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Margasweet

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Date: 12/20/10 8:13 PM

PRINTER
Our printer just sent a "some parts inside the printer are at their maximum expected service life" notice and now refuses to print. We managed to override the shut down for about 10 more pages but that override is not working any more. Looked it up, and the part that is past its expected service life is a felt pad that absorbs extra ink; doesn't seem to be replaceable. The last few pages were just fine, no ink streaks that can occur when the felt pad is overfull.

DH and I just spent several hours at the library (reading Consumer Reports) and at Best Buy looking at what they have... but the information is incomplete and I don't know how to make a decision. At this point it would be "buying a pig in a poke." (No offense, Poorpigling!) The Epson printer we currently have takes 6 different ink cartridges, which I like, but quits printing if any one of them runs out, which drives me crazy. Should be able to print in black & white if the yellow ink is out. I could never get a decent photo print out of that machine, either. So we won't buy Epson again.

Can you share your experience with Kodak, HP, Brother or other printers? Anything I should watch out for? We're leaning toward Kodak because the ink cost is supposed to be less than other printers. We do LOTS of b/w printing and copying, and a fair amount of color copying. Getting an excellent color match would be a huge plus, DH does bookbinding (repair) and often needs to replace little bits of end sheets, etc. If the printer did a good job of photo printing I'd be happy, but it's not necessary, I occasionally make a run to Wolf Camera and get a pile of photos printed there. It would be great if the ink was not totally water soluble... another problem with the Epson.

TV

We've actually never bought a TV. Our latest is a hand-me-down when my friend's father died about 5 years ago, it's probably 25 or 30 years old and on its last legs. We don't need a huge TV nor have room for one, so we're thinking of 27" to 36". Obviously anything would be better than what we have now. We've got cable. Do we really need to get an HD TV, or can we go a little cheaper? Do the new ones hold up well? LCD or LED?

Thanks bunches, and happy holidays to you all!

Marguerite

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2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd +14 yd = +64 1/4 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7 +26 yd = +90 1/4 yd
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Date: 12/20/10 8:26 PM

Printer: I have a Lexmark printer that takes one color cartridge and one black cartridge. It's been working great for 5 years now. And it will print color if the black is empty and vice versa.

Check out printers that take one color and one b/w cartridge only.

TV: No clue. I haven't had TV in 10 years. I love it.

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Date: 12/20/10 8:42 PM

We have two HP printers at home and I use a HP at work. All three are the one color and one black cartridge types which will print in black and white and long as you don't take the other cartridge out. I think we've owned four or five HPs over the course of15 years. Love them. Co-worker uses and HP that uses four colors + black. It seems more costly to go that route.

We had a Lexmark once, it seemed cheap and didn't last long.

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Date: 12/20/10 8:55 PM

Quote: Margasweet
Looked it up, and the part that is past its expected service life is a felt pad that absorbs extra ink; doesn't seem to be replaceable.

A felt pad is not replaceable?! I read that off to Kris, and he raised one eyebrow and said "Bulls***."

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Date: 12/20/10 8:55 PM

We have an HP laser printer that prints black and white only and it's wonderful for printing lots of pages. There are some smaller and not very expensive models available and it might be worth having for designated black and white printing if you do a lot of that.

A friend just got an all in one Espon that he says will print even if one of the cartridges is out of ink. Maybe Epson heard all the noise from frustrated customers!

ETA If you have cable you can plug in any old tv, hdtv or not.
-- Edited on 12/20/10 8:58 PM --

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Date: 12/20/10 10:42 PM

We use a HP PhotosmartC6280 all in one. Uses 6 inks and will print if one is empty but does throw up a blinker warning if one is empty or near empty. Inks are reasonable at about 13.00, black being more because it's a double cartridge. When we got this one my main criteria was separate inks and wireless. Since getting this one we've spent considerably less on ink than the two previous printers that had two cartridges, one for color and one black. I'll never switch back to the two cartridge again!

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Date: 12/20/10 10:49 PM

We have one too. works well, gets several pages for each ink. We got ours at Staples.....sometimes you can bring your old printer in & get rebate credit towards a new printer.

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Date: 12/21/10 7:56 PM

I have an Epson Photo RX600, probably similar to yours and the same thing happened to me a couple years ago. I researched and copied info on the problem and there seems to be a code that the repairman resets when he fixes it. I bought a spare printer, but in the meantime my son-in-law visited here, worked on it and cleaned the sponge, don't know what else he did but it has been working ever since! I returned the backup I had purchased. I think it may be getting close to a problem again so don't know what I will do then. I like that it can do photos, slides, copying, etc. I was feeling angry with Epson!

Funny, we are just about to connect TV to the world, too. I bought an HD 32" LG for under $400 and also a small 19" Sharp HD flat screen for under $200, and will also connect the old 17" regular one to the world. So I suppose it will be a major change, but I have gotten so used to finding anything I want on the internet that I am not sure I need it anymore. It won't cost any extra to run 3 TVs once we have them so will try it and now I can have one in my sewing room!

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Date: 12/21/10 11:02 PM

We just bought our daughter a christmas present. We bought her a 40inch insigna from walmart. Price 498. You can get a very nice now. the prices have come down alot. As for the printer. I bought a lexmark x7675 all in one printer. wireless to. the printer cost me 129. orginal over two hundere. Again walmart or best buy. Have good luck in finding what you want.

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Date: 12/21/10 11:03 PM

For the TV, I would suggest getting Visio. They have good reviews, and you can hook it to your computer, and watch netflix and so forth on it. They are not very expensive either.

I have only had hp printers, but was thinking of getting Canon.

Forgot to mention, Costco has Visio. And they are all on sale right now.
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