Piano Society
Free Classical Keyboard Recordings
It is currently Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:13 pm

All times are UTC - 1 hour




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Printers
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:12 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Posts: 8512
this is sort of related to piano, since many of us print sheet music off our printers.

I need a new printer/scanner/copier and would like to know if any of you have a certain preference as to printer manufacturers. I've done some research, but can't decide. HP, Epson, Canon, Brother...they all have various models which have received favorable and not so favorable reviews. But now I am overwhelmed with having so many choices.

So, do you like your current printer? What kind is it and can you tell me how often you need to buy new ink (ink cartridge replacement is a big issue)?

_________________
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." ~ Frederic Chopin

my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/monicapiano
my personal website: http://www.monicaalianello.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Printers
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:44 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:02 pm
Posts: 1167
Location: Piemonte, Italy
pianolady wrote:
I need a new printer/scanner/copier and would like to know if any of you have a certain preference as to printer manufacturers. I've done some research, but can't decide. HP, Epson, Canon, Brother...they all have various models which have received favorable and not so favorable reviews. But now I am overwhelmed with having so many choices.


http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz ... hoice.html

Hope this helps! (OK, I know it doesn't :lol: ) And still...

Anyway, I strongly recommend a small multifunction laser printer. Samsung makes very fine ones.

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/offi ... pe=subtype

_________________
"A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking" - Anonymous

Alfonso Bertazzi, amateur pianist.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:31 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Posts: 8512
Oh, I didn't know Samsung even made printers! I just two days bought a Samsung refrigerator, so I could match it with a printer too and be very well-coordinated!

But I know nothing about laser printers - I've had only ink-jet printers and go through them about as fast as I go through vaccuums. Maybe laser printers are longer-lasting! And what about the ink? Do you still need to buy ink cartridges?




Image

_________________
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." ~ Frederic Chopin

my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/monicapiano
my personal website: http://www.monicaalianello.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:09 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:02 pm
Posts: 1167
Location: Piemonte, Italy
pianolady wrote:
Oh, I didn't know Samsung even made printers! I just two days bought a Samsung refrigerator, so I could match it with a printer too and be very well-coordinated!


I too have recently bought a Samsung fridge and I am very satisfied with it.

pianolady wrote:
But I know nothing about laser printers - I've had only ink-jet printers and go through them about as fast as I go through vaccuums. Maybe laser printers are longer-lasting! And what about the ink? Do you still need to buy ink cartridges?


You periodically need to replace the toner cartridge and it's more expensive than an ink cartridge. But what really counts is the so called Total Cost of Ownership. The TCO of a B&W laser printer (I'm assuming that you are into having a monochrome printer) is considerably less than that of a inkjet. Here's some rough math on the cost per page:

http://www.pacificink.com/link.php?pg=laserinfo

_________________
"A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking" - Anonymous

Alfonso Bertazzi, amateur pianist.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:06 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Posts: 8512
alf wrote:

I too have recently bought a Samsung fridge and I am very satisfied with it.


That's good to know! I read in Consumer Reports that Samsung refrigerators were ranked no. 1 in customer satisfaction. So far, I like mine too. I got one of the kinds with three doors - that's new for me; we always had the kind with two doors.

Thanks for the info about laser printers. I did not consider having a printer that prints in only black and white. I'll have to think about that.

_________________
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." ~ Frederic Chopin

my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/monicapiano
my personal website: http://www.monicaalianello.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:43 pm 
Online
Site Admin

Joined: Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:45 am
Posts: 9573
Location: Netherlands
Missed this post earlier.
After getting fed up with being ripped off bying inkjet cartridges every couple of monts, I bought a Samsung SCX-4200 all-in one black-and white laserprinter (copy/scan/print). It's a bit noisy and the powerswitch is stupidly located at the back of the rear. But it works great, even after having said for weeks that the toner cartridge is empty (I guess it's reaaly on its last leg, as it starts to smell a bit).
This is good value for money. The initial 1000-page cartridge took me an awful long way. A new (3000-page) cartridge isn't even that much more expensive than a B&W inkjet cartridge.

The great thing about a laserprinter is that the cardridge doesn't get clogged up when you don't use it for a while.

