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DanogNellows
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New to this forum, what a great site.

Anyhow,

I am about to purchase a new printer because of the death of my old one.
For practical purposes I was looking into one of those multipurpose types.
Fax, copy, scan and print combos. I was thinking about spending in the 300 dollar range. My question is this...

is there something more appropiate to game designing, printing out CCG
type cards, etc... in that price range? Or even higher, I'd hate to buy one
and have someone say "Oh for $100 more you could have gotten the
Ultra3000 SuperDuper Printer"

Or maybe the better question is what type of printers do you guys use?

Thanks,
Danog

Anonymous
buying a new printer

I just recently got myself a cannon i860 and it's the nicest thing. The fetchers I like about it are the two black ink carts it uses, one is a die for photos the other is a pigment for text. It can also print to the edge of the page and that’s really useful for printing out game boards and getting more text on one page. Also the thing prints a crazy high resolution allowing for counters to have as much information on them as production print jobs.

Here is a good review

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_reviews/canon_i860.html

The quality of photos it can print is just amazing, and it has a good software package that comes with it.

I had been meaning to post about it for awhile but never got around to it.

phpbbadmin
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My main suggestion

Is to make sure you get a printer that uses a different cartridge for each major color (black, cyan, magenta, yellow), this will allow you to purchase ink for only the colors you actually need and not throw away unused ink. Also, before purchasing, call the place where you will be buying ink from and find out how much they cost. There's nothing worse than finding out that that $75 printer you bought costs $60 to refill it's ink.

Avoid Lexmark, their inkjet printers are horrible quality (as in they break down too quickly). Also try and avoid HP printers, as the cost of ink for most HPs is sky high.

Canon and Epson are probably you're best bets these days.

-Darke

Anonymous
Re: My main suggestion

Darkehorse wrote:
Avoid Lexmark, their inkjet printers are horrible quality (as in they break down too quickly).

-Darke

several people have said that to me in the last week. until they said that to me my lexmark worked fine. Now, the pages get stuck and I have to 'help' it out almost every time I print. I blame the people who told me lexmarks suck for putting some sort of hex on me and my printer :)

Oracle
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Re: My main suggestion

Darkehorse wrote:
Avoid Lexmark, their inkjet printers are horrible quality (as in they break down too quickly). Also try and avoid HP printers, as the cost of ink for most HPs is sky high.

I would suggest shopping around to see what's involved in refilling the cartridges before getting the printer. If you do it yourself, you can refill a $40 cartridge for $3 worth of ink. In my experience, you can usually get 3-5 refills before the cartridge is too damaged an you lose quality.

Different brands have different levels of complexity in refilling. HP seems to be the easiest while Lexmark and Epson are the hardest. I have an HP photosmart which uses a fairly expensive cartridge, but they also make some low-end printers which take an identical, but lower capacity cartridge which is half the price (and 1/3rd the ink volume). Since it refills to the same capacity as the more expensive cartridge, it is a real bargain. If you're interested in refilling, you should keep an eye out for things like that when buying.

Even if you don't want to risk damaging your brand new printer, keep in mind the prices on printers drops very quickly because the model replacement cycles are very short. You might find that in a year a new ink cartridge is more expensive than the printer is worth to you, and you're more willing to give it a try.

Jason

DanogNellows
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buying a new printer

Well currently I get my ink from one of the many generic ink cartridge supply companies on the net and have been very satisfied. It's usually
50 to 75% off the regular price. They support the model I'm looking at,
the Canon MP730

http://www.123inkjets.com/product.html?type=Canon&snav=inkjetcartridges&...

the value package brings the cost down to $4.70 a cartridge.

Danog

p.s. if you also use coupon code "SAVE10" you get an additional 10% off your order bringing it down to $4.23 a cartridge!

p.s.s. Just for kicks I went to the Staples store and the same amount of ink would cost me 11.86 a cartridge.

Oracle
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buying a new printer

Stores like that are a good option too. There's a kiosk that opened in a mall near me that refills cartridges on demand; drop it off, do some shopping, and pick up your same cartridge an hour later.

If I hadn't already gone to the trouble of learning how to to refill them and buying what now seems like a lifetime supply of ink from http://www.lsrk-enterprises.on.ca/ I'd probably have ended up using the kiosk.

I'll take your word for it that 123inkjets.com is good, but that is not the impression I get from their site. Every page I go to sends a pop-up asking for my email address so I can win $500 -- real professional. Also, the smaller cartridge for my printer (C8728AN) is only 15% off the MSRP of a new one to get one of their remanufactured ones.

Anonymous
buying a new printer

The only ink jet that I have used is an Epson (Color Stylus 3000). It is more pricey that you're looking to spend (last I looked the MSRP is $999, though I have seen them on auction sites), but I have access to one and make good use of it. It is a bear at times to work with (it is incapable of aligning and printing in the same place twice) but it has one HUGE advantage for game designers. It can print up to 17"wide paper and a long as you want (banner rolls). I have done a lot of printing of game boards onto A2 sized paper (16+" x 23+").

If you're not going to print a lot of game boards or oversized pieces, then the added price is probably not worth it for you (you can print a lot of large format prints at Kinko's for the difference in price).

Just my thoughts.

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