HP820ce - I've had this one for almost 6 years now (bought it "damaged" from ebay... just wiggled a few things, and it was fine!). It's been nothing but the best. I don't need to print out any graphics or anything else that needs super clarity, just emails, contracts, etc. She still has no signs of slowing down. It's gotten to the point where I feel guiltly for accidentally using my girlfriend's printer.
I also have a mid-bottom shelf HP office jet (can't remember the model). It's also quite good. I've never ever had a problem with HP printers.
HP officejet T45:
Can't stand it! Well can't stand the software that is required to use the darn thing. Takes it about 30 seconds to do all it's initializing stuff.
The fax does come in handy though.
HP PSC 500:
Not too bad, produces great copies, but is slow in copying.
Got a Color Laser Tektronix 740 in the office. 96,486 pages through it and still spinning them out. It's been on for a total of 22,361 hours! (508 hours straight this power-up) It's also had 16,036 button presses (haha the statistics it keeps are funny) Needs some more memory though...
hehe, I am a little further down the food chain printer wise. An I320 Cannon for color (I liked the small footprint) and an old Okidata 4W for when laser quality is called for...
In the old days, we had an HP Laserjet III - built like a brick, and could churn out paper all day without so much as a hiccup.
I don't do much printing these days, so I tend to go for the cheaper inkjet models - trouble is, they all seem to be made to break after about 500 pages. I had a budget HP Deskjet, but the entire mechanism disintegrated after a paper jam! Just out of guarantee, of course... I've just bought a Canon i560, which is the first time I've not bought HP. We'll see how long it holds up.
I actually use and like the "ultimate disposable" - a Lexmark of the latest version #. I print mostly b&w hard-copy for editing/proofing when I write, as well as the mass of emails, contracts, etc. necessary in any business. I've gone to generic refill ink for a couple of whacks at the cartridges, then I just buy a new b&w (because even if the color cart is DRY, the machine doesn't care if you don't try to print color). After about the 2nd round of the above, I go to wally world and buy a new $35 Lexmark. Then I donate the perfectly good old one and take whatever Its Deductible tells me is legal for a good used printer when I do my taxes.
Works for me....
Pretty much useless... there are little plastic pieces in the carriage assembly that like to break (I'm on my second unit - awaiting a 3rd unit as I write) and, of course, the printer won't do anything except cause aggravation at this point. Oh, and the extended warranty and associated perks are no good until the unit reaches maturity (I have to have it more than a year).
Brother MFC 3220C
Another useless printer. Ours simply refuses to accept paper anymore. By repeatedly trying to feed a single piece, a document may be produced after 5 minutes or more. Grrrrr.
So, if you want reliability and if you print more than a few pages a day, you might want to avoid these two. On a good day I might print a ream of paper.
HP LJ 4-- Two Each
They have been work horses for 5-6 years; Do about 1-4K pages a month on each.
Samsung QwikLaser 7000 Full duplex does PCL5 or PS and the cartridges are good for 6000 pages. Think it's rated at 17 pages a min. Great for printing one-up manuals, etc. I would Rate it Best Buy for laserJet
HP LJ 2 Got this one the day they came out about 10-15 years ago. Motherboard replaced, rubber roller parts replaced about every 2 years. It's only used now to printing checks. I'm not sure what we will do when it breaths its final gasp.
Samsung Laser All-in-One Model SF555-P Fax, Printer, Copier, and Scanner. Got it because it was the only Laser Jet fax I could find at the time. Best Fax I have ever used, holds a bunch of faxes in memory which is great when you come in the morning and find a 40 page fax and you only had 20 blank pages in the machine. Put the new paper in and off it goes. It's right outside of my office and it's super for a quick copy also. I have never used it as a printer but I'm sure it would do fine. I'm putting one of these in my home and getting rid of the Fax and Ink Jet that I'm using now. If you only have room for one or need one for your home this is the one I would buy.
I love my HP deskjet - the only complaint is that it doesn't always take the paper up correctly.
I forgive it for using so little ink.
