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    Printers

    Hello

    My g/f is looking for a colour printer, needed for all sorts of stuff including, art work, letter, photos and odd bits and bobs.

    With a max limit of £100 can anyone recommend a good one that is not too costly on the ink?

    Thanks

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    Canon do a nice one I think. The i685 or something like that - have a look on their website.

    I have an Epson Stylus R200 for about £100, but most people hate Epson
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    thanks bud, i will look at both, how does the epson fair on ink?

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    Well, a friend of mine at college has found a great website to get cheap replacement ink from (no chip reprogramming or refilling required) and when I need some I'm going to get it from there.

    I don't have a link to hand, sorry. I'll see if I can get it tomorrow from college.

    However, some people claim replacement ink knackers epson print heads quicker. We'll see.
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    epson carts cost 2-3x more than canon for the same amount. you can use compatibe inks, but expect a shorter life on the printer

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    You can get an I865 from dixons/currys. Good point about the wee beasty is, prints to cd's, cheap ink, replaceable print head, fast, great colour, looks dam smart, has loads of extras.

    Anyway the print head thing lets you use 3rd party ink without the worry of buggering your print head. As happened to my inlaws, blocked print head on an epson, resulted in the printer heading to the bin. On the canon just order a new set of cartridges pay a bit extra and get the print head. Also if you use non epson ink in an epson the warrenty is void.

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    Bah, all you blocked printhead folk - a hardcore person can sort that out!

    Still, to be fair, one shouldn't have to!
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    thank you guys i shall shop around now online

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    Just want to echo the above - please dont get an Epson
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    my 2p which will echo most people who have replied.

    don't bother with an epson, it is possible to get new heads but the mininmum purchase from epson spares is £50 before VAT.

    Go for a nice mid range canon instead, i have an S330 photo and its marvellous. and ink is very very cheap
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    ok chaps i'm sold by canon!

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    I have a canon MP360 and me bird has a 250i both of which use the BCI-24 carts.
    I have found with both of them that the carts they came with didnt last very long.
    They run out of ink and i had hardly used it at all, no reports to print or nothing as im not a student anymore.

    Yet the new cart (official) has lasted much longer... im wondering if they put less ink in the ones they give away... This happened with both mine and me birds.

    Also im using the Tesco bum ink replacement.. it was 3.98 (official is 5.98 at tesco)
    I have found the ink to smudge much more with this tesco one. I would also expect
    other cheapo inks to do it too.

    Can someone recommend a certain cheap brand which is as good as the official?

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    printer inks are based upon chemically modified food dye, and is designed to stay liquid until it comes itno contact with the different pH of paper. real inks are MUCH more reliable at this than compatible inks, which tend to try in air a lot but dry on paper less.

    and all printer manufacturers half-fill the carts that get bundled with printers.

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    Doubt it hex, you will find that the first ink charge will use half the cart up has there is no ink in the system at all.

    echoing wat said above don't get epson, for the best part of 9 months my last job was doing the epson warrantee work so i know all about blocked heads. Parts are availble but like it was said, your looking at 30 quid + vat for labour and then the cost of the print head or other parts that have failed and theres no guarentee that some thing else will not go wrong.

    replacement ink for the epson prints will in the end nacker the print head up and not even a service CL1 head clean or ink chrage will clean the head.

    at the mo your best options are canon or HP

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    Canon ink printers I now have 3 printers and work them hard using compatible cartridges and never had a problem. Latest is the i865 which is great little A4 unit and does a good job of printing directly onto CD's and DVD's but will put you considerably over budget.

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