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So I am looking for a new printer, it must do color and be completely wireless. I need to hide it in a different room than the router so the little ones don't destroy it there is no pc either. If it matters I am running an Asus RT-66U a/c,n router. I would say on average we print less than 5 pages per week. We don't print things like pictures. I would love to be at less than $150 but I am willing to pay for quality and cheap, easy cartridges. So I can push the budget to $225 if its insanely better.
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First off let me clarify something:
The way printer page count is calculated it a bit of a sham.
ISO print standard assumes that you only cover 5% of the page in ink, and print through an entire cartridge in one run.
So basically that 300 page cartridge is probably closer to 120 pages in actual day to day use.
When looking at ink prices, assume you will be paying shelf price for just under half of the expected page yield. That gives you a better idea of what will really give you value for money in terms of ink.

I usually recommend Lazer because they are less expensive to run long term and dont "dry out", but color Lazer printers are murderously expensive to buy.

Off the top of my head, and HP 8600 series using XL cartridges is probably your best bet.
It would max your budget but spending under $150 on a printer generally means you get taken for a ride on ink and quality.
The ink price is a little higher than something that uses an HP 564 but you get your moneys worth out of the cartridges.

Second choice would be an Epson 2540 or 3540 which will range from $120 up through $200.
Both are well within your price range and offer great color, lots of features, fairly good ink economy, and stable software.

Officemax usually has one or all of them on sale at any given time.

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If I was going laser what would you suggest?
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Im a huge fan of Brother Laser Printers.
Color machines will start at something like $300-400, and the toner bought via retail is usually about $70 per cartridge(1 Black, 1 Cyan, 1 Magenta, 1 Yellow).

The upside is they really never expire, are much less prone to breaking after not being used for extended periods(print heads love to clog and get stuck), Have better color(in my opinion) they dont leak and they generally give you MUCH higher page yield per $$ than inkjet.
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Stay away from Samsung wireless printers. I have the CLP-415NW (just about all Sammy color wireless printers get lousy reviews, btw). They advertise easy connection to wireless using a temporary USB cable. They lied. I never was able to get my wireless to connect with a USB cable. Two chats with their so-called tech help (what a laugh) were a waste of time. The directions that come with the printer are useless. I eventually was able to connect using the WPS button (even that was problematic because one has to hold down the WPS button on the machine until a message pops up; nothing in the directions said that). If I put an envelope or index card in the manual feed tray, the printer throw an error message saying media mismatch. I have to hit the OK button on the printer once or twice to get it to print when that happens. Fortunately, my printer is close enough to my desk to let me hit the button but if it was in another room or further from the desk, it would be a huge problem. I emailed Samsung asking how to fix that. Their "fix" was to change the default media setting. Bogus. My previous laser printer was able to print any sized envelope, including non-standard sizes, such as come with greeting cards. Not the Sammy. It will print properly only on a handful of standard sizes. When I emailed Samsung about it, they directed me to the menu to change default paper size. Again, totally bogus.

I was looking at the Brothers. The major complaint I saw on them was they would report the toner cartridges as being empty well before they actually were. Fortunately, reviewers reported several ways to get around that. I emailed Brother to ask if the machine I was interested in could print on non-standard size envelopes. They were supposed respond by the next business day. It's been a week and I've heard squat from them. So much for Brother.

HP makes good printers but they are notorious for raising the prices on toner cartridges and ending driver support on earlier models when a new OS comes out. Their cartridges are chipped with expiration dates. I've never had a good experience with their customer support on both the printer I had nor the monitor I have. I will never buy another HP product again.
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I guess post some links to good wireless lasers at the lower end of the spectrum and I will see what I can swing.
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Alright, a few quick recommendations.
Looks like prices online have come down recently biggrin.gif

Canon MF8280 - you should be able to refill the toner yourself using a website like inkowl
HP LaserJet Pro 200 - these things are generally suuuuper reliable from what ive seen
Brother HL-4570 - same as the HP in terms of reliability, but has a slight edge on image quality and cost per page to print. ESPECIALLY if you use the Toner Saver mode by default.
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So you are saying none of the lasers come with toner? I just don't see myself investing $650 for a printer.
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So you are saying none of the lasers come with toner? I just don't see myself investing $650 for a printer.

All laser printers come with toner cartridges called starter cartridges which are filled only 1/3 to 1/2 full of toner (it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer).

Frankly, you couldn't give me an inkjet printer. Laser printers and their toner cartridges are more expensive upfront than inkjets and their ink cartridges but are usually cheaper to use per printed page than inkjets, even after factoring in the higher upfront costs. Laser toner is more durable and water resistant than inkjet ink. Laser printers won't get clogged like the heads of inkjet printers when not used frequently. Inkjets usually will print better looking photos than lasers when using photo paper. If one doesn't print many photos (I almost never do), it's usually cheaper to farm the job out to the local drugstore or Walmart.
     
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To put it in perspective I have a Brother HL-2240DW Black and White Laser printer at home.
I bought it last march.
I print a few pages a week, and im stil on the starter cartridge.

It does complain at me that its low on toner but ill buy a new one when the pages dont print right, not when the driver software wants me to.
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