_________________
Nothing is always absolutely so -- Sturgeon's law
Chris Breemer


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:32 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Posts: 8512
I ended up buying another inkjet printer - this time a Canon all-in-one scanner/copier/printer. So far it works well and the price was good. I had to watch that because I also bought a new monitor. But now I need a new computer (just the tower) so I'm shopping for that now. I'm curious to find out if Windows 7 is much different/better than Vista.

_________________
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." ~ Frederic Chopin

my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/monicapiano
my personal website: http://www.monicaalianello.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:18 pm 
Online
Site Admin

Joined: Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:45 am
Posts: 9573
Location: Netherlands
pianolady wrote:
I ended up buying another inkjet printer - this time a Canon all-in-one scanner/copier/printer. So far it works well and the price was good.

Sure these things are cheap, and good value for money too. That is, up until you need new cartridges which cost almost as much as the whole darned printer did. Well the same is true for laserprinter toner cartridges, but they last about, I guess, at least 5 times longer.
Also, a laserjet can print much faster than an inkjet, and I think it will last longer as it has fewer moving parts.

_________________
Nothing is always absolutely so -- Sturgeon's law
Chris Breemer


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:12 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Posts: 8512
Do they make those kind of 'knock-off' cartridges for the laser printers like they do for the inkjets?

_________________
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." ~ Frederic Chopin

my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/monicapiano
my personal website: http://www.monicaalianello.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:24 pm 
Online
Site Admin

Joined: Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:45 am
Posts: 9573
Location: Netherlands
Not sure what you are referring to exactly.
But contrary to what I thought, you can get refill kits for laser toners.

_________________
Nothing is always absolutely so -- Sturgeon's law
Chris Breemer


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:14 pm
Posts: 533
Location: Illinois
pianolady wrote:
Oh, I didn't know Samsung even made printers! I just two days bought a Samsung refrigerator, so I could match it with a printer too and be very well-coordinated!

But I know nothing about laser printers - I've had only ink-jet printers and go through them about as fast as I go through vaccuums. Maybe laser printers are longer-lasting! And what about the ink? Do you still need to buy ink cartridges?




Image


Better yet, how about a Samsung all in one Printer, Scanner, Fax, Refrigerator, Microwave, Computer Tower :idea:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:42 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Posts: 8512
techneut wrote:
Not sure what you are referring to exactly.
But contrary to what I thought, you can get refill kits for laser toners.


There are companies who put out ink cartridges that fit the major manufacturers' printers, but they are only a fraction of the cost. (You find them only on the Internet.) Over here, a typical price for a black cartridge by HP, Epson, Canon etc. is about $20 but these other guys sell them for about $7.00. I tried these other replacement cartridges, but I think that may have been what killed my printer. I can't be sure about that, but I am going back to buying the name-brand cartridges again.

RSPIll wrote:
Better yet, how about a Samsung all in one Printer, Scanner, Fax, Refrigerator, Microwave, Computer Tower


Ok, that sounds good. :) I'd never have to leave my room. (one thing missing, though. My piano!)

_________________
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." ~ Frederic Chopin

my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/monicapiano
my personal website: http://www.monicaalianello.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:45 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:14 pm
Posts: 533
Location: Illinois
pianolady wrote:
There are companies who put out ink cartridges that fit the major manufacturers' printers, but they are only a fraction of the cost. (You find them only on the Internet.) Over here, a typical price for a black cartridge by HP, Epson, Canon etc. is about $20 but these other guys sell them for about $7.00. I tried these other replacement cartridges, but I think that may have been what killed my printer. I can't be sure about that, but I am going back to buying the name-brand cartridges again.



I've had bad luck with third party cartridges myself. They don't last near as long - I seemed to be replacing them 3 or 4 times as often. I've had them leak as well as other horrors.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:11 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:04 pm
Posts: 725
Location: Louisiana, USA
I've always had a deskjet and mywife bought one of those do-it-yourself-at-home refill kits ... Unfortunately, Aryth got into the desk and found the ink bottles :shock: :shock: well, to make a long story short, it took about 2 weeks for the ink stains on her legs and hands and feet to wear off! :lol:

_________________
the one, the only ... Nathan Coleman
"You see, my piano is for me what his ship is to a sailor; more indeed: it is my very self, my mother tongue, my life." - Franz Liszt


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:49 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Posts: 8512
:lol: :lol: :lol:

_________________
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." ~ Frederic Chopin

my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/monicapiano
my personal website: http://www.monicaalianello.com


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 1 hour


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group