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Another brand of inkjet printer to buy besides HP

by Big Steve / October 15, 2012 6:53 AM PDT
I've owned HP inkjet printers for years; have had great service from some of their older models. I just disconnected my well maintained 14 year old Deskjet 895Cse inkjet printer and reconnected a 5 year old Photosmart C5280 inkjet printer.

I like the ability to scan documents and photos and print photos from a memory card on my C5280 but when it comes to printing on basic sized envelopes my 895Cse wins hands down. I attempted to print on a No. 12 envelope using my C5280; the entire address would not print out; I tried a standard No. 10 business envelope; same thing; at this point I'm considering buying another brand of printer. Any recommendations? Are Canon inkjet printers any good? Do they use a lot of ink?
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While I asked a similar question to the moderator forum.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2012 6:59 AM PDT

A couple nods to the monster Canon mx870 (look at the pounds!) I think folk that do envelopes are going to be picky. This unit has 2 years on it and it uses ink just like all printers do. I can't say it's any worse or better.

It does work well over WiFi and scans to memory cards and sticks. I never tried the network scan feature.

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Re: Reply to R. Proffitt's post.
by Big Steve / October 15, 2012 9:08 AM PDT

I was looking at a Canon Pixma MG6220 all in one inkjet printer; read the CNET review on it; the only con I noticed in CNET's review was the plastic the printer was made from was flimsy and might easily break. I did notice the printer required 6 inkjet cartridges; my HP C5280 only requires 2; I haven't checked to see what it would cost to replace all 6 cartridges if I had to do so. Besides CNET Reviews where else could I go to read ratings and user reviews on inkjet printers?

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As I said.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2012 9:14 AM PDT

I took the moderator's advice and it worked out well. However it is not a lightweight or flimsy printer and could, possibly double as a bolder in a trebuchet attack.

I can't guess why you are adverse to having each color in it's own cartridge as this means I get to use all of the yellow before I need to replace yellow. A 2 cart color printer would mean I am tossing out some ink.

As to the 6220, that seems more of a 2 year affair or fling. Or rather, 2 years and fling it to the recycle bin. Maybe it's cheap?

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Re: Reply to R. Proffit's post.
by Big Steve / October 15, 2012 2:35 PM PDT
In reply to: As I said.
Is this the Canon MX870 printer you were talking about? I found a review of it on CNET Reviews; the link to the review is listed below. It seems like a nice printer that was made a few years ago. I have nothing against multi-colored cartridged units; it's just that I've never owned one. Judging from your comments on the Canon Pixma MG6220 it sounds like I should not consider it so I won't. Another good website I can go to and read reviews on inkjet printers besides this one?

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by pgc3 / October 18, 2012 12:26 AM PDT

There are so many opinions on printers it is tough to make a choice but I do NOT always agree with some of the "REVIEWS" . Bob Proffitt's choice of the Canon MX870, is a good one, for him, according to his use. I have used several different manufacturers printers over the years and have generally highsided with HP as far as inkjets go. However, for the past couple of years I think the higher end Canon units, especially the all in ones, might be a notch over. I am considering replacing an older HP injet C5550 (oldie but goodie) with one of the new series Canon all in ones, not sure which one but that is what I am leaning toward.

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Re: Reply to pgc3's post
by Big Steve / October 18, 2012 5:18 AM PDT
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Can you print on various sized envelopes with your HP C5550? My Photosmart C5280 All-In-One was acting like it was on crack yesterday. I put a standard No. 10 envelope in it to print; I have about 20 different templates stores in My Documents but yesterday it printed only half of the address.

I always go to preview and check the settings but unless I buy another printer before Christmas I plan to disconnect this puppy; put it back in my closet and unpack and reconnect my 1998 model Deskjet 895Cse inkjet printer which will run circles around this C5280 before I address my 100 or so Christmas cards.<div>

HP doesn't make printers today as good as when the 895Cse was made; that is one tough printer. A relative emailed me last night and told me to take a look at an HP Officejet Pro 8600; it's a huge printer plus it has a fax which I don't really need since I already have a fax. Whenever you decide which model Canon printer you plan to buy come back here and post. Canon answered a question I posted on their Fb page a few days ago; they told me they had no printers that would do what I wanted to do with it.
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