@thismyusername This is to both people who posted the printer videos. Someone took the time to do this and you both took the time to post them. Thank you. I needed a good laugh and you both provided it. Great job to everyone involved.
@bsci87@thismyusername@mrkenneth And to think I sold my dot matrix printer years ago… What a missed opportunity. Ironically while I watch these videos the ads coming up are for Cannon Printer drivers. LOL
@thismyusername Holy moly, that’s amazing. I love the ridiculous setups that people have come up with for disk drive choruses, but I didn’t know dot matrix printers were in on it, too. That fade-out at the end…!
@kuoh Plus the remanufactured ink online stores (SuperMediaStore & LDProducts) don’t offer any non-OEM cartridges, which may be a Canon restriction. I’ll stick with my Brother printer and its $4 ink cartridges (remanufactured)!
I have a wireless Canon color inkjet printer that has been working perfectly for 7 or 8 years now. Best printer I have ever owned.
However, it does kind of piss me off that when only ONE COLOR of ink tank runs out the entire printer shuts down until it is replaced. In other words, if my wife printed some photos and ran the cyan empty, I can not print my black page of text, even though it is a completely separate ink cartridge. The marketing strategy works though, we keep about $90 worth of spare ink cartridges in the house as a result.
@edgriebel My ancient HP printer will print black if the color cartridge is dead. I still have it, but I have a laser printer I just love now, $60 at Quill. I bought it mostly because I hate buying cartridges!! This Canon is everything I despise in a printer.
Canon?! This isn’t Meh, it’s Gaahhh!!! My last Canon ended up in the middle of the back yard unsuccessfully fending off my sledgehammer. Yes, it was that bad, the only piece of equipment I’ve ever smashed.
There is alot to be said about Cannon. They’ve been around longer than I have been on this earth, great customer service and support. Now about the ink issue there are several places online that sell ink refill kits and cartridges. I just searched the info on the printer with the word ink cartridges and several places I have used came up with very good price points. I have 2 new primers now that just sit around looking sad because I have hardly ever used them. Needless to say that I worked several places that sold printers and made them also. I think that for 10 dollars you can’t go wrong no matter how you work the math. So all I can say is the printer even without ink is a great price. It doesn’t hurt to have an extra one that you can keep in case of problems arising with the printer you have and they also make great gifts for any type of holiday. O.k. now I have put my foot in my mouth it’s time to say farewell until the next time we meet.
Aw, nuts. I totally didn’t notice it’s not wireless. Oh well- in for a thousand pennies, in for a pound of eloquent-madly-tank, I guess. I’ve been wanting a separate printer for the mailing labels for my shop.
@Felyne Our house printer is difficult for me to get to because my walker won’t fit through that end of the room. I use a laptop on a hospital table (the kind that fits over the bed) and having to have a cable hanging off will be less than ideal. Still doable, but not as easy as wireless. “good exercise” is a matter of perspective when you’re disabled.
@FightingMongoos LED printers? Are they still around? I’d think with the laser print engines so cheap (anyone remember the original $7k Apple laserwriter?) that there’s no market for LED-based printing.
@brhfl I have fond memories of “OKidata” - growing up, our first printer, dot matrix of course, came from them. Printed thousands of pages of carbon invoices, inventory, and financial statements on that tank of a printer.
Also recall loving my first fully formed character daisy wheel Panasonic KX-P3151 (a highly rated printer at the time):
And as well, my first inkjet, the monochrome Canon BJ200:
Still have both of them, buried in cold storage, along with my IBM PC (original) and Commodre PET. (Somebody stole our 128K Mackintosh (original) from storage.)
@RedOak I still have my KX-P3151 in storage in its box. Until we got a later higher resolution 600dpi laser that could print closer to impact quality I used it for all formal prints (like resumes and applications). I had special daisywheels that had to have AppleWorks preload a binary config to the printer to handle the ‘nonstandard’ kerning and characters, but the print quality was beautiful.
