Canon's Pixma all-in-one printer seems like a good bargain, but when the printer runs out of ink, the scanner stops working. And the only way to fix it is to buy more ink and refill it. Now there's a $5 million class-action lawsuit over it, citing that an all-in-one printer isn't really all in one, if the other functions of the printer (copy and scanner) stop working, although they have nothing to do with empty ink tanks.
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Jody needs to replace his printer. He'd like to get one that prints in color. He doesn't want an EcoTank because it's too expensive for his needs. Leo says the EcoTank is a bit pricey, but it comes with two years of ink for free. But he also doesn't want an inkjet unless he can print every day. A color laser printer can provide "business color" and do it at a lower cost per page. And he can get a color laser printer for a few hundred dollars. Brother makes one for $200. Model 3210. Leo has a Brother and it's quite good. It prints at 19ppm, so it's pretty fast too. Does it have a scanner?
Jack has an Epson All-in-One printer and he can't scan to his computer. It says all the channels are blocked. Leo says that he can scan over wifi with today's wireless printer scanners. But it's network scanning, and a firewall may be blocking it. Turn off the software firewall in the OS. He doesn't need it if he has a router. Then, open up the computer to the printer in the menu and let the printer make the connection.
Barry needs a new printer that can print on Legal paper sizes, but can also fax. He's looking at a Brother, HP and Epson. Leo says that it depends on how much you use it. If he's rarely going to print, then a laser printer is a better choice because the ink doesn't get dried out in the nozzles. But if he's printing a lot and needs color, then an inkjet will certainly suffice. All three make good printers, but Leo prefers Epson. However, Brother makes very inexpensive yet very good laser printers.
Benny is looking for a wireless all-in-one printer with fax. Leo says that the fax wouldn't be wireless, obviously. Leo recommends the Epson Workforce Pro. Canon also makes good All-in-One. He can actually get an all-in-one for under $100, the Epson Workforce 3620 is around $120 quite often. But he should remember that the ink is going to cost him.
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Christine needs a small all-in-one printer for her tiny house. Leo says that the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank isn't too big and has the benefit of coming with 2 years of ink. That's great for regular use. They do stick out over the edge just a little bit. Worth taking a look at. Any all-in-one which does scanning and printing will be a bit larger than a standard printer. Another option is the Epson Artisan. Canon makes a very good printer as well, with the Pixma line.
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Carl's dad is looking to replace his HP laserjet printer. Leo says laser printers have plummeted in price, and suggests getting an all in one. Epson makes a great one called the Epson WorkForce. HP makes some good laser printers as well. If you want color, everyone makes them.
PC World did a roundup last December and they said the Brother MFP9970 was the stand out.