of computer-related hardware I own that is still in active use? Give up? It’s my Hewlett-Packard (HP) LaserJet 4000N printer. Purchased in 1998 (that’s 13 years ago!), it is so old that (as I recently discovered) HP stopped manufacturing toner cartridges for the printer back in 2009.

The joy of laser printers

The termination of HP-supplied toner cartridges for the 4000N doesn’t foreshadow the end-of-the-line for my trusty printer. I can still get a replacement from third-partiesfor less than $30! Which is what I plan to do — assuming my current cartridge ever runs out of toner. At the rate I print, a single cartridge lasts me at least 3 years. In the meanwhile, my 4000N continues to rapidly spit out crisp and clear documents whenever I click Print — with little risk of the output smudging or fading over time.

A bit more background: The HP 4000N is nothing like the somewhat flimsy low-cost personal laser printers that are available today for as little as $99. Rather, it is an office-capable workhorse that cost me around $1400. Its direct descendants are HP’s P4010 line of laser printers. I could get a new HP LaserJet P4014dn that is faster, more capable and less costly (retailing for $799) than my 4000N. But I won’t. I remain content with my 4000N for now. 

True, these laser printers are black-and-white only. I have considered upgrading to a color laser printer, but I have been hesitant to do so. First, over 90% of what I print is black-and-white. I’m not sure I want the added cost of maintaining a printer that requires costly multiple color toner cartridges, when I will almost never need them. Second, my understanding is that color laser printers still cannot match the quality of inkjet printers for printing glossy paper photographs (which is my primary color output).

The trouble with inkjet printers

I also own an inkjet printer. Actually, during the same stretch of time that covers my lone LaserJet purchase, I have purchased at least 4 inkjet printers. My current one is a Canon Pixma MP990. I use it primarily to print photos and the occasional plain-paper color document. Unfortunately, my history with inkjet printers is a good deal more sordid than with my laser printer. And therein lies the tale.

The reason behind my multiple inkjet purchases is not because the printers broke down (although that did happen in one case). It was mainly because I kept wanting the improved quality and better features of the newer printers. For example, I had one inkjet printer that was sufficiently old that it just about no longer worked with the current versions of Mac OS X. In the case of the MP990, I decided it was time to abandon my old stand-alone flatbed scanner and get an all-in-one inkjet printer that had a scanner included (allowing the printer to act as a photocopy device). I also wanted an inkjet printer with Ethernet support. Finally, I wanted the superior color photo output that the latest printers delivered. The MP990 filled the bill.

Given how inexpensive inkjet printers are, these regular upgrades have not been a huge deal. In fact, I know some people that get a new printer whenever their current model runs out of ink. That’s not me, but I understand the logic. I could buy a brand new MP990 from Amazon for $146; a similar newer model goes for $199. To get a complete new set of 6 ink cartridges for the MP990 is about $66 at Amazon. If I was in a hurry, and wanted them immediately, my local Staples sells a set of cartridges for $85 plus tax. That’s not quite expensive enough to justify getting a new printer instead. But it’s getting close.

What remains irritating about all of my inkjet printers, compared to my laser printer, is that I need to replace these costly ink cartridges every couple of months (occasionally, if I am printing a lot of photos, after only a couple of weeks). The result is that I try not to use the printer for anything other than photos, lest I waste the precious ink on something that my laser printer could have handled as well.

Adding to the frustration, the software that supposedly reports the current ink levels is not always current. There are at least three ways to check the Canon printer’s remaining ink levels. I tried them the other day. Clicking “Supply Levels” from a Print dialog box on my Mac claimed all cartridges were fine (which is true, as I had just replaced the low ones). Clicking the Supply Levels button in the Canon’s Print Queue yielded an “information not available” error. When I instead selected the “Remaining ink volume” button on the printer itself, it reported that Yellow was low. Give me a break!

My sour attitude towards inkjet printers does not end with the hassles of ink cartridges. That’s only the beginning. [Note: My experience is mainly with Canon inkjet printers. Although I believe other printers share the same problems, this may not always be so.]

• Long warm-up times. If I have not used the printer for a day or so, I have to wait several minutes, listening to the printer make a series of whirring and spinning warm-up noises before the first page prints out. This gets tiresome very quickly.

