r/meirl Sep 25 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 1 Take My Energy 1 Faith In Humanity Restored 1 Argentium 1

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u/unlicensed_orifice Sep 25 '22

Get one of those 90s printers that sound like a tractor trying to start, prints tiny dots and uses an ink ribbon. You can literally stuff a shirt into those and it'll print on it. It won't do a good job but it also won't complain. Got like 3 wires in the whole machine, there's nothing to break.

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u/Liquid_machine81 Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

You're referring to a dot matrix printer. My father had one. The horrible screeching noises it made and then when done you had to tear the ends off with the holes that fed the paper through. I believe it was made by Everex.

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u/Binormus__ Sep 25 '22

Dot matrix for lyfe

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u/Liquid_machine81 Sep 25 '22

I still can hear the sound in my head.

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u/Swords_and_Words Sep 25 '22

Can we get an asmr of tearing the dots off the side of the paper

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u/TherronKeen Sep 25 '22

Shit I'd play a loop of that godforsaken machine racket made during the actual printing.

brb while I go search YouTube for "bZZZZZZZEEEEEEEET ZEETZEEEEEEEET zt zt ZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET 10 Hours"

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u/gnb604 Sep 25 '22

And you can print wicked banners with Brøderbund The Print Shop

I’m so old

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u/Gongaloon Sep 25 '22

Dude yes! Broderbund programs were the chiz back in the day!

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u/crylon Sep 25 '22

I was so proud of my little greeting cards

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u/non_sequitur_MKE Sep 25 '22

oh fuck

core memory unlocked

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u/MrA1Sauce Sep 25 '22

After that time to play some Day of the tentacle.

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u/nanofarm Sep 25 '22

Black and white laser printer. Going on 12 years of wireless printing with zero issues.

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u/Klutzy-Condition811 Sep 25 '22

Same tbh. For text, can't go wrong with a good laser printer, not that they're not without their issues. Still better than any inkjet printer i've ever owned for documents tho, and a lot cheaper in the long run too.

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u/Bakoro Sep 25 '22

For text, can't go wrong with a good laser printer

For anything short of photos meant for display.

An inkjet will get a broader range of more vibrant colors, but a quality color laser printer can do a fantastic job at color images like graphs and similar things for many business purposes where having the most vivid image is not a concern.

I had someone make a laser printed copy of a document with my signature on it, written in blue pen; I couldn't tell the original from the copy without feeling the impression the pen left. The gradient of the pen and everything was perfect, and even looked like it had a physical pen impression.

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u/the_real_c40z Sep 25 '22 Silver

Look at the coloring, the subtle off-blue thickness of it. Oh my god, it even has a gradient.

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u/Haan_Solo Sep 25 '22

Now let's see/u/the_real_c40z 's signature...

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u/DrDrago-4 Sep 25 '22

Yeah, but don't I practically have to make half a rent payment each time I need to replace both black + color toner carts?

do they really just last you that long? is there a way to get it cheaper than I see?

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u/Bakoro Sep 25 '22

Inkjet ink is expensive as fuck, you get a small amount, and the cartridges quickly destroy themselves.

OEM Toner might cost a little more up front, but can last a normal person years. No joke, about $150 for third party CMYK toner replacements can get you ~9000 pages. That's less than 2 cents per page.
Refill kits are even cheaper, if you don't mind spending the time and the possible mess.

If you're printing enough to empty color toner cartridges in a year, you're likely using it to make money somehow, in which case it's by far the most cost-effective option.

Color Laser is always the right choice if you don't need vivid color photographs. I honestly can't think of a single reason to go with inkjet unless you desperately need to print something, only have $46, and FedEx-Kinko's is closed, so you buy a throwaway piece of garbage.

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u/production-values Sep 25 '22

Brother?

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u/RespectableLurker555 Sep 25 '22

Where do I find Hermano

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u/ughwegetit Sep 25 '22

Annyong

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u/brando56894 Sep 25 '22

We know that's your name!

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u/Whats-Up_Bitches Sep 25 '22

No, I am mi, and he is yu

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u/redRabbitRumrunner Sep 25 '22

Coo-coo-ca-choo

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u/No-Dirt-4273 Sep 25 '22

Is this some sort of walrus situation?

