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    I need to get an inexpensive color printer for my mother-in law (seems like a fair swap anyway ...).

    I'd tend towards getting an Epson C62 'cos I've got one and I got one for my parents (spot the family tech support), except for one problem ...

    ... unless they're used regularly/frequently, I find that it takes several cycles of nozzle cleaning/testing before they're fit for use again.

    So my question:

    Is anyone aware of/can recommend a color printer that can be expected to work when called on, even if that is infrequently.

    Color lasers are really out of the question, so it's probably a question of whether any inkjet manufacturers have specifically tackled this prob.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions or leads.


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    I just picked up a HP psc 1110 for my home office, and simply love it.

    It’s a copier, printer, and scanner all in one package. I found the darned thing on sale at Wal-Mart while I was looking at film. The box was tore up but the price was perfect and I have not had a single problem with it.

    I decided to get my mom one for her birthday since it does it all. The less stuff she has to try to figure out the better.

    SandraR

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    The tore up box was $80.00

    $120 for the one I picked up for mom

    http://h50025.www5.hp.com/hpcom/in_e...72_Q1652A.html

    [This message was edited by SandraR on February 11, 2004 at 05:21 PM.]

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    How inexpensive do you mean?

    This one is pretty good for the price:
    HP All-in-One

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chief_Beef:
    How inexpensive do you mean?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Your inexpensive and my inexpensive are 2 different things

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    Lexmark PrinTrio Photo P3150 All in One! $50 mail-in rebate with purchase of Desktop or Notebook computer.

    With 35mm photo quality resolution and built-in memory card readers that accepts CompactFlash I & II, Memory Stick, Multimedia, Secure Digital, SmartMedia and Microdrive; the PrinTrio Photo P3150 is your personal photo studio. Borderless, 6-color inks for professional photo prints and copies. Host-based black, white and photo copies. Reprint your favorite photos with the push of a button. 48-bit CIS flatbed color scanner easily handles books, traditional photographs and more. Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi on photo paper; up to 2400 x 1200 dpi on all other paper types.

    $49.00 for the savvy shopper
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...SRCCODE=BEFREE

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    Go HP. Like you said, Epsons don't work well if used infrequently, and cartridge prices for Lexmark are outragous. I'm totally happy with my HP.

    Michael

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    Kudos for the HP printers. They can't make computers worth a spit but their printers are nice. I have the photosmart 7150 and it's the best printer I've had out of 5 so far.

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    Thanks for all the feedback.

    The key issue really is the printers ability to sit unused for a while and then spring into action when required without having to be revitalised with nozzle pumping, head cleaning etc.

    Inexpensive meant not a laser really.

    Hadn't thought about a multifunction printer - that might be useful as the main reason for getting her a laptop is so she can can keep in touch with her family overseas. Scanning stuff to email would be good.

    Ink price isn't a massive problem given the anticipated low usage.

    So - those HP printers. Are you all using them constantly, or - as EmDub suggests - can they sit around for a while without crusting up?


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    NotSoCrazyGuy -

    Haven't had mine long enough to encounter the issues you mention here. All I can say is that the print quality is decent and I'm pleased with what I got for my money.

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    I bought the HP psc 2410 last saturday and I love it! It's fast, got many options and prints high quality too!

    I use it a few times a day so I can't tell you if they can sit around for a while without crusting up.

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