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Old 05-05-2013, 18:01
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It must be Wireless , be a Scanner,Printer , Copier and use cheap cartridges

And be available for collection on the high street,like Argos or home delivery

I was told of Kodak printers but it seems they seem harder to find,after their financial troubles
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Old 05-05-2013, 18:28
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What price are you wanting to pay and are you after one that does duplex (double sided) printing? Is it mostly for text work or high quality photo printing, for example?
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Old 05-05-2013, 19:10
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Argos and Epson is my recommendation for convenience and cheap cartridges (search amazon and ebay)

For example


I am happy with my cheapo SX130, but SX235, 435, 445, and 545 are decent I think (check which has WiFi, Photo cards etc)

Dunno about the XP and other series.

Make sure printer uses four cartridges not two.
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Old 05-05-2013, 19:20
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What price are you wanting to pay and are you after one that does duplex (double sided) printing? Is it mostly for text work or high quality photo printing, for example?
Around 50 - 60 ish , single side printing , mostly printing text , with some pictures for homework etc
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Old 05-05-2013, 20:18
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Epsons are normally cheap to buy ink for, because so many third party ink is available. but unless epson have changed, they went downhill, their printers seemed to be made out of cheap plastic and i noticed the newer ones was noisy.

i like Canon, not sure about the all in ones as i don't like all in ones, but my canon printer have been a good workhorse and while the ink is not as cheap as epsons, you can still get them for a good price.

This one from Ebuyer may be ok. the one problem I would have with it is the single colour cartridge.
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Old 05-05-2013, 20:25
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Thanks for the help , I have decided to go with this one

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ProductReviews

Its going to be in a cupboard under the stairs so any noise won't be an issue,.hopefully the Wifi is good

If not I will take it back

It takes 4 carts and they are only 6.99 from Argos,so hopefully shopping around I can get replacements cheaper as needed
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Old 05-05-2013, 20:25
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Bought a 49.99 Epson XP305 the other day for my aunt (she liked it), unwrapped it, turned it on, and it was already dead. Wouldn't even reach the stage of installing the cartridges.

Had to swap it in Currys for another one. The build quality was awful though.

For what you want OP, they all have it for fifty quid or less, the only difference is working out cartridge costs.

I think in PC Pro magazine this month they did a feature on all in one printers and lifetime costs if you fancy a browse (and maybe even purchase) in WHSmiths.
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Old 05-05-2013, 20:36
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Thanks for the help , I have decided to go with this one

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ProductReviews

Its going to be in a cupboard under the stairs so any noise won't be an issue,.hopefully the Wifi is good

If not I will take it back

It takes 4 carts and they are only 6.99 from Argos,so hopefully shopping around I can get replacements cheaper as needed
5 voucher if you go over 50. eg with a set of inks.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/ArgosP...ftvoucher1.htm
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Old 05-05-2013, 23:43
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It must be Wireless , be a Scanner,Printer , Copier and use cheap cartridges

And be available for collection on the high street,like Argos or home delivery

I was told of Kodak printers but it seems they seem harder to find,after their financial troubles
There again there's the old saying 'buy cheap and you buy twice'.
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Old 06-05-2013, 00:22
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Bought a 49.99 Epson XP305 the other day for my aunt (she liked it), unwrapped it, turned it on, and it was already dead. Wouldn't even reach the stage of installing the cartridges.

Had to swap it in Currys for another one. The build quality was awful though.

For what you want OP, they all have it for fifty quid or less, the only difference is working out cartridge costs.

I think in PC Pro magazine this month they did a feature on all in one printers and lifetime costs if you fancy a browse (and maybe even purchase) in WHSmiths.
Epson printers build is pretty naff these days, the one my brother got you only have to touch the top and it bends, my old Epson about 8 years back was as tough as old boots, The print head gave out which was the problem, but it did get some use mind you.

My canon compared with Epsons now is like a tank.


There again there's the old saying 'buy cheap and you buy twice'.
Kodaks are not that bad, how long they will last is another thing, but I know a couple of people who got one and they seem to be ok after a couple of years. at least they don't seem to dry up if they are not used for a while,

i heard Brother printers are good, but not cheap. another brand of printer I would avoid is HP, scanner wise they are great, i know as i got one and it is a great scanner, but printers they are not so good.

