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Jim Rossman: Don’t let your printer get the best of you

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I got a note from a co-worker last week telling me about a discussion she had with a friend about the travails of printing while working from home. The printers they have at home are not as good as the big ones at work, and they had both thrown away home printers that were not cooperating.

I’ve had the same problem.

No one wants to spend a lot of money on a printer, so a lot of us buy cheaper, all-in-one inkjet printers.

All of the big printer companies, including Epson, Hewlett-Packard and Canon, make all-in-ones that cost less than $200 — sometimes less than $100.

They look great, and when you unbox and set them up, they produce really nice pages.

I see trouble happening in two areas — wireless networking and print quality.

 

Oh, and I suppose I should mention the high price of replacement ink cartridges.

Many of these printers can connect to your computer in two ways — through a USB cable or through your Wi-Fi network.

Choosing Wi-Fi printing is convenient. You set up the printer to talk to your router and then you can stick it in any corner of your home. My wife and I keep our printer in the laundry room.

This is great when it works, but when you go wireless, you introduce a whole new level of issues. If your Wi-Fi is not stable, your printing will be interrupted.

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