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Old 08-13-20, 04:43 PM
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Zombie thread.
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Old 08-13-20, 05:25 PM
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Zombie thread.
Fitting, since the OP is a zombie.
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Old 08-13-20, 05:37 PM
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Fitting, since the OP is a zombie.
He's going to outlive the threadkiller thread.
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Fitting, since the OP is a zombie.
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I'm still using that Brother. Using aftermarket toner too.
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Old 08-13-20, 07:42 PM
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The guy that resurrected this thread seems to have issues. What is he talking about?
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Your lack of brains.
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Old 08-14-20, 05:29 AM
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Your lack of brains.
Just lucky, I guess. I'm zombie-proof this way.
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When my youngest sister was old enough to lose her first tooth I told her she should put part of her brain under her pillow and the brain fairy would come just like the tooth fairy. Anytime she does something stupid now I tell her the brain fairy came to see her too many times.
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When my youngest sister was old enough to lose her first tooth I told her she should put part of her brain under her pillow and the brain fairy would come just like the tooth fairy. Anytime she does something stupid now I tell her the brain fairy came to see her too many times.
Same old story, a zombie mse once bit my sister...
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Old 08-14-20, 10:20 AM
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May be a zombie thread... but indeed new printer technology has come along... The Epson "Econo Tank."

Worth looking into as a solution to this age old problem.
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Old 08-27-20, 04:52 PM
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use lazer printers.
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Old 08-28-20, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Or rare?

I had a bad experience with a refilled HP multi-color cartridge once and have bought new since.

I am currently using a Epson Stylus Photo RX580. This is kind of stupid because what I need is a B&W laser for hard copy but I love having the copier & scanner function.

Are single color refills OK?

Thoughts on MF printers?
About 8 years ago, I spent like $120 for an inkjet multi-cartridge pack for my all-in-one. It was so expensive I couldn't bring myself to cut it open for a long time. Eventually, I got some advice from an IT buddy, he told me that HP 2200/2300 series laser printers are un-kill-able workhorses. For $75 (incl shipping) I bought one off ebay, and it has been a champion ever since. I was able to return the cartridges to costco for a full refund.

The past few months, the 2300 has been printing kind of streaky, and for a while the paper feeder was jamming, but it got better (maybe it prefers warmer ambient temperature?)

Anyways I'm about ready to buy another used 2300 with duplex, and try to sell my current one for like $20.

EDIT: oopx, zombie thread. OP is 2014-05. gmail tells me I ordered my 2300 in 2014-02. That's laser printing for less than $10/yr (not counting consumables)
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Old 08-29-20, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
About 8 years ago, I spent like $120 for an inkjet multi-cartridge pack for my all-in-one. It was so expensive I couldn't bring myself to cut it open for a long time. Eventually, I got some advice from an IT buddy, he told me that HP 2200/2300 series laser printers are un-kill-able workhorses. For $75 (incl shipping) I bought one off ebay, and it has been a champion ever since. I was able to return the cartridges to costco for a full refund.

The past few months, the 2300 has been printing kind of streaky, and for a while the paper feeder was jamming, but it got better (maybe it prefers warmer ambient temperature?)

Anyways I'm about ready to buy another used 2300 with duplex, and try to sell my current one for like $20.

EDIT: oopx, zombie thread. OP is 2014-05. gmail tells me I ordered my 2300 in 2014-02. That's laser printing for less than $10/yr (not counting consumables)
Are you doing color?
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Old 08-29-20, 02:52 PM
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I've got a Canon MF6100 laser printer. Print, copy, scan, fax (not that I've ever faxed anything!). Double sided feed and printing.

Runs great. Cartridges last a while and aren't too pricey.

If I need colour a few times a year I go to the local copy shop.
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Are you doing color?
I'm not. Color is too small a percentage of printing needs to be worth the investment. 5-10c/page from kinkos or whatever would add up to less than $5/year.
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Yes, this is a 'zombie' thread, but printers have come a long way in the 6 years since the thread was started.

Question for you folks who have all-in-one printer-copy-scan-fax devices - what format is the scan function in? Does it produce pdf (or pdf-compatible) files or use some other graphics software that I can save to my computer? Just asking because my employer is letting a lot of us work from home a few days a week, and we can get re-imbursed for office supplies. I haven't had a printer in 10 years and would LOVE to get one that also scans and copies. I only need black and white; color printing is infrequent, and I can print that when I'm at the office. The Epson with a bulk tank system sounds interesting, I'll have to look at those.
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Old 08-30-20, 05:43 AM
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I'm not. Color is too small a percentage of printing needs to be worth the investment. 5-10c/page from kinkos or whatever would add up to less than $5/year.
Wife is an artist... we do a lot of color here. Laser would not do the job.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Yes, this is a 'zombie' thread, but printers have come a long way in the 6 years since the thread was started.

Question for you folks who have all-in-one printer-copy-scan-fax devices - what format is the scan function in? Does it produce pdf (or pdf-compatible) files or use some other graphics software that I can save to my computer? Just asking because my employer is letting a lot of us work from home a few days a week, and we can get re-imbursed for office supplies. I haven't had a printer in 10 years and would LOVE to get one that also scans and copies. I only need black and white; color printing is infrequent, and I can print that when I'm at the office. The Epson with a bulk tank system sounds interesting, I'll have to look at those.
The scanner sends data to your computer, and you decide what to do with it based on your needs and the software you have installed. You can make .jpg files, .tif, .pdf files, or send the data right to Word via OCR, or send it right to your Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw tools. Again, it all depends on your software and configuration.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Yes, this is a 'zombie' thread, but printers have come a long way in the 6 years since the thread was started.

Question for you folks who have all-in-one printer-copy-scan-fax devices - what format is the scan function in? Does it produce pdf (or pdf-compatible) files or use some other graphics software that I can save to my computer? Just asking because my employer is letting a lot of us work from home a few days a week, and we can get re-imbursed for office supplies. I haven't had a printer in 10 years and would LOVE to get one that also scans and copies. I only need black and white; color printing is infrequent, and I can print that when I'm at the office. The Epson with a bulk tank system sounds interesting, I'll have to look at those.
I can do a couple of image formats (jpg, tiff and png) as well as pdf. I can convert to just about anything from those using other software.
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Old 08-31-20, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by wesleydrogo View Post
use lazer printers.
A friend of mine has a Lazer helmet.
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I just got a canon with the megatank setup, similar to the epson ecotank. There are other tank type inkjets out there too. I hardly ever print myself so the printer is really for my wife and daughter. I'm hoping my daughter will do the work on setting it up.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Yes, this is a 'zombie' thread, but printers have come a long way in the 6 years since the thread was started.

Question for you folks who have all-in-one printer-copy-scan-fax devices - what format is the scan function in? Does it produce pdf (or pdf-compatible) files or use some other graphics software that I can save to my computer? Just asking because my employer is letting a lot of us work from home a few days a week, and we can get re-imbursed for office supplies. I haven't had a printer in 10 years and would LOVE to get one that also scans and copies. I only need black and white; color printing is infrequent, and I can print that when I'm at the office. The Epson with a bulk tank system sounds interesting, I'll have to look at those.
I have an Okidata MB461 that I've had for going on 7 years now in my office. Prints, copies, scans to PDF (probably other stuff, but I configured it to do to PDF a long time ago and haven't looked back). I haven't had any problems with it, but I don't have to pay for consumables. Takes up a massive hunk of real estate though.
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