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Initial post: Feb 15, 2011 12:23:38 PM PST
V. Bastawros says:
I am new to this site and I am sick of paying $25 every time I run out of ink for my Lexmark X3430. Can someone point me in the direction of a good printer that uses cheaper ink? Thanks

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 12:26:12 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 15, 2011 12:26:17 PM PST
R. Russell says:
Brother MFC series. Pick up generic ink for around $1 a cartridge.

Brother MFCJ615w All-in-One Inkjet Printer

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 12:34:29 PM PST
diasha78 says:
I also have a Brother MFC printer for a couple of years now. I use it with generic ink cartriges without any issues.

Did you try to find generic catriges for your LexmarK?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2011 12:35:26 PM PST
V. Bastawros says:
Didn't know I could, how do I search for them?

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 12:41:12 PM PST
Try Amazon..
...for a new printer..perhaps wireless...look at Kodak. Inks well priced.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2011 12:49:53 PM PST
tvaddict24-7 says:
The Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All In One Printer with 4.3" touch screen LCD has a replacement cartridge that only costs $4.99.
Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All-in-One Printer

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2011 12:52:02 PM PST

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 12:57:29 PM PST
If you live near a Costco you can get your empty ink cartridges refilled at the one hour photo desk for a very low price. Go to that department and ask someone there which cartridges they are able to refill and then research the printers that use those cartridges.

I have an HP all in one scanner, copier, printer and I love the quality and the inexpensive refills. If you can purchase a printer with separate cartridges for the various colors and refill them you will spend much less on ink.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2011 1:03:58 PM PST
VicAriel says:
If you can live with black ink only I recommend a Samsung ML series printer. It has a high volume cartridge that costs around $35 but seems to last forever. Printers went from my most hated product to one I don't think about.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 2:06:14 PM PST
Jeff Walther says:
Yes, the type of printer you want is called a laser printer. You'll pay a bit more up front, but you'll get thousands of pages from each cartridge instead of scores. And the heads will never clog because there aren't any.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 8:02:49 PM PST
Sick Daddy says:
ink price is not the thing you want, but quantity of ink for a good price. Many cartridges are cheap, but are very small.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2011 8:04:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2011 8:07:38 PM PST
Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All In One Printer with 4.3" touch screen is the best! We have two of these printers at church and they are great! The black ink is only 4.99, you can't beat that.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 3:26:30 AM PST
V. Bastawros says:
Thank you for the information. I looked up the generic ink and the Lexmark Pinnacle. I have a feeling the generic might not give me good quality and I don't want to waste anymore money then I already have (I feel like Lexmark is on my payroll and I'm a stay at home). I will start shopping for the Pinnacle. I hope I get one at a good price and not the day before they come up with a newer model either. Thanks everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 3:41:20 AM PST
wise1owl says:
A typical laser printer will give you about 5,000 pages per cartridge. A typical inject specs at 300 pages per cartridge. As VicAriel said, Samsung ML series laser printers are dependable and cheap to operate. We have three of them, including a multifunction printer/fax/copier. Another consideration is that the toner cartridges can be refilled very cheaply.

If you truly need color, but only once in a while, consider the savings with using a laser printer at home for most of your printing and doing the rare color work at someplace like Kinko's since your inject cartridges tend to dry out and plug if not used frequently.

Also, if you're still shopping for an inkjet printer, be wary of the Epson printers. Several of them have a well document problem with static build up damaging the electronics on their cartridges and rendering them useless, even when still almost full.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 4:08:23 AM PST
I had a very nice Lexmark printer, doc feed and fax included. It worked well...but it drank ink like a sailor onshore on payday. And then the printhead totally fried itself, no repair possible. I pulled an old HP out of the cupboard, got ink for it and you know, I won't buy another if it's not an HP. As to ink, I cut my regular printing down to "black draft" unless I have a reason for better quality. And it saves a lot on ink. The HP ink isn't cheap but the capacity is very good. I think I'm using less than half the ink I did with the Lexmark.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 4:38:52 AM PST
WRING says:
Throw away your Lexmark printer and invest on a secondhand HP laser printer -- the older the better. If you must use color, go with a Canon one with ink tanks, not with the (black, chunky) cartridges that look like hp's.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 5:05:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2011 5:05:48 AM PST
Yes. Buy a new printer -- Quick. Lexmark, as good as they may be, drinks ink. You would save money buying another printer. I did.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 5:10:08 AM PST
Wolf Britz says:
I prefer Laser printers. I have a Brother network laser printer (black) that I paid about a hundred for several years ago. I am on my 2nd cartridge.
I also have a hp wireless color laser that I just bought for under 200. I don't print much and these will last a long,, long time.
I had problems with ink jets because the cartridges would dry up and used excessive ink during cleaning process.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 5:33:00 AM PST
Most Walgreens have a machine in their photo lab that can refill most ink cartridges for around 10-15 dollars using the same quality ink.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 5:33:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2011 5:35:37 AM PST
Nanciejeanne says:
I have an old Canon that uses ink cartridges which cost $8.79 here (cheaper some other places.) I picked it expressly for the price of the ink. I have a freebie Lexmark one that came with my computer still in the box because the ink cost isn't worth using it. Unfortunately, the Canon models that use that cartridge are old and only available used (I think.) Maybe that is ok with you. Canon ink still seems to be on the less-expensive, though.

I also have a HP laser printer that I use for higher volume printing. The cartridges last much longer than ink jet. So the price is very reasonable if you look at it as cost-per-page. I get tons and tons from one it is so much more crisp. The machine itself is about 15 years old and still going strong. And I agree with WolfBlitz's comment that the dry toner in the laser printers doesn't dry up after months of non-use.

I also have a Dell color laser printer that is awesome. I don't print color often enough to see if the price of those 4 cartridges are worth it, but it still has the factory cartridges 3 years later. And the quality is sooooo much better than most inkjets. Some people don't like laser photos, though...they are not as forgiving as inkjet because inkjets "bleed" a little, almost softening the photos. I happen to like them very crisp.

I guess I am saying if you print a lot of b&w documents, look at a laser. If you print a ton of photos, check to see if you like color laser at a store. If you don't want to make the investment in the laser machine or don't print often, shop backwards! Go to the ink section here, sort by price, THEN look at the printers that go with the cheaper cartridges see which ones are reasonably priced and have decent enough reviews.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 5:35:15 AM PST
Have you looked into continuous ink system CISS for your printer?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2013 12:31:50 PM PDT
K. Mollohan says:
I HATE my lexmark pinnacle pro 901. Yes, the ink is cheap, but I have issues with the printhead (and have been told it's this model).
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2013 12:32:50 PM PDT
K. Mollohan says:
This printer is a waste of money. Yes, it has cheap ink, but you can't use it half the time because it says ink is out when it isn't, and there is a printhead problem with this model.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 12:32:58 PM PDT
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