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#1 Paddlepop

Posted 03 April 2020 - 08:49 PM

DD's school has stated that those doing remote learning next term will need a printer at home. We don't have one. Haven't had a home printer for a long time. I'm sure that printer technology is very different from 15+ years ago.

Can anyone recommend one that is budget friendly, easy to set up, and doesn't cost the earth for replacement ink?


#2 -Belinda-

Posted 03 April 2020 - 09:05 PM

Officeworks guy said basic laser printer if black print only. Inkjet if colour needed. We got a brother hl-1210w for $100 approx. Wireless annoys me but we got a cable and all good. HP was about the same. HTH.

#3 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:27 AM

Buy one with a scanner if you can. If you need to submit written/ drawn work, photocopy something etc, it's  great to have that option.

#4 Chelara

Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:09 AM

I’ve got the basic Brother colour laser printer from officeworks. It’s good if you need to print a lot. Quality of printing isn’t fantastic in colour but it’s good enough for me. I buy generic ink from eBay. To replace all toners including black and 3 colours is under $50 delivered to my door. To buy genuine toner from officeworks for all of them is something like $400.

i haven’t noticed a difference between generic other than the price.

one annoying thing is that when the machine decides it’s out of ink it’s non negotiable- you cant just shake the cartridge and put it back in. I always have a spare set of toners in the cupboard- not such a big deal if you buy generic.

it doesn’t have a scanner or photocopier which is a bit annoying. And it’s big and heavy!

#5 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:19 AM

Generally speaking printers are sold as loss leaders, not so expensive to buy printer but ink costs the earth. Also usually the ink in the printer when you buy it will print less pages than the replacement ink.

#6 BornToLove

Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:34 AM

I would also ask the school about the scanner as well. If your printing, are you expected to scan and send the work back? If you need an all in one, that’s a different set of requirements from a printer.

As for what type of printer, I agree printers themselves are cheap, it’s the ink/toner that manufacturers make their money. So when shopping, I would narrow it down to 2-3 models and then price out a full set of replacement ink and make your decision that way.

Laser printers and continuous tank printers are more expensive up front but cheaper to run long term as you will get more prints than a standard inkjet (1000+ pages vs a few 100). I have an Epson tank printer and am quite happy with it.

Edited by BornToLove, 04 April 2020 - 08:36 AM.

#7 Mae55

Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:56 AM

If you have a phone you can scan with your phone just as easily as with a scanner. Actually, it’s often easier as the scanner on my all in one printer requires software that’s pretty clunky.

iPhone - you can scan through the notes app.

Any smart phone - can download a scanning app (I use genius scan). It’s quick and easy and on your phone ready to email or upload to google classroom or seesaw or whatever your kid’s school uses.

Edited by Mae55, 04 April 2020 - 08:57 AM.

#8 Treasure Island

Posted 04 April 2020 - 09:01 AM

We just have an Epson bought at Big W. It prints, scans and copies. You will definitely need a scanner but I think they are pretty standard now anyway. I probably only paid about $50 but have had it a few years and it fills all our DE needs.

#9 foofoo

Posted 04 April 2020 - 09:02 AM

If you need an all in one - I can recommend the HP 5220


I get replacement ink cartridges (set of 4) off ebay for $10.

#10 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 04 April 2020 - 09:02 AM


I have the older model of this one for uni and the kids use it all the time too plus you u can scan with it. It’s really good.

I buy my ink off eBay, super cheap or inkspot when they do buy one get one free deals, so it works out well priced.

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