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  1. ed41041972

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    I am using Windows 7 Home premium and need help on which multifunction printer to get.
     
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    What have you found so far? I like HP printers....
     
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    HP have been the last three multifunction printers I have had and each one have been nightmares.They all seem to have a mind of their own.
     
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    First off, a moderator will likely move this, as it doesn't really belong in Random...but that's not a huge deal.

    Your operating system doesn't really limit you at all--any current printer will work just fine on Windows 7.

    1. What type of printing do you do (text, graphics, photos, web page printouts, etc.)?
    2. How much printing do you do (how long does it take you to go through a ream of paper)?
    3. Is faxing important, or will a printer/copier/scanner be plenty?
    4. What's your price range? Keep in mind that the more you pay for a printer, the less you'll probably pay for ink in the long run.

    These are important questions because different printers cater to different users. I'm sure I can give you a few options of what I think would work well for you if you can answer them for me. As of right now, all I know is you want a multifunction printer and it has to work on Windows 7...that gives dozens and dozens of options...have to narrow it down somehow :).

    By the way, welcome to TSG!
     
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    1. All you have listed
    2. 7-10 days
    3. Need Fax
    4. $250.00 Max
     
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    Okay, I'll give you a few examples in different brands:

    My first instinct would be to take a look at these (there are three different models in the series): http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/18972-18972-238444-12019-3328086-4083864.html The 8500s are relatively solid printers and have a very low cost per page, which I think is important considering the amount of printing you're doing. The price on that one is often around $200. However, I know you're not thrilled with the idea of HP.

    Canon has an MX870, as well...it's around the same price as the base HP 8500A. The cost per page will be higher, but the photo quality will be much better: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/...office_all_in_one_inkjet_printers/pixma_mx870

    Brother makes great laser printers, but in my experience their inkjets have always been sub-par, so I can't recommend any of them.

    Epson has been notorious for high ink cartridge costs in the past, but their newer models are supposed to be much better about that. Photo quality would definitely exceed the HP and should be about on-par with the Canon. This looks like a relatively decent bet: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=C11CA69201 However this would be better if you can find it on sale somewhere: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=C11CB33201 It would be more suited to the amount you're printing the the cost per page will be lower.

    I also have a hard time recommending a Lexmark machine because they seem to be built poorly. Supposedly the newer ones are better, but I worked in retail not long ago and nearly every one we had on display failed in one way or another.
     
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    Looks to me like those take the same inks, and that the main differences are the added paper tray and improved control panel on the 840. I'll bet that the price on the 840 frequently goes down to $250 or less.

    You're welcome. :)
     
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    With old printer trade in the 840 is $119.99 at OfficeMax. If Best Buy will price match same price at BB. The reason for Best Buy is their Rewards card.
     
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    I have a love / hate HP relationship, as I suspect most do. I have a OfficeJet 8500 Pro Premier and a PhotoSmart Premium working with my Win7 machine. I do not use the fax feature - instead use a dedicated fax machine (10 year old Brother 1270 Intellafax). The two printers are used for printing, scanning, copying only and have performed very well, although I did have problems with the 8500 a few months into use, but HP replaced it completely at no cost to me (HP made brownie points with that gesture). I have in the past had problems with HP printers - but also with Canon, Minolta (Konica) and Epson. Regardless of brand, you're taking a chance of problems IMHO. Would have junked the 1270 fax had I not found a source of roll ink cartridges for $13 (for 2) vs. $40-60 from Brother or office stores. So for Do-All, I say HP.

    If not in a hurry or quick need watch for sales - I bought both the 8500 & PhotoSmart in the price range you have stated.
     
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    Wino that is the two HPs I have had problems with. The Original Officejet Pro 8500, then the Officejet Pro 8500A.

    That is why I have a BAD taste in my mouth for HP.

    This has been the BEST Tech Support Forum answers I have received on anything in years.

    Thanks,Guys
     
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    If it were me in the same position, I would also look at an 8500. Because the OP almost immediately said he didn't want to go the HP route, I didn't push the issue, though.

    For whatever it's worth, I have had good luck with HPs. I presently have a Color Laserjet 3600n that I do nearly all of my printing on...not a problem in the ~15,000 pages that are on it so far. In the school district I work for, we run nearly all HPs for the standalone printers...LJ4000-4350s mostly, but there's a few CLJ 4600s around too, and a few newer black and whites. The things are bulletproof, some of the 4000s are well over the million page mark (and they were probably bought around 12 years ago) and just keep going and going. I'd argue that the 4000 series printers might be the best black and white lasers ever made. But that's laser, not inkjet...and everyone has different experiences, I suppose.
     
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    I can definitely see why you don't want to try them again, then :D

    And, you're very welcome.
     
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    I appreciate where you're coming from - it's difficult to overcome a bad experience and most manufactures don't seem to care.

    See this link for my HP 8500 experience

    http://forums.techguy.org/reviews/945373-struggle-but-props-hp-printer.html

    It seems my memory of how much I paid for the 8500 was a mite low.:eek:

    Had HP not replaced the 8500 it would be a long spell before I'd ever buy another HP - although I said that before - bought other brand and rued the day.:)

    Out of curiosity - what kind of problems are you having?? Or did it just die??
     
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