*Are all inkjets as bad?*
Absolutely not. I have had an HP940c for many years now - and never a moments trouble.
It's quiet - it prints well enough in draft mode for everday use (try that with an Epson and you'll hardly read the print!).
Ink is more expensive per cartridge - but can be more economical overall (I recommended a friend to change to HP from Epson, 'cos he was fed up with how often he needed cartridges - he far prefers the HP and reckons he spends less on ink now).
I now use compatible (refilled) cartridges which are much cheaper than HP ones.
It switches on and off without the perpetual head cleaning cycles that Epsons need.
Thge print quality now is excellent, and the same as when it was new - thanks to HP technology with a new head in every new cartridge.
And the software has always "just worked".
The heads have never caused a moments problem - there's a new one