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Our Canon iP7250 has suffered a print head failure; surprise, surprise, a Canon print head's failed!

For the price of a new print head I can buy a new printer, so I'm looking for recommendations for something good at the lower end of the price range .

Requirements are:

Good quality photo printing

Auto duplex printing

Wireless connectivity

Reasonable ink cost, although that's not a major consideration, as our usage is fairly low

A quick look at what's on the market suggests that the print-only printer is more or less dead. The all-in-one concept is good in theory, as it would free up the desk space the scanner is currently using; do any all-in-ones have the facility to scan slides?

The new printer will NOT be a Canon; should have learnt the lesson on their inability to manufacture a reliable print head last time round!
 

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With 16 years working in IT, I can safely say all printers can die in a fire.

Get a mono laser for documents and back off the colour stuff to your favourite web based print service.
 

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Agree with Nick except that your final image has to be bang on the button or it can get costly using webprint, OK for holiday snaps.

Dave, I find it impossible to answer your question. Everyone's requirements are different and what you buy is dependent on your needs, preferences and budget, not mine :) I'm not an IT specialist but have beem using IT in work and play for a long time. IMHO you need to sit down and do a bit of research on the basis of YOUR needs etc, read reviews, use your previous experiences . To give you an idea I won't use Epson and HP are robbers and that All-in-Ones are limiting. I need a good quality home photo print with few documents and, now, I always use Canon printer, inks and paper and I've never had to replace a print head......so my views are useless ;)

Good luck with your quest!
 

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I've had a few of HP printers, the current one being a duplex usb/wifi ENVY 5640 (Print/Scan/Copy/Photo) with direct sd connectivity, although some years old now is still going strong. I opted for the HP instant ink service* which sends out replacement ink ahead of when the printer needs it. Is also able to print docs emailed direct to it.
*Nominal monthly fee / 50 page monthly limit but does accumulate into rollover pages.
 

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With 16 years working in IT, I can safely say all printers can die in a fire.

Get a mono laser for documents and back off the colour stuff to your favourite web based print service.
I have a HP Laserjet Pro 400 (M401DN) for printing invoices & jobsheets in the workshop, I bought it reconditioned from Amazon for about £80 and when I got it to print a test-page it reckons it has already printed off 2.5 million sheets. I have another one at home exactly the same which has done 700,000 sheets. Both are flawless, even the toner lasts ages, and I print off roughly 8 x A4 box files worth of paperwork per year.

For photos I use FreePrints app on my phone, I would never buy an inkjet printer again.
 

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Our Canon iP7250 has suffered a print head failure; surprise, surprise, a Canon print head's failed!

For the price of a new print head I can buy a new printer, so I'm looking for recommendations for something good at the lower end of the price range .

Requirements are:

Good quality photo printing

Auto duplex printing

Wireless connectivity

Reasonable ink cost, although that's not a major consideration, as our usage is fairly low

A quick look at what's on the market suggests that the print-only printer is more or less dead. The all-in-one concept is good in theory, as it would free up the desk space the scanner is currently using; do any all-in-ones have the facility to scan slides?

The new printer will NOT be a Canon; should have learnt the lesson on their inability to manufacture a reliable print head last time round!
Canon all day long. Never had an issue with Canon printers (TS8000 at the moment). Great quality an always reliable.
 

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In my experience of being an infrequent printer, an inkjet will always eventually clog up and then waste half a cartridge of ink trying (and usually failing) to clear itself.

Like others above, I have moved to a laser printer at home, which has been utterly faultless over several years, no matter how infrequently it is used. It is a colour one, and prints fairly decent pictures, but definitely not as good as a good inkjet. I haven't actually done so yet, but my intention is as above - if I need 'hanging on the wall' quality from a print, I will get it done by a commercial service.
 

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I've gone the other way... Bought a HP Laserjet 5L that lasted ages that I eventually replaced with th 5550C iirc. That was under-used and dried up. Not sure what happened to it (may have gotten damaged in the house move). Decided I needed an aio so have an A3 Officejet Pro 7740 that I got on a good deal. Ink isn't cheap from HP but shopped around for these and don't do enough printing in bulk to warrant worrying about the overall cost. A3/AiO has been useful and it's available for work if needed (A3 colour in particular). Bought Canon for my dad and haven't come across major issues in the past (plus easier to use 3rd party ink if you choose wisely). HPs aren't as solidly built as they used to be but this is one more reminiscent of the older ones than some of their budget (cheaper than the cartridges) tat. Wouldn't get Kyocera as had no end of issues with work ones.

If I had the space and higher usage this aio would be laser.
 

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When it comes to printers - the cheapest and most reliable long term solution is to employ a school leaver on minimum wage to hand write any output you need.

All printers are the work of the devil.

I have a garage full of broken HP B&W Laserjets. They work utterly perfectly for exactly 1 year and then just stop dead for me. I'm happy for those who have better experience, but it's been a repeatable and predictable pattern in my experience.

Inkjets are vile, stinking contraptions.
 

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Printers are definitely Satan's contribution to the world of computer peripherals.

Even when working well, they give the nagging feeling that it's purely so that when they next break down it hits you harder.
 
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