So my 7-8 year old Cannon Pixma printer I was apparently bragging about in this thread in 2009 finally died during our recent blizzard, apparently because the paper backstop was crooked, one sheet went in askew, and although I dug it out, the printer got stuck on an Alarm-Error 6000 mode. I tried many different work around suggested online, nothing worked. Everyone said you had to take it to a Cannon service center, and apparently sometimes they don't even bother trying to fix it that far past warranty period.
So instead I researched just a inexpensive laser printer that would print fast with no fuss and hopefully fewer jamming issues.
I settled on this recently deep-sale priced ($79.99 at Best Buy and at Cannon's own USA store) Cannon model that was well-reviewed:imageCLASS LBP6030w https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/printers/laser-single-function/imageclass/lbp6030w
-While this supports wireless printing/connection, I don't particularly need that feature much at home so I just set it up via USB.Pros:
-Extremely compact for a laser printer
-Crazy cheap for a laser printer
-No fussy injket nodules to clean or worry about
-Silent when on, and not actually printing
-Replacement cartridges are combined drum/toner, and as easy to replace as a toner cartridge in, say, an HP inkjet model. They're not cheap at $64, but hell I was spending a fortune on PIXMA ink cartridges the last 7-8 years. I hate to even think how much I spent.
-Prints lightning fast (19 ppm, 1st page in just a few seconds)
-Boots up super fast
-Super easy set up (at least for me, on desktop PC in Windows 8.1 via disc)
-While I don't have much use for b/w photos/graphics, the printer does print those with aplomb if needed.
-It has a hinged top smoked-transparent lid you can flip back down when not in operation; useful for keeping cat hair, paper clips and other sundries from seeping in. Cons:
-Obviously not for those who need fax/scanner/photo printing. I felt like in the end I don't need those features now. I regularly use apps to order photo books of my iPhone pix to give as gifts or keep as mementos.
-Like any laser printer, more racket in actual printing operation than an inkjet; yet it's so lightning fast, I hardly notice.
-While it has a 125-page sheet tray, it lacks the paper capacity of larger office laser printers. For occasional home use, it's not really a con per se.
-Hey it's $80-$150, so while it's attractive, it's clearly not built like a tank.
-Install drivers are on disc so if you're installing for a laptop, have to download the drivers/manuals. I've read about some issues when setting up for a laptop.
btw, if anyone can use Cannon #40 or #41 PIXMA inkjet cartridges, I'll gladly mail you mine. Unfortunately I bought a couple cartridges a while back because I was sick of having to constantly go back to stores to buy more.
I'll probably dump the brick PIXMA at an electronics recycling center in March or April.