That really depends on what the printer is used for.
People seem to think most colour printing is of photographs but for me at least that isn't the case at all.
If I had to go out every time I wanted something printed in colour I would go nuts.
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Sorry to be so blunt but I really don't care or give a darn what YOUR printing requirements or wishes are, and I was replying to the OP for the facts they presented and provided a constructive suggestion for the occasional color print option — a method that many local Mac users have switched to.
... I have gome with an Epson Workforce 610 for places where I need fax capability.
I get ink from a place in BC where the compatible cartridges are just a bit over a dollar each, so the cost of ink has become a non-issue.
Would you be willing to share the name of your ink source for the Epson Workforce 610?
I bought an HP all in one a year ago, my first laser. I think it's great. It was simple to install, there were no issues at all, it just worked right out of the box. I use it a fair bit and it has the half full toner carts that come with new printers a lot of the time. They are nowhere near getting low. I think it's a great printer and I'd buy another one.
I think Lexmark is junk, hubby has an all in one, it works, and it was free from freecycle, which is about all it's worth. Daughter had a Brother and it was junk.
I wouldn't recommend a canon all in one. Mine doesn't support scanning on osx.
I have a brother mfc-795 and it works great but it is a collie inkjet. $20 per cartridge.
What canon printer do you have that does not support scanning on OSX?
My Canon MX320 printer can scan under Snow Leapord with a good peripheral cable. The reason I say that is because scanning never used to work with my iMac, until I tried another cable, which then afterwards worked. So I realized that buying a peripheral cable from a cheap Computer store is going to cut it...