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Old March 13, 2011, 10:21 PM
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I have the worst luck with printers. I had a Canon printer that seemed to work ok, and then when I needed new ink, it wouldn't recognize the new cartridges. So I decided to buy an Epson, low and behold the same exact problem. When I decided to get new ink cartridges and install them, the printer still said that there was no ink and needed new cartridges. *sigh*

Is it because the printer heads dried out from not replacing the cartridges immediately? Anyways, can someone recommend a reliable printer please
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Old March 13, 2011, 10:58 PM
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I'm not sure what models you have but the heads are usually built into the ink cartridge. Are you using OEM ink cartridges or 3rd party?
I seem to recall Epson used chips on the cartridges that prevent non Epson ink cartridges.

I'm using a b/w HP laser printer and its been pretty reliable. My dad has a Brother colour ink jet with 3rd party ink tanks that he refills instead of cartridges and it seems to work with no problems.
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Old March 14, 2011, 10:20 AM
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I have a Samsung 3051N B/W laser and a Samsung 315 colour laser both get used a lot and no problems at all .we have gone through almost 2500 pages on the 3051 with the factory cartridge and about 1500 pages on the 315 colour with the factory cartridges , not bad at all. Can't say the same for our HP 8 colour photo printer ,while it's been rock solid it sure can be expensive to run.
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Old March 14, 2011, 11:56 AM
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Honestly, with the price of laser printers these days, going inkjet just doesn't make sense unless you print photo-quality pictures.
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Old March 14, 2011, 01:01 PM
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Reliable and printer cannot go in the same sentence.
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Old March 14, 2011, 01:15 PM
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I bought an inkjet from Staples at the weekend, I need a scanner and copier so went with an all in one from HP, I have been impressed so far, but time will tell. I would love to buy a Laser but need the scanner and copier function.
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Old March 14, 2011, 01:18 PM
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I bought an inkjet from Staples at the weekend, I need a scanner and copier so went with an all in one from HP, I have been impressed so far, but time will tell. I would love to buy a Laser but need the scanner and copier function.
Samsung has some great all-in-one laser models.
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Old March 14, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Until laser catches up with colour inkjet quality in a consumer package, I personally stick with inkjet (I print art related stuff sometimes)

and I've owned three canons with no issue. replacing the ink even with 3d party refills works just fine. not to be rude but .. are you doing it right?
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Old March 14, 2011, 04:18 PM
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I'm on my second Brother from the MFC line and have been pretty happy with them. The only quirk I've come across is the fact that they won't print if any of the ink carts is empty (i.e. if the cyan is empty, you can't even get a black/white print out of it.

I've also been pretty happy with my cheap samsung b/w network/duplex laser printer.
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I purchased my present printer, Canon MX850, about a year ago. It's a real workhorse meant for more of the Soho crowd which is exactly what I needed. Between my significant other and myself it is used quite a bit. 3rd party ink is pretty cheap, <$30 for a pack of the 5 inks it uses and have worked great for me. Remember to buy the cartridges "with" the chip! The print heads are also easily replaceable.
I used to purchase only Epson for a long time but ran from them for a few reasons including poorer ink management, the printer refusing to print even B/W if one of the colour cartridges was empty, and the big "cleaning cycle counter limit" debacle. I've had HP's, Epson & Canon and have no problem saying that my MX850 is the best printer I have owned.
If I was looking for a printer today I'd probably look real hard at the Canon MX882.
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