Get a Canon Pixma MG4220 multifunction printer for $49.99
This versatile AirPrint-compatible MFP sells elsewhere for $90 and up. It's a Cheapskate exclusive!
I'm so in love with today's deal, I want to bring it home to meet my parents.
Wow, was that terrible. I was going to go with the slightly raunchier, much funnier version of that line, but then I remembered this is a family blog. No Chris Rock-style material here; the best I can give you is Bob Saget.
Anyway, for a limited time, and while supplies last, GearXS.com has the Canon Pixma MG4220 wireless multifunction printer for $49.99, plus $12.99 for shipping. That's after applying coupon code CNET-40 at checkout (click Apply Discount Code to reveal the field where you paste that code in). That's a Cheapskate exclusive, folks! The code is good until Dec. 17.
The MG4220 is new, not refurbished, and it sells elsewhere for $90-130. It's a compact copier, scanner, and printer, with a 2.5-inch LCD, built-in Wi-Fi, and support for Apple's AirPrint technology. (Translation: You can print directly from your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.)
It can print borderless photos as large as 8.5 x 11 inches, and it can automatically duplex (i.e. print on both sides of a page -- a nice way to save paper when you're printing drafts and whatnot).
So, what's not to like? This: the MG4220 relies on dual ink cartridges (one black, one tri-color), not a four-tank system like many other Canon printers. What's more, Canon charges a small fortune for that ink. That's par for the course with any inkjet, but you should always investigate cartridge prices -- and third-party options like refill kits -- before buying any printer.
CNET hasn't reviewed this model, but over at Amazon it averages 4.2 stars out of 5. Check out some of the user reviews, where you'll find helpful info on refill kits, replacement cartridges, and the like.
Like I always say, ink is gonna cost you no matter what, so you might as well get the best deal you can on the printer itself. This is one of the best MFP deals I've seen in recent memory.
Bonus deal: I still like magazines. If you feel the same way, DiscountMags.com is offering two 1-year magazine subscriptions for $10. You've got some 35 titles to choose from, including two of my favorites, Popular Science and Wired. (Nepotism note: I write for both.)
Bonus deal No. 2: Speaking of dinosaurs, still snapping photos on one of those camera things? Today only, and while supplies last, Tech.Woot has the refurbished Eye-Fi Connect X2 4GB Wi-Fi SD card for $19.99, plus $4.99 for shipping. The card adds Wi-Fi-powered photo-sharing capabilities to any camera that uses SD storage. (You can also get the 8GB Pro X2 for $49.99, a less attractive deal, IMHO.)
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