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Postby craiger on Sat Sep 20, 2003 8:25 pm

Hi. I saw Dell has a printer that matches my Dell 4600 but its $79.00 Lexmark also has one for about the same price. Just wonder because the ink cartridges cost about the same if not more than the printer. Thanks, Craig.
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Postby CowboySlim on Sat Sep 20, 2003 10:33 pm

I bought a Canon S520 last year that makes dynamite photos. It most recently was under $100.
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Postby aviationwiz on Sat Sep 20, 2003 10:52 pm

Dell uses Lexmark Printers.

Also, HP is the best. The printers cost a little bit more, but they cost less to maintain. Lexmark is very expensive to maintain, believe me, I just switched from one.
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Sun Sep 21, 2003 1:16 am

other way around for me for maintenance. My $40 Lexmark Z42 has been trouble free for about a year, i tried a $40 HP when my lexmark ran out of ink since ink was more expensive than printer, and it worked horribly the first day (took it back), I have also seen problems with other HPs. Sure HP has better picture quality, but I like my Lexmark for reliability, good for printing text. There are plenty of good sub-$100 printers out there. I would suggest buying an older one so you dont have to install their software on your computer if you have windows XP. :wink:
I have seen some great deals on some Canons, which are my favorites.
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Postby Dartman on Sun Sep 21, 2003 12:23 pm

Every manufacturer makes good and bad printers depending on price and like that. I have a HP 990. It's FAST, automaticly does both sides, and the photo quality on any paper is very good. There are all kinds of things to look for, will it cost 100 bucks for ink when it runs out, does it burn ink real fast, do the print heads hold up well and can they be user replaced when bad, are you doing regular printing tasks or do you need perfect photo prints mainly. I chose the HP becuase it did everything very well and it is built like a tank. Ohter printers can do photos a bit better and like that but many can't sit there and just print reliably day after day, plus be able to print after sitting for weeks without problems.
The newer HP printers will do photos even better with more ink colors but the cartridges are smaller now so they dont last as long and they are still pretty spendy.
Hit some of the big testing sites and forums and news groups and see what real people are saying about whatever printer your thinking about before you spend your money.
I spent a lot on my HP but it has never let me down and I'm still happy several years later.
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Postby Stelios on Sun Sep 21, 2003 2:37 pm

Actually you get the printer just about free but you do pay for the cardriges though.

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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Mon Sep 22, 2003 12:26 am

but what i do is even better, i get the printer real cheap (which comes with ink) , then when i run out of ink, find another good deal, since the ink is more money...
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Postby BoGMan1a on Mon Sep 22, 2003 1:58 am

Who do you sell the printer to after, or how do you get rid of them?
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:22 pm

goodwill/the trash man....
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