inkjet all-in-one which is reliable over time...

  shoselitz 18:23 PM 10 Dec 12
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I have now owned two inkjet all-in-one multi function printer/scanner/copiers and it seems to me that reviews are fine for assessing features of new machines but often ignore a longer terms view. My Canon Pixma bought about three years ago was fine for about 9 months - then started to give less favourable results and eventually gave up printing after 13 months. A long discussion with Canon resulted in their technical department telling me that 13 months was not unusual for the life of a print head and they offered to sell me a new one for a little less than the cost of a new machine! How kind. My present machine Kodak Hero 5.1 is a good little printer despite feeling a little flimsy, but now after about a year it, too is starting to give less favourable results. I have printed some 500 pages in the last year and now it is starting to clog - I have to use the clean-print-head function quite often with the resultant loss of ink - and cost. Is there a RELIABLE printer which will work well and give good results for us who don't need to print pages and photos all day every day, or a way of using a printer so that the original out-of-the-box condition is maintained?

  spuds 18:34 PM 10 Dec 12

I have an HP OfficeJet that's been chugging away for possibly 15 or more years now. I also have a fair selection of other makes, because I find that when things start to go wrong, its time for a cheap replacement, and not repair.

But before buying that replacement, its usually a case of doing a little homework, like checking for cartridge prices and availability.

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