The title of this post pretty much says it all, and the picture of the garbage printer above is the culprit for my recent revelation. After disposing of a pile of garbage that Canon calls the MX922, I moved on to this bigger (literally and figuratively) pile of garbage that Epson calls the WorkForce Pro WF-4630.
Back when I wrote the blog post “My Printer Won’t [Fill in the Blank]” I thought I had learned a lesson, but apparently the only thing I learned was that I didn’t learn anything. Moving on to what I thought was going to be a better printer, I settled in with the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 and was initially satisfied with the performance. Little did I know that it had more failure in store for me. Since I do not print every day, or even every week for that matter, it seems like thats just asking for the ink to dry up and kill the printer heads regardless of any cleaning mode that you run it through. I read dozens of articles about how to clean and fix the issue, but none of it really worked for my printer, and all it does now is print fuzzy text and spotty images. So, now the lesson I believe I’ve learned is that unless you plan on printing a few times a week with a laserjet, it WILL fail you, and do so in short order. Most printers have a “recommended monthly print volume” which is what is needed to keep the printer in working order, but to be honest I’ve never heard of a laser printer that just stopped performing after a short time of limited or no use.
With that said, I’ve decided to leave the days of InkJet printing behind to try my luck with a color laser printer instead. While I don’t expect to be able to print super high quality photos, I’m more than happy to trade that off for this thing actually working when I need it to, and not becoming a useless brick sitting next to my desk. While I’m hesitant to pull the trigger on ordering a color laser printer because of the higher initial cost, I do have to say that I’ve yet to find any huge down sides that give me concern about this being there to print when I need it. For now, I’ve somewhat settled on the HP Color LaserJet Pro M477fnw (via Amazon) but I’d love to hear feedback from anyone out there who owns or has regularly used a color laserjet printer for home use where it wasn’t meeting the recommended monthly print volume. Hopefully my experience here will save some of you out there from dropping money on the garbage inkjet printers that are out there.