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So for the last 6 years or so i have had no need at all for a printer. So i have been out of the printer game for a while now. So im looking for something simple, basically for my wife to print coupons out on.


So here is the list i guess....

Less than 100 bucks
Best on ink usage and refill cost
What manufacturer to go with

Quality isnt to much a concern as far as pictures go because we wont be using it for that. Petty much just coupons and some black and white documents.

Appreciate the help!
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Go for HP-
they have higher availability in terms of products and cartridges(or toners).
Plus they have a lot of printers in or around 100 bugs.

Stick with the laser printers; because I've been using an inkjet printer for the past 5 years and over this period it proved to be more expensive than most of my friend's lasers.
Plus my inkjet was a bit cumbersome. Cumbersome in the sense that it would SHAKE THE ENTIRE DESK while printing.

Plus lasers are waaayyyy FASTER....
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I use an old Brother 1440 laser printer for black and white with aftermarket generic toner cartridges and a Canon MP-250 Inkjet color printer.
Brother was $50 after rebate from staples (long ago), Canon a Walmart $35 (without printer cable) last year, replaced old HP.
NO wifi, must use cables. Canon ink is pricey but I don't use much. Inkjets4less takes care of Laser needs, much less than Brother.

I would recommend getting a Samsung Laser from Newegg during a $50 sale.
Kodak claims the lowest priced inkjet cost per sheet, my brother swears for Laser or Inkjet go HP.

Going from basic wired to wifi ups cost, INKJET gives better color than Laser.
For the Canon Inkjet generic or refurbished cartridges get mixed reviews. Watch for XL vs regular inkjet cartridges (who wouldn't buy XL?). Nowadays some inkjet models (laser too?) come with low filled or without cartridges, read the fine print.

Research cost per page of current models. Note for laser printers toner cartridges can vary greatly in pages to replacement, most seem about 2500 pages these days.
My old (which needed memory chip, not a worry now) laser goes about 6500 plus per toner cartridge and calls for electronic print head (names escapes me, every three toner cartridges). Be aware of this cost.

So read reviews and shop around, lots of holiday deals.
I do a lot of laser printing, very little injet, and like having the scanner separate.
Given shipping costs local sales are worth looking at (except for taxes and gas, lol)

Figure out your useage, and shop.
Edited by brasslad - 11/9/11 at 5:05am
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hmmm sounds like i might be looking for a laser then. Speed is a nice thing to have, but i will check into cartridge prices too.

I used to use HP and they always worked well but i love samsung stuff.

Anyone else have any ideas?
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If you are looking for something simple I don't think Laser is the best option. I'm currently using EPSON CX5000 and despite its age it is still working great. One thing I like about EPSON vs other printer manufacturers is that most of their printers use individual color ink cartridges. So that cyan, yellow, and magenta are separate instead of tri-color ink cartridges you see from HP, Lexmark, etc. With tri-color ink cartridges, if a color runs out it the whole cartridge needs to be replaced. HP do offer separate color ink cartridges on their high-end model.

Another thing great about EPSON is Linux compatibility, not something you need to be concern of if you use Windows solely.
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