First printer was an MPI 99G, which came with its own Apple-][ interface card or worked with a Grappler-][ card. It worked well, but what a shrieker that thing was… it went to charity about 15 years ago.
We still have customers with Okidata Microline dot matrix printers for multipart forms. Some of those printers are 15 or more years old and still work fine. Truly tanks.
I have an older pixima but the difference is the single cartridges for each color and two dye/pigment black cartridges. If Meh were to sell a model similar to what I have I would buy it just to have a spare as it’s worked so well.
I always hear pitches for LaserJet printers over InkJet printers for people who print a lot, but I’m here to tell you LaserJets are the way to go for people who print hardly anything.
I mean, sure, if you don’t print much, why even own a printer? Why not just go to FedEx Kinko’s and use theirOH, RIGHT! That place is awful.
But owning an InkJet printer is a wholly unsatisfying experience. Nothing like printing concert tickets on a full tank in September, only to have the rest of the ink dried up when you go to print your taxes in April. (“Why are you printing your taxes? Just e-file, man!” “Your ink cartridge replacements could be write-offs.” Shut up, voices I have assigned the most annoying amongst you in my head.)
If you insist on owning a printer, get a LaserJet. And if you’re not particular about which one to get or don’t know where to start, get the same one your place of employment uses and enjoy the new “toner replacement program” you just added to your benefits package.
@beachhead ‘wire’ = more reliable, more secure, less flaky, consistently fast, more difficult to tap, more difficult to interfere with outside of contact damage, unlikely to be used by passerbys, script kiddiez, nosy neighbors, or FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN-11443…
No ink! Lame-o. Got a great Canon print/scan/copy/fax machine, wireless, for about $40 a couple years ago. Came with ALL SIX ink tanks. Excellent, though a tad slow to start and somewhat noisy. I don’t print much, but the replacement Canon tanks are $95!!!
Bought one, oily-loveable-plant. Here’s how you find ink.
Black cartridge: PG-245XL or PG-245
Color: CL-246XL or CL-246
The XL versions print 300 pages, the normal ones print 180. It’s -probably- worth it to get the XL, since they’re not much pricier and print almost double.
This package is an OK deal if you want genuine black XL, color XL cartridges and 50 sheets of decent 4x6" photo paper, $55 with Prime. Here are prices I found for individual cartridges, including shipping:
As far as I can tell this printer will refuse to print anything unless it has both a color and a black cartridge, so you’ll spend at least $26 (for normal = 7 cents per page) or $33 (for XL = 5 cents per page.)
bought it …
canceled it …
can’t afford the ink
can’t afford a $10 printer which will refuse to print anything unless it has both a color and a black cartridge installed
took the $10 and bought hot dogs and beer instead
We use black electrical tape to block the optical sensor from seeing daylight through our Brother laser toner cartridges. Works like a charm to get every last bit of toner out of that $75 cartridge. (Rated at 8,000 pages, but as a result, we go months and months past the warning popup.)
y’all might think I’m crazy but I took a thermal receipt printer that a business was throwing out. took me a while to find proper drivers but now i just send out stuff in small strips of paper using no ink. concert tickets, plane tickets, sometimes I use Photoshop to reformat them. but it never fails and it’s tiny!
@Barney right…i get it…but in the box it says it ccomes with two ink cartridges…so they opened the box took them out…resealed and shipped. I got what was advertised on the site, just not what was supposed to be shipped in the box.
@heatedsauces@medz yea or a misprinted box… you know meh sells these sorta mistakes quite often… that’s why they are here and at that price (although I will agree that lately they have been pricing some things a bit more premium than they are).
But the real burning question… are the motors stepper motors?
Never received it because for some reason it had to be signed for and I couldn’t get to the post office to pick it up that week so it was returned/refunded. But stupid me had also bought ink for it, so that was wasted money for ink I can’t use. I wish we could specify to let shipments be left at the door without a signature…frustrating!