Low-cost Printers

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  1. nicoleliz

    nicoleliz Member

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    i'm planning to buy either brandnew or second hand printer.. do you have any recommendations? HP, Canon, Brother or Epson? i'm particular with the low-cost printers.. as much as possible not too expensive inks.

    thanks for the heads-up! :)
     
  2. coolpix32

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    i've done some canvassing recently for multi-function printers. i considered brother, epson, and canon. in terms of ink price, epson is the cheapest and canon is most expensive.

    hope this helps. :cool:
     
  3. Kiko

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    I think the cheapest is the entry level canon. Priced around 2000-2500 Canon have the cheapest inks among the entry levels (If i remember right around 300) that is if you plan to use original inks. HP 400 was released a while back, inks are cheaper than other HPs but still more expensive than canon's. My data may not be that updated though.
     
  4. Libra

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    I go for Epson CX550. It's a multifunction machine (printer, copier, and scanner). Ink cartridges are lower priced compared to the others. :)
     
  5. penmanila

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    i use several entry-level canon printers at home and in the office (IP1000's--i think they're now IP1300's, at the very base of the series); that way, i can stock up on cheap replacement inks, and move s cartridge from one machine to the other if i have to. i've had the worst experiences with HP (very expensive inks, too), but have been happy with canon and with the ease of finding both genuine and replacement ink.
     
  6. nicoleliz

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    i was advised that there are some HP printers that has cheap inks.. i just don't know which particular HP model... btw, i saw HP Deskjet Printer D2460 at PC Options in Gilmore.. they're selling it brandnew for 1,899 only. i was informed that the black & color inks costs around 1K +... is this good? or will i still consider Epson or Canon as you have all suggested? :rolleyes:
     
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    Printers / Multifunctions :
    HP Deskjet 2460 2100
    HP Deskjet 4260 3850
    HP Deskjet 910 4900
    HP F4185 ( 3 in 1) 3600
    HP Officejet 4355 ( 4 in 1 ) 6300
    Canon Prixma iP1300 1450
    Canon Prixma iP1700 2150
    Canon Prixma iP1880 2180
    Canon ML-145 ( 3 in 1 ) 3400
    Epson T10 2195
    Epson R230 Photo 7600
    Epson CX5500 ( 3 in 1 ) 4100

    HP Inks :
    HP CB314 black / CB315 color 310 410
    HP 21 (C9351B) - Simple Black 430
    HP 27 (C8727B) - Simple Black 470
    HP 21 black / HP 22 color 660 770
    HP 21 ( Twin Pack ) - black 1250
    HP 21 + HP 22 ( Combo Pack ) - black and color 1300
    HP 62 black / HP 61 color 680 900
    HP 27 black / HP 28 color 800 930
    HP 27 ( Twin Pack ) - black 1550
    HP 27 + HP 28 ( Combo Pack ) - black and color 1600
    HP 56 black / HP 57 color 900 1480
    HP 56 ( Twin Pack ) - black 1800
    HP 56 + HP 57 ( Combo Pack ) - black and color 2250
    HP 94 black / HP 95 color 1040 1260
    HP 25, 49 color / HP 45 black 1620 1400
    HP 23, 78 color photo / HP 14, 15 black 1550 1280

    Canon Inks :
    BC-05 color / BC -21e color 1380 2500
    PG-40 black / CL-41 color 830 1020
    BCI-6 black / color ( C / M / Y ) 590 525
    BCI-24 black / color 295 590
    BCI-24 ( Twin Pack ) - black 570
    BCI-24 ( Combo Pack ) - black and color 720
    BCI-21 black / color 400 800
    BJI-201 black / color ( C / M / Y ) 300 320
    BCI-3 black / color ( C / M / Y ) 580 460

    Epson inks & ribbons :
    Epson 8750 / 8755 110
    T038 / T039 - black / color 480 740
    T0751 / T0752 / T0753 / T0754 290
    T0911 / T0912 / T0913 / T0914 290
    T0731 / T0732 / T0733 / T0734 435
    T0461(Bk) / T0472(C) T0473(M) T0474(Y) 610 395
    T0631(Bk) / T0632(C) T0633(M) T0634(Y) 500 395
    T07190(Bk) / T07290(C) / T07390(M) / T07490(Y) 290
    T05190(Bk) / T05290(C) / T05390(M) / T05490(Y) 440

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    HTH =)
     
  8. jayteecie

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    My take on why some inks are more expensive than others is because the heads are integrated with ink cartridges. If you notice the ones that are cheap have the heads on the printer itself. Once their print heads become clogged, then it's bye-bye printer unless you are willing to replace the print head which is quite expensive. Your choice.
     
