12 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2013 12:09 PM by BuzWeston
robertfromboulder city Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Best printer?


iOS 5
  • 1. Re: Best printer?
    Fred*M. Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)

    Robert-

     

    It depends on your needs.  For photographs, you want an inkjet printer with photo paper.  For inexpensive plain paper prints, a laser printer may be a better choice.  Also, with a laser printer, you don't have to worry about dried ink clogging your printer's print head.

     

    Is cost a factor?  Better printers cost more to purchase, but often cost less on a per-print basis.  Similarly, larger ink or toner cartridges cost more to buy but less per print.

     

    Do you have a favorite brand?  There are five brands included on Apple's list of AirPrint compatible printers:  <iOS: AirPrint 101>.

     

    Fred

  • 2. Re: Best printer?
    keith contarino Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    You running Lion? There are many "compatible" printers for Lion. With most the scanners won't work. But the most annoying thing is in the Canon Pixma I have now and the 2 Epsons before it, the printer will be cranking along nicely when all of a sudden it stops and says, "out of paper. Please reload." You look at your paper tray and there's at least 50 pieces. After 5 minutes of rebooting and reloading, finally the **** thing will start printing again but expect this to happen with most printers now that Lion is here,

     

    Can't wait to see how Mountain Lion further screws up what was once the most simple to use operating system in the world

  • 3. Re: Best printer?
    keith contarino Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    sorry

    didn't realize I was in Ipad territory

  • 4. Re: Best printer?
    Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (45,790 points)

    How to Print from Your iPad: Summary of Printer and Printing Options

    http://ipadacademy.com/2012/03/how-to-print-from-your-ipad-summary-of-printer-an d-printing-options

     

    Print from iPad / iPhone without AirPrint

    http://ipadhelp.com/ipad-help/print-from-ipad-iphone-without-airprint/

     

    How to Enable AirPrint on a Mac and Use Any Printer

    http://ipadhelp.com/ipad-help/how-to-use-airprint-with-any-printer/

     

     Cheers, Tom

  • 5. Re: Best printer?
    Fazerjohn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks, I was just about to purchase a Pixma, not sure what to do now. I am in the same boat, have a great Lexmark, works a treat on the PC but is rubbish for the iMac; I have to copy my files to a stick, open with my laptop and then print. All scanns are done in reverse! There must be somthing that has full fnctionality in Lion.

  • 6. Re: Best printer?
    Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,705 points)

    Fred*M. wrote:

     

    Robert-

     

    It depends on your needs.  For photographs, you want an inkjet printer with photo paper.  For inexpensive plain paper prints, a laser printer may be a better choice.  Also, with a laser printer, you don't have to worry about dried ink clogging your printer's print head.

     

    Is cost a factor?  Better printers cost more to purchase, but often cost less on a per-print basis.  Similarly, larger ink or toner cartridges cost more to buy but less per print.

     

    Do you have a favorite brand?  There are five brands included on Apple's list of AirPrint compatible printers:  <iOS: AirPrint 101>.

     

    Fred

    In my experience (100% Canon printers for the past fifteen years), I have never had a clogged print head.

     

    Laser printers are more expensive than ink jet, especially if you're interested in color.

     

    I'm about ready to replace my printer and the Canon line-up is frustrating.  I have a very good scanner and consequently I have zero interest in paying the extra cost for an "All-in-one" device.  However, the only Canon printers that support AirPrint are "All-in-one" versions.  I'm probably going to give up AirPrint.

  • 7. Re: Best printer?
    Fred*M. Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)

    Philly_Phan-

     

    You probably never let your Canon printers sit still long enough for the head to clog!  I have had Canon print heads to clog, although a replacement head was available with a fresh set of ink "tanks".  I think you can buy a cheap printer today for what that replacement head cost then!

     

    I agree with you about not needing the "All-in-one" scanner/copier.  Although I purchased an HP D110 in order to print from the iPad, I seldom use it.  I expect it needs a head-cleaning by now!  My main printer is a networked HP Laser Printer.

     

    I have printing Apps on the iPad that can print directly to the HP Laser Printer, but prefer to use AirPrint with "AirPrint Activator" on my computer.  That is something you should consider, since AirPrint lets you print from within any iPad App that has the printing option.

     

    Fred

  • 8. Re: Best printer?
    Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,705 points)

    I have no clue how long it takes to clog a print head.  The longest I've gone without printing has been a month.

     

    The reason why I'm willing to forego AirPrint is that I don't have much need to print from my IOS devices.

  • 9. Re: Best printer?
    Marshal82 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is easy to set up, wireless which is great because I don't like clutter and I can keep this out of the way and still use it. It makes 2 sided copies, scans, and faxes besides printing. It works fast and the color copies show up nice. It is supposed to be able to be used with tablets but I don't have one, so I can't test it out. So now I don't need to sneak printing out color pictures at work. I'm very happy with this.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091DPYDU

  • 10. Re: Best printer?
    philipbaxter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree completely that Canon printers are the way to go. I have used many HP printers over the years and put up with expensive ink and constant failures. I switched to a Canon MP620 about 5 years ago and have never looked back. I have it set up wirelessly an have moved it several times around my house.

     

    You can still get this model on Amazon if you wish.

     

     

    And the best part about Canon is the replacement ink is incredibly cheap! Third party ink works fine and I usually buy 4 sets for around $18.

  • 11. Re: Best printer?
    kb1951 Level 5 Level 5 (4,215 points)

    Just to let you know, you responded to a post that is over 1 year old and the last post was in November of last year. Doubt any one will see your post.

  • 12. Re: Best printer?
    BuzWeston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just read the post and found it very useful. Anyone doing a search will find this thread, no matter how old.