All in one that's cheap to run?

  justjill 10:46 09 Jan 2009


I'm looking for a new printer/scanner/copier, preferably one that's cheap to buy and to run. I'm a bit wary, though, as the last cheap printer I bought (Epson C48) didn't last a crack and the print head seemed to get clogged with alarming regularity. Is a cheap all-in-one a false economy? Can anyone recommend a particular model?

Thanks :)

  pcmags 15:27 09 Jan 2009

Epson Stylus DX4800 a few years old now but a great printer.

  caccy 16:33 09 Jan 2009

I've had two Epson photo printers. Now have an HP Deskjet F380 (2.5 years). Would not go back to Epson

  spuds 17:09 09 Jan 2009

I have a number of All-in-0ne's of various manufacture.

At present I am testing a Brother DCP-135C, which is proving very good so far. Compatibles for this machine cost between £1.70 to £2.70. It hold 4 cartridges, similar to Epson, so on empty you only replace the cartridge required. The price for this particular model is around £32.00 to £35.00 from Rymans, Ebuyer or Staples. The one I have came from Rymans, and if you register it on-line with Brother, the warranty is changed from RTB to On-Site or Return Exchange for the first 12 months with possible extension to warranty.

We are also testing a Canon Pixma MP210, which so far appears to give good results. Only problem with this model is the replacement cartridges (2 off), which are fairly expensive. Ebuyer have the MP190 in stock, which is virtually the same as the MP210. If you buy before the 12th January 2009, there is a cashback offer of £15.00 from Canon, which would bring the price down to about £22/£23 from the actual price of about £37.00. A short time ago, we were buying the MP210 from Ebuyer for about £31.00 and similar £15.00 cashback offer, so costing in all £16.00 each.

We have recently had some problems with an HP C3180. Good product when it worked, but cartridges are 2 off which can prove expensive. This model or very similar HP models are easily available for around the £28/£35 mark.

Other All-in-One models we have are Epson and Lexmark.

Hope that helps!.

  ICF 17:09 09 Jan 2009

I don't know who supplies them and it seems it doesn't matter because I got my MAC code within 15 min of asking.

  ICF 17:10 09 Jan 2009

Soz above post in wrong thread LOL

  justjill 22:16 09 Jan 2009

Thanks for the tips :) That Brother printer is very tempting with the on-site warranty. Thanks, guys :)

  spuds 23:11 09 Jan 2009

Perhaps what I should have also mentioned, the Brother DCP-135C will also load direct from a digital camera via a cable. The HP type mentioned will most likely have card slots available, the C3180 does.

  jaraba 14:00 11 Jan 2009

Currys have an Epson All in One for £29.95.
Think its the SX105
Uses 4 cartridges which you can get from click here

  AL47 16:39 11 Jan 2009

canon seem to do better printers than epson, im actuall after an mp600, dont know bout ink costs, but print quality is ace

  Patr100 00:11 12 Jan 2009

Good question well phrased.
Just adding to my threads for later.

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