@HELLOALICE@NoImNotNSA I have and HP 3830 and I use 3rd party ink replacements. It prints fine. I did get an error message the first time I put one of the cartridges in, but I took it out reseated it and it let me continue printing. Unless this is a recent, as in the past 2 years, kind of thing.
@lljk As inexpensive as laser printers have become… even color lasers for under a hundy… it boggles my mind why anyone would still purchase ink jet. My own experience with ink printers: the effing ink is always dried up every time I needed to print something.
@narfcake My last surviving HP LaserJet 5si (11x17) is starting to grunt and groan like it’s not long for this world. I dread the task of finding a replacement. But I won’t do ink. Too many bad experiences with inkjet. One $100 5si toner cartridge lasts us around 14-16 months. Just enough time to dry up half a dozen $20 ink cartridges.
@capecodcaper I don’t recall the exact model number, but Adorama has been selling a… either a Kyocera or Ricoh multi function color laser for $80 delivered. Often $130, frequently on special for $80. I sent one to Mom last year and she loves not having to fuss with dried up ink. Unfortunately, she prints EVERYTHING in color, so I’m having to send a new set of toner every 6 mos.
Pro photo Inkjets are still much better for printing photographs (not necessarily this one)… but then again Costco is so inexpensive… for normal snapshots, there’s no need to print your own.
If you’d like to print your own photos, I’d get one of these Canon Pro printers currently $120 after HUGE rebate. Just last week they were $70 after the same rebate. I got one last year for around that after rebate. https://www.adorama.com/icapro100.html
I have a black and white laser printer for printing stuff out… I use it a lot less now that everything can read/write to pdf’s… but for those damn rebates, it still gets some use.
@stinks Been searching online reviews. It will print with only Black ink, but no mention of scanning w/o ink so I doubt it.
The more I try to think of a reason to buy, the more I find reasons NOT to buy.
@stinks Came here to ask this – I got it for the network scanning and occasional printing from my wireless devices… doesn’t appear like it’s possible. It errors out on setup. So either mine is DOA or you have to get ink for it. (Got some knock off crap off of ebay for $20.)
Yeah, no ink. I bought an HP for $20 around Christmas because the ink was included and the printer with ink was cheaper than buying it for my existing Canon. Turns out, HP has this new ink program where they track the number of pages and send you ink when needed. 15 pages a month is free, perfect for me. You can get more pages pretty cheaply too. One catch is the higher end, business inkjets are not eligible for the free offer.
I am about to buy ink for a PIXMA for a 3500 series and the ink, even generic cost more than this, if it included ink I would buy this right now. Not a bad printer, it’s nothing special but I really only need it a few times a year. I try to print stuff out at work if I can so I don’t have to buy ink.
Please stop giving these inkjet printer companies your money. Their ink is ridiculously over-inflated, and becomes useless if you don’t use your printer after a few weeks because the ink on the heads dries up. Buy a laser printer and don’t waste your money here. This printer doesn’t even come with ink, so you’re really spending like 3 or 4 times as much on this printer initially than the price says.
EDIT: Please don’t waste your money on this piece of shit.
@dadown nope amazon sells 3rd party ink where you can buy a box of replacement ink for $20 and they actually work in Cannon Printers so if you bought this then went to amazon you’ll only be spending $34
@PhysAssist In my experience, both Epson and HP set up quickly and error-free first time and haven’t failed once in their years of service. Canon was so aggravating that after a few months I took mine out in the backyard and pulverized it with a sledgehammer. Only time I’ve ever done that.
Bought a Brother monochrome multi-function laser printer (DCP-7065DN) nearly five years ago for $129, came with a starter toner cartridge which had to be replaced within the first year – $22 for an off brand which is still going strong… I use it pretty infrequently though, and it works great except that the document feeder tends to crumple everything – flatbed works fine though and scans in full color.
Being as optimistic as possible, that a black inkjet cartridge would cost $15 and last 6 months before needing replacement (whether the ink was used up or not) - my printer effectively cost me $1 vs an inkjet. Moreover, I had ample warning that the toner needed to be replaced the one time, vs the common inkjet experience of having to print something right away, but having to run to the store for a new cartridge.
