I’ve spent more time getting “intimate” with InkJet printers in the
past 12 hours than I have in the past year (or so…).
First off, I don’t print much (yet I have two printers, go figure…). I finally ran out of ink (only color, actually) for the first time since I acquired my InkJet (my first color printer, ever, btw…) in December 2004 (!).
I was actually “scared” of changing the cartridge, but it went surprisingly well. My Mom used to have a Lexmark InkJet Printer/Scanner/Coper that was a real bitch when it came to changing cartridges.
Speaking of my Mom’s printer, it’s officially no more as of yesterday afternoon. It’s old (so old it’s beige) and Lexmark doesn’t seem interested in providing drivers for it so that it will work with Windows Vista.
So I decided (unbeknownst to her) to replace it with something shiny and new and that was Vista compatible.
After several hours of research I decided on this Canon. I ordered it
from Amazon.com a few days ago took the free shipping deal (they had an amazing price on it – quite surprising). Also, to my surprise, it arrived about a week sooner than they estimated.
So anyhow, I sat down and did something very “un-guy like”. I actually decided to RTFM before attempting to set it up. I was a bit overwhelmed actually, but the manual makes it seem more difficult than it really is.
Unlike my InkJet, hers has 5 cartridges (separate CMYK and an extra Black ink
cartridge). Mine has only two, a black and a tri-color (CMY)
So I got to RTFM and figure out how to install not two, but 5 ink cartridges. Fortunately it was much easier than it appeared. I am not “mechanically inclined”.
I’m a bit jealous. Those 5 cartridges are initially more expensive, but in the long run you save money cuz you’re not throwing out half of your magenta ink because the cyan well is dry. And Canon has the lest expensive cartridges whereas HP (the brand of my InkJet) is generally considered to be only 2nd to Lexmark when it comes to pricey
I’d have actually gotten a Canon printer instead of the HP 25 months ago, but unlike HP, Canon has awful Linux support. And I’ve had no complaints. But overall Canon has been top rated printer-wise for the past several years. That seems to change every so often. I remember once when Epson was top dog (many moons ago).
My InkJet is only a regular one (printer only), since I also got a Monochrome Laser Printer/Fax/Color Scanner (Brother) at the same time.
Oh and my Mom was a very happy camper. She likes her new toy. Her old one didn’t have fax capability, just the other stuff.
Another reason I got it for her was that I flat broke last month when I wanted to buy her a Christmas present, so she got nothing. I told her to “think of this as a late Christmas or early Valentine’s Day present”.
OK, if you made it this far I’m duly impressed.
What can I say? I have no life.