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Default Home Printer Recommendations - Low Use

We are looking for a printer for home.

We only print once or twice a week (not at all now because our current one is unreliable). We would use it for printing movie tickets, boarding passes and forms as needed. Maybe a photo here or there. Probably less than 30 pages a month.

We'd like it to be Color and wireless. It would be nice to be able to print from our iPhones and iPads (not even sure how to do that). Dual sided would be nice.
I'd like to avoid instant ink.

Budget - Up to $70.

I can't seem to find good recommendations on this.
Looks like there is:
- HP OfficeJet 4650 or 5255
- Canon MX492 , MX922
- Brother MFC-J460DW MFC-J491DW

Anyone have any of these?

Am I overthinking this and should just buy the cheapest?
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:16 AM
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i don't have any good recs, but manufacturers are happy to sell the machine at a loss and make it up in replacement ink sales.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:21 AM
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I hate the home printers we have had. we use them so infrequently that the ink cartridges always seem to dry out.

movie tickets and boarding passes can be used off your phone.

I print stuff at work. if needed I run to fedex/kinkos and print there.
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After many years, I finally came to terms with the simplicity of my printing needs and bought a Brother HL-L2350DW. Is black and white only, but since it is a laser printer, the cartridge will never dry out and it prints pretty fast. It is about $100. If I do need to print color, I send it to Fedex Office which is a couple of blocks from work. If I need photos, I use Costco.

This has been one of the best decisions I've made after many years of fussing with various inkjets.

https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Monoc...s=brother+2340
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After many years, I finally came to terms with the simplicity of my printing needs and bought a Brother HL-L2350DW. Is black and white only, but since it is a laser printer, the cartridge will never dry out and it prints pretty fast. It is about $100. If I do need to print color, I send it to Fedex Office which is a couple of blocks from work. If I need photos, I use Costco.

This has been one of the best decisions I've made after many years of fussing with various inkjets.

https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Monoc...s=brother+2340
Why won't the cartridge dry out?
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Why won't the cartridge dry out?
It is toner, not ink.
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A laser printer requires no ink. Laser printers use toner, which is plastic and iron particles which melt to the paper with special heated rollers called a fuser unit. No ink means nothing to "dry up".
I am an infrequent printer (maybe 5 pages a month) so a wireless, laser printer was a must for me.
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It is toner, not ink.
Our office laser printers need toner cartridge replacements?
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Why won't the cartridge dry out?
No ink, just toner.


I have earlier versions of both the Brother printers mentioned (b&w laser, and the color) and they've both been very reliable. They've both lasted much longer than the Canons, Epson, and HP I've owned before the Brothers.
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Why won't the cartridge dry out?
I have a scheduled task set up on a computer. Every 14 days, it prints a test page, thereby protecting against the cartridges drying out.

The only downsides are remembering to add paper every so often, and the Win10 printer test page only uses black and cyan (if you have a color printer).

The command line:
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rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /k /n"Your printer name according to Windows"
(It may take a little trial and error to get it to work for you.)

I have to ask: people still print boarding passes?
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