Multi Function Printers

Discussion in 'Peripherals' started by destrekor, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. destrekor

    destrekor Lifer

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    Inkjet, laser - I don't know if I have a particular care one direction or the other. Being able to print photos, thus inkjet, would be a nice bonus, but it's so rare that it wouldn't even be a big deal to instead just go to a Target or a drug store.

    But overall device cost, plus overall printing cost, plus print speed - I don't demand the best in each category, but a great compromise between all of them is definitely ideal.

    Network capability: demand.

    Scan function: if it can scan photos, wonderful. I DON'T expect one to have the ability to scan film negatives, but it would be oh so nice. At the same rate, I cannot imagine one with that feature would do the negatives any justice.
    More ideal: multi-page document scanning ability.

    Duplex printing and scanning: very awesome, would love. In fact, I might just say: demand. :)

    Overall printing ability: as awesome as possible for an attractive price.


    With that said, does the following, with the deals mentioned, actually happen to match all of that?

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Epson+-+...4530&cp=1&lp=1

    It's not found on that page, but found in the ad:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Computin...DCMP=rdr103475

    $50 off (in addition to the already stated sale price), simply by bringing in "a printer" to recycle.

    Am I reading that right: I could bring in any junker of a printer, and get an instant $50 off that specific Epson printer? So, all said and done, I could have that printer for $140 before tax?

    If all that is indeed correct, is this one of those: if this is the type of thing you are looking for, you would be stupid to pass up this deal?

    PC Mag seems impressed with it's slightly-snazzier brother, the WF Pro 4540. Epson states they are essentially identical overall, but the 4540 has three paper trays, and appears to have a larger (touch) menu, whereas the 4530 looks like a smaller screen with more buttons (i.e. appears to not have touch).

    In comparison, Amazon has the 4530 for $190 as well, and the 4540 for $250.

    Are there other models I should be looking at, however, even if it means spending, say, $170 as opposed to the $140 after all the deals at Best Buy?
     
  2. flyboy84

    flyboy84 Golden Member

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    Look good to me, thanks for bringing it to my attention. Great to see a non-touchscreen device. So many models have touchscreens, but I think it's a gimmick. I think I'll pick it up today.
     
  3. destrekor

    destrekor Lifer

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    Heh, I was thinking otherwise - touchscreen on a printer, at least on a professional-style printer, seems like an awesome feature... but I wouldn't go out of my way.

    I already see how it could be a timesaver on a printer such as this one.

    Not sure if you've ever interacted with any large-platter professional copy machines/multi-function machines, but the ones I've used lately have had touch-screen controls - and they make life very easy for more advanced uses.

    Something as simple as turning two 1-side pages in the tray into one 2-sided print job requires digging through the menu using arrows and whatnot, but I imagine it may be a simply tap or two on a touch-screen model.



    With all that said, I did take advantage of that deal at BestBuy. Took a little time, and got a few confused looks but ultimately they figured it out - I took an old HP printer in, and got the Workforce Pro 4530 for $140 before tax.
    So far, I like this thing. It'll take a little time digging through the on-board menus and all the options in the driver panel, to really get a feel for what this printer is (and is not) capable of, and how well it does what it can do.
    So far, after a few tests, I've been pleased with print quality.
     
  4. her209

    her209 No Lifer

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    Wish I saw this earlier. I have an old HP Laserjet that I could trade in. Best Buy closes in 8 minutes.