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    Combi Scanner/Printer suggestions?
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    Question Combi Scanner/Printer suggestions?
    My scanner is on its last legs (well fair enough - I did buy it in 2001 ) and a few months ago my printer died, so I figured it was time to try one of those combined scanner/printer things that seem to be ubiquitous these days.

    Any suggestions, folks? Printer-wise, I've had satisfactory performance from Epson over the years, but I'm not wedded to any particular brand. I'd like to avoid anything wireless if at all possible - I believe in cables!

    If it's of any relevance, you can see what Mac and OS I'm running in the side panel info.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ken

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    Combi Scanner/Printer suggestions?
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    I own an older version of this Brother printer (printer, copier, scanner)...it's always worked great...and we do print from it quite a bit.

    Works great...and at $99 inexpensive for all it has & does:

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    Here's another version of this Brother printer with a slightly different model #:

    Brother HL-L2395DW | Monochrome Laser Printer with Duplex

    - Nick

    p.s. To save on paper...we use the duplex printing feature (print both sides) quite a bit as well.
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    Thanks, pigoo3. Took a look - then realised that I should have specified a colour/inkjet printer - my bad!

    OTOH, how much full-colour printing do I actually do these days? Answer: hardly any. Hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    Thanks, pigoo3. Took a look - then realised that I should have specified a colour/inkjet printer - my bad!

    OTOH, how much full-colour printing do I actually do these days? Answer: hardly any. Hmmm...
    Yes...needing/wanting a color printer is a important difference. Like you said...we have a color laser printer as well...and we almost never print from it. This black & white Brother laser printer...we print from it probably 99% of the time.

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    Combi Scanner/Printer suggestions?
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    The canon MG2520 scanned 30 16x10 penciled images without a hiccup yesterday.
    what i loved about the scanner is the cover and paper tray easily pops off and back without breaking the plastic inserts.
    The scanner has many functions and settings for color and custom imaging and enough dpi and cost $29.00 back in 2015
    this all in one works with Mountain Lion-Mojave and probably Catalina.
    i think the printer produced good photo prints on special paper, I have not printed anything since 2017.
    MacBook Air 2010 4gb Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Snow Leopard 10.6.8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    OTOH, how much full-colour printing do I actually do these days? Answer: hardly any. Hmmm...
    That's exactly why I bought a Canon B&W Laser MF244dw (multifunction with scanner, duplex printing, top-feeder if you need to copy lots of stuff) last year. Tired of the price of inkjet cartridges, which always gum up and need to waste ink in "cleaning" if you don't use it constantly. And then there was the HP injet I had which wouldn't let you print if one of the cartridges was empty... just a pain in the *****. It's been over a year since I got this on sale ($99) and I haven't even used up the toner that came with it. Any colour printing that I might need to do I can send to a local printshop and pick up when its convenient. I might consider a colour laser printer if the price were sufficiently low next time around.... since they can sit for years and print cleanly.

    My *only* gripe with this printer (which is wireless, but of course you can use it wired) is my own fault: I like to scan old photographs at a very high resolution, and this thing tops out at 600dpi. That's more than fine for most people, though...

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    Combi Scanner/Printer suggestions?
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    I've had very good luck with refillable color cartridges. You will sometimes receive a dud or a cartridge that your printer will complain about, but overall our Epson NX 420 does well with refillable cartridges. We do not print as often in color as we do B&W but I definitely could not do without a color printer. Our HP LaserJet get the bulk of printing that we do.

    However, both of my printers are fairly ancient but as long as they continue to work (running Catalina) we will keep on trucking.

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    Combi Scanner/Printer suggestions?
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    DYK: some ink cartridges have a reset button atop the chip for more ink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    ...I should have specified a colour/inkjet printer..
    Until recently when it was discontinued, the most popular choice among Mac users was the Canon MX922. It was awesome, and could often be found at a huge discount.

    The good news is that Canon has a logical replacement. Actually two:

    Canon PIXMA TR8520
    $100
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    While the TR8520 is biased towards photo printing (as the MX922 was), the following printer with very similar specs is biased towards office use, being faster, holding more paper, and being more economical per print (but still decent for printing photos):

    Canon MAXIFY MB2720
    $100
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    One of the great things about Canon inkjet printers is that you can find very high quality third party ink cartridges for them at excellent prices.

    The Canon PIXMA TR8520 takes the CLI-281 ink cartridges. They come in three different capacities. Genuine Canon cartridges, of course, will be ridiculously expensive. DO NOT get just any compatible cartridges, they are likely to be garbage. But these are both excellent and reasonably priced:

    Full set of *extra-extra* high capacity cartridges for $50:
    Compatible Canon PGI-280XXL & CLI-281XXL Super High-Yield Ink Cartridge 5-Piece Combo Pack

    The Canon MAXIFY MB2720 takes the PGI-1200 cartridges. You can get a full high capacity set for $25 from:
    Canon PGI-1200XL High-Yield Compatible 4-Pack Combo | Carrot Ink
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    Combi Scanner/Printer suggestions?
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    Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and experiences. Still got some chin-stroking to do on this decision, but you've given me plenty of food for thought.

    Cheers!
    Ken

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    I wouldn't buy Canon again after my temperamental diva. MG6600
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    If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.

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    Duly noted. What have you got now, Sue - and are you any more satisfied with it?

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    Still fighting with it. It randomly refuses to recognise a 'compatible' colour cartridge (currently Cyan), says there's no paper when there is - minor things but very annoying as it's upstairs!

    Past Epsons never let me down. The one HP I had ages ago was rubbish.
    Sue

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    Yes, I'm studiously avoiding HP as their awfulness is legendary!

    My last printer - an Epson R200 - was fabulous when it wanted to be, and abso-***kin-lutely unbearable the rest of the time.

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