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u/cancutgunswithmind Sep 25 '22

sounds like somebody whose name you think is Tio is about to get his ass kicked

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u/automatton Sep 25 '22

You're a good guy, mon frere. That means “brother” in French. I don't know why I know that, I took four years of Spanish!

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u/DurdenVsDarkoVsDevon Sep 25 '22

Yup.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

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u/splepage Sep 25 '22

Got myself a Brother (HLL2390DW) and the only thing needed is to install the driver on the devices you want to be able to print from, and register it on their website for warranty (opt out of all their emails).

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u/SalmonNgiri Sep 25 '22

Honestly it’s so seamless I’ve never noticed it. You install the driver once when you get it and then you’re good to go.

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u/BioshockEnthusiast Sep 25 '22

We have brother printers deployed to multiple clients, their software and web interface are solid.

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u/cyanocittaetprocyon Sep 25 '22

I ain't your brother, dude!

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u/Praesentius Sep 25 '22

I ain't your dude, chum!

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u/Jkbucks Sep 25 '22

Hell yeah brother. Cheers from Iraq.

(Mines actually a Samsung)

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u/JeanValJohnFranco Sep 25 '22

Bought one the first month of the pandemic and haven’t had an issue since.

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u/bassistgorilla Sep 25 '22

may i have some lööps

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u/An_person222 Sep 25 '22

Yep, got the cheapest black and white laser printer at the store 10 years ago. Still working fine. Works every time.

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u/EdricStorm Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

Ink's cheaper, setup is easier. All around better than inkjets. Only downside is that color ones are expensive and hard to find. I managed to get my hands on an MSRP priced Brother color multi-function with fax (because I hate when places ask you to fax like wtf it's 2022) but it wasn't cheap. Super happy with it though

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u/aFerens Sep 25 '22

I have to deal with faxing so often due to medical issues that I'm this >< close to getting a printer/fax. WTF, people. This isn't 1993.

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u/EdricStorm Sep 25 '22

I've already used it a few times. It's nice to know that I won't have to scramble to figure out how to fax something.

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u/jabermaan Sep 25 '22

FYI at our business our voip provider has scan to fax service. Just upload pdf online. I’m sure there’s many available

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u/splepage Sep 25 '22

I've dealt with this, and I just laugh in their faces. When they tell me they were serious, I ask for an alternative (usually photo or scan, then email). Never been denied an alternative so far.

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u/st3adyfreddy Sep 25 '22

How's the ink availability?

Genuine question, I'm not trying to be snarky or anything, I've always just wondered if companies eventually discontinue the ink or something

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u/Alpha_Decay_ Sep 25 '22

I have a color laser printer made by Brother. Amazon sells off brand toner replacements for a pretty reasonable price. I assume that's a good thing for availability, since Brother can't unilaterally discontinue that toner and force me to buy a new printer.

One random thing I'll add is that the printer lets you "reset" the toner cartridges. They'll say they're empty after a certain number of pages, but then you can reset it and keep using it until the color begins to fade, or for even longer after that if fading color isn't a big deal.

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u/MisterDonkey Sep 25 '22

I've been "out" of toner all year.

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u/octokit Sep 25 '22

I work in IT and can assure you that laser printers are still a major PITA. Can't believe we don't have a better solution in 2022.

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u/realbonito23 Sep 25 '22

I work in IT, too.

Honestly, modern laser printers are fairly bullet-proof, when it comes to basic printing.

Where it gets crazy is with the multi-function devices. Especially the serious printer/copier/scanners from the likes of Canon and Xerox. They print fine. But it's all the *other stuff* they do that gets nuts.

And, of course, all the other stuff they do is generally not well-understood by most of the people in the office, so even when it works, they think it's broken because it doesn't work like they *wish* it worked.

I will second the recommendation for cheap Brother lasers, though. They run forever. But...how much do most people print these days? I haven't had a printer at home for 8 years. And I've only needed to print stuff *maybe* 3 times in those 8 years.

Paper isn't quite dead, but it's closer than it's ever been. You probably don't need to print that thing that you think you need to print.

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u/sergei1980 Sep 25 '22

The problem is software. It's shit. Programmers are so expensive that spending extra making software non shit is very rare.

