Originally Posted by Zotter
Two things I recommend against - usually.
1 - All in one printers. They're neato kits, take up smaller footprints - but if any one part has issues - you loose 'em all. Having each of those functions in separate units allows for greater flexibility and usually cost less. That way when you've worn out your printer, you don't have to throw away your scanner.
2 - Anything in a consumer model line that 'squirts' ink. It's a device designed to separate you from your money - and incidentally print pages. There are exceptsions - but generally color sprayers are a poor choice over time.
Thread hijack ---
I've got a Dell All-in-one printer for the wireless 3-puter set up we have. Has worked just fine for the past 3-4 years. Last month, while changing ink cartridges, the press-tab on the cartridge carrier snapped at it's flexhinge.
So, now, after inserting the color ink cartridge into the carrier, the carrier won't stay in a secure, flat position and won't hold the cartridge tight up against the splatter contacts. I tried wedging it, since they say the printer won't print unless BOTH cartridges are present. It prints, butt only in black - no color, obviously.
Pinged Dell with the mess - got a reply that there is no fix/repair to be made and the *only* solution is to buy a new printer!!!
Hell, they're cheap, so why not? I'll do that, butt --- fratzinfingle, for a leetle tab 'bout the size of your thumbnail, you'd think ........
Anyway - the hijack: do I have to use a Dell-branded replacement printer, or will another brand work as long as it's configured to the system (Dell and Windoze NT)? I see where Staples sez they now carry Dell systems and accessories, butt the beeg city here in SoCenTejas don't got a Staples.