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Home Printers - cheapest / inkless options


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I have a HP printer for my office, but find that the cartridges run out pretty fast with some client work; any recommendations for home printers - black only would be fine - where you aren't over a barrel for ink replacements?  I remember years ago 'inkless' printers that used heat to print instead?  Are they still around?

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Small laser - samsnug, hp run a small one of remanufactured or third party cartridges.

Only thermal ones can think of were the wax type nice colour output but expensive to run.

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19 minutes ago, Democorruptcy said:

I like Brother and noticed they fill 4 places out of this top 10

https://homeuseprinter.com/best-black-and-white-laser-printers/

 

Would have mentioned them except a Brother A3 inkjet I bought a couple of years ago never did pick up paper properly and I spent most of the time unjamming thing thing before throwing it out into garden (for real).  Replaced it with a s/h HP 100 compact colour laser with toner cartridges on a carousel, not fast but very reliable and has not missed a beat.

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The Masked Tulip

Canon MG5700 - slightly different model number for black or white case. It has separate colours for inks making replacements cheap PLUS Amazon sell a variety of inks that are cheaper than Canon's own ones.

 

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Chewing Grass
3 minutes ago, Dave Beans said:

Brother Printers are very cheap to run... Highly recommended...

Buy Brother HL-L2350DW Mono Laser Printer | Printers | Argos  Offers duplex too..

3000 yield 3rd party cartridge (they seem to work fine)...for about 8 quid...

Compatible Toner Cartridge For Brother TN2420 HL-L2350DW L2370DN DCP-L2510D 7804947050400 | eBay

Agree, just got 4 sets of colour cartridges for mine, 16 in total for £14 delivered, each colour last about 6 months so that's 2 years supply in the bag.

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Rare Bear
On 26/02/2021 at 02:14, wherebee said:

I have a HP printer for my office, but find that the cartridges run out pretty fast with some client work; any recommendations for home printers - black only would be fine - where you aren't over a barrel for ink replacements?  I remember years ago 'inkless' printers that used heat to print instead?  Are they still around?

The very first printer I bought in 1984 was thermal transfer.  It actually used a ribbon which was heated to transfer the ink onto the paper. I'm certain than there were printers which used heat sensitive paper. I'd guess pretty expensive paper.

The best computer related purchase I have ever made was a laser printer I bought for use at home. A Brother HL something or other mono laser printer. Just so cheap to run. Only rich people can afford inkjets.

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Dave Beans
3 hours ago, Rare Bear said:

The very first printer I bought in 1984 was thermal transfer.  It actually used a ribbon which was heated to transfer the ink onto the paper. I'm certain than there were printers which used heat sensitive paper. I'd guess pretty expensive paper.

The best computer related purchase I have ever made was a laser printer I bought for use at home. A Brother HL something or other mono laser printer. Just so cheap to run. Only rich people can afford inkjets.

Unless you go for an Ecotank...

Epson EcoTank Printers - Cartridge-free printer - Save 90% on the cost of ink - Epson

The problem I find with 3rd party inkjet inks, is that half the time, the printer can't/won't read the chip on the cartridge....so the ones you've just bought a bundle of, are redundant...

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Rare Bear
1 hour ago, Dave Beans said:

Unless you go for an Ecotank...

Epson EcoTank Printers - Cartridge-free printer - Save 90% on the cost of ink - Epson

The problem I find with 3rd party inkjet inks, is that half the time, the printer can't/won't read the chip on the cartridge....so the ones you've just bought a bundle of, are redundant...

I suspect that the one I have long predates the idea of chips on ink cartridges.

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Another vote for a Brother printer. IIRC mine cost about £90 which is probably 3x the price of some shite Canon one but the paper feed worked, it could do A3, and the cartridges were cheap.

The only downside I can think of is that the PC software got rather upset if you had it connected wirelessly and then connected to a VPN from your PC. It would keep dropping offline. But then I think every printer I've had has been like that.

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swiss_democracy_for_all

Brother for me too - MFC-J895DW, 2 years or more so far and all good. Lower throughput so an inkjet with the head cleaning (stops them drying up) works fine for me - I've had so much trouble with other printers that I even buy the real cartridges for this one. It costs a bit but at least the fucking thing works and works well.

 

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goldbug9999
On 26/02/2021 at 02:14, wherebee said:

I have a HP printer for my office, but find that the cartridges run out pretty fast with some client work; any recommendations for home printers - black only would be fine - where you aren't over a barrel for ink replacements?  I remember years ago 'inkless' printers that used heat to print instead?  Are they still around?

https://www.ryman.co.uk/epson-ecotank-et-m1120-mono-wireless-inkjet-printer?

Had one of those for use by a club that needed to do a lot of printing. Is very fast as well.

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Bear Hug

I've been using Canon printer last 8 years or so. Cheap ink jet which I refill with syringe with black ink bought from Wilko for £2. Output is starting to look crap as I use it so rarely, so needs nozzle cleaning every time, but that was all I spent on ink in 8 years. 

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On 26/02/2021 at 21:02, Chewing Grass said:

Agree, just got 4 sets of colour cartridges for mine, 16 in total for £14 delivered, each colour last about 6 months so that's 2 years supply in the bag.

Hey @Chewing Grass, what model printer do you have? I'm in the market for a colour laser printer and I'm looking at a Brother - but a quick glance of reviews on Amazon suggests that some models have gone down the "stupidly expensive cartridges with chips that lock you in" route.

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Chewing Grass
10 minutes ago, DeepLurker said:

Hey @Chewing Grass, what model printer do you have? I'm in the market for a colour laser printer and I'm looking at a Brother - but a quick glance of reviews on Amazon suggests that some models have gone down the "stupidly expensive cartridges with chips that lock you in" route.

Brother MFC J5320DW if you can still get it, ink is cheaper than water.

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DeepLurker
3 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

Brother MFC J5320DW if you can still get it, ink is cheaper than water.

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Ah my bad, I thought you had a laser printer... never mind, thanks for the info anyway!

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