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Printer Recommendations


I am looking for professional recommendations for a printer that has the ability to Print, Scan, and Copy. Also it must be able to print 11x17 and used as a local USB printer. I appreciate any direction or experience you may have.
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
What you're looking for is an MFD - Multifunction Device.


Under the Specs - it meets all requirements.

You can try other brands but HP / Canon / Epson are the major players and within budget.
What's yer budget?
Is speed a concern?

Ink jet?

Laser is much more reliable and cheaper over the long haul.
Ink jet is a commodity that changes constantly and is akin to the razor/razor blade paradigm of marketing (cheap razor ,expensive consumables).

Inkjets are throwaway items,lasers tend to last many years.

From past experience ,stay away from HP inkjets,
Horrible QA and support.
Without knowing how many pages you print per week, and if you need to print in color or just black and white, it is really hard to make a suggestion. You will get as many suggestions as there are people who volunteer to answer your question. If you say it has to be a usb printers most printers sold today have at least usb capability, some have both network and usb and some are wireless and usb.  Since you are connecting via usb I assume there will only be one computer connected to the printer. Unless you are always disconnecting the usb cable and connecting a second pc or laptop. If you plan to print photographs on glossy paper then you are looking at buying a inkjet printer. If you wanted to go the route that is the cheapest per page then you will be looking at a laserjet printer, The inkjet printer may cost less but you have to keep buying new inkjet cartridges. If you rarely print, a inkjet printer may not be the best route to go as the ink cardridges may dry out before you have a chance to use up the ink. If you want to print color and choose a laser printer you have to consider the fact that the toners are expensive and you would have to buy four different color toners, and usually even if you are printing a page that is all black writing you will be using a bit of each of the colors.  Unless you choose print black only.
As you need USB i/f, I assume you're looking for an inkjet printer. In that case have a look a Brother.

Laser Tabloid MFDs are called photocopiers. In most cases you don't buy one, you rent it by the month, with a fixed cost per page. If you don't print much, you may still be billed for a minimum number of pages. There are many other forms of contract. If you're looking to buy, consider that they are *expensive*. Toner cartridges also cost a small fortune, but will last for heaps of pages, so the actual cost per page is quite low.

Apart from that, please read the posts by pgm554 and web_tracker.
JRome225Author Commented:
Pointed me in the right direction.
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