What is the best budget printer?

I have an epson 830 printer that I would like to change. Anybody got any good budget printers that they would recommend.

Update:

I dont want an all in one printer as I already have a scanner!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    You have to look beyond the printer at the cost of ink or toner and the warranty. You can find a $20 printer which will last a month or require $40 cartridges every week. Would you consider than a budget printer?

    Unless you absolutely need photo quality, go with a laser. Lasers have sharper text and are generally faster than inkjets. While toner cartridges are more expensive than ink, they print more pages, so the cost per page is lower. But you pay more up front. Inkjets are better for photos. Personally, I use both. I have an inkjet for photos and a color laser for jobs which don't need absolute photo quality.

    You can get a good color laser today for $80! Samsung CLP-300 at http://www.staples.com/office/supplies/p16__200401...

    I have this printer and it's really nice. Toner cartridges are more expensive then inkjet cartridges ($70 for a set of 4 at http://ccs-digital.com/ink.asp ) but they last for about 2,000 pages.It does a nice job on photos, but an inkjet is still better for this.

    Inkjet: As someone who was in the computer hardware business for years (though I rarely sold printers since I couldn't compete with the crazy rebates) I have always recommended Epson. The print quality is excellent, even on plain paper. I have photos I printed on a 640 about ten years ago hanging in my office which still look good, though not as good as the ones from the CX8400 on glossy paper. The warranty is excellent. For a year, Epson will express-ship a replacement and pick up the old one. I had one customer who needed this. He called one afternoon and had the replacement two days later. Another client bought a Canon. It needed two repairs within a few months. Each time it was taken to the repair center, then picked up a few days later. This client runs a specialty printing business and this really hurt. They have since bought an Epson CX5000 and have had no down time since.

    The C120 (printer only - no scanner) is on sale at Ritz Camera free after rebate but you must also buy a digital camera. The cheapest is $15. With $7 shipping you pay $22 for printer and camera. It uses 3 colors and 2 of the SAME black cartridge.

    http://www.cheapstingybargains.com/55740/epson-sty...

    A set of 5 cartridges are $23 at http://ccs-digital.com/ink.asp

    The RX595 scanner/copier/printer also prints on DVDs. It uses 5 colors plus black and has high photo quality. It was on sale at Ritz Camera for $45 after rebate with digital camera. They no longer seem to have the printer, though the rebate is good to the end of the month, so maybe they'll get more in. The printer is $130. The cheapest camera is $15 bringing the total to $145. Then there is $100 rebate and free shipping, bringing the final cost to $45. http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servle... A set of 7 cartridges (1 extra black) is $30 at http://ccs-digital.com/ink.asp

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i use a epson dx 4400 the ink cartridges are astronomical but now i found that at last you can chip resetters at most ink suppliers but are between £7.99 and £8.95 each which in the long run should work out cheaper this means you can refill your empty cartridges with the correct amount of ink using a syringe they say that the chip resetter will do 100 refills per cartridge i am in the process of trying this at the moment chip resetters have been out a while but not for my dx4400 i have the all in one printer not bad but rather noisy and on epson cartridges eats the ink on photo paper at

    29.99 you cannot go wrong its never let me down i paid 49.99 a while back 29.99 is what tesco is selling them for today if you use a printer a lot like me it will be cheaper to buy a set of chip resetters and refill your own cartridges the only draw back they do not tell you is to refill the cartridge before it goes below 40 per cent this is only my opionion

    Source(s): learning the hard way when the technology is out there
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  • 1 decade ago

    Go into large supermarkets like Tesco. They are flogging some cheap printers for less than £30. Or if you are willing to shop online: http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/cat.php?search=Printer... there you go. I use that site for basically everything!

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  • 1 decade ago

    HP Photosmart 8050.

    Excellent printer and the cartridge lasts for ages, even after hardcore printing.

    Get an HP, cause the cartridges last much longer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There's lots of good cheap options here!

    http://www.uknetguide.co.uk/Shopping/Computers/Pri...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have this one and it's brilliant to use for what you want and much more>

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6...

    It use to cost over £100 but it's come down allot in price as i think they have a new version on the way.

    Read this report on this printer here to! ;

    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF05a/1897...

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