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All in one printer recommendation

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All in one printer recommendation

Hi All,

I am looking to get my father a new all in one printer because our HP one has died. We would like a colour all in one but we don't need fax. We prefer laser but inkjet is fine too. Also ink should be cheap or be compatible with aftermarket inks. My budget is max $150.

I am looking at brother ones but they are for the most part out of my budget so can anyone recommend me one?

Thanks
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Save your money and get a laser. The upfront cost will be offset quickly with savings from buying ink.
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drdtyc wrote:
Oct 9th, 2017 10:18 pm
$150 max cannot buy any colour laser AIO printer.
But there are several Brother colour inkjet AIO printers currently priced below $150.
https://brother-ca.t21830.mozu.com/en/c ... transition

This one is under $100 inclusive of $40 discount.
https://brother-ca.t21830.mozu.com/en/p/MFCJ480DW
I cannot open the links you provided, it says they are unsecured or something but I will continue to browse the Brother website.
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Gee wrote:
Oct 9th, 2017 10:19 pm
Save your money and get a laser. The upfront cost will be offset quickly with savings from buying ink.
I would not mind that but in reality he isnt printing much to begin with so I dont know if it justifies the cost of laser.
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flyingnurse wrote:
Oct 9th, 2017 10:44 pm
I would not mind that but in reality he isnt printing much to begin with so I dont know if it justifies the cost of laser.
laser is very low maintenance. Turn it on and it will work, turn it off at will. Do you really want to field calls from your father every 2 weeks saying the stuff he prints has missing lines and have to explain that he must never turn off a ink printer or the nozzle will clog? Then you'll also have to monitor the level of ink in the printer on top of that.

Be nice to yourself and suggest to him a brother laser printer that has cheap 3rd party toner. Do a search on here, and you'll find the same model being on sale every 1-2 months for around $90-110 + tax, well within your budget.
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badOne wrote:
Oct 9th, 2017 10:57 pm
laser is very low maintenance. Turn it on and it will work, turn it off at will. Do you really want to field calls from your father every 2 weeks saying the stuff he prints has missing lines and have to explain that he must never turn off a ink printer or the nozzle will clog? Then you'll also have to monitor the level of ink in the printer on top of that.

Be nice to yourself and suggest to him a brother laser printer that has cheap 3rd party toner. Do a search on here, and you'll find the same model being on sale every 1-2 months for around $90-110 + tax, well within your budget.
I know exactly what model you are referring to and I have it. I got it for $80. The issue is that it's monochrome but we need a colour as well.
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flyingnurse wrote:
Oct 9th, 2017 10:44 pm
I would not mind that but in reality he isnt printing much to begin with so I dont know if it justifies the cost of laser.
All the more reason to get a laser.

Inkjets will dry out eventually. Toner doesn't have this problem
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Gee wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 12:07 am
All the more reason to get a laser.

Inkjets will dry out eventually. Tonner doesn't have this problem
Yes I know the benefits but it's the price that will sting...
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flyingnurse wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 2:11 am
Yes I know the benefits but it's the price that will sting...
A years worth of ink tanks will easily cover the cost of a colour laser.

Spread out the cost over the life of the printer and it will not sting as much.
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Gee wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 2:18 am
A years worth of ink tanks will easily cover the cost of a colour laser.
Yes, every time an inkjet fires up, it cleans the printing heads, wasting ink.

Keep an eye out for refurbished units @ Brother, Sign up for their emails and get an extra 15% off on your first purchase.

What do you (OP) need colour for anyways? It might be more economical to use a print service if it is only for a few items (e.g. Staples or WalMart photo).

I've got a couple of low use Epson colour inkjets that are pigs on ink cartridges. I'd consider selling one cheap if you are local. Nice printers but we don't use the colour enough.
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ROYinTO wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 6:53 pm
Yes, every time an inkjet fires up, it cleans the printing heads, wasting ink.

Keep an eye out for refurbished units @ Brother, Sign up for their emails and get an extra 15% off on your first purchase.

What do you (OP) need colour for anyways? It might be more economical to use a print service if it is only for a few items (e.g. Staples or WalMart photo).

I've got a couple of low use Epson colour inkjets that are pigs on ink cartridges. I'd consider selling one cheap if you are local. Nice printers but we don't use the colour enough.
Thanks for telling me about the 15% off, I didn't know that. In regards to the need for colour, we print colour once in a while which may make needing colour unnecessary but just having it on hand is what we want.
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Colour inkjet plus infrequent use are pretty much a "match made in hell". If the goal is to be able to have colour "on hand" (which I take to mean that you want to be able to print colour infrequently but reliably on a moment's notice) then you may be very disappointed in colour inkjet due to the purge cycles and possible clogged heads.
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JHW wrote:
Oct 11th, 2017 10:53 am
Colour inkjet plus infrequent use are pretty much a "match made in hell". If the goal is to be able to have colour "on hand" (which I take to mean that you want to be able to print colour infrequently but reliably on a moment's notice) then you may be very disappointed in colour inkjet due to the purge cycles and possible clogged heads.
Yes, searching everyday it seems that my budget is way under what is required for a laser colour printer...

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