By Simon Williams
Reviewed: 25 Apr 2010
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price as reviewd £39.99, latest price from TR Shopping £114.50What is going on?
Stunning printer for the price.At this price point though, is it even worth changing the ink? The ink will cost around £30!!
@Martin - apologies. Glitch in the feed from Amazon meant it was indexing the wrong model. Now fixed.@Prem - a few years ago, that would've been the case. However, these days manufacturers have cottoned on to this tactic and often ship "starter" cartridges with the printers, which have less capacity than full, retail carts.Think of printers a bit like a mobile phone contract or games console purchase i.e. the true cost of the hardware is masked by the subsidising of the upfront cost in favour of making it back from consumables.
Doesnt this Loss-leader method fall down a bit if everyone buys Tesco cartridges. I'm not sure if generic cartridges pay a royalty to the printer manufacturer that they fit, perhaps someone could tell me, but I would suggest printer manufs must make at least a nominal profit on the devices themselves.
re starter cartridges. HP are very smart here in a corporate, blood-sucking way. The starter cartridges they supply have just about enough ink to print a couple of test pages, and have to be the first cartridges you use in the printer (for 'ink calibration purposes' - wtf?) and you can't use used ones from another printer. I found this out when replacing a HP printer; I already had a supply of HP cartridges and it was cheaper to find a compatible printer than to start again on a new system. I wanted to finish off the barely used cartridges from my old broken HP printer in my new HP printer.No chance... On the phone HP support told me this was to ensure I had the best ever, high quality, life affirming, amazing printing experience ever. I won't write down what my reply was to that, except to say that the call finished soon after and I wasn't invited to take part in a customer satisfaction survey.
My printer is a Canon Pixus MP270. It has a built in scanner which we have useda dozen times in the 2 years we have owned it. It had been working well untilrecently we got a P2 error code which means the scanner unit needs to bereplaced. My wife talked to the Canon tech support but they said we would haveto send it into their company for repair to replace the scanner unit for about$80. I could care less if the scanner ever worked again. I just want to use theprinter but as long as the scanner is out, there is the error code. After someresearch, I found out off the Internet that if you reset the printer using thisprocedure, that there would be a chance the printer would work: 1. Turn off printer.2. retaining buttonStop/Reset (red triangle in the circle) press button POWER - indicator it willlight up with green color.
3. let go button Stop/Reset, continuing tohold POWER.
4. press button Stop/Reset 2 times, whileholding POWER button, after which you will let go all buttons.
5. when indicator is lit BY Solid GREEN -press Stop/Reset 4 times! (this is the key)
6.turn off printer by POWER button, thenturn on.
7. You should be set. If it didn't work,try it again, slowly. It WILL work.
I also hit the TOOL Button to put the paperselection to "1".
The result of doing all this, after alsoreinstalling the driver, pulling out the power cord for over a minute andcleaning the scanner glass, is that I was able to get the error code off andthe green light to stay on steady with a reading of "A" but when Itried to print a file, the computer said the printer was OFFLINE. I havetried all of this dozens of times, reinstalling the drivers and what not .. butthe end is always there .. printer is offline. I think it is possible that whenthe error code condition like this one occurs (REPLACE SCANNER UNIT), that theLOGIC UNIT locks in and keeps the printer OFFLINE so it cannot do anything andthus will force the owner to either buy a new printer or get it serviced.
Doesanyone have any suggestion at all? Much appreciation if you can.
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