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Printer w/ cheap ink or Laser Printer??

DRILLINDK 209 76 January 11, 2016 at 07:13 AM
I have an Epson Workforce 845 printer/scanner'copier, that I'm completely happy with except the ink is expensive. I've purchase cheaper cartridges online from third party vender's with minimal success. I see Frontpage deals all the time on printer's, but I'm wondering if someone can point me in the right direction.

Is it better to buy a certain printer because it's known to have cheaper refill ink? What about laser printers? I would appreciate the help!

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Really depends if you want color or not. If you're fine with black and white, you can get a cheap laser for less than $100. If you want color, you're probably better off getting an ink jet that supports good third party ink. It also depends how much you use it, as ink jets will try out over time whether or not you use them.

I've been using a Brother ink jet for years and am quite happy with it. Replacement ink sets costs less than $10 and last me a good 6 months / couple hundred pages. I do see occasional complaints in the Amazon reviews that newer Brothers break compatibility with the third party ink I use.
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Really depends if you want color or not. If you're fine with black and white, you can get a cheap laser for less than $100. If you want color, you're probably better off getting an ink jet that supports good third party ink. It also depends how much you use it, as ink jets will try out over time whether or not you use them.

I've been using a Brother ink jet for years and am quite happy with it. Replacement ink sets costs less than $10 and last me a good 6 months / couple hundred pages. I do see occasional complaints in the Amazon reviews that newer Brothers break compatibility with the third party ink I use.
I would agree with alot of the logic behind this. Personally I went the B&W laser route and over the last 9 years been happy. The times I want to print in color, I make it a PDF and take it to the near by big box office store where it costs me like $0.50 a page or something. I print color maybe twice a year. I print B&W maybe 3 times a month now so for me a Laser is great since it doesn't dry out.
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Thanks for the responses. I never really print in color and maybe need to print a couple of pages about once a month. It sounds like a laser printer is the way to go for my situation. Any recommendations on laser printers that occasionally go on sale? I just wait for the next deal

This one got a ton of TU's and appears to go on sale frequently:
http://slickdeals.net/f/8420483-pantum-p2502w-wireless-monochrome-laser-printer-25-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch
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Thanks for the responses. I never really print in color and maybe need to print a couple of pages about once a month. It sounds like a laser printer is the way to go for my situation. Any recommendations on laser printers that occasionally go on sale? I just wait for the next deal

This one got a ton of TU's and appears to go on sale frequently:
http://slickdeals.net/f/8420483-pantum-p2502w-wireless-monochrome-laser-printer-25-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch
I would probably go with one of the Brothers or Samsungs that go on sale for around $100 often.
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My vote would be a networked enabled bw laser (maybe color if there's a good enough sale) preferably with a duplexer and ethernet. Brother & Samsung are good options as is Dell.

I also prefer a printer that can hold it's paper in an enclosed tray without a large fold down section that acts as a paper tray (bigger footprint but more durable / functional). But that may not matter to you.

I'm not sure about that pantum one, most of the real cheapies lack networking,
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My rule of thumb is to get a B&W wireless\network laser from a solid company (Canon, Dell, Samsung, etc). Get an all-in-one if you want to do copying and scanning. A decent one can be had for 100-200 dollars when on sale and depending on what options\speed you want.

If you need color or want color for non-picture printing, then also get a color laser with cheap toner (check Ebay first for the toner), Dell has a few models in this regard and they can be had for $150-300 again depending on the options. Print to the color printer only when you need to. Print to the B&W laser for all regular docs and the like where color is not needed. This extends the life and toner of the color laser, specifically the black cartridge.

I would NEVER advise getting a color ink jet printer for home use unless you have some specialized need to print pictures and need them in a hurry\asap for your business or the like. You can send pictures to online places to print out in color for you on the cheap and on demand (Adoramapix, and others) or go to your local Walgreens, CVS, or other drug store. Paying for ink jet refill cartridges is insanity and really not cost effective in most cases and simply unnecessary for most people.


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You can send pictures to online places to print out in color for you on the cheap and on demand (Adoramapix, and others) or go to your local Walgreens, CVS, or other drug store.
Sending photos out to be printed is usually more cost effective and results in a higher quality print. However, the quality of prints locally varies a lot. Most drug stores use a type of thermal or dye-sublimation printer that is lower quality than the c-type prints you get from mail order services. Locally, target, many walmarts, sams club, and costco still have 1hr c-type prints. There may be other options in your area.
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Sending photos out to be printed is usually more cost effective and results in a higher quality print. However, the quality of prints locally varies a lot. Most drug stores use a type of thermal or dye-sublimation printer that is lower quality than the c-type prints you get from mail order services. Locally, target, many walmarts, sams club, and costco still have 1hr c-type prints. There may be other options in your area.

This is true. Personally, I use Adoramapix for just about everything.
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Really depends if you want color or not. If you're fine with black and white, you can get a cheap laser for less than $100. If you want color, you're probably better off getting an ink jet that supports good third party ink. It also depends how much you use it, as ink jets will try out over time whether or not you use them.

I've been using a Brother ink jet for years and am quite happy with it. Replacement ink sets costs less than $10 and last me a good 6 months / couple hundred pages. I do see occasional complaints in the Amazon reviews that newer Brothers break compatibility with the third party ink I use.
I have a HP all in one printer. I don't print much and I buy ink from eBay. $5 per year for b/w ink.
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Thanks for the responses. I never really print in color and maybe need to print a couple of pages about once a month. It sounds like a laser printer is the way to go for my situation. Any recommendations on laser printers that occasionally go on sale? I just wait for the next deal

This one got a ton of TU's and appears to go on sale frequently:
http://slickdeals.net/f/8420483-pantum-p2502w-wireless-monochrome-laser-printer-25-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch
Black and white Brother laser.

If you want color, get a good one with high capacity toner installed already. Will be expensive +$450 but you won't have to worry about color toner for a while. Black will be cheap to replace.
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I have an Epson Workforce 845 printer/scanner'copier, that I'm completely happy with except the ink is expensive. I've purchase cheaper cartridges online from third party vender's with minimal success. I see Frontpage deals all the time on printer's, but I'm wondering if someone can point me in the right direction.

Is it better to buy a certain printer because it's known to have cheaper refill ink? What about laser printers? I would appreciate the help!
Everyone had great advise for your question. I have some more but it isn't going to sound conventional based on what has already been expressed.

Here I go Bloviating again. Skip this if you want to.

You might opt to refill your own cartridges. Back in the day this used to be a simple process but over time the manufacturers wised up.

Today ink jet cartridges and probably laser toner cartridges too have an identifying chip with a serial number embedded in them. If you refill a cartridge and put it right back into the printer the printer detects the old cart and refuses to use it.

Some people avoid this by having a 2nd set of cartridges which would have a different serial number. Over time they swap the cartridges out several times until the print head actually wears out from use.

Personally I wouldn't reuse ink cartridges because it can be a very dirty business, literally.
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