Product Type: Brother All in one Printer
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Solid, heavy, and for me, so far, bombproof.
Brother DCP 130C
Author Name: Graham Leiper
Brother DCP 130C
Advantages: Flat paper tray. Solid. "Good enough" for most jobs.
Disadvantages: Struggle to find cartridges in the shops now. Changing paper source is a bit of a pain.
Bought one of these as a "manager's special" at PC World at least 5 years ago for £30 when my scanner broke. They didn't have any stand-alone scanners on that day for under £50. Was ex-demo with no ink cartridges - the Brother cartridges normally cost me between £35 and £50 on the high street.
Brother ink isn't extortionate compared to other manufacturer inks, but online ink for this model is really cheap. Last delivery I got was 2 of each colour, and 3 black cartridges for £10, and they seem to last fairly well too.
I don't print a lot, using less than a ream of paper in a year. The flat paper tray is therefore far better for me than a feed into the back of the printer. I've also never had to remove ink cartridges that have dried out (unlike HP printers I've had in the past).
I have it installed on a shelf in a cupboard, and don't even know how to get into the back of the printer to unblock a paper jam as I've never had the need. I use the cheapest paper and have never been anything other than satisfied with the results.
Have occasionally tried glossy paper and been happy enough, but without having something else to compare them to I couldn't say they're brilliant.
TWAIN Scanner gets a fair amount of use (normally use Picasa for scanning), and if Brother stop updating Windows drivers for it, it has linux drivers available, so can always be put to use.
Am chuffed it has lasted so long, and costs next to nothing to run. Didn't expect it to last more than a year at the price I paid.
Summary: Maybe I've been lucky - mine's bombproof.
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