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u/wheres_my_ballot Sep 25 '22

I have a HP Laserjet. The printer hardware is great. No issues, running on 3 years now with the partial full toner cartridges that came with it, with weekly use.

But the software... fuck, no HP, I do not want to send all of my fucking print jobs through your servers via my online account, back to the printer that is in the same room as my computer, ffs.

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u/AnarZak Sep 25 '22

what i love about HP is the way they actively hide privacy settings in the fine print of the installation process. they look like paragraph headings, but they’re links to the real settings.

and one of them asks if you want to go online to register after installation. obviously no, but if you choose “no” it goes online & kicks up the register online page, with no way of closing that pop over page without using the task manager.

so they ignored that setting, how many other privacy settings did they ignore?

fuck you HP

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u/godtering Sep 25 '22

HP connects to the Internet to update his software so it can say your brandless ink is no longer compatible.

HP is evil.

Also it has TMR2.0 on my windows that on bios refuses to install Linux on it. Avoid HP.

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u/spilk Sep 25 '22

many of these don't even use lasers anymore, they have LEDs instead

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u/NanatsuDIO Sep 25 '22

this, ink is for the rich, i'm fine with BW

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u/Pandagineer Sep 25 '22

And it doesn’t use up colored ink when printing black/white.

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u/Exodus5000 Sep 25 '22

Your printer uses hard to see colored ink to imprint a unique dot pattern on every page it prints so that if needed law enforcement can positively identify when and where it was printed.

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u/A_very_meriman Sep 25 '22

Not that I doubt you, but I'd love to see a source on this.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

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u/A_very_meriman Sep 25 '22

Of course I doubt it, but people don't like it when you say that. Thank you for the information

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u/Walican132 Sep 25 '22

I’m thinking he needs a new printer.

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u/SuperSMT Sep 25 '22

Just no HP

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u/tenemu Sep 25 '22

HP printers are so bad.

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u/Yeti-420-69 Sep 25 '22

HP everything is bad

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u/s_s Sep 25 '22

Hurts Plenty

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u/YoLet5Chat Sep 25 '22

My HP prebuilt PC is okay :(

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u/Yeti-420-69 Sep 25 '22

I'm glad you're enjoying it. They become awful as soon as you need to replace something like a power supply

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u/TheDaneH3 Sep 25 '22

Really? I've worked on a a decent few HP Desktops and they seem to be pretty easy to work on. Though I suppose this is mostly 2015 - 2019 era models. Maybe things have gotten worse?

I know Dell is truly the worst, though - proprietary connectors and all.

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u/Waterkippie Sep 25 '22

DELL makes extremely reliable servers though. Had over a hundred of them and some are still going fine after 14 years of 24/7 use in a datacenter.

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u/brando56894 Sep 25 '22

As someone said above, it's not the printers themselves that are bad, but the software.

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u/Angelic_Shrimp Sep 25 '22

Just in general HP products tbh. My dads IT team once had ordered HP laptops for everyone( all employees have laptops provided by company) for 1 batch ( they used Dell till then) and boy oh boy the random crashes power issues. Crap customer support my dad said

Got Dell for my college and working great sofar!

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u/email_or_no_email Sep 25 '22

My HP laptop fell and broke so I'm blaming HP because I don't wanna blame myself.

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u/SaturnMournings Sep 25 '22

What’s wrong with HP? I got one for myself as a birthday gift a month ago because it was amazons recommended choice and it’s worked great sonfar

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u/SuperSMT Sep 25 '22

A lot of people have all kinds of tech issues with HP stuff. I personally haven't (with the one hp printer I've ever owned - overpriced but worked well enough), but the worst with them is the predatory ink pricing and pushing their subscription services on you

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u/tapodhar1991 Sep 25 '22

Which printer company doesn't have predatory ink pricing?

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u/Irlandes-de-la-Costa Sep 25 '22

We hate them all. But calling out names is better

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u/Iinventedhamburgers Sep 25 '22 edited Oct 24 '22

Notoriously low quality and cheaply made products. BTW, Amazon's recommendation are often not the best choice. I also frequently find cheaper prices on Amazon than Amazon's recommendations for the exact same products if I do a search.

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u/production-values Sep 25 '22 Starry

Brother

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u/yourenotserious Sep 25 '22

After years of HP I got a Brother. And it prints. It just wants to print. It’s ready to print at 3am. It never says no.