 Convoluted software. I’ll give you just one example here. Using the “Automatically Select” media type option, when I put paper in the rear tray, I expect the Canon to chose the tray over the cassette. Not so. It still prefers the cassette. And this assumes that I can keep “Automatically” as the selected option. Often, it mysteriously reverts back to Cassette or Rear Tray.

• Print (and scan) errors. This is the coup de grâce of irritations. After successfully navigating the hassles of low ink cartridges and counter-intuitive software selections and long warm-up times — and finally hoping to see something actually print out, I get some oddball error message instead. This happens with disturbing regularity. Most recently, I had to deal with a “communications error” that kept popping up in the Print Queue. After trying a variety of things that all failed to have any effect, I did a Google search. I learned that the likely required fix was to delete the printer from the list in the Print & Fax System Preferences pane — and re-add it. This did the trick — at least until the next time the error returns.

The scanner that is included as part of the printer also has its share of problems. Most notably, to access the scanner from my Mac, I typically use Mac OS X’s Image Capture. It works perfectly — when it works. At least half the time, however, the scanner doesn’t show up in Image Capture upon launch. To get the scanner to re-appear, I have to power off the printer and turn it back on (and wait for the interminable warm-up period to finish).

Bottom line

It should go without saying by this point (but I’ll say it anyway): While navigating the myriad of problems I have had with inkjet printers over the years, my laser printer has merrily chugged along without a hitch. Despite its age, it continues to play well with Snow Leopard. It has never needed a repair. The quality of its output remains excellent — as good as what I have seen with newer laser printers. Indeed, the quality of its text remains noticeably superior to that of any inkjet I have owned. My laser printer just works. It never gets in the way.

The same has not been true for my succession of inkjet printers. My current Canon inkjet produces great color photos, when I can finally get it to do so. I’m just not sure it’s worth the hassles anymore. Going forward, I’m thinking of giving up on inkjets. For photos, I’ll use something like Shutterfly, which allows me to pick up photos at my local Target. If I find I have a need for color output beyond that, I’ll consider a color laser printer. In recent years, laser printers have come down in price and their color quality has improved. It has never made more sense to kiss inkjet printers goodbye and go with just a laser printer instead.

Comments

John Martellaro

I agree with Ted.  I’ve never had an inkjet printer that I’ve loved. I have, however, had really good luck with my HP Officejet 4500, bought about 18 months ago.  It gurgles occasionally to keep the jets clear.  Amazingly, it is parsimonious with ink—I’ve bought one new cartridge, black and color, during this time. The software for Snow Leopard is unusually good.

However, somewhere along the way, a Mac OS X update killed the scanner software, and it no longer works. I had to go back and renew my license for the superb VueScan—which works flawlessly. If VueScan can do it, why can’t HP?

Considering that I paid $99, it’s a miracle that the darn thing has decent software and prints, copies and faxes pretty much on demand. But Ted’s right.  I got lucky, and most inkjet printers are a disgrace.

jfbiii

I’m as fed up with inkjet tech as I am with Cling Wrap, and that’s saying something. The ridiculous prices for ink have finally pushed me over the edge. Never again will I spend money on these artificial money pits. There’s nothing I need to print that badly.

geoduck

Agree completely. I’ve recommending the HP 1000 series personal laser printers for my users for a few years now. Most people don’t need colour most of the time. Unfortunately I do

The result is that I try not to use the printer for anything other than photos, l

And the trouble with letting it set for weeks is the ink cartridges dry up and you waste most of the ink anyway.

Some of your issues may be Canon issues. Our Epson NX400 warms up fast, the software isn’t bad though I only use the Epson apps for scanning, and I’ve not had any print/scan errors.

Our Epson NX400 is an all in one printer/copier/scanner with separate CMYK cartridges and we’re happy with it, mostly. However it cost us $30 (not list, a massive, door buster special we managed to catch), and a full set of cartridges runs >$50 and we get them every couple of months. Ouch.

Paul Johnson

Most of these problems (other than the deliberate underestimation of remaining ink in the cartridges) are interrelated to a single reason:  Printer/scanner hardware manufacturers (Canon the worst, followed by Epson, HP, and Brother) refuse to spend the money to employ software writers to produce high-quality updated printer and scanner drivers for the Mac.  Even the open-sourcing of these drivers has not been enough to prevent frequent mishaps.

