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Printer for my kid.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by clone, 20 May 2006.

  1. clone

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jul 2003

    Posts: 6,201

    Location: Telford//west mids

    My daughter needs a printer to do homework on for school,can anybody point me to a good model please. :D
     
  2. Mercutio

    Mobster

    Joined: 11 Jun 2003

    Posts: 4,970

    Location: Sheffield, UK

    Well... id personally suggest the epson 2x0 (200, 220, 230 etc) they have good print quality, print pretty quick, good colour printer (read photo quality) and the inks are dirt cheap (even the official ones) it uses 6 seperate cartridges so you dont have to throw away a cart cos one of the colours runs out and the printers themselves are about £60-80 tops.

    As an added bonus they print (full-face) to ink-jet printable dvd/cd's.

    Ill be purchasing one next week - have 3 friends with them who cant recommend them enough.
     
  3. Messiah Khan

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 10,000

    Location: Scottish Highlands

    Canon pixma ip4000. Ive got one and its great. Its fast, quiet, economical and is great for photos as well.
     
  4. Brizzles

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,360

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol


    Another vote for Canon.

    I've got the Pixma IP 3000 ( for all the above reasons )

    Superb printer.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  5. Energize

    Caporegime

    Joined: 12 Mar 2004

    Posts: 28,763

    Location: London

    I wouldnt reccomend epson ones, the printheads jam all the time wasting the ink.
     
  6. clone

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jul 2003

    Posts: 6,201

    Location: Telford//west mids

    Ok now ive got somit to look up on,time to do a bit of reading :)

    Thanks for the replys :D
     
  7. Nobski

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Feb 2006

    Posts: 395

    Location: La La Land, Uk

    Canon for the win !
     
  8. clone

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jul 2003

    Posts: 6,201

    Location: Telford//west mids

    Is the ink as cheap to buy as the epsons?
     
  9. wsurfa

    Hitman

    Joined: 16 Mar 2004

    Posts: 520

    Location: Surrey

    vote for the epson 220. I've had 4 or 5 epsons, one older one still doing sterling work for my parents, never had problems with ink head clogging.

    I usually buy jettec inks and they're good quality and about half the epson price
     
  10. Brizzles

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,360

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    I use Non Canon Inks for mine ( X-Print - With good results )

    I usually buy from " an online store "

    " Black & Colour Combo Packs " ( 3 x Black , 1 x Cyan , 1 x Magenta , 1 x Yellow )

    Buy 2 packs get 1 free @ £16.45 per pack + Free P+P

    Works out at £1.83 per cartridge !

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  11. Noni

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 4 Nov 2005

    Posts: 742

    Look for the Lexmark 6350,

    Printer, scanner, copier with a little colour screen for £75 at your local high street.
     
  12. clone

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jul 2003

    Posts: 6,201

    Location: Telford//west mids

    I had a lexmark givin to me for nothing and the ink was going to cost me £27 quid for one :(

    Looking at the epson and cannon now as the two top choice :)
     
  13. basmic

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    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,144

    Location: Darlington, County Durham

    With ink cartridges costing around £20 a slam, I would avoid them like the plague. :eek:
     
  14. no_1_dave

    Soldato

    Joined: 7 Jul 2004

    Posts: 6,669

    Location: Gloucestershire

    I have an Epson 220, It's very good. I cant fault it one bit.
    You can buy the ink at an auction site for 97p per cartridge (when buying sets or colours) :D
     
  15. Viberious

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,496

    Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

    Canon IP 4000 is great, espically as its for school and replacement cartridges are real cheap when compared to any lexmark printer.

    £18 for all 5 instead of £35 for lexmark.
     
  16. Rebelius

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Dec 2003

    Posts: 3,144

    Location: Edinburgh

    i have a Canon iP2000 that my girlfriend and I share for uni work, it's a great printer, the cartridges are dirt cheap, it's fast and it's not too noisy and we've not had any problems with it since September last year.
     
  17. Brizzles

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,360

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    I know it's not rocket science , but when sourcing a printer it pays to look at the ink prices first.

    Yes , a printer can be bought for £30/40 but the ongoing costs will mount up.

    Far better to check the consumable side of it first then work back to a good printer.

    " Buy cheap , pay twice "

    Cheers,

    Mark ( Canon IP 3000 owner )
     
  18. utherpendragon

    Hitman

    Joined: 4 May 2006

    Posts: 508

    if it's just for school work and the like save a bit of money and get a nice cheapy epson, can't complain with 50p cartridges :D
     
  19. Energize

    Caporegime

    Joined: 12 Mar 2004

    Posts: 28,763

    Location: London

    You can when the printheads on the printer jam up and you need to replace loads of cartridges.
     
  20. utherpendragon

    Hitman

    Joined: 4 May 2006

    Posts: 508

    How often do you need to clean your print heads? I've probably done it twice in two years with light use. The facvt is it is being used for school work and for low usage, low feature set printers, epson cannot be beaten for value.