Deal: Refurb Canon Pixma MX860 MX 860 Wireless Printer – $69

It’s not enough to be just a “cheap printer.”  What are the ongoing costs of operation? What about the ink cartridges?

From Techbargians:

Canon PIXMA MX860 Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer (Refurb, Wifi, Duplex, ADF) $69.99

Newegg has the Refurbished Canon PIXMA MX860 Color Inkjet Multifunction Printer/Copier/Fax/Scanner for a low $69.99 after coupon code EMCYVNN49 (Exp 7/28). $3.99 Shipping. Tax in CA, NJ, TN, PR.

9600x2400dpi; 2.5″ color LCD; card reader; USB 2.0, ethernet, 802.11b/g wireless connectivity; automatic duplex (double-sided) printing; 15-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF)

Canon MX860 inkjet printer - wireless.

This is a good deal for several reasons – this printer is loaded with features. The print head for this printer is valued at $50.00, and the cartridges that are included are worth at least $50.00 (if purchased separately) – so this printer pays you to take it home.  Good feature set, and reliable operation. We have looked at this printer, and it is *not* a good candidate for a continuous inking system – there is not much clearance, and if you do decide to go CIS, CISS, some serious surgery will be required on this printer.

Note:

The warranty on refurbished Canon inkjet printers is only 90 days.  The print head included with this printer (QY6-0073-000) will also work in the Pixma iP3600, PiXMA MP620, and Canon Pixma MX860.

Click here for Newegg Pricing. Limit 5 per customer.

Want A New MX860?

Click here for a *new* Canon MX860 is available from Amazon for $30.00 more, plus free shipping ($99.99 delivered). The *new* Canon MX860 includes a full 1-year warranty.

Cartridges Used:

The Canon MX860 uses 5 individual ink cartridges – the “larger” PGI-220 black cartridge is for text, and the CLI-221 photo black gets used only when photos are being printed.

New Canon OEM cartridges will run $14-black, and $13-colors. Compatible cartridges can be had for $3-$4, and refilling is also an option on these tiny ink cartridges.

You can take a look at the PGI-220/CLI-221 cartridges here:

http://freedomtoprint.com/2009/03/30/review-canon-cli-221-pgi-220-inks-have-shrunk/

Canon Specifications Page:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/printers_multifunction/office_all_in_one_inkjet_printers/pixma_mx860

Reviews:

http://reviews.cnet.com/multifunction-devices/canon-pixma-mx860/4505-3181_7-33529769.html

http://www.testfreaks.com/multi-functional-printers/canon-pixma-mx860/

See this printer in action:

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Epson iPrint 1.2.1 Update For iPhone OS 4

Epson iPrint 1.2.1 Update For New Apple iPhone OS 4.

This update just appeared in our app store update list  – for the new Apple iPhone OS version 4. No real enhancements.

Neat App For Photos:

If you own both a wireless Epson printer, and an iPhone – this free program from Epson is worth downloading.  Epson iPrint is a neat little application that will allow the user to print photos directly from the iPhone to one of Epson’s many wireless inkjet printers (see list below).  The software has just been updated to version 1.2.1 and is now fully compatible with Apple iPhone OS 4.

While the program is not very robust (will not print documents) it *is* free, and still worth having for that occasional “let me print you a copy” moment.

From what we can tell this is a cosmetic update only – there were some buttons missing in the old version.  No additional functionality added.

We took a look at this handy app back in January:

http://freedomtoprint.com/2010/01/02/review-epson-iprint-print-photos-directly-from-your-iphone/

The features are limited, and it’s only really for photos (no re-touching) – but since it is free and it works with many Epson printers (see list below), it is definitely worth checking out.

Click image for direct link to Epson iPrint software @  Apple iTunes App store:

Epson iPrint v1.2.1 application update available for Epson wireless inkjet printer, and iPhone owners

Supported printers:

  • Artisan 700
  • Artisan 710
  • Artisan 800
  • Artisan 810
  • Epson Stylus NX420
  • Epson Stylus NX510
  • Epson Stylus NX515
  • Workforce 310
  • Workforce 520
  • Workforce 600
  • Workforce 610
  • Workforce 615

Review: Epson iPrint – Print Photos Directly From Your iPhone

Free From Epson – Print Photos From Your iPhone:

Finally, there is an App for that.  Wireless photo printing from an iPhone to several different Epson inkjet printer models.  While you can’t print documents, eMail’s, notes, or web pages, this app is a nice start from Epson – and it’s free!  Note, your printer must be set-up for wireless printing – an Epson printer connected via USB to your computer will not work with this application.

