I've had it with my HP piece of shit. It's an old 6980 that isn't compatible with Windows 7...well, the software isn't so I only have Windows own drivers which are limited. The main issue pissing me off right now is that I bought black and colour Tesco refills but the printer's telling me they're fucking empty when they're full and I have no way of resetting them because I chucked the empties (there's a way to fool the printer using empties, apparently).
So this dumb piece of shit can go and I want a new one that has the following:
1. A standard deskjet that's also pretty good with photo's (but none of this multiple different cartridges like black matt, black gloss, fucking blacker than black and white etc). 2. To have Ethernet connection. 3. Uses ink cartridges that DO NOT cost more than fucking gold dust. 4. Does not use "chipped" cartridges to tell me when they're empty when they're clearly not. 5. Will fit shelf dimensions of 500mm (L) x 340 (D) x 250 (H). 6. Any make, I don't care as long as it meets the above criteria.
Didn't some people on here recommend non-ink printers once? Do you have to be able to print colour photo quality? I would rather print photos at a photo place. All fuck ups become their responsibility that way.
I've been using just a B&W laser for over a year now and have never looked back. Photos can be done through photobox or similar for as cheaply as it'd cost you to print your own.
Sorry, I realise this might not be an entirely helpful answer, but the toner cartridges are about £30 for a 2500 page cartridge, rather than £30-60 for a full refill for maybe 100-200 pages. Printer was only £50 too!
I have a Samsung CLP-325w colour laser which is fucking mint. It sits for months then strikes up and prints without bitching that its ink cartridge is out of date and without pissing half its ink away in a six hour cleaning cycle. If you use glossy photo laser paper and make sure you set it to high quality then it does really decent photo prints.