Well, the Epson Stylus Photo 700 that we got free from a friend a couple of years ago appears to have finally given up the ghost, and it’s time to think about a new printer, so i thought i’d ask for some recommendations.
Here are the general uses and requirements:
[li]we print fairly regularly, but not every day by any means, and there are times when the printer may sit unused for up to a week.[/li][li]about 95% of the printing done in this house is standard black-on-white text documents (Word, Acrobat, etc.). The only color printing we do is some basic web images, Google Maps and stuff like that. I have a digital camera, but am not really interested in a photo-capable printer right now.[/li][li]the printer should ideally have a pretty small footprint, as my desk is a bit crowded; definitely no bigger than the current Epson.[/li][li]i think a USB interface would be good; the SCSI interface on the current printer seems to be slow and a pain in the ass (actually, are any printers even sold with SCSI nowdays?).[/li][li]acceptable levels of ink usage. I remember reading that some brands of inkjet printer are notorious for dumping shitloads of ink during the startup and head-cleaning process.[/li][li]low cost [/li][li]speed of printing isn’t too much of an issue; just about anything would be faster than the current Epson, and we’re not usually in a rush or printing huge documents anyway[/ul][/li]Based on these criteria, if anyone has any recommendations or brands to avoid, i’d love to hear it.