All in one printers

James Takac p3nndrag0n at
Sun Apr 19 03:47:36 UTC 2009

Hi NoOp

On Sunday 19 April 2009 13:26:03 NoOp wrote:
> On 04/18/2009 11:59 AM, Amedee Van Gasse (ubuntu) wrote:
> > Hash: SHA1
> >
> > Al Black schreef:
> >> Hi gang,
> >>
> >> Last week or a couple of weeks ago there was a thread about the
> >> compatibility of different printers with unbuntu along with their
> >> quality etc...
> >>
> >> Anyhow it go me thinking.  I'm looking to buy an all in one network
> >> inkjet printer over the next little bit.  Is there something people
> >> would recommend or equally good something to avoid?  (Right now, I'm not
> >> all keen on Brother.)
> >
> > According to a review I read in C't magazine, your first choice should
> > be HP, followed by Epson. Stay away from Brother and Konica Minolta
> > because they need proprietary drivers for scanning (but printing should
> > work - I have a KM printer (not AIO) and it works OK)
> I recommend staying far away from Epson; they have several issues: 1)
> when a single ink cartridge is out the printers won't work, even if the
> others are full of ink (at least on the cheaper models), 2) their ink is
> expensive, and 3) they actually have an EOL (End Of Life) 'expiration'
> policy on their printers:
> <quote>
> Epson Ink Pads Reset Utility
> If your product is displaying an end of life service message, please
> view and complete the required information below to proceed.
> Please explain the message I am getting in my printer driver that says
> parts inside my printer are reaching their end of service life.
>         Like so many other products, all Epson consumer ink jet products
> have a finite life span due to component wear during normal use. At some
> point, the product will reach a condition where either satisfactory
> print quality cannot be maintained or components have reached the end of
> their usable life. This is the normal product life cycle for highly
> mechanical devices like printers. This message is a warning that certain
> parts have reached the end of their usable life and that your printer
> will no longer work until it is serviced.
> ...
> </quote>
> Was given a nearly new epson inkjet (one of those that were included in
> a 'buy this PC & printer is included bundle), and finally figured out
> that the thing won't work if one of the ink carts is empty - even if the
> black ink is full. They seem to work on the 'sell the razor blade'
> marketing/manufacturing premise... I'll *never* buy an Epson product
> again (my opinion).

I think that was my main issue with Espon when I had one of their printers. I 
also didn't like that I couldn't reset the ink counter if I was to refill the 


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