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Old 01-02-2020, 12:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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About a decade ago..... Some budget shopper in the office of the company I worked for bought like 20 Lexmark inkjet printers for really cheap. But when they tried to use the printers they either would not communicate well or the included ink ran out right-away and required more money for replacement ink - costing more than the printers actually cost. So I talked the owner into eating the mistake and donating the rest of the unopened (nearly 20) new printers for the tax benefit.

Point of that story and many others I could tell is sometimes you just have to cut your losses and move on to bigger and better. Think of it like a mate you don't get along with. Sure, the prospects of being alone may be worse, but as long as you're committed to the one that doesn't work, you'll never find one that does.
So... I should preface my comments by saying I spent 26 years working for IBM/Lexmark, and I spent close to 6 years working as the team lead/manager of a 35-ish member team of 3rd level technical support for all Lexmark consumer products. With that said... you made a good call donating the Lexmark inkjets. I still have one of the highest-end inkjet MFP's, and I struggle to get it to work reliably... and I was on the team that developed and brought it to market and supported it throughout its product life.

With that said, I also have a 10-year-old Lexmark laser MFP that's the best of the best - they stopped making them forever ago, but even when I thought it was next to dead, a new toner cartridge brought it back to life for $45 on fleabay. I have a Lexmark 646e, along with all the bells and whistles - duplexer, network card, 4 extra trays, and a custom Lexmark printer stand to boot. It's a toner/drum/fuser style laser printer, and it's flat-out reliable, prints around 20-50 ppm (to be honest, I don't remember, and how I use it, I really don't care). It weighs a freaking ton, scans, copies, faxes, you name it. The only thing is it's monochrome, though it does a fantastic job of gray-scaling. Since I worked on this baby during my latter years in business products, I have some skin in the game... but I'd buy another in a heartbeat. It's the Ford F150/Timex/Soyuz/workhorse of the printer world... it just flat out works.

This toner/drum/fuser technology is what you need - screw inkjets. Good luck!

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Old 01-09-2020, 12:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I guess the quandary of throwing away a good scanner and fax machine are solved. Went to scan something a minute ago and was kinda excited that the little window just said Hewlett Packard, not the usual replace toner its been saying practically since we bought it. Now that is all it does. Power cycle it blinks and stuff flashes looking promising and the HP comes up but apparently thats all it does. No buttons do anything and all the software says check network connection. Pile o crap.

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I'm kinda leaning to the $150-$175 range all in one large format ink jet, possibly epson. I don't use it that much so ink cost should not really be a factor and if it dries up oh well disposable society....
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95 Burb K25 3.73's CRASHED 250K miles, looks to have been rebuilt at least once, stock, bad rust, DE exhaust w/walker muffler, 8' western plow.
81 Buick Riviera GAVE AWAY with the infamous Olds 5.7 diesel possibly still going strong.
15 VW Golf wagon, TDI. Did the buyback on my 13 Jetta TDI wagon so it was basically a trade up.
96 Burb K25 3.42's SOLD at 340K miles, told it was all original, close race between engine wearing out or body completely rust out.
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I'm kinda leaning to the $150-$175 range all in one large format ink jet, possibly epson. I don't use it that much so ink cost should not really be a factor and if it dries up oh well disposable society....
Not to beat the horse, but know that I hardly print at all and that was why the toner powder drum and not the wet ink cartridges that dry up from non-use and quit working was the cat's meow for me.

Almost 3 years old.... My original-came-with-it toner level is showing over 3/4 full and it still works. Inkjet woulda done stopped working by now. I figured it would be cheaper to goto Kinkos and print than it would be to buy new ink cartridges every year or so from non-use drying up. Then I read about laser jet toner drum printers where the ink is never wet and thus can't dry up and all is good for the first time ever in my printing world

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