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I was in Staples last week and saw a mobile printer that I liked:

"HP Officejet H470 color Inkjet Mobile Color Printer"

Staples wanted $300 for it but NewEgg.com has it for $219.

13.4" x 6.45" x 3.25" - Weight 4.5 lbs.
Conects via USB2 (2 ports) & Secure Digital/Multimedia Card slot.
Optional LAN port, and wireless [802.11 b/g, Bluetooth]

Power Consumption:
Standby: 5 W
Active: 24 W
Maximum: 40 W
Runs on AC power but looks forgiving on variances: 90 to 132 V, 47 to 63 Hz

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We use a IP90 Pixma by Canon its the size of small book 7X14x2, weights, maybe 3 lbs, cost 400 plus, but bullet proof.
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If one considers that Printers are disposable in todays world you will never get mad at your printer.
The Admiral has gone through a couple of them in the past 10 years and each time one fails it's a major shock to her. Not me - I'm paperless in every meaning of the word (I get her to print something for me about once a year). The amazing thing to me is ink refills often cost 1/3 the cost of a printer, and yet people print stuff, look at it and throw it away. Buy a decent monitor and eyeball it onscreen. Printing an email to proofread before sending is just lunacy and wasteful.

Xort - go cheap and stock up on ink - do all your printing monthly on bulk print days and then throw out the opened ink if it is dry come the next print day. Consider the printer nothing more than a disposable device and you'll always be happy.
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That's a bit of an extreme approach. I prefer to not generate any more garbage than this society already does... Instead of an inkjet, I have a fairly small laser printer that I use for 99% of my printing. For color, I do have an old, going on nine years now, Epson photo printer.
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I just don't print. Printing is wasteful.
Spending 600 bucks for a device to print a monthly budget spreadsheet is wasteful.
Printing stuff to so you can stuff it into a folder and file it for 6 months, then throw it away is wasteful.
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If you're running a professional service business such as mine, clients want some tangible stuff to drool over and show-off to people. Four color illustrations on glossy 11 x 17 card stock have a greater impact than images shown on their laptop.

Sure, digital files can be emailed to them, agencies, contractors, even printing houses for production. But, I've found that clients need something to grasp besides a CD to take home with them after being dazzled by a cyber presentation.

Even with email putting the USPS out of business, I still need to send out hard copy letters and invoices in order to land jobs and get paid. In the process of printing these letters, specs, photo prints and plotted drawings, I use plenty of laser and ink-jet cartridges every day - and still have my diazo blueprint machine, which uses processed 24 x 36 sheets (cheap printing).

I've thought of ways to be "less wasteful", but unfortunately, we've become a paper-oriented society.
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Trekka - I have that printer on my boat. I wouldn't buy it a second time. Print quality is lacking. The size and power draw are nice though...
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WalMart sells Lexmark printers for $24.99...cheaper than buying ink! When the color ink cartridge runs out it is cheaper to buy a new printer with ink than to buy the ink cartridge. Duh!
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Same scenario as signing up for cellular service. Most providers will give you a free phone IF you agree to a term of use.

Printer manufacturers make the big money on ink and toner cartridges.
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Yah...but my point is that unlike cell mfrs....instead of buying ink...you can throuw out the whole printer and get a new one with ink for LESS than just the ink. So...do I throw out a printer each month or spend more money just buying ink?
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