Lee Dronick

We use our inkjet so infrequently that when we do there are problems with the cartridges being dry or the orifice being clogged. On the other hand our Brother 1440 laser printer gets quite a frequent workout, An occasional paper jam, but mostly very reliable.

webjprgm

I got a free Cannon MP-something scanner/printer with my laptop in 2008 and it works fine for me.  I haven’t had software issues, nor has the ink run dry while sitting idle.  I almost never print, so I’ve only purchased replacement ink once.

My grandma, however, very frequently needs me to fix her printer. Part of the issue is that grandpa buys ink from the re-filler guys in the mall.  I think they’ve gotten better recently, but a couple years ago that ink kept getting clogged or smudging things. Most of their printer issues now are that grandpa can’t see the tiny buttons to run the cleaning cycles or switch the paper tray options.

BTW, buying a new printer vs. buying new ink cartridges sometimes is worse than the $30-80 price difference, since new printers often come with cartridges that are only half filled.  Read the labels some time on all the cartridge boxes and you’ll see that some are slightly cheaper because they have half as much ink.

vasic

In my case, the weapon of choice has been Epson. Every two years, I replace one of my two Macs (they are on a four-year replacement cycle, and I bring the old ones overseas, on my annual trip back home, where they fetch almost as much as new Macs cost in the US). Since this always happens in the summer, I get the new Mac (whether an iMac, or MB, whichever is due for upgrade) at the education discount (kids in school), plus free $100 printer, plus free iPod touch.

The reason I buy Epson is because it is currently the ONLY cheap printer that has a CD/DVD printing tray and prints on inkjet-printable discs. I do this occasionally (about 20-30 discs over the course of a year), so the printer choice makes some sense.

So far, I rarely had software hiccups as described by Ted. Much more like Sir Harry (dried up ink from not printing).

As for ink, I always get third-party cartridges (my printer takes 6 different colours), so it isn’t as expensive as original Epson.

Overall, between laser and inkjet, I must agree with Ted. They are quite a bit more flaky than laser; not to mention the noise they make while they print (or getting ready to print).

vpndev

My workhorse is a Samsung ML-2010 that just keeps going and going and going. Third-party replacement toner refills are inexpensive and work very well.

There aren’t any third-party toner cartridges for newer Samsung printers such as ML-2525 because Samsung added a chip to the cartridge to prevent it. Sad.

JonGl

I?ve never had an inkjet printer that I?ve loved.

I’ve had exactly one—a Canon Pixma iP3000. I paid $50 for it, and it lasted me five years or more. It was my first duplex printer (which was awesome), it took four cartridges—one per color, it wasn’t chipped, so you could use the things until they were truly dry and empty, and they were easy to refill if I wanted. Also, while it was a US model, I was able to hack the firmware to print onto CDs and DVDs. I would still be using it, but the print head died. When I did a search for a replacement, I learned it would cost three times the original value of the printer! Worse, the printer was rated for the same number of pages as the print head. :-(  It’s hard to find printers like this one. Oh, and despite having only the four basic colors, it produced delightfully rich and colorful prints, and could print onto paper as small as 3x5 inches.

-Jon

geoduck

All I really want is a colour printer that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy and feed and has Ethernet built in so I can share it across my network.

noworryz

Ted is incorrect that the inkjet printer is warming up. It is actually cleaning its print head, repeatedly sneezing out expensive ink and wiping its nose with a little squeegee!

My experience has been almost identical to Ted’s: I’ve had an HP 4000N work flawlessly for 12 years and have had a series of inkjet printers never work well.  The HP 4000N was initially expensive but not when divided by the number of years of service.

Ted Landau

Ted is incorrect that the inkjet printer is warming up.

I’d say this is just a semantic difference. smile Cleaning the print head could be considered part of “warming up.” But, yes, you are correct.

FlipFriddle

If you hate expensive ink; get a Kodak. I bought their cheapest all-in-one on Amazon for $65; refilling both color and B&W ink cost about $26. Their latest models don’t seem to have the issues of the earlier ones where the print heads would dry out if you didn’t use it every day.

Color-lasers are a waste of money outside of a business environment I think. Unless you print tons of color documents all the time, stick with your B&W. You’ll get more accurate color out of an inkjet as well unless you step up to a high-quality color laser, and now your talking several hundred dollars to refill all of the toner. I shudder to think how much our Xerox 7750 costs to run at work, and we’re pumping out 11x17 pages with full coverage all day.

mlanger

I think I got you beat, Ted. My HP LaserWriter 2100TN dates from 1999 and my husband is still using the LaserWriter 4MP I had before it, which dates back to 1993. I was able to surmount the end-of-AppleTalk problems without too much trouble and still share both printers on my network. Not exactly FAST printers (by today’s standards), but who prints all that much anyway? Even the crappy little $130 Brother laser printer I bought a few years ago for our condo beats out ANY of the inkjet printers I’ve ever owned. Need color? Go to Kinkos!

