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Please provide valuable suggestions regarding which type of printer can be selected for occasional use for Black & White 30 to 50 pages print monthly.

Whether should go for ink tank, ink jet, laser? All in one printer or single function? Kindly consider following points also:

# Cost of print per page
# Cost of Replacement supplies and Refilling.
# Other maintenance cost if any.

Searched previous posts regarding it but not found any post having proper info. General opinion from google search is to go with ink tank which is costing 10 to 20 paisa per print and it can refilled easily with ink bottle.

Brand and Model suggestions are also preferred.

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I too own DCP-T300 from almost 5 to 6 years or so.

Quite satisfied with its performance but there are few issues,

Brother don’t have proper customer care and service centres like HP & Canon

Major issue is buying Genuine Brother Ink Bottles as there is lot of counterfeit bottles are sold both online & offline.

My DCP T300 is out of warranty and few days back it has suddenly stopped working in the middle of the printing process and started giving Print Unable 50.

Couldn’t contact Brother CC for help & support and couldn’t find any reliable Service Centre in my city. Talked with a guy in one Authorised Service Centre but he was asking for ₹500 just for inspection only, even though printer doesn’t get repaired. I have to left printer at his premises and after checking for its exact issue he can either repair it or return it. He was also not sure that if any part was needed then it will have to ordered from company and it will be available or not? So in any of these scenario Minimum Cost of ₹500 has to be compulsorily born. I don’t mind it paying either if he delivers perfectly working printer, but just for inspecting the printer, I think this is too much, because then someone else will also demand the same way.

Due to COVID-19 infection I am not planning to physically visit many printer repairing shops.

YT troubleshooting videos are also of no help.

Can’t print, scan or copy.

Don’t have budget for buying a new printer anytime soon.

I am happy with performance of Brother Printer but service, parts etc. is pathetic.

Brother and Epson ae under dogs of Printer Market, but they lack aggressive marketing and reliable service like competition brands. Ricoh was another such under dog in Laser Printer but it has wound up its business in India.

Once upon a time, Ricoh SP 111 and Ricoh SP 210su were major hits and were selling like hot cakes on SnapDeal.

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After a lot of research, I settle in for Canon Prixma G3010. I was looking for a All In One printer with mobile direct and WiFi connectivity option. This is a Ink Tank printer and comes with an additional Black ink botlle. Usage = Occasional

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mas143forever wrote:

I am also looking for a suggestion for an All in One Ink Tank with Wifi. Anybody?

Never buy a ink tank or a inkjet printer if you will be using them occasionally . reason being they use a alcohol based kind which evaporates when not in use. So you will be surprised that even though you did not take any prints , inktank is Empty.

Buy a laser printer monochrome if you need to print documents only . I have a printer at home which I use occasionally and I have been using the same toner cartridge for almost 8 years .

The laser cartridge ink is like a carbon dust which does not evaporate or dry up when not in use.

Buying a color laser printer also makes sense since same technology though a bit expensive .

WiFi printer is useful only if you give prints from mobile phone or tablets . If otherwise then a non WiFi printer is good enough . Instead buy a regular printer and a WiFi router with usb print support and make any printer WiFi enabled .

I always say never buy a inkjet printer it is the worse piece of printing technology surviving for years.

I had 2 inkjet printers Epson and Hp and 1 ink tank printer again Epson all were waste of money .

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cybermenindia247 wrote:

Never buy a ink tank or a inkjet printer if you will be using them occasionally . reason being they use a alcohol based kind which evaporates when not in use. So you will be surprised that even though you did not take any prints , inktank is Empty.

Buy a laser printer monochrome if you need to print documents only . I have a printer at home which I use occasionally and I have been using the same toner cartridge for almost 8 years .

The laser cartridge ink is like a carbon dust which does not evaporate or dry up when not in use.

Buying a color laser printer also makes sense since same technology though a bit expensive .

WiFi printer is useful only if you give prints from mobile phone or tablets . If otherwise then a non WiFi printer is good enough . Instead buy a regular printer and a WiFi router with usb print support and make any printer WiFi enabled .

I always say never buy a inkjet printer it is the worse piece of printing technology surviving for years.

I had 2 inkjet printers Epson and Hp and 1 ink tank printer again Epson all were waste of money .

On the point where in you said that the inkject/intank ink’s are alcohol based, check this out.

https://in.canon/en/consumer/web/inkjet-printer...

For Canon Prixma G3010
Black Ink Bottle :
https://in.canon/media/document/2019/08/13/71ca...

CMY:

https://in.canon/media/document/2019/08/13/71ca...

https://in.canon/media/document/2019/08/13/0350...

https://in.canon/media/document/2019/08/13/2397...

