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Please find me a decent printer.

#11darkstar4221Posted 5/3/2014 3:59:30 PM(edited)
Jocko posted...
Dude home printers have only been around for about 30 years. How could you possibly expect printer manufacturers to have a solution to paper jams in that short amount of time? Next thing you know you'll be asking for an operating system that doesn't require you to constantly configure IRQ settings to get your mouse and keyboard to stop conflicting with each other. What do you think this is Star Trek?


Stephan Kinsella blames patent law that allows manufacturers to run up the cost ink cartridges, and he is right.
http://archive.mises.org/13442/leveraging-ip/

It’s well known that Hewlett-Packard (HP) makes more money selling replacement ink cartridges for its printers, than on the printers themselves. You might say they sell printers so that they can then sell cartridges to the users. But how to prevent third parties from making cheaper or competing cartridges compatible with HP printers? Just put some kind of mechanism in the printer that requires a special mating circuit in the cartridge before the printer will function with the cartridge–and then patent the mating circuit. Even if competitors could duplicate the mating circuit so that the generic cartridge would work with the printer, this would infringe HP’s patent in the mating circuit in the cartridge. A superfluous, extra complication is added to the printer and cartridges on purpose just so that they can be patented, to prevent competition. (See HP settles inkjet cartridge patent complaints; HP sues four ink cartridge companies.) Without the mercantilist protection afforded by patent law, HP would be unable to use the law to stop owners of HP printers from buying cheaper cartridges from third parties, any more than Ford can prevent a Mustang owner from using whatever brand of gasoline he prefers. This, of course, allows a monopoly price to be charged for HP cartridges, thus gouging the consumer.

It's all intentional. Unfortunately the government will never reform patent law.
#12Cobra152004Posted 5/3/2014 10:05:03 PM
I've had good luck out of a Brother HL-2270DW monochrome (black and white) laser printer. I don't print often, so it beats having old inkjet cartridges dry out over time even before empty.

The only problem I've noticed is that manually feeding paper from the front often ends up being slightly crooked for some reason. Everything seems to work fine from the paper tray though.
I especially like the duplex and wireless features. It's a great option if you don't need to print stuff in color.
#13sn3akywafflesPosted 5/3/2014 10:13:47 PM
teir posted...
I've heard Brother printers aren't bad. I would love to have that 3D printer. I could turn in all my papers in 3D.


yeah my family had a brother printer that was black ink only and it worked very well for the years we had it, we only replaced it because we needed color printing with wifi and we got a hp laser something bla bla bla

the brother is still perfectly fine in the attic
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#14arleasPosted 5/3/2014 10:16:56 PM
I had a friend who had a printer with ink so expensive it was literally cheaper to buy a new printer (which came with ink) than to buy just the ink. He wound up with like 8 printers before he decided to buy something else.

In my case, I had a cheapie inkjet from HP and if I didn't use the ink fast enough then my printer would just decide it was time to buy more ink anyway. I decided to buy a better printer since I rarely use the color ink anyway.

Most recent printer I bought was a Samsung Laser printer which I bought at walmart online for $100. It does a pretty good job of printing and it's got a scanner, plus it's wireless which means that any computer on my network can print to it (when it's turned on).

It's not a cheapie ink jet, but I don't think those are all that great any more.
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#15ChaosCronoPosted 5/3/2014 10:30:27 PM
Not sure how big or how much your looking to spend but had 3 hp printers and all turned to crap in few years. Had our current Epson nx430 now for years. Scanner, never seen a jam yet, prints quick etc.
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#16superstud69xPosted 5/4/2014 12:37:10 AM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091UBCAW/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I've been using this guy with no problems so far.
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#17popping4itPosted 5/7/2014 1:50:29 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828112479
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