//My New Laser Printer//
In 2010, my old “all-in-one” printer bit the dust, so I went out to buy a new device. At the time I considered a laser printer, but their initial prices were high and I only thought I needed a cheap all-in-one to fit my needs. I picked up a Brother inkjet printer. As soon as I plugged it in I learned that my new printer lacked a power saving mode, insisted on cleaning itself every day, and wasted ink in the process. My instant realization in .GIF form:
I suffered from Brother-itis for the better part of three years. What really killed me was this: there were four ink cartridges (1 black, 3 colours) and, whenever one colour ran out, the printer stopped working. No magenta? Too bad, can’t print in black and white. When my old printer ran out of ink I just printed in dark navy blue until I got a new cartridge. Not possible with my piece of garbage Brother inkjet printer. I understand that Brother et al make money by selling expensive ink in proprietary cartridges. I don’t begrudge this business model. My issue is that my printer shouldn’t stop me from printing when I still have ink. That level of bull is why I’ll never purchase a Brother product again.
So when I recently got a warning that my cyan ink cartridge was, yet again, low, I snapped. I didn’t care if the printer still “worked” and I would therefore be throwing away its residual value. I was not going to blow $30 on a 3-pack of refilled colour ink cartridges just to print a two-page black-and-white document. I destroyed the Brother printer in the back field a la Office Space. OK, I just put it in the basement but, still, I’m liberated.
I searched around for a new printer. This time, I wanted to go laser and be done with inkjets. Despite my promise to never again look at the FutureShop flyer, I found two laser printers at FutureShop that piqued my interest: the Canon imageClass MF4770n and a dinky single purpose Samsung laser printer.
(Note the “environmental handling fee” which added well over 10% to the purchase price. Oh, and HST is charged on top of that fee. Like I always say: in Ontario we pay taxes on taxes.)
I could have kept the Brother inkjet nearby ready for the occasional scanning job, but I really wanted to get an all-in-one laser printer and just be done with this nonsense. My time and freedom-from-frustration both have value. This gave the Canon imageClass MF4770n an early lead because it has a scanner (with a paper feed; a feature that you might not appreciate if you haven’t scanned a 20-page document) and fax. Its sale price tag of $89.99 was unbeatable — the cheapest I could find, even on American websites, was about $140. (The printer’s price in the latest FutureShop flyer is back up to $139.99.) I also spent a few minutes looking for reviews and found that they were positive. So when we were in town for our weekly shopping trip, I picked one up:
It prints 24 pages a minute, which puts it on par with the printer in any office I’ve worked in. It’s big and heavy and feels pro. Most importantly, whenever the sample-sized toner cartridge runs out, I’ll need to buy a $32 cartridge and should then be able to print for years without being hassled. I haven’t calculated the cost-per-sheet but I’m confident I’ll save money. (I’m embarassed to admit how much I spent on ink for my old printer during the summer.) Perhaps most importantly I’ll save time and frustration. Good riddance, Brother.
//Catherine, Catherine, bo-batherine, Banana-fana fo-fatherine, Fee-Fi-mo-matherine, Catherine!//
By the way, this is the 52nd Blog Party; TF’s “gold jewelry” anniversary is next Friday!