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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 29th Nov 17, 3:29 PM
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    Small wireless printer and scanner preferably not inkjet . Any ideas?
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    • 29th Nov 17, 3:29 PM
    Small wireless printer and scanner preferably not inkjet . Any ideas? 29th Nov 17 at 3:29 PM
    Howdy !
    Hope someone could help with the above . I used to have an inkjet one back in the day . I found them a p I t a and whenever I needed them in a time of crisis ( debt problems mainly ) , I found the ink cartridges always bone dry and expensive.
    Now looking for small , wireless and Mac compatible .

    Please advise

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    • By psychic teabag 29th Nov 17, 5:54 PM
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    I had the same experience with inkjets. The main alternative is a laser printer. Monochrome are fairly readily available, but colour lasers are a bit bigger.

    If you have space, you could probably get an old 3-in-1 inkjet off freecycle or from a charity shop, and use that just for the scanner. (That's what I do.)

    For printing, it comes down to how often you print, whether you need colour. Could you for example have a mono one at home for most printing, and use library or high-street printing service when you need to print colour ?
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    • By another casualty 29th Nov 17, 9:53 PM
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    Thanks teabag you know where Iím coming from . Space is an issue
    but a combined one would probably be best . In hindsight maybe a black and white copier may be best ( with scanner combined)
    Iíve hardly done any printing . Scanning stuff in colour could go via email to recepients . I use scanner pro on iPad which isnít bad .
    Would like to use something quick and easy, even if I donít touch it for months .
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    • By interstellaflyer 30th Nov 17, 7:48 AM
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    If you only need to print black then there are plenty of compact all in one mono laser printers on the market, look at Samsung and Brother. If you need colour then I'm afraid you are probably best sticking to inkjet, modern printers are designed to be left on so you shouldn't get bone dry printheads, the ink doesn't dry out in the cartridge, what happens is the printhead cloggs up as does the vacuum system that cleans the printheads, modern printers, if left on will go to sleep and wake periodically and do a clean which keeps things ready to print, contrary to popular belief, this process does not use much ink, as an example, I've got a Brother J132W which was our demo machine, in the 2 years I've had it I've put one new set of compatible cartridges in it. and it's never missed a beat, it's hooked up to a Mac and prints wireless from my Macbook Pro, Windows 10 laptop, iPad and iPhone no problem.
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    • The Ang
    • By The Ang 1st Dec 17, 3:05 AM
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    It is not small, but looks good:

    Brother DCP-L2540DW
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    • By jshm2 1st Dec 17, 11:10 PM
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    To be honest if you're rarely using it then just use Asda, Boots or the other host of online printers you can get. Unless you're talking printing more than 60 pages a year the cost of printer and ink will just not be worth it.

    In fact you can get free prints if you're willing to use your points or find the voucher codes.

    You can get LED printers instead of the heavier laser printers but it really depends on how much printing you're looking to do.
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