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Last Post 16 Feb 2011 01:10 AM by BkkSteve. 4 Replies.
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12 Feb 2011 01:00 AM  
Hi Steve I am going to purchase a new printer and would like your recommendation on type and model. My last printer was a HP C5180 but frankly I was a little disappointed on build quality and software interface. Do I go laser or inkjet, HP again, Canon or something else? My needs are fairly basic but I have some firm requirements. I need to be able to print the occasional photo on demand (but rarely use this functionality), need scanning capability but not fax and primarily print my work documents in black and white. I want wi fi functionality, being able to put a USB directly into the printer would be handy, must be able to print both sides automatically (without manual flip over), size is not an issue, nor is cost per page (as I am not a heavy user), but quality is important and I have set my budget at up to US$400- Do you have any recommendations? Thanks Peter
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12 Feb 2011 03:17 AM  
Hello Peter - I've been using the Epson Workforce AIO printers will good results for about 3 years now and have installed them on the systems of others, all with great results.  I wrote this review a while back on mine:   http://www.bangkokimages.com/Articles/Equipment/entryid/318/Epson-600-Workforce-All-in-One-Printer-Fax-Scanner.aspx  I think it was about 9000 baht locally at the time, but I'm sure it's been replaced with newer models by now.  It fills all your requirements except for the duplex feeder.. but the newer models have them.  The new model with duplex printing is the Workforce 635.  $129 on Amazon..  I place mine by the router and plug it in via a LAN cable, but it also has WIFI connectivity..   http://www.amazon.com/Epson-WorkForce-Color-Inkjet-C11CA69201/dp/B003XDU8PI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297502141&sr=8-1
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12 Feb 2011 03:19 AM  
Btw - Epson AIO's make pretty decent prints for your images and take all the popular Epson papers which are well supported in LR and Photoshop. You can also get their "high capacity" inks which last 2-3x longer than the standard inks that come with them.
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15 Feb 2011 10:40 PM  
Thanks for the very quick response Steve. So I read your mail opened the link to the review you wrote , picked an Epsom AIO model and went to Pantip armed with the model number. When I got there I couldn't find the same model (or something I felt was close - one of my requirements was it needed to be reasonably compact) in any of the stores, and not wanting to have to return for a second trip I started looking at both Epsom and Canon models which just happened to be side by side. The Thai salesperson spoke excellent english which was helpful in understanding specs and end outcome was I came away with a Canon AIO Pixma MG6170. It doesn't have a fax but I didn't need fax. Specs = print resolution 9,600 x 2,400 - 6 color cartridges - Auto duplex printing - wi fi connectivity - quick start 6 sec. It took approx 45 minutes to set up but I didn't encounter any problems and it was all very straight forward. Functionality is intuitive and easy to follow on the LED screen. I don't think it has the fastest print speed available at 12.5ipm but thats OK as the flip side is quality is excellent. Overall I am very happy with the outcome . Appreciate your help. Peter
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16 Feb 2011 01:10 AM  
I'm glad you found something you're happy with. It would be nitpicking to say one is better than the other as they're both so close to performing identical tasks.

Now.. if we were making actual prints I would feel differently.. ;o)
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