Printer Recommendations

Printer Suggestions

Most inkjet printers are OK, but vary widely in price (i.e., from less than $75 to several hundred dollars). For personal use, the less expensive ones are recommended. The Geek Squad generally recommends lower cost ones such as Epson or Brother. Some printer brands (e.g., HP) have notoriously confabulating installation instructions!

Maintaining Inkjet Cartridges

Many, if not most, printers are relatively inexpensive with the manufacturer relying on expensive proprietary ink cartridges to make them more profitable. In general, this works in favor of Sunnyside residents who print very little, but it does lead to problems of ink cartridges drying out from lack of use.

It can happen in as short as 3-4 weeks. It is not a bad idea to print out something once a week, but if you have a color printer, you would want to make sure it is also printing something with color. It is not a bad idea to turn the printer off and on occasionally, as most printers will run a cleaning and prep cycle that could keep the ink from drying out. A suggestion on that would be every time you do restart your computer, go ahead and restart your printer.

Cartridges can be surprisingly expensive! Off-brand cartridges at less cost are available (e.g., Staples, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Costo, online), but are sometimes of inferior quality.