Lee Dronick

As to old printers. The cashier at the recycling center has an ancient looking dot matrix printing out multipart carbonless receipt forms. Every time I hear it, I flash back to memories of my ImageWriter.

Dan Boone

If you find a good source for replacement cartridges, please let us know. I’ve had horrible luck with three vendors for my HP Laserjet 4V cartridges, gave up, and bought an inkjet. I miss my Laserjet.

Thanks

Tiger

Printing photos has become pass?. Facebook and Twitter have sort of trumped the need to print and share photos for the most part. I may use my inkjet printer 10 times per year for a single page, usually if it’s a map of where I’m going. I use my laser at least once per month.

wab95

Ted:

Your piece reminds me of why I no longer print. Full stop. Okay, I cheat; I have staff who print for me, and I get them whatever they need to get the job done.

The last printer I got was an HP Office jet g85xi or some such back in 2001 or thereabouts. Sometime about when I upgraded to Snow Leopard (maybe Leopard - I wasn’t printing much anyway) I had to reload the print driver every time I went to print. A royal nuisance. That’s when I delegated printing to staff. My overseas office lives and dies by paper documents, unfortunately.

We keep one printer on our home network (HP 5550), which gets so underutilised that a couple days ago, when my son went to print his visa application (urgently of course) he found that the black cartridge had dried up. Thankfully, Fedex is a great all in one stop shop.

When this home printer dies, we will have to decide if it’s cost effective to purchase another.

geoduck

my husband is still using the LaserWriter 4MP

You have a HP 4MP? That’s a real gem, hang onto it.

Those things are tanks. Absolutely indestructible. Almost never needed service too. Wonderful machines. Where I used to work the Acctg Dept had one of those plus a newer ‘fast’ printer. In the 10 years I worked with them they replaced the ‘fast’ printer twice. The 4MP just kept chugging along. Sure it wouldn’t collate or staple, and she wasn’t fast, and she weighed a ton, but with the 1000 sheet tray you could send her a monster print job at 5:00 and know that it would be done in the morning. No jams, no streaks, no misfeeds.

Marcus Guerrero

Ted:

We have an HP 4000TN in our office that we purchased in the late 90’s.  This printer is a workhorse and has never given us a problem.  We have a tech look at it every few years to give it a good check up and cleaning and remember only having to replace some worn rollers but that’s about it.  HP just doesn’t make printers of this quality and build any more!

M.

Brian1946

My wife and I have the same frustration as Ted with the Image Capture scanning software on our iMac.  The scanner on our all in one Epsom SX515 (?) does not show up as being available in the list of scanners.

Sometimes unplugging/plugging the USB cable does the trick, other times makes no difference.  I have also discovered that if you just sit and look at it for maybe 5 minutes the scanner suddenly appears on the available list.  Random.

(Off subject - Image Capture no longer opens the scanned file in Preview after scanning.  Doesn’t seem to be an option any more.)

Gareth Harris

Here in Socorro, NM the humidity has been as low as 4% lately. The bears are coming into town looking for water. It is not a happy place for inkjets.

I am using a Canon, older 530mp, which lies about its cartridge levels, too. I have learned to print something occasionally to keep it going in this low humidity. As for the noises in there, I agree with noworryz that it is “actually cleaning its print head, repeatedly sneezing out expensive ink and wiping its nose with a little squeegee!”, but there are lots of other noises, clicks and eventually a loud bang which lead me to believe the printer is playing with itself. I would take it out in the desert and shoot it except I now print so little that the problem is not worth fixing.

Dean Lewis

I can just add to the horror stories. We got an HP Photosmart C4380 a couple years ago, and the thing was nothing but trouble since day one. It has only printed correctly a few times, opting usually to go through its cleaning cycle and refuse to print any black. Changing the print cartridge(s) helped for maybe one print, and then it would print nothing again. And that was when it didn’t jam from pulling in too many sheets of paper from the terrible combo paper/load/eject tray.

