Used only for business purposes (running off a few invoices daily) - we currently use an Epson C62. We only require black, not colour.
Having just replaced the black cartridge, the printer still failed to print. It seems it also requires a colour cartridge. Apparently, although we never use colour, the ink is used each time the machine primes itself (a lot).
Running out of colour would not matter if, like my HP printer, it would still operate on empty colour (as long as the cartridge is present). But it appears not to.
What a waste - having to replace the colour ink even though we do not use it. It is only used for the machines 'maintenance'.
I have had to replace both cartridges on this occasion out of necessity - but wonder if it is worth keeping the printer or maybe getting a cheap laser type printer.
Black only printing and text and economy as stated Laser Common colour ink jets do by default, print all colours to get 'best' black Using the existing printer however is a matter of setting the printer to print black only, examine the printer properties settings closely
A Samsung ML-1520, which you can pick up for £49.99. click here (to buy from PC World)
Hope that helps.
By the way, I have the Samsung ML-1510, which has less memory, but I'm veyr pleased with it. I paid £39.99 including delivery, so for that little bit extra the 1520 is good value. The toner cartridge you get with the printer is a 'lite' version and will last for approx 1000 sheets I believe, but refills are cheap and a full refull will last for approx 3000 pages.