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u/pala_ Sep 25 '22 Gold Wholesome

I think you actually got a step-brother.

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u/ottersaredopebro Sep 25 '22

The paper is always getting stuck.

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u/Waterkippie Sep 25 '22

Had them all, canon, hp, epson, you name it.

Now got a brother (laser bw and a multi color ink machine) and no they are not flawless i have had a few minor issues here and there but overall they definitely are the best.

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u/joseville1001 Sep 25 '22

This guy prints

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u/rOnce_Gaming Sep 25 '22

Yuep especially the laser black and white printers. Yeah no colors but it never breaks. The ink is pretty cheap and prints a lot. Also it prints super fast.

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u/GoodOldSlippinJimmy Sep 25 '22

Those things are good damn workhorses. Some college kids sold me hers for $20 because it kept not printing a thin line down the page. I opened it up and it had like a plastic slide that I thought might be too clean the printer head. Yup. Fixed. No further issues.

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u/umotex12 Sep 25 '22

If there is only one company everyone can recommend and others cant get their shit together the situation is bad

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u/Philboyd_Studge Sep 25 '22

PC Load Letter? What the fuck does that mean?

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u/ordinaryuninformed Sep 25 '22

But that cathartic scene where they destroy the printer is like, a little dream

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u/QueefyMcQueefFace Sep 25 '22

Gangsta rap starts playing in the background

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u/Turkleton-MD Sep 25 '22

Die muthafucka! Die muthafucka! Die muthafucka Die!

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u/TommyFrerking Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

WHY does it say paper jam? There is no paper jam! I swear to God! One of these days I, I, I, just kick this piece of shit out the window!

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u/Harold-The-Barrel Sep 25 '22

Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays

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u/WrathfulVengeance13 Sep 25 '22

Beleive you get your ass kicked for sayin somethin like that.

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u/Common-Adhesiveness6 Sep 25 '22

Now... How often well you use it

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u/JacksonBillyMcBob Sep 25 '22

Every day.

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u/AbsolutelyUnlikely Sep 25 '22

You know you can just masturbate to it while it's on your monitor, right?

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u/Nightmaru Sep 25 '22

Lemme see that ink ribbon.

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u/Pucker_Button Sep 25 '22

Fucking love ProZD

Talented voice actor

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u/Hungry-Big-2107 Sep 25 '22

His skits are hilarious too.

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u/Chase_The_Breeze Sep 25 '22

ProZD: Does voice over of his fridge hitting on him while he wears a wig

Me: Yes, perfect. 10 out of 10. No notes.

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u/CaptBranBran Sep 25 '22

I think they got... the point!

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u/Honeybadger2198 Sep 25 '22

I think that enemy got... the point!

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u/Daramangarasu Sep 25 '22

I think that enemy saw... my hat!

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u/cybercobra Sep 25 '22

Ooo, you pulled SSR Archibald?!

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u/Nirdy_Birdy_706 Sep 25 '22

I think they got... the point!

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u/kurburux Sep 25 '22

Nice one, Archibald!

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u/Jango1113 Sep 25 '22

“Hi and welcome to Chairem Anime”

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u/Spanky_McJiggles Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

Whoa whoa whoa whoa. He also wears a fake mustache that's halfway hanging off his face.

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u/Chase_The_Breeze Sep 25 '22

THAT'S HIM!? I thought he had a rougishly handsome twin brother!

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u/RedTiger013 Sep 25 '22

"you'll never save Prince horace, I, King dragon, will strike you down, "Dennis..."

HeHa that's me

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u/DimlyLitMind Sep 25 '22

The funny voice he does always gets me 🤣

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u/D3dshotCalamity Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

Well, two can play at that game...

...three can play at that game...

...four can play at that game...

...five can play at that game...

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u/TheKombiZombi Sep 25 '22

"This world is imperfect. If only I could wipe away all the impurities..."

"Is... anyone else hearing this?"

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u/Sherlockian12 Sep 25 '22

"Ha Ha Ha.. Yes it was I, my machinations laid undetected for years for I am a master of deception"

staring intensifies

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u/EazyParise Sep 25 '22

YOU'LL NEVER FUCKING SAVE PRINCE HORACE

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u/ebobbumman Sep 25 '22

My sword has a gun on it.

