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I only use it occasionally. I probably only print out an average of about a page or two per day and sometimes I can go for three or four days without using it. Because of this and it's age I seem to need to run the cleaning cycle almost every time I use it.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a replacement? I also use it for printing out family photographs. The cost of replacement cartridges would be an important factor in my decision and I would spend up to about £200.
I do the photos at the supermarket now for 5p a print, just take them in on a usb drive. Much cheaper and better quality than any home printer.
I would recommend almost any of the Epson printers, but they sell on the "razor blade" model. The printer is a loss leader, but they more than make up for it in consumables. I read somewhere that the most expensive material in the world by weight is Epson inkjet ink.
I would suggest getting TWO printers: One for documents, and one for photos. I'm not sure if these all-in-one units are any good. I use two printers myself. I'd never use my Epson R2400 for documents, but, man you have GOT to see the photos it prints. I use a cheap HP laser for my documents. You can get B&W laser printers for less than $100 these days, and color ones for less than $300. The cartridges ain't cheap, but I just replaced my first toner cartridge after over a year of heavy use.
I'm not so sure this printer, or any inkjet would be real good for full page images or photos, laser is where you need to go for that. But I use mine to produce a product catalog full of smaller images and the quality, aside from age factors, has been good. I generally print about 30 to 40 images on a full sheet, front and back. Besides the catalogs it gets used heavily with day to day operations - invoicing, shipping labels, scan labels, etc.
When looking for a printer I would also consider the feed system. I don't like the way my HP inkjet printer takes the paper round a drum. This frequently causes a paper jam.
[edited by: Patrick_Taylor at 11:45 pm (utc) on Jan. 15, 2007]
Perhaps it was miffed at the threat of being replaced? :)