printer suggestion HP Vs Canon

Cannon / Ip 1980
March 23, 2010 at 14:00:19
Specs: Windows 7
I am confusd which printer should I buy hp D1668 or cannon ip1980? I just need for home purpose, 2 print outs in a week or so.

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March 23, 2010 at 14:40:16
There is little difference between them, they are both base-model units so I would go purely on price & availability, both Canon & HP do the same sort of quality so for minimal usage it makes no odds.

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March 23, 2010 at 15:32:14
Canon's manuals and online support beat HP's by a long shot.
Canon's printers are usually much quieter while operating than HPs. I've had no problems with Canon's printer related software.
I've seen lots of problems with HP's printer related software on other people's computers - sometimes you're better off time wise just un-installing all the HP software that was installed for the printer and re-installing it.

Some Canon models that are aren't all that expensive have the "duplex" capability - they can print on both sides of a sheet without you having to flip the sheet yourself. You usually have to pay a lot more for another brand's printer that can do that.

When you're not going to be printing often, choose a model that has two cartridges with integral print heads, rather than one that has built in print heads and uses cartridges that are merely ink tanks - if the built in print heads on the latter get clogged with dried ink, you may need to buy another printer; if a cartridge with an integral print head gets a clogged with dried ink, replacing the cartridge cures the problem (or if it hasn't been long since it worked properly, places that refill cartridges can often clear the clogs).

Find out how much ink is in the cartridges for the printer model you're considering buying. The more ink it has the better. E.g. Some HP models have tiny cartridges, and you have to replace them (or refill them) far more often.

If you're diligent about not letting a cartridge sit too long once at least one ink color is empty, they can often be refilled many times locally for about half the price of a new cartridge.

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April 12, 2010 at 07:20:33
I want to buy a HP printer for minimal home use , say 20-25 pages in a month.

Which one should I buy -HP F4488 or HP K209A ?
Is HP K209A better in respect of its lower cartridge cost and higher print capacity?
Will the ink in a cartridge dry up if used over 1 year even if I regularly use the printer?

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April 12, 2010 at 13:37:04

See the info in Response 2.

The manufacturer often states that you must use up the ink in the cartridge within a specific time period once you start using it, e.g. a year, and that it should not sit unopened before you use it for longer than a specific time period, e.g. a year or two, before you use it, otherwise they don't guarantee the ink / the cartridge will work properly, to protect their butts.
The time period is probably based on a worst case scenario - e.g. the ink is exposed to higher than standard room temp. If you keep the not yet used cartridge in a cool place, and if where you have the printer is not hotter than normal room temp all or most of the time, the ink will be okay for longer than that. Also, I've found if the ink is dye based rather than pigment based, the ink will last a lot longer than that.

Pigment based inks may coagulate inside the cartridge after quite a long time, but other than that, the problem isn't that the ink inside the cartridge dries out, it's that the ink can dry out and clog the print head once it's in the print head.
The important thing is you should print so you use all the colors at least once a week or so.
If you don't think you'll always do that, get yourself a black and white or color laser printer - no clog worries - the toner cartridges cost more but the page yield is much higher, it may be years before you need to replace one, and they can be refilled locally, or you can get a kit to do that yourself..

The average number of pages rating a cartridge yields isn't necessarily defined the same way for different printer manufacturers, but it's similar for different cartridges for the same manufacturer's products. The rating always assumes you're not covering the whole page with ink, only a certain percentage.
The more ink in the cartridge, the higher the page yield, the less it will cost you in the long run.

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