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u/blamb211 Sep 25 '22

Alright, Bradicus!

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u/ebobbumman Sep 25 '22

And, I'm very cool.

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u/CloakedBandit Sep 25 '22

Was just rewatching Anime Crimes Division, he deserves another series like that. His skits are so good too, love that guy.

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u/Ehrenburger Sep 25 '22

Oh you mean son wand?

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u/razerzej Sep 25 '22

Heh; I didn't even notice it was him until this comment.

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u/MoffKalast Sep 25 '22

FOR HE IS A MASTER OF DECEPTION

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u/cRaziMan Sep 25 '22

Sang Win

Soon Woon

Some One

Sing Song

....do you have an English name?

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u/sleepinginthebushes_ Sep 25 '22

I was just introduced to him on Make Some Noise last night. Holy shit, the sounds that come out of that man's body are insane. He is a natural wizard.

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u/Panthera2k1 Sep 25 '22

He’s so talented I love him

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u/Best-Ad-4607 Sep 25 '22

Kind of like wiper blades in the desert. When you finally need them just head on up to the auto parts store.

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u/CranberryJuice47 Sep 25 '22

Stop buying ink jet printers if you're gonna use it once every few months. Problem solved.

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u/aliie_627 Sep 25 '22

Until this thread I didn't realize there was another option for black and white printers that's affordable for a home printer. Did not realize a home use one could be bought for under 100.

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u/brando56894 Sep 25 '22

Yup, most people don't consider it since we've all been using inkjet printers for decades.

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u/specialdocc Sep 25 '22

I've got a colour printer for less than 50€. I wouldn't recommend buying it, because it sometimes doesn't work for weeks at a time, but there are cheap ones that can print colour.

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u/cRaziMan Sep 25 '22

Stop buying ink jet printers if you're gonna use it once every few months. Problem solved.

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u/charcuterDude Sep 25 '22

I used to work in IT Support. Printers and copiers are what convinced me to go back to school and become a software engineer. For those of you reading this, yes it's that bad.

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u/xfireslidex Sep 25 '22

My Brother in Christ.

My Brother.

Brother.

Get a Brother.

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u/Hobo124 Sep 25 '22

Cheap ink, good customer service, software that doesn't implode and completely reinvent itself every two years. Worked at Staples for years and always recommended Brothers over anything else.

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u/Zardif Sep 25 '22

They made printer ink have drm, while it is easily foiled it still exists.

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u/DurdenVsDarkoVsDevon Sep 25 '22

My Brother printer supposedly has DRM for the toner, but the DRM doesn't work. You can put in any toner you want.

Shit just works. I recommend.

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u/i_sigh_less Sep 25 '22

I once had a boss who decided to replace our brother printers with HPs. He mismanaged his company into oblivion years ago, but the brother printer I stole out of the dumpster is still going strong.

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u/duckonar0ll Sep 25 '22

i see he chose the printer that reflected his personality

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u/Gs305 Sep 25 '22

LASER

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u/Zardif Sep 25 '22

Fine, the toner cartridge has drm.

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u/Gs305 Sep 25 '22

Oops, I misread. I meant GET the laser since it’s so effortless. I swore off ink long ago

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u/acid_rain_man Sep 25 '22

I have a Brother inkjet printer that I have used for years. I swear that it has never jammed once!

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u/BigFinn Sep 25 '22

We got a color laser printer from them. So worth it holy shit.

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u/Occulense Sep 25 '22

laser printer

This is the key. This.

Inkjet printers don’t work well because they’re expensive and people need/want cheap ones.

For everyone who wants a home printer, buy a laser printer in black and white. Go to a print shop for color. I very, very rarely need color printing for anything at home

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u/Volatile-Bait Sep 25 '22

Terrible advice. I have a brother and mine convinced me to put my foot in the toilet when I was 3.

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u/rwhite2366 Sep 25 '22

Not only this, but opt to upgrade to a low tier business office printer. The low hanging fruit for these printer companies are the consumers going for the cheapest printer, and they engineer planned obsolescence into these cheap models. However they don’t want to lose business clients. I have a brother office printer that has never given me problems over years

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u/KateOTomato Sep 25 '22

I ditched my Epson inkjet recently. I was eating through ink doing head cleanings and nozzle checks because the damn thing wouldn't print without streaking. I finally said fuck it and ordered a simple B&W dual printing Brother laserjet. I've never been happier with a printer. It's so damn fast and prints so clean (and double-sided!). I even love how the pages come out warm. Makes me feel all fuzzy inside.

