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should i get an all-in-one printer or stand-alone printer?

by wafflesdoris / October 10, 2005 3:30 AM PDT

i have seen some comments on forums that there are a lot of problems with all-in-one printers.

so, maybe i should just buy a stand-alone printer and separate scanner?
any advise?

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I would
by thought_stazi / October 10, 2005 8:00 AM PDT

Mostly because, if something ever happens to either one, I don't lose the other with it.

If my printer dies, I'd still have my scanner, and vise versa. It takes up more desk space, but that's just the price you pay.

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I Agree
by Stan Chambers / October 10, 2005 8:38 AM PDT
In reply to: I would

The all-in-one machines are not as good as advertised.

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The all-in-ones.....
by Papa Echo / October 10, 2005 11:13 AM PDT

...are made for those which require them. Obviously, there are enough demands for them, otherwise, manufacturers would not think of them. So, what are your requirements ? e.g. How often do you print and scan ? What types of docements ? In what environment ?

I have an all-in-one for a lot of scan-save- print jobs, and the machine saves time, but have a stand-alone printer or other printing jobs from saved files and a scanner for jobs which do not require immediate printing....Of course, the $$ should also be considered.

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All-in-One
by rhsmith / October 11, 2005 1:01 AM PDT

I use a small HP printer/scanner/copier combo. It fits my needs perfectly: Occasional scanning and copying, plus frequent printing; it saves a lot of desk space (one machine vs. 2-3); it has simple software; it has never malfunctioned. Forget the kind that has a fax unless really needed. Fax spam has led me to disconnect my fax altogether. As with most combos the equipment price is a real bargain. But you will have to budget for a constant flow of expensive ink.
I scan photos, maps and other graphics and most of these scans are dumped to my photo program,(Corel Paint Shop Pro). I can do a much better editing of photos in this dedicated program than with the simple software which comes with the all-in-one.

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Depends on your usuage
by caster / October 11, 2005 2:01 AM PDT

For heavy usage at work I have a separate scanner and two printers. For occasional use at home I got an Epson C4600 all-in-one a year ago for $80. It's worked great printing photos and docs and scanning docs. It even has a memory card reader and, as a bonus, it makes color copies without turning on the computer. I just installed my third set of cartridges last month so you can see my home usage is only occasional.

PS to rhsmith: I used to get a lot of spam at work, both voice and fax. I listed all our phone numbers with the federal Do Not Call list and the spam went to zero!

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