1) What suggestions do you have for a good printer for a college student:
All in one (print, copy, scan - fax not needed)
If color ink out, can still print B&W*
Reasonably small footprint
Efficient ink use
Really don't care about special features such as e-print, USB printing, paper feeders, duplex printing. We just want a compact, reliable printer for the occasional homework assignment.
2) Also, do you know of any active programs right now for printer-trade ins?
* Is the ability to print B&W when color ink out usually listed in the printer specs? Is there a particular term I should look for?
Maybe this should have been in the 'deal' forum but I'm really more concerned about the technical specs than the savings (although deals are always nice). So I thought asking those of you with technical expertise would be appropriate. If it should not be here, please let me know.
I think office max is the only retailer currently offering a discount for printer trade in, but it generally can't be combined with other discounts and doesn't mean you'll get the best deal there. http://www.officemax.com/home/cus...=m10010097
EDIT: THEIR TRADE IN PROGRAM IS PRETTY WORTHLESS AS IT ONLY APPLIES TO A SMALL HANDFUL OF PRINTERS, GENERALLY OVER $200
I picked up one of those 6940's years ago when there was a one day sale at newegg for $30
Last edited by jkee; 07-29-2012 at 09:31 PM..
Reason: omax trade in is worthless
For college / home use I'd buy a B/W laser all-in-one printer with duplex to save printing and paper costs.
auto Duplex is a really useful feature. Manual duplex only works if you are confident the printer won't get paper jam ever.
3rd party toner cartridge availability is a big plus.
If you only "occasionally" use the printer, laser is the way to go. I really hate ink printers because the ink dries up in the tube, in the tank, or in the inkjet nozzles after a while and some printers spend half amount of the ink and power doing nozzle cleaning everytime they wake up from standby. The super expensive ink refill from the company or super messy refill ink from 3rd party also keep me away from ink printers.
However I will check to see if there are cheaper refill toner available first.
I'm still using a HP laserjet 1100, a compact laser printer that supports postscript(another nice thing that all printers should have) and is more than 10 years old (got it used for ~$60 in 2005). I had to replace the paper separation pads and the pick up rollers a couple of times due to wear but it has been working well and the refill toner is dirt cheap on ebay. I only wish it had duplex feature to save paper.
As a current college student, I would advise you to figure out from current students at your college to make sure a printer is needed for the occasional print jobs. In my program, we get 300 free prints a semester, which are more than enough to get us through the occasional homework assignments. Still, if the scan and copy features are needed, then a printer might be a good choice.
My older daughter is about to start her 3rd year and yes, they do need a printer. A lot of assignments are submitted online, but they still need the convenience of printing in their apartment or dorm. We're outfitting my son now, who will be a freshman.
I'd also highly recommend a B&W laser rather than color inkjet, but I'd say NOT an all-in-one (those have ridiculous failure rates), and focus on an HP (best laser printers on the market, IMHO). You can get through a year or more without changing toner.
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