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December 17, 2009

The reason cheap electronics are just that

Printer fixing gone wrong

In my TechnoDolt™ hands, you get what you pay for if what you're paying for is bottom of the line Epson inkjet printers (my current throwaway iteration is the C88+ — I've been through four or five over the past few years; they cost about $85) and Canon scanners (I'm using a CanoScan LiDE 600F for which I paid $100).

Invariably the printers start producing crummy output after five or six months (ink is variable in density; adventitious marks appear on the paper; smears start to happen, et al) and I order a new one.

The incumbent introduces a new (to me) problem, to wit: the entire print field is misaligned such that the lines of type slant down noticeably from the horizontal.

The scanner's never been right, even out of the box: no matter how meticulous I am about aligning the edges of the paper to be scanned with the designated edges of the scanner bed, the output is always not oriented correctly but instead tilted a few degrees from vertical/horizontal, such that I have to then go back and rescan the document several times, each time placing it a little off-center to correct for the machine's malfunction.

Big pain in the butt.

But as I said, you get what you pay for.

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I'm not complaining, see; I'm just 'splainin.

December 17, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Who's the fun girl in the pic? ;)

And, uh... scan once and then fix it in photoshop, duh.

Posted by: CStubing | Dec 18, 2009 12:29:32 PM

LOL..I've refilled toner and ink cartridges (lots of them). Toner has to be one of the finest particulates ever made, it will migrate EVERYWHERE!
PS. I love that impish look!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 17, 2009 4:37:39 PM

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