Epson iPrint Wireless Photo Printing For Your iPhone And Epson Wireless Printer

You can download via iTunes here.

There is also a FAQ for that:

Epson iPrint App For iPhone Lets You Print Photos Directly From Your iPhone, Wireless

Click here for Epson FAQs

Epson iPrint supports the following printers with an Ethernet or WiFi connection:

Check the Epson iPrint description located at the Apple App Store for information on the latest supported printer models.

Epson iPrint iTunes Wireless Printing Application From The Apple iTunes App Application

Launching the application:

Launching the application opens the photo albums on your Apple iPhone.  No, we never delete photos, and we take a lot.

Epson iPrint iTunes Wireless Printing Application From The Apple iTunes App Application

Select a photo and print!

Simply select a photo from your images and you are presented with this screen.  Note – you can select your printer from this screen via those buttons at the bottom, or you can select it before you start printing.  Just a reminder, your wireless printer must be configured for wireless printing in order for this application to work.  It will not work for printers connected via a USB connection.

Epson iPrint iTunes Wireless Printing Application From The Apple iTunes App Application

Hit print and away you go…

You must keep the application open (active) until the print is complete – otherwise the printer will stop printing the photo and eject the paper.  Once printing has started, you will be presented with a progress bar of the actual printing.  We were impressed with the speed – pretty fast for a wireless connection (took us about 15-20 seconds to print a 4×6 photo).

Epson iPrint iTunes Wireless Printing Application From The Apple iTunes App Application

Different paper sizes supported:

You can select from several print sizes for your photo.  Paper sizes supported include 4 x 6, 5 x 7, letter (8.5 x 11) and A4.

Epson iPrint iTunes Wireless Printing Application From The Apple iTunes App Application

Orientation:

You can also select the orientation of the photo as well – landscape or portrait.  You cannot select paper type or print settings at this time.

Epson iPrint iTunes Wireless Printing Application From The Apple iTunes App Application

Selecting a printer is easy:

Epson iPrint iTunes Wireless Printing Application From The Apple iTunes App Application

Sizing the image:

The Epson iPrint wireless photo printing on your iPhone.  Let's you resize the photos to fill the page, or make it smaller.

Pinch to shrink:

Using the pinching motion, you can re-size the image if necessary.

iPrint image re-sizing complete, now simply hit print and the Epson iPrint app will send the job to the printer.

No Deal: Buy.com Lexmark X6675 Printer $85.99

Did we mention we hate Lexmark?

They hate the customer, so really there is no reason to ever purchase a Lexmark product. They have been the most litigious printer manufacturer  in the industry, and cartridges for their printers can be confusing as they also operate a return program for their cartridges:

*Non-refillable cartridge licensed for single use only. Return empty cartridge only to Lexmark for remanufacturing, refilling or recycling. A variable amount of ink remains when this cartridge must be replaced. Replacement cartridges (36XLA) sold without those terms are available through http://www.lexmark.com.

Lexmark, and Dell printers are never a good choice. Cartridge availability is limited, and they are expensive. Remanufactured cartridges are available, but Lexmark makes the cartridges hard to re-build/refill by design.  They also prefer to remanufacture their own cartridge?  Wait, I thought rebuilt and re-inked cartridges were bad?

That being said, look at this money pit of a deal:

Via http://www.dealmac.com/

Buy.com offers the Lexmark X6675 Professional All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer, which also scans, copies, and faxes, for $85.99 with free shipping. It features printing speeds of up to 25 ppm black or 18 ppm color, up to 4800×1200 dpi, and both 802.11b/g and USB
connectivity.

x6675-lexmark

Yawn.  This printer is a money pit.  Just look at all the “cartridge options”:

Lexmark-Ink-Prices

Thanks, But No Thanks:

thumbs-downConsidering that more ink cartridges will run you $41.99 for color, and $33.59 for a black cartridge?! That is $75.58 for 2 cartridges!?! I think we will pass.  If you need an all-in-one wireless printer, there are much better choices from HP, Epson, Brother, or Canon (basically anoyone else).  Please, save your sanity and your wallet by avoiding Lexmark at all costs.  A very big NO DEAL!