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Jim Rossman: Consider your needs when choosing a new printer

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My mom needs a new printer.

This isn’t earth-shattering news, but she’s serious about it.

My mom’s computer evolution has been an interesting one.

A decade ago, I talked her into getting rid of an old Dell Windows PC in favor of an Apple Mac Mini. She and dad kept it for three or four years until they decided they didn’t like being tied to a desk to check their emails.

Mom was the first to move to an iPad, which she loved.

Dad was a holdout, but once Mom saw him picking up her iPad to watch YouTube videos, she told him to get his own, which he gladly did.

 

The last printer they had with their Mac was an all-in-one inkjet , which worked fine until it didn’t.

Inkjet printers produce pretty pages, but they have their issues. Mom and Dad didn’t print very much, which is very bad for an inkjet printer.

The biggest downsides of inkjet printing are the expense of replacing ink cartridges and print nozzles clogging.

Mom’s been through three inkjet printers of various brands and all of them failed when the ink in the print nozzles clogged and the output looked terrible.

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