Canon S450 is one good printer we've been getting by the handful over
If the shipper doesn't Samsonite it (ie.damage it during shipping like
some have been), then it'll spit out web pages and text documents like a
mad man - it's really fast and you'll easily get 4ppm+. (awesome!, beats
the old HP laserjet it was replacing)
Naturally, graphics and photos will slow it down to the usual multiple
minutes per page all inkjet printers do, but because it has big
individual ink tanks, you'll be able to print dozens and dozens of full
color pages and still not empty them.
I was happily suprised by the perofrmance of this $130ish printer
(www.shopper.com) due to the fast output speed and huge ink tanks.
It's not the best in photo quality output, not the most durable, not the
best in all fields, but it does a damn good job for a toss away printer
that has a 1 yr. warranty.
Other pluses? It has a photo cartridge you can put in for smoother
photo prints, and you can drop in a scanner head and turn it into a
sheet fed scanner. Ink tanks are cheaper than HP or Epsons, and
individual so if you run out of one color, you don't have to throw away
the entire all-in-one cart alal HP or Epson.
Big advantage over Epson? Replaceable nozzles means if they clog or get
damaged, you just drop in a new one. Epson heads are fixed so you have
to send the entire printer back. (HP has replaceable nozzles, but
because they're built into every tank, you have the added expense every
cartrdige even though the nozzles are good for thousands of more pages).
Big advantage over HP? Seperate ink tanks = no more wasting the other
colors when one runs out. HP = throw away the entire all-colors-in-one
cart. when one color runs dry.
USB and parallel port connections work fine out of the box, and setup is
easy and trouble-free.
We've run HPs and EPsons here as well, but for general printing, the
Canon, IMO, is the better buy because I've seen the Epson nozzles clog
(requring service), the HPs gobble up $$$ as one color runs out, and
unless you need the quieter HP or the higher quality Epson (but only if
you get their lastest 2880x720 or 6-color models), the Canon is the best
balance thus far.
(Yes, the Lexmark Z52 is about as fast, but they don't have individual
ink tanks or the scan head option; and Lexmark inkjets were know to
mis-feed paper horribly in the past.)
1) return the printer in exchange for anohter immediately if there's
anything wrong. usually, it's DOA during shipping that kills it.
2) follow the quick setup guide to the letter! do it out of order or do
anything ahead of the next and you can goof up the printer as well.
Luckily, you don't need to do it but the very first time you have it out
of the box.
3) get a steady table to put it on. the printer is so fast at text
output, the head just whizzes back and forth shooting out paper by the
handful - naturally, a weak table will rock back and forth along with
Still, it is nice to know that even if you use 2/4-up or poster
printing options in the printer control panel, the printer still chugs
out pages quickly (other printers slow down a lot if you try to do
something fancy like that).
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