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Looking for All-in-One printer that can scan without ink

by cmoidel / September 19, 2008 5:05 PM PDT

I'm interested in buying a new All-in-one printer\scanner\copier that connects over USB to an XP or Vista PC. This is for light home use. I've read on various sites and heard from people that many of these All-in-one printers will not scan once one of the ink tanks\cartridges runs dry or "expires" due to time. This doesn't make much sense obviously since scanning to the PC doesn't use ink. I'm the kind of person that will run my ink-jet for a few months with one of the colors missing. I'm mostly concerned with blank and white printing, but do want the ability to do color once in a while.

So if anyone knows which All-in-one printer models will or will not scan when the ink runs out, could they please post the info. Thanks.

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How about buying all-in-two?
by Kees Bakker / September 19, 2008 7:23 PM PDT

That is, a printer and a separate scanner? That's what I use.

Problem solved forever!


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Scan issues
by Phil Crase / September 19, 2008 11:24 PM PDT

Check the spec on the HP 6280, do not think that is an issue with that series, should scan regardless.

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I think that rules out Canon, HP, Epson
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 11:41 PM PDT

And Brother. Almost all stop scanning since it's part of the copy to paper feature.

Given that I equipped my family members with free scanners from freecycle (see google) for no money surely this can't be an issue on cost.

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It's not about money
by cmoidel / September 20, 2008 2:30 AM PDT

It's not really about money. It's more about space and convenience. I already have a separate scanner and printer, but I don?t have the desk space to leave both setup. So usually the scanner sits in the garage and, as a result, we don?t use the scanner very much. Also, we don?t have a really easy way to make 1:1 copies right now, and an all-in-one would handle that easily.

I?d like to buy a standard All-in-one, but I pretty much refuse to buy one if I can?t scan without having every color ink cartridge working. Is that stupid?

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Not really.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 20, 2008 3:41 AM PDT
In reply to: It's not about money

Its sort of like shopping for a product with a very specific list of features. You may not find such a thing. So far every AllInOne I've used doesn't scan or do much at all without the ink carts except blink at me. Sorry but I only have tried this on a few hundred now since this question appeared about 2 years ago. I keep looking to see if there is one someday.

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