Budget printer (buying price and ink costs)?

  aca 09:25 31 Aug 2011

Have spent ages on google etc trying to find best printer based upon the following criteria but finding it very difficult to narrow things down

Home use (not volume printing but for homework etc), and need colour Just want reasonable print quality Budget of £35 Want it def able to use cheap compatible cartridges Reliable paper-feed and general operation simple Not interested in having the latest features, just want a basic printer


  tullie 10:39 31 Aug 2011

Try Amazon

  Woolwell 11:54 31 Aug 2011

In my experience cheap printers tend to be expensive when it comes to ink consumption and price.

  aca 12:59 31 Aug 2011


have tried amazon tullie, and what I cant get is any idea of actual running costs and whether a printer will be able to use compatibles and the cost of these. Hence my post

Have looked at all the usuals: Amazon/Google/Reevoo/PCAdvisor reviews

  Woolwell 13:21 31 Aug 2011

It is very difficult to get running costs as how one user uses the printer may be different to another. You will find reviews that give approximate running costs (these include pca reviews). PCA'S top 5 under £150 printers are not in your price range. For compatibles then you have to be careful as some are better than others. Suggest that you find a printer then search for ink cartridges and this will tell you about their availability. No manufacturer is going to state that it can take compatibles and I doubt that reviews will either.

  aca 15:53 31 Aug 2011

Thanks Woolwell

your response makes sense and is appreciated, but I am looking for user feedback from forum members because the info is difficult to get from manufacturers/reviews etc.

The sort of info I need is a recommendation of a printer based on personal experience, with a rough indication of how much the hopefully cheap cartridges last.

  aca 15:53 31 Aug 2011

Sorry last line meant to read cost and last

  TopCat® 18:39 31 Aug 2011

I've recently (July) purchased a Canon Pixma iP4700 from Park Cameras Ltd for £59 and find it just perfect for my use. This printer was reviewed and tested by PCA and was given a Best Buy at the time.

Thinking about using compatibles with chips when cartridges are required, I found a company called Inkredible.co.uk from whom I've just bought 4 complete sets for £1.50 per cartridge. This was just one of several special offers available on that day. Just Google for the printer review and you'll find the PCA one. Having problems with linking this. TC.

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