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on 16 October 2012
I bought this printer as I needed one quickly to print off some documents, and I just wanted a bog standard one to print off simple black and white documents with no graphics. In hindsight I think I should have shopped around a bit more to see what else is on offer.
Overall this printer has a lot of good points but also bad.
1. The paper never seems to get jammed or stuck. Maybe I have been lucky but it seems to be good at picking up one sheet at a time and not jamming. I have used both paper and labels, and the label sheets have been through a few times and gone a bit curly, but the printer still picks them up.
2. Easy to set up, I just plugged it in and off it went. Windows 7 even installed the drivers so no need to put the CD in.
3. The top of the printer has a scanner - I haven't used that so I can't comment on what it's like. But it's great for storage as you can pop things on top! I keep my spare paper and labels on there. My last printer had the feed on the top so you couldn't store anything on top of it.
1. Ink usage. Oh how I wish I looked into this before I bought it. Canon say it will do 180 pages on a regular cartridge... not on mine it won't. Maybe I print things with a lot of black, but I estimate I have printed about 200 pages and I've just finished my second cartridge. Which cost about £13 each. So that's about 13p per page. Not cheap.
2. Colour ink usage. I only print in black and white. When I noticed after printing a few pages that some of the colour ink had gone too, I realised it was using both cartridges to create the black colour, so using up even more ink! After some research, I read that changing the print settings to "greyscale" helps, but it still uses up some of the colour cartridge (in my experience it still uses about 1/4 colour to every 1 black cartridge). However, you can buy XL cartridges which claim to print 600 pages and they don't cost much more (about £16) so these are well worth investing in.
3. As others have mentioned, there is no USB cable which is not obvious when you are buying it. Luckily I still had one from my old printer, so no emergency trip to the shop was necessary.
Conclusion: A great little printer for occasional use. If you are going to do some big print runs then stock up on the old XL size cartridges. If you'll be printing several hundred pages then it's worth spending a bit more on a printer which is cheaper to run.