will100 wrote:Can you share your experiences as to which printer gives decent results without being too ridiculous on ink costs ?
1. Printers are cheap, don't go for the very cheapest, expect to pay £30-50
1a. Base your choice on replacement ink price, not the actual printer
2. Printers come with cartridges only 10% full! Buy more cartridges with the printer (else you will run out rapidly)
3. Don't buy a printer with one cartridge, if one colour runs out, you throw away lots of unused ink in the other colours! Buy with 4 separate colour cartridges (then if doing lots of mono printing, it does not use the colours)
4. Buy genuine cartridges. They give good colour and will not fade. Non OEM cartridges work well, only if you print many pages every day, but if unused will clog or dry up. (great for the office, but will catch you out at home with intermittent use)
I use HP at home and work, but have had good previous experience with Epson too.
Never print without setting print quality:-
Only use best quality for final print, use economy for test sheets (when resizing etc)
If print is 90% black, choose Mono, else colours are used to print on top of black!