My mother has an Epson CX4200 inkjet printer that is having issues. I think a new printer will be the best solution, because she isn’t tech-savvy enough to solve the problems, and I live too far away to come fix things all the time.
I am looking for a reliable, all-in-one printer with photo printing capabilities. She doesn’t print too often, so it doesn’t need to be fast. It should be reasonably priced. The most important feature should be simplicity: It needs to “just work.”
I can deal with installation and invasive software “features,” and she can handle ink cartridges, but aside from that, I want something for her that won’t give her any problems.
I’ve got two Cannon printers and they are both stone reliable. I have a S600 for my everyday printing (I’ve had this now for what 6 years?) and then for Christmas 05 I got a IP6700 photo / regular printer.
Both work great.
I’m a mother, not very technical, and I’ve been really pleased with the HP2410 xi photosmart all-in-one that my son bought for me a few years back. It’s very user-friendly. I learn by pushing buttons to see what happens, and so far I haven’t done any damage to it.
The trickiest thing about these printers is changing the cartridges. Well, not really “tricky”, but when you snap them into place, you might think you’re pushing too hard. I was sure I was going to break something.
If she’s going to print photo’s then I would definately get a printer with individual ink colors and then look at the cost per page. I haven’t purchased one in a couple of years but I’ve been impressed by the HP’s of late because of their layout. Everything was easy to get to.
Some of the features to consider: hinged covers that allow copying from books, wireless operation, printing on CD’s, archival quality of ink, card readers for camera memory and a visual display to allow direct printing.