Alright guys, my hp deskjet 920c has just grown a little long in the tooth and lacks some important features I want. What do you recommend for me as the best inkjet printer?
Here's what I need in a new printer (in order of priority):
1) Ability to print printable DVD-R's (and please share your experience with this!)
2) Ability to Print 10.8 inches of an 11 inch sheet of paper (my old HP only did 10.5, and I'm always resizing/shrinking covers)
3) Cheap 'Refurb' Ink Cartriges. HP ink is still far pricier than most other brands off the big EBay refurb market. Mine are about $12/cart while my friend's Cannon is $4/cart. I'd also like to hear from Epson owners about how cheap they can get decent ink and the other little quirks.
4) Good ink management software. I don't want the printer telling me that it's out of ink with half a tank left. I also don't want the printer's last 5 prints to be sort of good...it should print well right up to the second the ink is out. I've even hear that Epson printers lock you out (disable further printing) well before the ink is truly dry...is that true?
5) Excellent print quality. I don't care about dpi, as the most I will typically ever use is 300-600dpi. What I DO want is good print reproduction. I think you guys know what I mean...who really uses 4800dpi? (or whatever printers have these days)
6) A good feeder. My old HP always wanted to grab several sheets when I fed it heavy gloss paper. It was okay with regular paper, but I should never have to hand feed the printer to avoid jams.
7) One that rarely locks up or "acts funny". The HP just had too many odd episodes where it kept running paper though it printing garbage after trying to halt a print.
8) Quick text print rates. I print lots of medical documents before work and need to grab them as I walk out the door. On the other hand, I could care less about how quickly photos print (I just want a good job there). An excellent 2 sided print system would also be nice.
9) Ability to print 11x17 paper. It'd be nice to have for wall decoration/projects.
I'd love to hear what you recommend (and why) in the context of my above requests.