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Old 09-02-07, 01:22 AM   #1
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Well I was pretty excited today when I received my new Canon photo printer. Got the inks installed and ran it through its test print but then I had to go to work. After work I was excited to finish installing the drivers and try it out! Well it took all of about two minutes to realize that canon doesn't provide a USB A/B printer cable. ARRRGGGHHH! I scrounged around the house and found I had four USB cables but none were correct. Aren't these cable cheap, like 2-5 dollars? Well I'll find out tomorrow what they cost I guess. I'm normally very satisfied with Canon, but this was silly. I did extensive research before buying this printer (iP6700D) and nowhere did it say that a USB cable was not included. Not even in the instructions. It just simply isn't listed in the "contents" on the box, so I guess it's my fault for not seeing that it wasn't included, but it's still frustrating.

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I've never bought a printer that had all the cables one needed for the hook-up.
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Old 09-02-07, 03:08 AM   #3
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I just bought a new brother b/w laser printer as a present to myself for the school year. Luckily my general dorkiness and affinity for science stuff provided me with the proper cabelage and requisite knowledge. In other words, I used the cable from the Lexmark that I want to go to a horrible place in the world of discarded electronics. Possibly New Jersey.
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Well I was pretty excited today when I received my new Canon photo printer. Got the inks installed and ran it through its test print but then I had to go to work. After work I was excited to finish installing the drivers and try it out! Well it took all of about two minutes to realize that canon doesn't provide a USB A/B printer cable. ARRRGGGHHH! I scrounged around the house and found I had four USB cables but none were correct. Aren't these cable cheap, like 2-5 dollars? Well I'll find out tomorrow what they cost I guess. I'm normally very satisfied with Canon, but this was silly. I did extensive research before buying this printer (iP6700D) and nowhere did it say that a USB cable was not included. Not even in the instructions. It just simply isn't listed in the "contents" on the box, so I guess it's my fault for not seeing that it wasn't included, but it's still frustrating.

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Old 09-02-07, 06:48 AM   #5
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Printers generally don't come with cables, and it generally says so on the box. Part of the reason is that some people will hook them up via printer port, some via USB. Good thinking on their part I think.
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Printers generally don't come with cables, and it generally says so on the box. Part of the reason is that some people will hook them up via printer port, some via USB. Good thinking on their part I think.
That being the case, why don't they come with both cables? My flat panel monitors came with 2 video cables (one standard, and one DVI.) Heck, they even came with a USB cable to attach the powered USB ports on the monitor.
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I've never bought a printer that had all the cables one needed for the hook-up.
+8, one for each of the printers i've purchased that didnt come with cables.
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Old 09-02-07, 07:13 AM   #9
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Part of the reason is that some people will hook them up via printer port, some via USB. Good thinking on their part I think.
Computers have printer ports still?
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That being the case, why don't they come with both cables? My flat panel monitors came with 2 video cables (one standard, and one DVI.) Heck, they even came with a USB cable to attach the powered USB ports on the monitor.
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The inkjet printer industry has evolved to the point where you are assured to get the most worthless, piece of **** printer possible along with almost none of the accessories and hookups you need. Sometimes you don't even get all of the ink cartridges necessary to run the thing! Even if you do, they certainly aren't full.

I mean, why would they bother to provide you with a quality machine complete with everything you need? All they care is that you purchase their overpriced ink as often as possible. When the printer breaks, you'll buy another, so no problem there, either!

I gave up on inkjets many years ago. Just wasn't even remotely worth the hassle. I bought an affordable monochrome laser printer, and it's served me reliably and cheaply for several years.
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Old 09-02-07, 09:07 AM   #12
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Printers generally don't come with cables, and it generally says so on the box. Part of the reason is that some people will hook them up via printer port, some via USB. Good thinking on their part I think.
I have yet to see a new printer that has an old parallel port; they're all USB or LAN!
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The inkjet printer industry has evolved to the point where you are assured to get the most worthless, piece of **** printer possible along with almost none of the accessories and hookups you need. Sometimes you don't even get all of the ink cartridges necessary to run the thing! Even if you do, they certainly aren't full.

I mean, why would they bother to provide you with a quality machine complete with everything you need? All they care is that you purchase their overpriced ink as often as possible. When the printer breaks, you'll buy another, so no problem there, either!

I gave up on inkjets many years ago. Just wasn't even remotely worth the hassle. I bought an affordable monochrome laser printer, and it's served me reliably and cheaply for several years.
+111111 I paid $25 for my HP LaserJet 4l, toner cartridges are around the same money. I get a year out of one easily.
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Old 09-02-07, 11:16 AM   #14
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I gave up on inkjets many years ago. Just wasn't even remotely worth the hassle. I bought an affordable monochrome laser printer, and it's served me reliably and cheaply for several years.
That's the way to go. As for myself, I just email all my print jobs to my place of employment...
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I have a cheap Brother monochrome laser printer, a Canon S900 for my high quality photo printing, and a Canon 530 Pixma all in one for copying, scanning, faxing and color text printing. I use the Brother most often as a printer. And after 25 years of owning personal computing hardware, I have quite the box of orphan cables now. I see that I still have a parallel port switchbox back when I used to drive two dot matrix printers off of an 8088 PC that had two 5.25" floppy drives.
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Old 09-02-07, 11:59 AM   #16
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+111111 I paid $25 for my HP LaserJet 4l, toner cartridges are around the same money. I get a year out of one easily.
I've got an HP LJ 4 Plus that I dumpstered from my old place of employment. They were throwing them out because they replaced them with HP LJ 6 series printers. Not that anything was wrong with the LJ 4 series ones... just that they were old.
I've had it for 6 years and it still works fine. It's still probably going to work fine in 6 more years. Of course, it's the size and weight of 2 cinderblocks bolted together, but who cares?
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There is a gap between two groups of printers. The first group is the "buy the printer relatively cheaply, buy expensive ink cartridges" with quality being decent, but not something that would be working for you five years from the date you bought it.

Then, there is the second group. The printer is usually fairly expensive, over $1000. However, the printer will last you for decades, and supplies for it will be relatively inexpensive. For example, an HP Laserjet 4250dtn (duplex, extended paper cartridges, and networking) will run you $1800, but ten years later, the printer will be still chugging away, slow but sure.

Usually (and this is my rule of thumb), if the printer is networkable and supports Postscript, it is in the latter category. If it requires a Windows machine and special drivers (or driver gymnastics to make it work on other platforms), its a disposable, trash and toss printer.
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