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Multifunction reccomendations?

I'm looking to purchase a fax/laser/scanner/copier for home use and I'm interested in any reccomendations.  We rarely need color, so I'm considering a laser for the reduced operating costs, but inexpensive lasers seem to need frequent drum and tonor replacement so I'm not sure if that will actually save money.  We probably print less than 50 pages/month and will scan or fax infrequently. 

Ted Graham
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

I just bought that about a month ago, I haven't had any complaints.  It works like a charm, prints well, scans well, and faxes well.

Andrew Hurst
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

I just had a bad experience with an HP printer - a big surprise after having a couple of HP printers that worked strong year after year. It was one of those "cheaper than the ink you put in it" $50 printers.

Check, etc. for reviews before you buy. Pay close attention to the people who have problems, and not the "I've had it for a week and I'm happy" reviews. I want to know what happens six months to a year down the line.

I'm still in the market for a printer (I don't need a multi-function device) if anyone would care to make a recommendation.
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Thanks for the link Mark, good to know...

Andrew Hurst
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Plus there are usually good professional reviews on places like  The personal reviews, like those on Amazon, tend to be "this is my first printer and I [love it/hate it]."  Professional reviews tend to be more thorough and are (usually) based on the reviewer's personal comparisons of different brands/models.

Robert Jacobson
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Toms Hardware (I don't know about C|Net) usually does a cost-per-page analysis too.
Thursday, December 4, 2003

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