So to echo everyone else, $free would still be too much for the current offering, go buy a laser printer! You’ll save money in the long run, but more importantly, it’ll be far less frustrating to own and operate.
@ciabelle The $99 Brother monochrome laser, or its equally priced wifi-capable clone [which seems like the more obvious choice] are the current recommendations at The Wirecutter for laser printers. Sold at Target`
@olsmeister@rmeden Love the Brother multi-function lasers… but not third party cartridges if it is a duplex (2-sided) machine. Found otherwise highly rated 3rd party cartridges caused jams… only when printing or copying 2-sided. Went back to Brother cartridges and the problems went away. If you watch Amazon prices they bounce around - at least for our Brother cartridges.
@katylava With that kind of luck you should start buying lottery tickets! I’ve been through Epson, Canon, HP, and others, and every one of those inkjets has fouled from lack of use. Sometimes terminally.
@blaineg@narfcake maybe it did happen to me? what are the symptoms of ink drying up? i end up throwing out printers when i can no longer fix the alignment, but maybe it wasn’t an alignment issue. but, it still persisted when i changed out the ink cartridges.
@narfcake ah okay, that’s what happened to my epson then, i think.
but i’ve had this pixma for… i don’t know… when did meh sell it? and i had another cheap pixma a long time ago that lasted like 5 years. never had problems with either one. only replaced the first because i needed a printer/scanner. only replacing the current because i want wireless.
@katylava “when did meh sell it?” – More to the point, when did you buy it? In case you are not aware, you can check the first on the “past deals” tab on the top menu bar on this page; check the second on the “account” tab, under the “Your Orders” selection.
@blaineg@katylava with you X2- currently borrowing my nephew-in-law’s HP Desktop Laser MultiFcn, d/t my previously highly rated Epson WF3540 crapping out despite new ink cartridges- which really makes 0 sense, because the cartridge IS also the print head…
But there you go…
To anyone considering one of these, I owned a PIXMA all-in-one previously and the stupid thing would not scan unless it had ink. I called customer support and they confirmed that it was built into the software.
My ink had dried up while it sat there unused and one day I was in desperate need of a scanner and the thing couldn’t physically do what I had bought it to do for no reason other than Canon’s greed. I threw it away then and there and ordered a Brother laser all-in-one and it’s been great ever since.
@daaper Yeah. For that same reason I think I’ll buy a standalone scanner next time. As long as you keep it clean, it should last for ever. That way every time I have to buy a new inkjet printer, I won’t have to reconfigure the scanner and I can get a cheap printer with no scanner feature.
Did a Google search, and found $4 cartridges for this thing from someone called inktechnologies, which was a sponsored link. Any thoughts on them? It’s gotta be aweful ink, but for $8 bucks to get the scanner to work without ink being present? Yes Please!
I had a higher end PIXMA for 13 years before it gave up. It had two features I thought were available in the Epson ink tank series and I bought the least expensive of them because the footprint would fit my space. It , as it happens, does not have these two features: 1) print highlighted stuff and 2) double sided printing.
Anything out there that does? Neither is mentioned in the specs for this machine either.
@ESGERARD You’re not going to get double sided printing unless the specs explicitly call out duplex printing, and be prepared to pay more as well. Duplex printing really complicates the paper handling path.
@blaineg I am no techie----82 and never got the hang of a smart phone. Any idea which printers do what I want? I never know what to do when something comes only as an ebook and wasting all the paper to print one out one sided seems absurd.Also seems absurd to to have to print two pages when you want only two paragraphs so printing highlighted is much better.
@jtaube1@narfcake …and for the future, if you get cold feet within 60 minutes of the order, you can cancel it yourself! Simply to to your orders page where you will see a cancel link if it is still available.
I think mine was DOA – followed the instructions and immediately had an error light; thought it might have been because it didn’t have ink but doesn’t look like that’s the problem. Practically no support whatsoever for these printers… meh.
i bought this just for the scanner. it says to refer to manual for instrux on installing the drivers via linux… where?
i tried installing the drivers in linux but neither the printer nor scanner are recognized even after reboot.
i tried installing the driver in win7 but it failed as well “failed to acquire info on dirver.”
can someone give me the instrux for using this via win7 or ubuntu THANKS