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Novel at First Draft But Printer Pushing Up the Daisies

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Finished my last zero draft pass on the novel. In these several zero draft passes, I ended up adding approximately 1.8K words. The novel is now officially at first draft and ready for critique. Yay!

However, our trooper of a printer gave up the ghost several months back, and we’ve been limping along with a backup printer–accommodated somewhat by the cosmos which has not required us to print out many documents recently. But now, as I discovered after printing out the first thirty pages of Demon Queller, the backup printer is officially kaput as well.

Sigh. Time to buy a new printer.

Guess I should be grateful that our primary printer, an Epson Stylus inkjet, lasted for so long. Haven’t needed to get a new printer in around ten years; that’s a pretty decent run. But I’m irritated that we need to now.

So, any recommendations for a low-frills, low-maintenance, workhorse-esque inkjet? Otherwise, we’ll probably end up getting another Epson. (The backup was a Canon, and it was not a workhorse.)

 

Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On November 11th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC), jimhines commented:
I actually went with an HP LaserJet 1020 after my last one died. It's B&W, but for what I do, it's been economical and worked really well for the past year or two.
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On November 11th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC), yukinooruoni commented:
If you want to mail it to me, I can print you out a couple copies here at work, and bring them to you.

For printer recommendations - HP laserjets. They just don't ever seem to die!
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On November 11th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC), gardenwaltz commented:
Epsons are good. We have a multifunction printer that just keeps working.
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On November 11th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC), mtfay commented:
I have an HP photoprinter, but I don't recommend it. Ink is $74 per catridge set and I've gone through 3 cartridge sets in the last year.

If you are willing to spend a little bit more up front, a laser jet, as opposed to an inkjet is the best choice now. They are cheaper to operate (toner is cheaper than ink) and they are getting pretty comparable in price. The best price to rating ratio on NewEgg for color laser jets is:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828112186

You can get just a monochrome (B&W) laser jet for much less, but I don't know if you guys do any color printing.
Example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828113290

There are some really cheap laser printers out there but it's hard to find cartridges for them and the cartridges are usually pretty expensive for the super cheap printers.

If you really want an inkjet, this Epson is pretty highly rated, but I don't know about ink prices:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828103488

If you want a photoprinter too, Epson just released a new one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828103479

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On November 11th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC), musingaloud commented:
I have a Dell and have been pleasantly surprised by it so far. It's fast, too. Doesn't hold quite as much paper as I'd prefer, though. Consider spending the extra (it was only $10 more on the Dell -- but I bought in combo with a desktop, too, which may have brought down the price) to get a wireless model. Now I can print from my laptop anytime, without having to go back and turn on the desktop if it wasn't running to print through the network.
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On November 12th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC), cantstopthedawn commented:
If you want a printer that lasts forever and can crank out a million pages of text, an HP laserjet will serve you well. The only problem is the cost of toner--but a good toner will last you much longer than an ink. My company actually sells 5+ year old HPs (1320 and P2015) on ebay. We use the same printers in the office and they go forever.
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