> Hey M*********** (he's an old friend and only insults me),
> Know anything about cheap all-in-one printers? My dad has an epson
> workforce which has died but always sucked. And outrageous ink
> consumption coupled with high ink cartridge prices. A SCAM!
I love Epson printers for my photography. I bought my first one in 1994, the Epson Stylus Color. This was an amazing printer for the time. Along with a Mac, I could, for the first time, actually print color photographs that looked good on a printer rather than in the darkroom. My other Epson printers included the large-format Stylus Color 3000, Stylus Photo 2200, and what I have been using for the past few years, a large-format Stylus Pro 3800. That's 20 years of using Epson printers for my photographic prints, nearly as long as I have been a photographer.
For my office, however, I am a fan of Canon Pixma all-in-one printers. Here's what I wrote back to my pal:
I love my Canon Pixma all-in-ones. I have a Pixma 830 and 860, both more than a couple of years ago. I never use them for printing, however. They serve as scanners (both have ADFs) and fax machines. One in Olympia, one here at Crocker. I use a Canon laser printer to print.
I also buy inks from third parties, which is much less expensive. The third-party inks give the same quality as far as I can tell. But I rarely, rarely print from inkjet printers except for my photographs.
This looks very similar to what I have now:
Canon PIXMA MX892 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
and here's an example of a less-expensive source for inks for this printer:Canon PGI225 & CLI226 Compatible Set of 12 Ink Cartridges: 4 Pigment Black PGI225, 2 each of CLI226 B/C/M/Y
Keep in mind that this printer is made for photographers -- printers for offices are likely less expensive, with less expensive inks.