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u/Sensz5205 Sep 25 '22

Hi sisters , James Charles

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u/misfitx Sep 25 '22

It keeps forgetting my wifi password but that's honestly my biggest complaint. It's super annoying though.

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u/Biscotcho_Gaming Sep 25 '22

King Dragon sends his regards

... and printer ideas.

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u/wkmmkw Sep 25 '22

Problem is it is a multi-billion idea to NOT do that...

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u/NlTROFlSH Sep 25 '22

Agreed. It would also cut 33% of all corporate IT positions. Symptoms, never cause.

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u/production-values Sep 25 '22

Brother. only great brand

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u/VertigoOne1 Sep 25 '22

Printing from phones fine? Apple and android? My canon printer works fine from pc, mac, android but from apple it doesn’t always print the pictures, but the text still comes out.

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u/Odd-Dust3060 Sep 25 '22

That would be the HP laser jet p1020. Mine is 7 years old 1 cartridge. Used them for work and never had a single issue and at the time if they did you just threw em in the garbage cuz they were cheap

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

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u/Rando-anon-814 Sep 25 '22

Brother laser printer

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u/munive Sep 25 '22

I hate printers

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u/beekeeper727 Sep 25 '22

Brother, my brother.

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u/oldnyoung Sep 25 '22

My Brother laser fits this bill, and I've fucking hated printers all throughout my 20 year IT career thus far.

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u/Im_A_Model Sep 25 '22

Me: Come on print you pos, I need you to work now!

Printer: Yeah nah. How about a complete test run at 2 AM though?

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u/xssmontgox Sep 25 '22

I own the cheapest Canon printer and for the last 6 years I’ve never once had any issues with printing

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u/Spectre-907 Sep 25 '22

Never had an issue with this old inkjet until it completely gave up the ghost. By contrast, every single wireless/wifi enabled printer I have bought since then have required no less than 3 reconfigurings due to them just fucking deciding one day that its just not going to work anymore unless it’s factory reset and reinstalled. Or they require some shitty app that was coded by a someone as on the ball as a dead fucking seal.

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u/wander-lux Sep 25 '22

While we’re at it, can we please make the black and colored ink not so codependent with each other? Like, black ink, you can in fact survive if color is low.

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u/ankona89 Sep 25 '22

Fuck HP and their "gotta be connected to the internet and subscribe to ink monitoring or your shit wont work" system.

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u/gregorius67 Sep 25 '22

The year is 1993. Somewhere, someone is manufacturing my HP Laserjet 4 Plus.

A few years later, the max amount of ram <34 megabittles> is installed. I got it free, because no one used 4 meg 32 pin simms anymore. 10 years later it is replaced by an HP 4250. It dies 8 years later. I give no shits.

The year is 2018 and I develop a need for a printer. Out of the crawl space is dragged a yellowed, dusty lump of laser goodness, and a $20 eBay drum/toner is ordered. I clean the gook out of the power supply, wipe the thing off.....and *clunk* the switch.

05 SELF TEST

02 WARMING UP

WHIRRRRRRR...

00 READY.

Page Count: 334591

Firmware Datecode: 19931201

It still prints.. perfectly after it cleaned up.

It's still right there *points at big white cube next to the desk*.

Approaching 30 years.

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u/Yeti-Rampage Sep 25 '22

And no restrictions on the kind and amount of ink you put in.

No more: “Don’t have enough magenta ink? Sorry can’t let you use the black ink for a normal damn page of text, better go buy $200 of our propitiatory DRM-protected cartridges!”

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u/wallypinklestinky Sep 25 '22

I use my printer at work hundreds of times a month I've never understood what shit printers people are buying

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u/rulerdude Sep 25 '22

It’s not so much the hardware of the printers themselves, but the software that makes them run. Printers are notoriously an absolute nightmare from an IT perspective

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u/funnyfarm299 Sep 25 '22

First of all, you're using an office printer that costs as much as 30 cheap inkjet printers (see HP M681dh).

