The other brand I've had trouble with was HP, but I know people who swear by the most recent models.
I also used an HP and a Canon. The HP was nothing but trouble. None of the components worked well and the drivers were horrible. Plus the ink had a tendency to clog up, even with regular use (and yes, official super-expensive HP ink).
I am much more happy with the Canon now. A much better machine: good printer, good scanner/fax, good copier and ink is quite cheap.
But then again, I've only had it for half a year, so maybe the bad stuff is still coming.
All I can say is that getting a separate printer and fax is probably redundant. While the printer is simpler, the fax still also contains a scanner and a printer, even if these components have lower quality. I don't think you'll reduce the likelihood of something going wrong - you will probably still end up with just as many problems, only localized to a single function.This comment was edited on Jul 28, 2009, 12:03.
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