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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:44 PM

Fed up with dead HP printers. Any recommendations for something?


There are four HP printers in this house. Two are new. None will now print from my newish HP laptop. Either hard-wired or wifi. The most recent one died as I was just into the second ink cartridge -- died of a failed internal power modem, evidently.

I'm done with HP crap printers.

I need:


DEPENDABILITY
color & b&w
scanner
SD disc slot
printer cable compatible

Preferably under $300

Advice very welcome.

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Reply Fed up with dead HP printers. Any recommendations for something? (Original post)
Grasswire2 Mar 2021 OP
pwb Mar 2021 #1
radical noodle Mar 2021 #2
NotANeocon Mar 2021 #19
radical noodle Mar 2021 #21
targetpractice Mar 2021 #3
Earth-shine Mar 2021 #28
Haggard Celine Mar 2021 #4
canetoad Mar 2021 #16
tableturner Mar 2021 #18
Susan Calvin Mar 2021 #24
NBachers Mar 2021 #5
vercetti2021 Mar 2021 #6
SWBTATTReg Mar 2021 #7
vercetti2021 Mar 2021 #10
SWBTATTReg Mar 2021 #12
empedocles Mar 2021 #8
jimfields33 Mar 2021 #15
bucolic_frolic Mar 2021 #32
YorkRd Mar 2021 #9
CanonRay Mar 2021 #11
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #13
Fullduplexxx Mar 2021 #14
Grasswire2 Mar 2021 #17
empedocles Mar 2021 #20
UTUSN Mar 2021 #22
Grasswire2 Mar 2021 #23
Ron Obvious Mar 2021 #25
Grasswire2 Mar 2021 #26
Ron Obvious Mar 2021 #27
LeftInTX Mar 2021 #29
Paper Roses Mar 2021 #30
Grasswire2 Mar 2021 #31

Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:49 PM

1. They are shit.

I still do paper taxes and every year it is a fight with the printer.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:50 PM

2. We've had an Epson for several years

and never had a problem with it. I don't remember the cost. It's relatively fast too. Ours doesn't have an SD slot but it's at least 10 years old now so that's why. It's a WorkForce 845, which I'm sure is obsolete now. I keep thinking it will die and I'll have to get another one, but it just keeps chugging along.

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:13 PM

19. Epson is not honest about built in obsolesence

If you use them enough they advise you that the "ink pads" are full - which is code for "too costly and time consuming to keep this working printer running properly".

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Response to NotANeocon (Reply #19)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 11:13 PM

21. I have fortunately not experienced that

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:51 PM

3. I worked for a company that tested consumer printers...

... I recommend Canon printers to anyone who asks. I was the analyst for printer testing.

Great color quality and reliable. I'll circle back with a particular model if you'd like.

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Response to targetpractice (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 08:23 PM

28. +1 I've had Epson and HP. But, by far, the best ink jets for me have been Canon. nt

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:51 PM

4. I have a very dependable b&w Brother printer.

I've had a lot of shitty printers, too, but this one is good. You'll have to price their color printers, but I think I got mine for less than $200.

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Response to Haggard Celine (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:49 PM

16. I second Brother printers

Had various types since the 90s and they are dependable work horses.

I prefer them because the paper lies flat in the tray, ink is super easy to change and you can use generic cartridges.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:06 PM

18. YES to this, especially the reference to generic cartridges.

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Response to Haggard Celine (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 09:40 AM

24. I have a brother

Color laser all-in-one that has been serving me well for many years.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:55 PM

5. After going through any number of name brand printers, most of which I was not that happy with,

I have settled on a Canon, and I will not look back. I had one for several years and it broke when my son dropped his keys into the paper spool and didnít retrieve them. I had no doubt about the fact that I would go out and get another one.