Also, office printers are regularly serviced by maintenance personnel who clean it, replace parts, etc.

Best of all, you never have to deal with drivers because your office IT staff already ripped their hair out testing that stuff before they deployed it to your work computer.

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u/cpMetis Sep 25 '22

Your printer at work is probably a very different printer than what anyone would have at home, or they just fix all the problems for you so you don't notice them.

You mean you've never been told you don't have enough cyan to print the single sheet of black and white paper one day after putting in new cyan and the cyan is still full and it's actually fine it just wants new cyan?

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u/mochacho Sep 25 '22

People think you can use machines with a lot of mechanical parts interacting at high speed and never have to do maintenance or replace rubber feed wheels. You should see how long many people go without maintenance on their cars, and the side effects for that can be far worse.

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u/BraianP Sep 25 '22

Yeah honestly the one thing people should be shitting on is their aggressive practices to make you buy new cartridges every time at inflated prices, when is a lot cheaper and ecologic to refill used ones instead

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u/Whereisthefrontpage Sep 25 '22

HP is all over that with their chipped cartridges so only theirs can be used. I think the recycling companies have since hacked it though.

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u/Virtual_Cod_1840 Sep 25 '22

Seriously, the HP printer Ibhavebia horrendous

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u/buzzonga Sep 25 '22

That product existed - HP Laserjet 4.

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u/Funny_Alternative_55 Sep 25 '22

Get. A. Laser. Printer. I have a HP LaserJet Pro color all-in-one that I got at Costco, and it’s amazing. It prints super nicely and doesn’t curl the pages like the Brother that it’s largely replaced. The Brother still works perfectly, I just wanted a color printer with a scanner and the LaserJet was on sale.

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u/CasinoMarginale Sep 25 '22

“Why does it say ‘paper jam’ when there IS NO paper jam?!”

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u/01ARayOfSunlight Sep 25 '22

Still buying ink jet? That is flawed technology.

Buy a duplex Brother black and white laser printer and never buy another. It might cost a bit more up front but the lessened frustration alone will make up for that.

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u/huntergatherertattoo Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 26 '22

Brother is already a billion dollar company doing exactly that

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u/dnph Sep 25 '22

It’s called a brother… black and white

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u/HaloGuy381 Sep 25 '22

Can it have zero lights on when it’s plugged in, so I can sleep without having to unplug it or tape index cards over the lights to keep it from lighting up the entire bedroom/desk space? Can it have prescribed maintenance windows that are not while I’m asleep or actively trying to use the damn thing, instead of only when I try to use it? Could it even be quiet?

So many features I’d love to have in my printer.

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u/SyntheticSlime Sep 25 '22

Trillion dollar idea. It uses standardized inc cartridges with no proprietary bullshit.

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u/goatneedleposterdeck Sep 25 '22

This is the solid truth. I have bee through 3 printers in the past 6 months: HP, Brother, canon, and all 3 have been absolute trash. I don't even need the damn printer, I just need a really good scanner for translation work. Each one took me well over an hour to set up. How freaking hard can it be, tech companies? I don't need wireless, I have a damn cable hooked into my PC. How does literally every other piece of tech I plug in just start working immediately, but you have to take me through 70 steps to set up just to tell me the printer works fine and you can't find the scanner! Ffs! Gonna rip my damn hair out.

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u/Kwiatkowski Sep 25 '22

Brother 2140. I’ve had mine for over 12 years now, on like my third toner cartridge. No software needed, you can bypass the low toner warning with a piece of tape and print til it’s fully dead if you want.

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u/HetaGarden1 Sep 25 '22

If companies didn’t make you waste so much money on ink cartridges, that would be swell. Go laser.

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u/twarr1 Sep 25 '22

Just bought a new HP printer. Test page prints fine but when I try to print a document it just makes a few noises and stops. No print, no error, no message, nothing. &&:)£€% !!! Why? Why can’t printers…. Print.

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u/Dare89d87 Sep 25 '22

I haven’t seen it mentioned yet but I purchased an eco tank printer for my office. Got about a years worth of printing before needing to refill with near daily use (we used it primarily as a copier and the owner would pride himself on being a paper factory for some reason).

Bought one for my home and have had zero complaints in the last year and refills are dirt cheap