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** Canon S400 Printer **
I bought my Canon S400 Printer least 5 years back and it is still going strong! I have it connected up to my main computer and it happily takes care of all my day to day printing needs.
I mostly use a printer for simple black and white letters. The s400 excels at this. Yes it is a noisy squeaky printer. It was from new.
No the quality isn't up to the super high standards of the latest printers, I meam the S400 is a colour printer but the results aren't what you would call breathtaking. It is exactly what you expect it to be -a really cheap excellent workhorse for simple dayto day printing.
I have another much better and sharper printer for when I'm doing photos or printing data disks etc etc. But as I am sure you know it is very expensive to buy cartridges for the fancy all sdinging all dancing super printers. Even compatible cartridgs can be extortionately priced in some cases.
So why would I even consider using my premium quality printer's expensive ink for printing all my day to day letters and such? I wouldn't. That is what I have my wonderful Canon S400 Printer for.
Do you know a large black cartridge costs less than £5 even in the highstreet shops and supermarkets! Online you can buy them even cheaper.
I print LOTS of letters each week. I get through 1 S400 black cartridge about once every 5 months. The s400 print heads are still as good as they ever were and I save a fortune in printing costs.
I bet Canon rue the day they ever created the S400. It is almost indestructable, it prints for a stupidly long time on 1 cartridge and as long as you don't expect absolute perfection from your print quality you a laughing.
Some people spend a fortune on printers and their cartridges, often to do printing tasks that only required a really basic printer.
The Canon S400 Printer print quality while not being top notch is far from basic. I can only say these three words:
I LOVE IT
I don't think they make them anymore (what's the point all the original one's are probably still working!) but if you're tired of hurling money at your printer - start scouring the newspaper for sale columns and go get yourself one -is all I can suggest.
I have to say to start with, that the print quality of this printer is excellent, that I cannot grumble about. What really annoys me is pressing print! This little printer moans and whines for about 45 seconds before actually doing any printing. I have queried this with the manufacturer and repair companies, who say it is normal for Canon! I used to have a Lexmark, which I loved till it decided to stop prinitng properly, and when you pressed print that's what you got, a print. I press print on the S400 and I wait, listen to it moan, wait some more, listen to the ink cartridges whizzing back and forth, wait some more and eventually after having breakfast and coffee, there may be a print! Ok may be I am exaggerating about the breakfast, but when I press print I want it to print, not for it to sit around wondering whether it should or not! As soon as I can afford it I am getting another Lexmark, the canon can be sold on to someone who is prepared to wait for their documents, I'm impatient I need them NOW!
I bought this printer to replace my old Apollo P-1200 (which was still working well when I gave it to my Grandma-in-law with my old PC so she could e-mail etc.) The Apollo was fine for printing sheets and sheets of plain black text with a black cartridge, but for text with photos it was a bit of a joke. As the colour cartridge contained no black ink, it would just use all three colours to make a kind of dark blue which not only looked bad, but used tons of expensive colour ink! After my first colour cartridge had run out I didn't bother replacing it. I had seen the adverts for Canon's "Single Ink Tank" technology which sounded like a really good idea... Rather than buying one expensive cartridge that contained all three colours needed, the Canon uses 4 separate colour ink tanks that you only replace when a particular colour has run out. I?ve seen compatible ink tanks in Dixons for just over £5 which is great value. Apparently, the print head (the plastic case that houses the ink tanks) is what makes all-in-one cartridges expensive so by not having to replace that every time you run low on, let's say yellow ink, you can certainly make a saving. However, the print head won't last forever and will have to be replaced if it ever gets blocked or damaged. A new print head, complete with 4 ink tanks, will set you back about £30 (a little more than a normal all-in-one cartridge) from an online store. You can buy a photo print head for about the same price. This too comes complete with 4 ink tanks, although the difference is that the inks are slightly lighter to give more realistic colours when printing photos. So when you buy your replacement tanks you have to buy the Photo version of each colour which costs slightly more. I?d love to try one of these Photo print heads out to compare results with a standard print head, but I haven't got the money at the moment! You can also buy a scanner print h
ead. This costs about £50 and enables you to convert your printer in a sheet fed scanner. Personally, I'd rather spend a little more and get a quality flat-bed one that can handle more than just flat sheets, but if you just want to keep a record of letters etc. I guess this could be quite useful. The printer was simple to install... I'm using a beta version of Windows XP at the moment so the drivers on the disk supplied weren't specific. Canon's website already had drivers for XP online so I downloaded these (although I reckon they're probably identical to the 2000 ones!). Like most printers, the only cable supplied was the power cord! I didn't have to purchase any extra cables though, as this printer is USB enabled and accepts the standard USB A to B cable that came with my digital camera. It does have a standard printer port though, so you can use that instead if you already have a printer cable. It comes with a nice setup program that lets you configure the printer. You can tell the printer when to turn itself on or off and you can even ask it to clean itself (I asked it to do the dishes but it just stared at me blankly). My old printer had a bulky power which was always nice and warm when it was turned on. I don't know how much energy it was actually using just sitting there doing nothing, but I always used to turn it off when not in use because if made me feel like it was using a lot! This printer plugs straight into the mains - no adaptor required - and only turns itself on when asked to print something. In the manual it says that when it's printing it uses 30W and when it's sleeping, it uses just 2W so that makes me feel fine about leaving it on standby. After 1 minute of inactivity it goes back to sleep (although you can change the time to standby via the setup program). So how does it print?! Well I'm really happy with the results. Text comes out clean and crisp and colours are s
tunning. One thing I have noticed with big blocks of colour, are streaks where it lays down each line. They're not noticeable from a distance, but up close you can see exactly where the lines are printed. I'm happy with the results but I'm sure that it would really bug some people! I'd suggest you get a test print from a shop first, so you can see if you mind the lines. I bought some Canon high resolution paper (10p per sheet!) and compared that to printouts on Tesco value paper and the results were considerably better. I'm happy to use Tesco paper for most things, but for special occasions I'll definitely use the Canon high resolution paper. The colours were brighter and crisper - you could definitely see the difference. Using this paper didn't stop the lines from appearing though...