  9. mnx

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    from experience, i've spent more for ink than on the printers themselves and i'm using cis on my printers...

    here are the ones i've tried:
    brother mfc240 = head dies with every liter of black cis i consume (this translates to about .7 of the other colors)... it's on 2 years warranty from up to nov. 2009... i've had the head replaced 2 times already under warranty...
    canon ix4000 = over 8 liters of black and over 6 liters of each color... still running strong...
    epson cx3500 = a bit over 3 liters of black and almost 3 liters of each color... dead now...
    canon mx308 = just over 1 liter of black and nearing a liter of each color... still going strong...
    epson r1800 = over 4 liters of black and almost 3 liters of all each color... still going strong...

    my printing habits...
    all my printers are profiled using spyder3print... in comparison to the stock profiles, prints are very consistent and accurate across the brands and models i own... some minor visual cues that different printers are used if one looks hard enough but generally similar print gamut and output...
    the canon ix4000 and epson r1800 are purely for a3 printing... i'll print mostly at 50-60% coverage but will sometimes print borderless using the highest resolution possible...
    i bought the r1800 thinking the resulting prints will be far away better than the ix... no such luck... the ix is good enough for most stuff i print with the r1800 beating it out on some pieces... only some...
    the cx3500 was my general copier and document printer... it died and was replaced by the brother was for document printing... got tired of having to send it to the shop every 2 months so i replaced it with the canon mx308 hoping it does as well as the ix4000...
    the only good thing i can say about the brother printer is that support is excellent... head change was done within 24 hours of taking the unit in...

    i've been using cis for years now and the savings have more than paid for the monitor calibration and printer profiling tool...

    the best value in total cost of ownership (so far) has been the ix4000... cost me about 12k to buy + a few k for the cis... the savings on ink alone more than covers the higher purchase cost of the unit + cis...
     
  10. maxx

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    Printers are virtually being given away by the manufacturers, they are hoping to cash in every time you buy ink cartridges. It will almost be like buying a new printer every time you buy new ink cartridges. If you don't want to get fleeced by them, learn how to inject ink replacement into your ink cartridges, you can observe how they do it in the ink refilling stations in the malls.

    Since the printers are cheap, buy two, the first printer for documents (this is the printer you reload the ink each time it's empty) and the 2nd printer for photo printing (this is the printer where you buy the orig cartridge each time)
     
  11. dixtreme

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    I just bought an Epson T10, the cheapest entry level epson printer with separate ink cartridges. The price was P2,195 over at Greenhills. The cheapest they said was the HP which was priced at P2,100. The inks cartridges for the HP were expensive. P700 or more if I'm not mistaken vs. the Epson at P450. We just use it for the house to print projects and reports so we went for the cheapest printer with the cheapest inks. Although when we tried to buy more black ink, the ink is not yet available but will arrive soon. The inks come in two forms, a standard ink cartridge and an economy ink cartridge. Hope this helps
     
  12. Kiko

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    canon still for me. like pen manila i am still using ip1000. P295 orig black ink. some stores sell for P250. If the printer head gets clogged (which i believe is several years after you buy it, it wont hurt to buy the newer printer model. it costs just the same as 3 HP inks (P700). I've no experience with the newer epsons though. My last epson was a dot matrix :)

    I got a HP bundled with a computer i got but sold it to a nice philmugger coz i wanted the same ink for our printers. So that i won't have to buy two each time. :) or have to remember which one needs ink.
     
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    we have the same printer. the ink cartridges are cheap too.. it ranges from 250++ to 500++. :)
     
  14. maxx

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    I remember when we were buying Epson printers at 24,000 pesos! Manufacturers have changed their ball game, they are giving the printers away practically for free, hoping to cash in on selling ink cartridges. We observed how they refill it in the malls, bought a 100 ml bottle of ink for 130 pesos and we just refill the cartridges ourselves.

    The different prices of the ink cartridges might be due to the volume of ink it holds, some might hold 20 ml while others might hold just 10 ml. Don't forget to check it!
     
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    I bought mine in Cyberzone SM north EDSA. it's a canon pixma ip1880, and cost me only 1800, plus a free rudy project wallet. now since you're a chick(i assume), then maybe you can charm yourself into a bigger discount(provided that the one who attends to you is a guy, doesn't need to be hot). read it's review, it's a good printer, and more cost-efficient than the HP one..
     
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    This may be an old thread, but what is a cheap and recommended inkjet printer now? primarily for home use only. ^_^
     
  17. aries405

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    i use an epson t10 wi CISS.. great savings!!! about 4.2k . bought it at makati cinema square .
     
  18. Hattori Hanzo

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    mga sir, is it advisable to have our cartridges refilled at 3rd party ink refilling stations like ink for less and others? which do you recommend and is it safe? i mean for my printer which is a Canon MP series. thanks!
     
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    hi, when you bought the t10, was it bundled with the CISS? or did you have it converted after you bought it? which store/s did you get the printer/CIss from? thanks im planning to get a t10 w ciss soon.
     
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    I prefer HP! I have always been a fan because it always gives me QUALITY prints.. My HP PSC 1315 is already four years old and still prints... scans... and makes copies B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-L-Y! I always use original ink cartridges on it. Some computer retailers sells ink cheaper than those inside malls... My mom knows a place in binondo where she can get it super cheap... but thats a secret! LOL
     

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