oh brother

10 Apr

I finally had it with HP after going through four brand-new printers in under three years; something is wrong when your electronics can’t even last 12 months without going absolutely hay-wire. Not to mention the fact that they were only 2 cartridge systems, so my wallet was getting drained with their outrageously expensive ink. I actually looked into it, and in the case of most HP printers: it is actually cheaper to buy a BRAND NEW all-in-one printer (which comes equipped with two new ink cartridges) than to just buy two replacement cartridges. Unbelievable. I knew there had to be a better way! After tweeting a few of my HP complaints, I got some suggestions from fellow twitter artists who heavily recommended the printer brand Brother. They have a great customer service guarantee, twice the warranty timeline as HP and the machines are built to last.What drew me to the MFC-6490CW Brother model, apart from it not being an HP machine, were its many awesome features. First and foremost, the ink comes in SEPARATE cartridges (so you only replace the ink that is empty) it’s an all-in-one, so it can print, scan and copy up to a capacity of, get this, 11×17 (!!!!!) and has superior double sided prints in comparison to other machines. Really, the only downfall is that it is a bit of a beast… far too large to fit anywhere in my small studio, unless I allow it to take up a quarter of my drafting table… so for now (and yes with John’s permission) the Brother has taken over an entire side table in the family room, adjacent to my studio. Thanks to Brother I’m able to digitally print with ease and efficiency. Plus, I can scan almost everything I create because of the large scan bed; it takes a huge load off of my shoulders when it comes to effectively documenting my artwork with no light studio.

3 Responses to “oh brother”

  1. Martin Rogers 10/04/2011 at 15:46 #

    I never had much time for HP. But I think I will be looking into Brother as my current printer is on the way out, I think, and my separate scanner (Cannon) is no great shakes anymore either. Thanks for the tip.

  2. anika 10/04/2011 at 16:20 #

    This was great to read. I like the look of it, even if it is a hefty size. Have you tried scanning anything yet? My main complaint with my current HP is that it’s really hard to get an accurate scan. I was very happy to discover that this printer is so affordable too! I’ve been eyeing some 11×17 scanners that were about the same price!

  3. Heedless Ceramics 10/04/2011 at 17:08 #

    I have a non functional HP…and I want to send it to that soldier in Iraq who became famous to taking a functional machine gun…to his non functional HP. I think he should make more videos..

    I hope your Brother works, and works!

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