The scanner worked perfectly for a while, and then one day it didn’t work properly. Well, I should say HP’s software started giving an error keeping me from selecting portions to scan, and they have never fixed it. Even the full scan was wonky at that point. Recently it disappeared from the wifi network and won’t come back without me doing a reinstall from a USB-cable attached PC. Screw that. HP was a brand name I trusted to do printers right, but I will never EVER purchase another inkjet from them.

In contrast, the b&w Brother 2170W we got on sale after being pissed at the inkjet the time for $99 or so, has never had a glitch. It has dutifully printed anything thrown at it, was a joy to set up (i.e. reachable via IP address to configure (what the hell, HP? Why do I still have to configure your printers via your bloated software and a USB cable?!), and the toner cartridge lasted forever. Only in the past month has it run out and I need to get a new one.

I’m with all of you. I don’t print color enough to want the hassle and expense of today’s crap inkjet printers. When I need color, I just drop the file on a USB stick and take it to Staples and print it for 50 cents or so.

Aftermac

I gave up Inkjet printers about 8 years ago when I threw out my HP Deskjet 680c. Between my Apple LaserWriter 360 (new in 1991, it’s probably the oldest piece of equipment that I actively use) and HP Color LaserJet 2600n, all of my printing needs are covered.

John Dingler, artist

Hi Ted,
Surprised that you did not list the drying up of ink from infrequent use as several responders have as one of your grievances. It’s also mine.

For cost-effectiveness, convenience and quality, I resort to printing my glossies and canvases at CopyMax across the street while my new, but now old, inkjet remains still unused, unconnected, likely becoming absolute during Lion when I will likely donate it, making room for files.

Lancashire-Witch

My neighbour uses a photo printer (Epson Picturemate) and a Brother Laser (HL-2140).  The strategy suits his needs and his only problem is sourcing ink for the Epson.

I’m very tempted to go the same route - though not necessarily the same manufacturers/models

Ted Landau

Surprised that you did not list the drying up of ink from infrequent use

Surprisingly, I have never had the problem (at least not on my 2 most recent Canon printers) even though I may go a month or more in between uses of the printer. Either Canon inks do better here than most or I’ve just been lucky.

Nom

My HP LaserWriter 2100TN dates from 1999

Good printer.  I bought my 2100TN a year before I was married, and I celebrate my 11th wedding anniversary in a month.

We’ve had to replace the drum, and paper feed has issues occasionally, but it’s still going well.  Unlike the cheap inkjet that we no longer use.

That said, the original Apple StyleWriter printers lasted pretty well.  I kept one of those for many years.

At some point, I want to replace or augment the 2100TN with a colour laser, and scanner support would be good too.  But I’m afraid I’ll end up with something cheap and nasty that will be no end of trouble (like the inkjet was).  Ability to be networked is a plus.  I’m price-sensitive, but also wise enough to know how to divide price by lifespan.  Any suggestions?

archimedes

I would really love my Canon Selphy (CP780) compact photo printer…. if I could get it to work with Snow Leopard and a case-sensitive file system! Basically, if you try to install in that configuration, the “add” button is permanently greyed out and you cannot print. Canon’s tech support was unable to provide a solution to the problem.

Works great on my Power Mac G4 with Tiger, though. ;-p

Edit: Technically the Selphy is a dye sublimation printer, not an inkjet. The prints are expensive, but they are beautiful. I just wish the driver worked with 10.6 and case sensitive HFS+.

archimedes

Ted: I’m still looking for the “holy grail” of laser printers: a compact color laser printer that has wi-fi and duplexing. I’ve seen printers from Samsung, Brother, etc. which are compact and have color and wi-fi, but they don’t support duplex printing. I’ve seen printers that are compact and have wi-fi and duplexing, but they don’t do color! It’s utterly maddening. The printers that have color, wi-fi, and duplexing are invariably the size of small (or large) refrigerators.

I quite like my compact (and cheap) duplexing laser printer, but it’s only black and white. They make color laser printers which aren’t much bigger than my black and white Panasonic - why on earth can’t they add a duplexing feature?

Somehow I think that there isn’t a *technical* reason why they can’t combine all of the features; rather, it just seems like it’s due to market segmentation.

archimedes

Ugh, macobserver.com seems to be having problems - I keep getting a message like “an error has occurred - contact the system administrator if this problem persists.”

Lee Dronick

The spammer is back! Can a few more of you flag the post as inappropriate? I am getting email notifications where he hit some other posts.

furbies

Still printing to a HP 5MP,  via a Parallel to USB cable, connected to a MyXerver (SMB Print Server Software) which is connected to the ethernet network.

