Buying A New Printer, Help Needed

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saintpeter48 | 18:14 Wed 09th Apr 2014 | Computers
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Any recommendations please on buying a new printer for the home. I do a lot of text printing and at moment use an Epson Stylus S21, i've had it for about 6 years and its finally given up on me, it was pretty heavy on the cartridges, cost a bit of a fortune. Any help greatly appreciated, thanks.


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Kodak does cheapest inks....3 in 1 scanner ..printer..copier...does the job !!
The computer press has been recomending the Canon Pixma MX925 for some time now. Not the cheapest to buy (e.g. £120 from but economical on ink apparently because of it uses five cartridges.
See my post in this link:-

Buy compatible cartridges from ebay sellers at 50p a go and save yourself a fortune.
I use a Canon Pixma MG5350 which uses 5 ink cartridges (so you don't need to replace all of the colours when one runs out) and produces excellent results with 'third party' inks costing just £6.24 for a set of all five(!) from here:
(That's the regular price when purchasing 4 or more packs but they're actually on special offer at £4.80 for all five ink cartridges at the moment).

The current recommended 'Best Buy' in Computer Active magazine is my printer's 'little brother', the Pixma MG4250 (which is around £50 in Argos) but that uses a single ink cartridge for the colours, with replacements (even 'third party' ones) costing considerably more than I'm paying.

So, like Treetops68, I recommend seeking out a Canon Pixma printer which uses multiple cartridges. It will cost a bit more than a two-cartridge printer but you'll quickly recoup the additional outlay and go on to make some big savings.
The best thing I ever did was to buy a small mono laser printer for about £80 after paying a fortune for cartridges for the ink jet printer that I previously had. I've been using my laser printer for ages and it's still on the original cartridge (and the ink doesn't smudge in the rain!)
Correction - I meant toner, not cartridge, at the end of my answer.
If you do a lot of text printing then a LASER printer is the answer.

MUCH cheaper printing costs on a page by page basis.

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