Printers - too much choice - help!

  sarahjacintha 22:46 02 Jul 2012


I'm going to have to post a lot of questions on this forum soon, so please be patient with me. I'm about to buy a printer and I've no idea which to choose; I'm constantly being told to back up my files by my computer, but it doesn't tell me how; etc. It's not that I'm unwilling to put in the legwork (as it were) in order to learn about computers, but every time I take the time to read about teccy stuff, I forget it 5 minutes later. I would love to be a geek but I'm afraid it's just not gonna happen.

Anyway, I've done a lot of reading of 'Amazon' reviews of wireless all in one printers (which is what I'm after) and each time I come across one that looks genuinely well rated, some comment about 'ease of set up' etc puts me off.

I'd like one whose wireless capability really does work (I've heard some of them just don't), I need a printer that isn't prone to paper jam issues (had a few of those) and, lastly, I would like to scan some old black and white photos onto my computer, mess with them a bit, then print them out as a surprise for my sister. As I don't have 'Photoshop' (or whatever it's called), can anyone recommend a printer that will be helpful in this respect? Bearing in mind I'm not a millionaire!

Hope to hear from someone soon, thanks, Sarah.

  Nontek 07:03 03 Jul 2012

I recently bought a Epson SX445W, my first Wireless printer, and IMHO it is excellent. Not difficult to setup if you follow the instructions carefully, read therm completely before you start.

It is very neat and fits into quite a small space, I hardly notice it is there, but it comes alive when I want it to. Also it is not expensive, I bought mine via Amazon, UK.

  The Old Mod 07:12 03 Jul 2012

I recently bought an Epson SX535WD and it's excellent, easy to setup if you follow the instructions properly. The compatible inks are cheap to buy, I can print from any PC in the house, the prints are good and also the scans, can't fault it.

  chub_tor 10:17 03 Jul 2012

When you have settled on your printer (personally I am a Canon fan and would recommend the MX420) I would also recommend this free Serif Software for picture manipulation before you print.

  frybluff 21:14 03 Jul 2012

I'm with chub_tor. Canon take some beating. Good general printing and outstanding photos. Set-up instructions are comprehensive, and they are easy to use.

I have the MP640, which is about 18 months old, so possibly superceded. I searched long and hard when I got it, and was the best in the price range. Think I paid around £140 then (I won't swear to that).

It may still be available, or its successor is probably as good, if not better. Canon's web site is pretty good.

The one downside with Canon is that their proprietory inks aren't cheap. They are OK with "compatables", provided you avoid the real cheapies.

  sarahjacintha 02:27 05 Jul 2012

Thanks very much for all your replies. I've made my choice and will let you know which one I plumped for and how I get on with it - whether you want to know or not! - in a week or so's time.

Thanks again!


  morddwyd 07:52 06 Jul 2012

"whether you want to know or not!"

Of course we want to know.

I think I speak for most of us when I say we always like to see follow up, particularly a successful final outcome.

  northumbria61 12:16 06 Jul 2012

morddwyd - I think I speak for most of us when I say we always like to see follow up, particularly a successful final outcome.

I agree with your comments - all too often the only feedback we get is a green tick and left in doubt as to the outcome - also a thank you from some (not all) wouldn't come amiss.

  sarahjacintha 01:58 07 Jul 2012

My first thoughts, upon investigating (via Amazon) the printers that have been recommended here were:

The 'Canon' ones look really cool, shiny and expensive. Even I'd heard good things about their print quality, but upon reading customer reviews I did become a bit wary about the cost of replacement ink cartridges. Although 80 people might really love their Canon printer, the 3 who say: "Set up was a nightmare and I still can't get the Wi-fi capability to work" tend to haunt me. For reasons which I'll explain in a moment.

The Epson ones tend to offer more affordable ink replacements - but don't look as good. (I'm honestly not that fussed about appearances, but if the choice is between two types of machine that I don't know much about, I might as well go for the better looking one). Customer reviews are generally positive, but I went to the earliest review page and found 3 really damning indictments.

I'd started to become suspicious of certain reviews though: Do crafty marketing types snipe at their competitors under the guise of customer reviews? What's to stop them? A person can have 50 million e mail addresses these days. And what about the suspiciously glowing 'I want to marry this printer' reviews too, are they for real?

The one course of action I'm stuck on is my determination not to buy an HP. Because the last one I had nearly gave me a nervous breakdown (I was trying to print out my dissertation at the time and its 'quirks' made a anxious period of my life almost intolerable).

I had decided on one of the 'Canon' ones, but life has got in the way and they're too expensive for me right now. So it's a toss up between the Epson SX535WD, or the Brother DCP-J315W (which I hadn't considered and came upon by chance, it seems to review quite well though). Ultimately I suppose I'm just gonna have to bite the bullet and order, but, like I say in a week or two I'll let you know how I get along.

  morddwyd 08:06 07 Jul 2012

Epson have a better build quality than Brother (I have one of each at the moment, and a Canon, and two HPs. Don't ask!)

Brother have a somewhat flimsy feel to them.

  chub_tor 09:57 07 Jul 2012

If you want a Canon that is Wireless, can print DVDs and have cheap compatible individual cartridges then how about this MG5250 at PC World

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