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Planning on moving aboard this summer. I have a laptop and need a printer.

Some of my requirements are obvious; small footprint, good quality.
But I'm looking for more...I won't use the printer regularly and I've had problems with printers when they sit for several months. So this printer needs to be able to sit for a long time and then print as expected.

I would also like multi-function capability if possible. Scanning would be very nice, I doubt I'll need faxing direct from the printer. Prefer color but can do without photo quality.

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I can not give a model number, but I can say you don't want an ink jet where the ink does dry up. You want a laser printer. The prices have come way down and they can be had for as little as $150.00. I have 2 and they always work when I need them, no matter how long they sit.
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Ditto that...laser will "keep yer powder dry" ! Suggest you stick with major printer brand in order to be able to easily find cartridges. You can get a B&W HP Laser for under $150 at any of the big box electronics office stores. One feature you might wanna consider is built in wireless to use with the laptop. Also you can get them with scanner/copier functions for about $199 and if you need to fax you can scan in and send fax via pc fax services.
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Looks like the only feature I can't get going with a laser/scanner/copier is color.
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Yes you can

http://www.ricoh-usa.com/products/pr...o%20SP%20C220S

And it's only about $600
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Best Buy has an HP Color Laser with scanner copier for $299.
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The ricoh looks nice but $600 is a bit much plus its pretty big & 76 lbs!

The HP is an inkjet, not a laser. But it is worth considering. I've received some feedback elsewhere that Epson puts their nozzles in the machine so if the nozzle clogs, the machine is hurting. HP puts the nozzle in the cartridge so if the nozzle clogs, replace the cartridge.
Both machines I had problems with were Epson inkjets. Won't be buying Epson printers any more.
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Xort...wrong...it is a COLOR LASER...out of stock today but still on line on sale from $499 to 299...
HP - Color LaserJet Printer/ Copier/ Scanner

Model: CM1015 | SKU: 8020009

Put it in your shopping cart to see the $299 price
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Xort...wrong...it is a COLOR LASER...out of stock today but still on line on sale from $499 to 299...
HP - Color LaserJet Printer/ Copier/ Scanner

Model: CM1015 | SKU: 8020009

Put it in your shopping cart to see the $299 price

I think you may be better off with an inkjet rather than a Laser... the toner typically will suck up moisture like you will not believe and in case it falls (the printer) and the toner cartridge explodes - it is one hell of mess and caustic as all get out....

Inkjets are cheaper and easier to stow the cartridges in a ziplock bag to keep them fresh....(place in your reefer or anywhere cool)....and you can afford to have spares that do not take up alot of space...
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HP vs Ricoh

The HP does look good for $300. It's also 25lb lighter.

In the office world, the Ricoh is a far more robust machine with better color quality and functionality. (I work in the digital copier industry)

However, as the poster's specification requires small volume, the HP will be fine.

Regarding moisture, the toner will be fine. If the interior of the vessel is that damp, I would be considerably more worried about the electronics of the copier than the toner. Take steps to reduce the moisture content inside the vessel.
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