My Canon Pixma MX922 decided to service-code die last night (B200) followed by "Everything prints out in white" die. As it happens, I pretty much hated this printer even when it was working since 1) it apparently wanted to constantly
clean the printhead, since printing a 1 page document involved 10% actually printing the document and 90% of listening to the printer grind and shift as it did its stupid routine and 2) more than half the time I used it anything printed in black was shifted and distorted because the printhead still got dirty
and the dedicated self-cleaning process just wasted a large amount of ink.
So after a few hours trying to fix it and eventually beating it with my bony fists, I've decided fuck that piece of shit
. I already spent half the price I paid for it getting the printhead cleaned (I didn't diagnose it was a problem I could fix myself), I don't want to see it again.
That being said, I do need a home-use printer with all the same functionality: built in scanner with feeder, duplex and color print (aside from price and size, that's why I don't get a Laserjet printer), smallish size. Wifi printing would be ideal, I don't really need ethernet printing, and the quality just has to be okay (photo printing is unnecessray). My experience with the Pixma has told me I would really like
a printer than just prints
and doesn't spend five times the period cleaning itself ineffectually.
What do people like? Regardless of what I get, I'm pretty much required to get an extended warranty from Amazon (roughly $5 to $10) because not only do electronics like to crap out on me despite being obsessively careful with them, printers are notoriously unreliable in general. I'm thinking of the Brother MFC-J480DW on Amazon
, since at the very least it's better-reviewed than the Pixma I owned even if it still comes with horror stories, but I'm open to suggestions.
Also, I don't think I'll be buying Canon. Their cameras might be good, but their reputation for printers seems to suck.
EDIT: You can also recommend a Laserjet provide 1) it has duplex scanning (non negotiable) and 2) I can afford it. Good luck with that. It doesn't even need to have color printing.