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Dell 1320C Colour Laser Printer

Here is the other printer I will be throwing out:

The Dell 1320C Colour Laser Printer

This is a fantastic printer, and has served me well for around 2 years. I’ve even written evangelical product reviews about it on websites. But now the black is printing as light grey and despite changing the toner cartridge, makes no difference. All forums point to the PHD unit being on the way out, but as these cost more than a new printer, you’d just throw the whole thing away, don’t you? No point bothering, unless you’re a eco-warrior. What a waste. It’s been squeaking and whistling for a while now anyway – had no idea where to oil it so couldn’t do anything about it. Problem is that I have 5 spare toners for each of the 4 colours left! I got my mum the exact same printer upstairs, so she’ll be able to use them I hope.

So, it’s back to the HP2600N which worked fine and gave me a worrying message saying the toner was running out about 2 years ago (hence me buying the Dell). Upon later investigation, there was 38% capacity left in each toner cartridge, so needn’t have even bothered. Silly printers. Bane of my bloody life sometimes, they are, ain’t no mistake.

****UPDATE TO POST 3 MONTHS ON ****

The Dell 1320C has stopped sqeaking of its own accord (perhaps it reads this blog down the CAT5 network cable?!), a new black toner appears to have fixed the problem (you have to let it do a number of prints before any difference is visible). On large black solid areas it’s still not deep black, but it’s hardly noticeable now. So all is forgiven and I’m able to get through the rest of the toners I have in stock. Hurrah!

****UPDATE TO POST 1 YEAR ON ****

It doesn’t squeak. The black is black. But red is light orange! Gah! Have replaced all toners, hoovered out the front and inside the rollers etc as suggested on a number of websites where other owners are having similar issues, but to no avail. Replacing the expensive PHD unit appears to be the suggested fix by Dell but doesn’t seem to work in most cases. So I have bought another printer to replace it. More on that in a future post.

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Kodak ESP 3250 Printer – RUBBISH!

This week I will be throwing out 2 printers. Here’s the gen on the first one:

The Kodak ESP 3250 

We bought this from Staples as a photocopier. We brought it home and it refused to set-up correctly, always saying “Error: Paper Jam, remove rear access cover, Clear all paper, attach cover, press OK to continue”. We took it back to Staples who swapped it for another one. This one worked ok, but I noticed that even though we’d never printed anything in colour, and had switched off colour printing altogether, the colour ink cartridge status level slowly went down. It must be a year or two since I used it, and now both levels are down to half, despite having only made about 10 black & white copies on the thing. I’m trying to print something via the computer now, and this new one is giving me the paper jam error message again. I simply can’t be arsed – these things use ink when you’re not even printing, and go wrong too often. I will never buy Kodak printers again. Totally shit.

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