The danged thing just won’t die.

I did have to connect it to a 1st Gen G3 Powerbook to run the HP cleaning page through the printer to clean the Fusing Assembly, but apart from that, it just keeps printing…..

vpndev

The danged thing just won?t die

That can be fixed smile

Place two aspirin in a glass with water and swirl them.

Power off the printer and, using a sharp knife, disassemble the USB cable. Attach the data lines to a 120V or 240V plug (configure for locale). Using appropriate protective equipment, insert plug into power socket. Remove plug from socket, and also any other connections.

Carefully pour the water+aspirin into the delivery chute of the printer.

Wait until the next morning to see if it calls you smile

kiwiiano

My MacBook Pro (Snow leopard) prints just fine to the HP2200 (duplex/booklet capable) that is USB’ed to the MacMini out in the workshop (it was ethernetted until AppleTalk went AWOL).
The Canon MP630 AiO (duplex/DVD) is also shared by the Mini. It scans with Image Capture, no probs, although its prolonged & repeated headcleaning is a pain. There’s also a Canon S9000 A3 printer that has a tale to tell. I got it for a song because it threw a “Tank Full” error. In spite of only producing a few dozen prints in 3 years or so, it had filled its waste tank (a large fabric mat on the floor of the case) with what must have been cartridge after cartridge of bloody expensive ink. It hadn’t been turned off in those 3 years and been sneaking head-cleans every hour or so. After a strip & clean it’s going fine although it only gets turned on when needed.
The Canon Selphy 720 has no problems with Snow Leopard, although when I dispose of dye-sub rolls I invariably find sections that have been discarded unused by the software. Canon’s sneaky tricks again.

Terrin

Vuescan is great software. I have a UMAX scanner that is about fifteen years old. I bought it back when UMAX was a licensed Apple clone maker. The scanner is great as the bed is 11 by 17. Without Vuescan, that scanner would be a junk bin somewhere.

However, somewhere along the way, a Mac OS X update killed the scanner software, and it no longer works. I had to go back and renew my license for the superb VueScan?which works flawlessly. If VueScan can do it, why can?t HP?

JohnnyO

I’m not in love with my inkjet printers either, but I can’t see myself resorting to black and white (or greyscale) for the items I print.  Most are just web pages for directions, or simple party invitations, etc., but black and white would make the family grumble, like having a black and white TV.

Also - for those with the really old laser printers - what is the annual cost in electricity vs. the cost of inkjet printer ink?

Other than feeling like I have to replace ink cartridges too often, I’ve had really good luck with my last three Canon printers.  I had a Pixma 4000 upstairs and a Pixma 5000 downstairs.  About 16 months ago we bought a Canon Pixma MX860 all-in-one device.  I am amazed at how well it does!  It has a sheet feeder for multi-page printing.  It does double-sided printing.  It faxes (yes, I still need to do that occasionally).  It scans.  It copies.  I can initiate activities at the printer, and direct scans to various computers around the house.  We can sit in the living room and fire print jobs to the printer upstairs and pick them up later.

As others have mentioned, software and drivers for these printers tends to be the achilles heel.  With this multi-function printer, we are at the mercy of the Canon software.  Thankfully, while not winning any UI prizes, it has continued to function well on the four machines (3 Macs, one Windows machine) we have configured with the software to communicate with the printer.

John

Lee Dronick

Also - for those with the really old laser printers - what is the annual cost in electricity vs. the cost of inkjet printer ink?

I never computed the power usage. It stays in standby until woken up for printing so there is a bit of vampire electricity use. I suppose I can turn it off at night and when not in use. My wife is back in college and uses a lot more than I do; She is often doing homework late at night when I am in the arms of Morpheous.

As to cost. We get 3000 or pages of text out of a cartridge. Prices range between $20-$60. I usually get mine at a local recycler who I trust to provide good cartridges and offers a guarantee.

If we need to print a color photo say for the wall or as a gift I will got to FedEx/Kinkos or order via iTunes.

John Campbell

Not to mention how much it costs to repair inkjets (if you can find someone) and the landfills filling up with them somewhere on the planet. This is the price we pay for planned obsolescence… what a waste!

geoduck

Not to mention how much it costs to repair inkjets

What is this “repair inkjet” you speak of?

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