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I bought the mp240 late last year, as it was on offer and so quite cheap, at £45. What a mistake. It initially seemed brilliant. It isn't bad looking for a printer, the cartridges were easy to place in the printer, and the setup was easy. The disk that comes with it provides one of the easiest setups of any technology i have owned. The printer did not come with a usb cable, which meant i had to spend about £10 extra. After this minor setback, the print quality was surprisingly good. Both colour and black and white prints were good quality. Yet very quickly, i got a notification on my laptop telling me my ink was running low. Unlike usual, this wasnt pre-emptive. A few prints later it did run out. This wouldnt have been a problem, except that to replace the ink, it would cost about £40 - what i paid for the printer.
I am aware that many printers, from cannon and others, are as expensive and sometimes worse! However there a some printers, most notably kodaks, that have far cheaper ink. As a student, this is obviously important to me! I dont believe it can print photos independently, which shows how out of date it is. The one good feature is the scanner, which is very easy to use and produces very high quality scans in colour and black.
It is quite a noisy printer. For about 30 seconds after turning it on, it makes a multitude of loud buzzing noises. The printing is very loud. A quiet option can be picked, however the significance in reduction of noise does not justify the slow printing that ensues. The scanner is also very noisy.