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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Tim Williams, Mar 9, 2013.

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  1. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Guest

    Since the topic comes up here from time to time, I just thought I'd brag a

    I've had a Canon Pixma iP6000D for years.

    - Full color
    - Photo quality prints
    - Refillable ink cartridges (but I'm lazy, so I buy new anyway)
    - Two sided (duplex) printing (slow, but it works)
    - Allows printing with "low ink" warning, in fact, you can print until it
    says "okay, now you're screwed, change the ink all damned ready!"

    In the last two years, I haven't had much need for it, so it's been
    sitting on its table, inactive. Plugged in but turned off. Never heard
    it self-cleaning or anything, I'm quite sure it's "off-off", standby only.

    Last week I needed a document, so I turned it on. After this long, I'd
    expect it needs at least a deep clean. But for the hell of it, I printed
    a test page.

    Just a few jets were sticky, not even clogged.

    The test image was actually quite passable, just not up to my standards.
    So I gave it a single, basic cleaning. Nearly perfect test page after
    that. Good to go.

    With all the P&M people do about printers, why would they buy anything
    besides this and a laser?

    Of course, I doubt these machines are manufactured anymore, but used units
    should be as cheap as a new POS-1 printer.

  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    All this greatly depends on the climate you live in. Out here we have
    summers where it can be 100F for weeks. If you live eco-friendly and
    don't run the big fat A/C then it can be a toasty 90F in the office.
    Takes just one summer for pretty much any ink cartridge to gunk up.
    Lasers don't have that problem.
  3. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Guest

    Ah, but this is Wisconsin! Our summers aren't quite as nasty as in the
    South, but it nonetheless gets to the 80s and 90s for weeks at a time,
    with similar humidity.

    Add to that, I'm on the upper floor of an apartment with no central AC (I
    do have AC, but it's only in the bedroom... no way it's doing any good in
    the rest of this place!). Summers are sweaty here. :)s

  4. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    With high humidity the cartridges have a chance. Our summers are also
    bone-dry and that aggravates the problem. Anything that contains even
    minute amounts of moisture will have those sucked out within days. Very
    visible outside, where grass can turn yellow and then brown in a matter
    of days.

    Can be here as well, because we have a small evap cooler in the living
    room. Not much of that makes it here into the office but I have a very
    high tolerance for climate extremes. One of the reasons why my large
    laptop is one of those mil-spec deals :)
  5. gregz

    gregz Guest

    I've seen 4, got one. Still works last time I tried it. It's slower. I use
    cheap ink. It does use a lot of ink turned on. Works pretty fast on draft
    mode. I'm using a do all network printer, and I can print with iPad. I'm
    also turning it off to conserve ink.

  6. The Color stability in the printed images is very good.
    I have a print that is over a year old and still looks fantastic.
    It was from a 2025 or something like that, the refils are $80 for each
    CMYK and Black.

  7. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Isn't 11x14 a bit large for TP?
  8. mpm

    mpm Guest

    I've pretty much reached the conclusion that I will never be 100% satisfiedwith a color printer. We still have the inkjet HP something-or-other, theBrother HL-4040CN color laser (2 of those), and the previously mentioned El Cheapo Brother B/W laser. For the latter, we still haven't found the right combination of secret herbs and spices to get it to play nicely with ourcorporate LAN.

    That said, there are a couple things that might get me closer to 100%. Forinstance, if staff would quit printing in color when only a few insignificant portions of the page are actually in color - such as a logo at the top of a datasheet when everything else is B/W.

    We went around and set "black only" as the default but of course, not all programs enforce those settings (I guess they have their own defaults?) We should probably rename the printers too: color - B/W.

    Another thing: Not everything needs to be printed in the first place.

    I know I sound like the "Print Czar" or something. It's actually just a pet peeve, I guess. (And speaking of pets: maybe if we got that unicorn someone here mentioned previously as our company mascot we could DIY the blood use to make all those ink cartridges!) :)
  9. mpm

    mpm Guest

    Have you considered using softer 2-ply paper? :)

  10. Guest

    Logging printer for some kind of security system?

    Or, there are some electrodes and pumps and chemistry-set stuff in the
    bottom of the toilet, and guests get a free analysis printout a few
    seconds after they flush?

    Or maybe something like this:
    (Douglas Adams, "The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy")

    Matt Roberds
  11. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Guest

    Too much garlic and cabbage in your diet?!

  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Or teenage daughters that take daily 1/2h showers each :)
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