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goldi wrote:

Printed around 400 to 500 pages so far, box has 2600 pages print written on it so no money spent on anything yet except pages.

https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/619706/medium/66997751591112228_9.jpg?1591112231

I would also buy based on good reviews but i can see people saying its not as worthy as claimed.. see this screenshot of recent purchase of user.  https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/644128/medium/Screenshot_20201016-202716_Amazon.jpg?1602860338

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Always choose laser ones.

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I assume you need only black and white prints. Get a laser printer if printing only black and whites.
Initial cost is almost 50%-60% more than an Inkjet printer but it’ll payoff it’s higher cost in printing and toner cost not to mention the speed. Maintenance costs are also less in laser printer (no dry ink).

I have an HP all in one at home. It is WiFi enabled and with the HP app, I can print directly from the phone; no need to connect to the router.

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NightRider85 wrote:

I would also buy based on good reviews but i can see people saying its not as worthy as claimed.. see this screenshot of recent purchase of user.  https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/644128/medium/Screenshot_20201016-202716_Amazon.jpg?1602860338

Mine is working fine.

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I asked same to canon authorized service center guy, he recommended Canon G2000 series (there is one with WiFi i guess)

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Chennai most of the places its 2 per page, i have bought inkjet printers twice and was complete waste of money. Never buy them, especially for that occasional use.

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Firstly thanking the creator of this thread and also for one and all who have contributed. I have followed this thread thoroughly and bought an epson L3150 wifi printer and that ends my search for a printer on a high and satisfactory note. Was initially looking for a laser since the print speeds are high and duplex option in the brother but the color print and scan along with wifi made me strech my budget for another 4k. Also another thing I chose inktank is for the cost of the printing and easy availability of the ink bottles offline and online. I was more happy when the technician from epson said that he knew people who have used L3150 for as high as 1lakh copies, the only caveat is the need for regular printing. Just one to two prints a day will do or in the worst case atleast once a week. First, was worried about this regular print what if I am outstation or unable to print for some time. I got to know from the technician that we can just do a simple print head clean! Great buy!

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dealdimer99 wrote:

Can you please provide estimated cost print per page and any other cost of replacement supplies? @goldi

Yes brother’s printers are reliable and and brothers printers are the only one who really give you the linux hardware and drivers support

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myfungang829 wrote:

Best is HP1020, easy to refill and spares are the cheapest……

So I have heard . also canon lbp 2900 shares same spares with it except for logic board.

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desiman wrote:

2 rupees per page which city rolleyes

I think he is taking a copy of cards , Has To Scan both sides means 2 rs

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kapaggar wrote:

So I have heard . also canon lbp 2900 shares same spares with it except for logic board.

Yup both are same, I guess only branding is different…..

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myfungang829 wrote:

Yup both are same, I guess only branding is different…..

Now both of them sell for 10k+ earlier they were 6-7k

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I have HP 4729 Wifi Printer …print per page cost is very low
Black : 0.52paise
colour: 1.01rs

Works well for me, got 3 inks free black and color each
Still left with 1st ink 25% left (purchased in 2019 october)
Recommended printer for less page per cost, wifi , scanning, all in one printer… smile
Worth it for this price !! smile 💯

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Watson wrote:

Ricoh laser printers are good value for price but keep a few things in mind:
Original toner cartridges are expensive. 1.When u refill with toner powder, u also need to replace the chip(₹100) on cartridge. Otherwise printing will look faded. Also printer will sense that u r using the old cartridge and may permanently damage ur printer firmware.
2. Replacement spares for Ricoh like roller and doctor blade are not easily available (as like HP or Canon) in printer market. These will eventually wear off and require renewal.

I haven’t changed any sort of chip
Though have changed the drum of superior quality only once since 3 years of my purchase.
Compatible toner costs 100 for 100 GM.
500 for 1kg.
In 100rs I easily get 1800-2000(on average) pages..
Near about 5paise per page printing cost.
If include maintainace also than it would not cost more than 6.5 paise per page. In my case it costed only drum(150 good quality though available at RS 50 also) that I replaced recently.

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Suggest a laser printer with scanner, photocopy and Wifi functions in Budget around 10k.

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ULYSSES wrote:

Suggest a laser printer with scanner, photocopy and Wifi functions in Budget around 10k.

Add mixie, grinder, fan also wink

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Ocassional : Laser
Weekly/Daily : Inktank/Laser

Good Brand
1. Epson,
2. Hp/ canon
3. Brother

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tomriddle wrote:

Add mixie, grinder, fan also wink

Play somewhere else kid. This discussion is beyond your intellectuality. point_up_2

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ULYSSES wrote:

Play somewhere else kid. This discussion is beyond your intellectuality. point_up_2

First check the msg that has been quoted. That kid wanted 25k features printer within 10k. If you don’t understand sarcasm, just stay shut

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tomriddle wrote:

First check the msg that has been quoted. That kid wanted 25k features printer within 10k. If you don’t understand sarcasm, just stay shut

As I said earlier, Play somewhere else. I have no patience to enlighten you.

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