I had an Epson - I got so angry with it for using so much ink and refusing to print anything at all at crucial moments that I chopped it up with an axe.
The cheapest I can find that will support refilling the black ink cartridges, some canon usually. I can't stand the things, have no use for them for most stuff, it's the biggest ripoff in computing as far as I can tell, ink cartridges are massively overpriced. Set print to black only, and that's the end of it for me.
Hmm have a really old Canon LB4+, maybe a relic had it for quite some time now, but it's great for just printing texts which I do a lot.
I also have an HP DeskJet which is going to be changed soon, since it's something wrong with it, papers always get stuck. Thinking of getting one of those nifty, printer, scanner and copier in one :) But time will tell I guess :)
I've got a lexmark Z11 I picked up when they first came out. I print out about 40 pages a day, but after paying a fortune for my first cartridge I've used refill kits with no problem at all. The current cartridge in it I've refilled 34 times and it keeps right on going ;~)
Epson EPL 5700.
Bought this pre launch in the UK in '98 it was so new even Epsons support desk hadnt heard of it then. I love Epson and always have they are so reliable.
It cost £550 7 years ago but works like a dream even now.
Still using a HP Laserjet 6P I was given 7 years ago, never had a problem with it, it's stingy with the toner, and it still prints beautifully!
If you want a budget laser printer, check Brother.
Ah, the old gals are headed to the ash heap after a worthy long service with no troubles.
Hey, you better not trash my 932 without my permission. I have a lot of sentimental value attached to that printer! ;)
My Epson Stylus C64 is the workhorse I use for printing LOTS of black and white stuff. It does fabulous color, but I just don't use it for that. It's quiet and fast, and doesn't fly through ink cartridges too quickly (as far as I know).
Just works - always. Never seen a paper jam or a badly printed sheet that wasn't my fault.
|I had a budget HP Deskjet, but the entire mechanism disintegrated after a paper jam! |
Luck of the draw maybe; I printed CAD drawings for three years on a Deskjet that was already two years old when I started the job, and it was still going strong on refilled ink cartridges when I left the company. I'd guess that in my three years we ran 15-20000 sheets through that thing...
Brother HL-5040 - had this for about a year now and it has been great. Got a laser because I was tired of spending so much on ink. I don't miss the ability to print in color at all. As of right now, I would by another brother laser printer.
Got a Xerox Phaser 6250 and it's awesome. That's my personal printer :-) and it's overkill but I never worry, always produce, and can do anything (short runs of postcards, business cards, placards, full-duplex photo proofs, poster-proofs, you name it).
Got a LaserJet 5P that's 10 years old and still going strong.
Had a Tektronix Phaser 700 series (hated it) and an 860 (loved it but not true color) and plenty of HP Laserjets -- all pretty good except low end (1100's were horrible).
Also had Xerox personal lasers that were very good.
I notice all of the printer the OP posted were HP, IME they are THE BEST printers out there.
The fix for not picking up paper correctly is to take the "pickup rollers" out and scuff them up on the sidewalk. Also a little bit of rubbing alcohol should see you 10k more pickups on worn rollers.
Oh, I just solved my printer problems, I gave mine to my girlfriend, now I don't have any, that's even better...
HP Deskjet 1220C
Just kicked it after ~5 years of low use. Zero problems.
Samsung Laser Printer, Black and white. Was only £60 from Comet. Does the job, only printer i've been really happy with.
2 Eltron P310 Plastic Card Printers. Amazingly expensive, break down every month, but I rely on these every day for my core business's.
> I notice all of the printer the OP posted were HP, IME they are THE BEST printers out there.
Not really. The laser printers are made by Canon. Generally, Canon are cheaper - it's the same internals, just a different box, manual, logos and casing.
(The inkjet printers are not made by Canon.)
Epson Stylus CX3200
Scan, Copy, Print.
Very easy to use. Small and cheap.
Excellent photo quality when I need it.
Prints right to the edges of the paper (if I want).
Ink is very expensive.
If I don't print for a few days it needs about 5 autocleans (which is a real pain when your in a hurry).