The model number is MX410. Itís one of their lowest priced ones, but I am happier with this than I have been with any other printer Iíve had starting in the early 90s.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:57 PM

6. I found Lexmark is great

Ours lasted from 2012 til 2020. It was a great machine but age got it

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:02 PM

7. Me too. The Lexmark seems to hold up well. Mine has and still is going strong.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:05 PM

10. Awesome!

So we can both recommend Lexmark

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:08 PM

12. That's what I'm going to go for, I'm going to have to start looking again, the printer is getting

old and I do want to replace it, it'll work if need be, but I got to baby it too much.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:03 PM

8. My HP, b&w, has worked for years.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:45 PM

15. My HP is going to be 7 years in September.

Works great. Occasionally, I have to turn the power off to get the laptop to ďfind itĒ but that's only happened 3 times.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 05:05 PM

32. I have a 2006 HP b&w laser

Bought it used, low mileage, small office printer for 10k pages a month, I print about 400 a year. No problems going on 4 years.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:03 PM

9. Have had good luck with Brother laser printers.

😎

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:05 PM

11. I bought a cheap Epson over 10 years ago

and it still works fine. Has everything you want except the SD slot, but they probably make one with it.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:13 PM

13. Brother has worked great for us!

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:31 PM

14. I cant get ink for mine it'll be a cold day in hell before I buy another

H p(piece of shit)

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 09:40 PM

17. Understood!

I snapped up several cartridges of ink for my most recent printer, and now I'm stuck with them, too, because it's DoA after just one cartridge used.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #17)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:13 PM

20. I just bought 2 cartridges for the fear of not able to buy another

[though it does seem like one could find one on the net]

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 02:44 AM

22. Almost all of my low tech experience has been with HP, with peaks of frustration & overall O.K.

Two HP printers back I tried the "Instant Ink" thing and went batty: Am not a high need printer user, but when I needed something right that minute the danged thing would not work - whether it was my WiFi being interrupted or whatever. So I ended up ditching their Instant Ink thing and sticking to hard wiring. That allieviated tons of frustration.

Then thought I'd make up the savings by ordering cartridges online and got a klinker here and a printer failure there. HP said the printer failed because of non-HP cartridges. In fact, at least two different machines, when I called HP I was told that the machine was discontinued and a new one was needed.

Yet, overall, for my low needs they worked all right. It's a matter of the Devil-You-Know for me.







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Response to UTUSN (Reply #22)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 02:55 AM

23. Yeah.

I don't print a lot either. All I ask is for the printer to be attached by USB printer cable -- NO WIFI -- and to print when I send the command. It's nuts. And very bad for my blood pressure.

Tomorrow because my printer won't work and I need to send an important letter to a government agency, I have to put the document on a thumb drive and take it to UPS and have them print it (and then mail it from there). Ugh Ugh Ugh.

I tried every workaround I could think of today, including sending it by email to my daughter's tablet to print. Her android tablet and her HP printer actually print! But no. It didn't work.

If the public library only was open .... but pandemic still has it shut down.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 01:07 PM

25. Our HP LaserJet 4P from 1993 is still going strong

It's still supported under Windows 10 too. The cartridges last for years too, but they're getting a little tougher to find.

I just replaced the cartridge and it had been so long I'd forgotten how to do it, so had to go to youtube to find a video.

The guy on the video said he bought his used for $10 or $20 and all he had to do was replace that cartridge.

HP used to stand for quality but, like so much else, turned into shitty planned-obsolescence merchants when the founders were forced out and the bean-counters took over.

ETA: I should add that ours is connected via a parallel cable, but you could fix that with a parallel port ethernet device (our OfficeJet G95 - which also still works - came with it).

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #25)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 01:41 PM

26. I don't know what a parallel cable is.

But it's interesting to know that a printer that old is still chugging along.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #26)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 02:10 PM

27. It's just a cable connected to an old parallel port

I don't think any computers made in the last 15 years have them anymore, but I bought one for a dollar and put it in my home-built case several years ago.

I bet there are parallel to USB converters out there, like I know there are for RS-232 serial connections.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 6, 2021, 06:59 PM

29. I had Brother lasers for 20 years!

My last one was purchased in 2009, but it's circuit board went out in Oct 2020. When I went to Office Depot to buy another, they were all out (Covid). I had to purchased an HP.

I sure miss Brother. They are good and reliable without a lot of bells and whistles. Mine were all B&W. Cheap and toner efficient.

My scanner is on a mutli-function printer. The printer is an inkjet and doesn't print.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 15, 2021, 04:30 PM

30. Had my old HP PSC for years, never a problem. It just wore out.

On the advice of a clerk at Staples, I bought a Canon. I dislike it. Hard to turn off, uses ink like it was water. It also takes forever to decide to print.The scan function drives me nuts, I never use it. If this one dies, I'll certainly come here for advice, not Staples clerks.

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Response to Paper Roses (Reply #30)

Mon Mar 15, 2021, 05:01 PM

31. Hi!!! nt

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