If my Canon last me for another couple of years i will be happy.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:32
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Can't go wrong with Epson, running costs are really low. One thing with the all in one, if you want to scan make sure you set the printer to scan first before loading the scanning programme or it won't find the printer. Lets be honest, at fifty or sixty quid so long as they last a couple of years you've had your monies worth.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:12
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I'm impressed by my Brother MFC-J4410DW. The freebie initial cartridges have lasted 600 pages before I need to change the black, and the colours still have some life in them. The software is solid (network of OSX 10.7 and 10.8 machines, iPhones, iPads, so I can't comment on the Windows drivers) and because it feeds the paper from the long edge, you can use it to print occasional A3 stuff as well so long as you don't mind supporting the paper on the input side. It will scan straight to Dropbox, Google or SkyDrive, which is handy (although it won't do scan to email without an intermediary computer, which was a nice feature of my old Lexmark S600). Print quality seems fine. It's a bit noisy when it's feeding, but so are most cheap printers.
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Old 07-05-2013, 00:02
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A client of mine has had a kodak 5.1 hero, my issue with it is it goes through ink compared to other printers. It does not get used a lot of the time and is not used for lots of printing, I presume the ink is eaten in the cleaning process. It maybe cheapish ink to buy but they seem to go through quite a lot of cartridges. 1 black and a combined colour.
I tend to stick with separate inks as I print a diverse range of things, luckily I can set my printer to just print with black when printing text, instead of blending colours along with the black which all printers do. I think most printers have this setting. this saves a lot of ink as generally the black (for me) is a large cartridge compared to the colours.
I don't know if its still cheaper the printer more expensive the inks, and do not fall for what some people say "I buy a printer every time the ink runs out as a new printer comes with inks and its cheaper then buying new inks"... As the inks that come with printers are never large or full cartridges, they are small yields to get you up and running.

I have an HP but its the old model that recycles the ink that is used in the cleaning process (why this did not catch on!).. print wise and scanner wise it is great, my only gripe is the bottom paper feed can be a bit temperamental.
Canon are good, same with Epson, Brother.
I buy oem inks on ebay and I pay for 6 inks (they come in a 12 pack bundle) 6.99 including delivery
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:37
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I'm impressed by my Brother MFC-J4410DW. The freebie initial cartridges have lasted 600 pages before I need to change the black, and the colours still have some life in them. The software is solid (network of OSX 10.7 and 10.8 machines, iPhones, iPads, so I can't comment on the Windows drivers) and because it feeds the paper from the long edge, you can use it to print occasional A3 stuff as well so long as you don't mind supporting the paper on the input side. It will scan straight to Dropbox, Google or SkyDrive, which is handy (although it won't do scan to email without an intermediary computer, which was a nice feature of my old Lexmark S600). Print quality seems fine. It's a bit noisy when it's feeding, but so are most cheap printers.

This is the problem with a lot of printers, the software/drivers. Not sure if it is changed now, but Epson software was awful.

Canon was not that great either in the XP days. seems to be better with Windows 7/8, then again I just use the drivers and that is it.

Kodak was easy to install, even the connection to wi-fi was easy and worked first time, tried to do that with a Hp and it took a few attempts.

Not sure what Cannon is like to set up on wi-fi, never seen one of their Wi-fi machines.

what i want next when my Canon printer goes belly up is a Wi-fi printer, but not a all in one, just a printer.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:14
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This is the problem with a lot of printers, the software/drivers. Not sure if it is changed now, but Epson software was awful.

Canon was not that great either in the XP days. seems to be better with Windows 7/8, then again I just use the drivers and that is it.

Kodak was easy to install, even the connection to wi-fi was easy and worked first time, tried to do that with a Hp and it took a few attempts.

Not sure what Cannon is like to set up on wi-fi, never seen one of their Wi-fi machines.

what i want next when my Canon printer goes belly up is a Wi-fi printer, but not a all in one, just a printer.
No problems with Epson software going back to the days of my R200, very simple install, works well.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:28
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No problems with Epson software going back to the days of my R200, very simple install, works well.
going back before then to the Epson Stylus Color 800, there was two parts to the software, ink management and the driver software. you had to put them in in order other wise it would go belly up. this was before USB mind you and it was still centronics.

Epson needs to update their drivers mind you, brothers printer will not work on windows 7, will it willl but not the Cd printing part.

Everything still works on my canon, including the Cd printing part on windows 7 and 8 and also my mates canon which is the model before mine works on windows 7 and 8.

Come to think of it, we even got a Canon BJ200 to work on windows 7.
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