Out of the Blue

Working with technology can cause one to anthropomorphize their devices, inspiring comments like "I think printers hate me," which is something I uttered more than a couple of times yesterday. I think one of the problems is I keep getting these all-in-one printer/scanner/fax machine dealies, which suit my needs, but obviously have more ways to fail. Anyway, over the years my printers have tended to be cruel to me, and yesterday another went tango uniform, right as I needed to send a fax (decoding the error message, it was telling me "you're screwed"), so I am now on my fourth all-in-one in about five years, spanning three brands and various price points. I think if I suffer another premature device demise I'll just give up and buy separate a printer and fax. Maybe it's my fault for overburdening, since we do average about a page a week in printing, which doesn't even account for the added impact of 10 faxes a year.

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Jul 28, 2009, 09:50
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Yeah, All n One's were always a bit of a risk IMO, so I gave them a wide birth for many years and advised against them.
Mathematics and the law of averages catch up with you, kind of like doing raid 0 with more drives, eventual failure may hit sooner for the entire array. Some people can ignore a broken fax/scanner/copier but I'd likely have to replace the whole thing when the time came.

The risk has lessened over the years and I just got my first all n one in a Canon MX860, the first one where I won't need a separate photo printer since it is really nice. That's what won me over really, a quality printer without too much compromise.

I like the MX860 but I know all too well that one of them will fail first and the big hunk of expensive plastic will need replacing even though the other functions still work.

If only All n One's were more modular, sections then could be easily replaced like to fix a scanner/printer.

This comment was edited on Jul 28, 2009, 09:56.
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