Funny, isn’t it, how easy it is to get into a rut over the silliest things. For years I have been a great advocate for Epson printers, and have owned them exclusively since my first computer. I have always been reassured by their quality, their resillience, their affordability. Yet, on closer inspection, it would seem these qualities are somewhat unfounded, despite my years of experience with their products.
My first Epson printer was second hand, boxy, slow, and not brilliant quality. That was eventually replaced with a new, more compact model, which served me well for several years until it decided it wanted to retire – without warning or explanation it stopped working, and after much Googling I discovered that cause was an internal counter that had reached its maximum, and the only solution was to send it to an Espon dealer for them to reset it. The cost of sending it to them outweighed the cost of a new printer, so that printer just got stuffed in a box and forgotten. The replacement was slightly bigger, slightly more expensive, and lasted half as long; it’s developed a problem with one of the print heads, whereby the cyan comes out in no particular pattern and ruins every printout that uses colour. I’ve tried cleaning the heads, and got through almost half a cartridge of ink with not a sign of improvement. Since the heads themselves can’t be replaced, that printer has also been taken offline now.
So, the decision has been made that Epson are no longer serving me as well as they used to, and it’s time to move on to a new provider. A visit to the eBuyer web site yielded a promising result, which I duly snapped up – a Canon PIXMA MP210. Not only does this print, but it also has a built-in scanner, making it one of those clever all-in-one solutions that shops like to sell to small offices and individuals who think it’s going to revolutionise their life in one fell swoop. I’m under no such delusions. I know what I want, and I know what I’m going to use it for. If I’m honest I probably won’t use the scanner part very often at all, but given that it’s no more expensive than a normal printer I couldn’t resist. And it’ll work with my Mac, which is more than can be said for the cheapy-cheap-cheap scanner I bought a while back which needs to be used with my PC. And of course the MP210 will work as a standalone copier too, which may come in handy once in a while.
So, that’s a new printer-scanner-copier in the post, due to arrive “within 5 working days”. I’ll let you know how I get on with it. Hopefully it’ll last a bit longer than my Epson printer did…