My Canon S630 hasn't responded to all the advice I've had to fix it and am reluctant to spend £70 plus on getting it professionally sorted.Have a budget of about £150.Need a stand-alone colour inkjet printer which: 1.will be mainly for general use with occasional photos up to A4 2.uses separate colour ink cartridges 3.has reasonable running costs. 4.take compatibles 5.doesn't need a dedicated brand of photopaper to achieve reasonable results (Aldi's paper has been fine so far.) 6.is reasonably fast and not excessively noisy. Is there such a machine out there still?
I would check out Amazon as they do free P&P on most of their printers and they are usually cheaper too. Epson are my favourite. But the Epsons I have do tend to be a bit noisy in my opinion. Check out the PCA charts in the magazine.
Epson D88 which you can get for under £60 meets all of your requirements except that in my experience I have not found that Epson printers print photos well on anything but Epson branded photo paper. Interested to know of other's comments on this. Suggest that you have a look at some of the HP's.