My printer was a gift from my parents. My father purchased it because of how cheap the ink cartridges were. And he was right- they are quite cheap. The problem’s not with them- the trouble is that half the time, I can’t actually get the bloody thing to print, inexpensive cartridges or no. Suffice it to say, I’ve effectively sworn off this particular brand, after doing a bit of research and finding out that my problem is most assuredly a common one.
I’m here to provide all of you with a bit of advice- to ensure that you don’t get stuck with a lemon, like I did. Just a quick and dirty list of a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re looking to buy yourself a printer.
The Ink Cartridges
The first thing you’ll want to look at is the brand of ink cartridges your printer uses- as there’s a good chance that the firmware and design will only allow it to use those. How much do they cost? How long, typically, do they last? What are people saying about them? Basically, treat the cartridges for the printer as a separate product.
Next, look into each of the printers you’re considering. What are people saying about them? Do they allow you to use recycled cartridges? How reliable is the printer? How does it function? If people seem genuinely unhappy with the device, chances are you should steer clear and buy a different one. Check a couple different review sites, just to be sure. Ideally, you’ll want to go for something that has 4/5 stars or higher on most major sites.
Pretty obvious, and depends entirely on how much you’re willing to spend on a printer. If you made a budget, stick to it- that’s all I can say.
The Age and Warranty
When was the printer released? What sort of warranty is on it? The reason I’d recommend asking these questions is thus: what if you end up buying a printer that’s several years old, only to find that the cartridges for it go out of production just a few years down the line?
Think about what sort of additional features it’s packing for the price you’re getting it- and whether or not you need them. Does it have a scanner? Wi-fi capability? USB jacks? A built-in coffee machine? Shop around, and compare. Just keep in mind that more bells and whistles doesn’t automatically mean a better product.
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