EPDM Coatings
rvupgradestore.com Composet Products
RV Life Magazine RV Park Reviews RV Trip Wizard

Author Topic: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer  (Read 1024 times)

Sun2Retire

  • Photo moderator
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 3191
Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:55:56 AM »
I need a small printer/scanner for use in the RV. Thought Iíd found one in the Canon MX490 that my daughter has and which Iíve been using. However I found today that the document feeder was highly unreliable (fairly common on these inexpensive printers I guess). I donít do a lot of jobs requiring a feeder but would be nice. Would really like wireless printing capability, Bluetooth if possible so itís not necessary to log-off internet wifi so as to login to the printer wifi. Anyone have a small printer/scanner youíve been happy with?
« Last Edit: December 23, 2017, 06:28:02 PM by Sun2Retire »
Scott
Fulltiming in a 2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Spartan, Cat C7 350
Eezrv TPMS, VMSpc, 970W Solar, Tri-Metric Battery monitor
2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab toad
Stowmaster towbar & Brakemaster toad braking system

DutchEagle

  • ---
  • Posts: 300
  • Stick and Brick in Woodbury,MN
    • Blog and Adventures and more!
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-printer
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 02:20:12 PM »
We have the MX490 in our RV, works great wirelessly. No problem with the feeder (Pull out to load and push back in, do not put too much paper in it.) I also like the copy function. Do not miss the Bluetooth at all. The printer is connected to the repeater, no need to hook up internet. Laptops and phones are also connected to the repeater. In this way, they are on the same subnet as the printer.
(Repeater can be connected to internet via the Mobley and/or Camp Pro, so printer works independently of internet connection)
« Last Edit: December 23, 2017, 02:22:21 PM by DutchEagle »
Klaas (Retired 9/1/2016) & Eileen (+dog Bailey)
"Qua Patet Orbis" - Dutch Marines (1968-1975)
Website: http://dutcheagle.com
2005 Winnebago Vectra 40FD
Toad: 2011 Buick LaCrosse (Roadmaster Sterling towbar)

Sun2Retire

  • Photo moderator
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 3191
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-printer
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2017, 02:32:33 PM »
We have the MX490 in our RV, works great wirelessly. No problem with the feeder (Pull out to load and push back in, do not put too much paper in it.) I also like the copy function. Do not miss the Bluetooth at all. The printer is connected to the repeater, no need to hook up internet. Laptops and phones are also connected to the repeater. In this way, they are on the same subnet as the printer.
(Repeater can be connected to internet via the Mobley and/or Camp Pro, so printer works independently of internet connection)


I wondered about using the repeater. It would be nice though to just plug the printer in and hide it somewhere out of the way without hooking it up to the router.


The feeder I was talking about was the document feeder on top which feeds documents to the scanner.
Scott
Fulltiming in a 2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Spartan, Cat C7 350
Eezrv TPMS, VMSpc, 970W Solar, Tri-Metric Battery monitor
2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab toad
Stowmaster towbar & Brakemaster toad braking system

docj

  • ---
  • Posts: 1317
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-printer
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 06:06:47 PM »

I wondered about using the repeater. It would be nice though to just plug the printer in and hide it somewhere out of the way without hooking it up to the router.


My printer sits on a high shelf in the pantry and is plugged in only when needed.  It automatically connects to my WiFiRanger which is the router my entire network is connected to.  Any computer or other device connected to that LAN can print to it or receive scans from it.

FWIW I'm using an HP Photosmart 6520; it doesn't have a document feeder but I rarely have documents more than a couple of pages that I need to copy or scan.  When I had a 30 page doc that needed scanning, I took it to a local copy shop and they did it for less than $5.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2017, 06:10:18 PM by docj »
Sandie & Joel

2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton--425 HP/1550 ft-lbs CAT C-12
2014 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L with ReadyBrute tow bar/braking system
WiFiRanger Ambassador/RVParkReviews administrator
Follow our adventures on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weisstravels.net

Gary RV_Wizard

  • Forum Staff
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 63650
  • RVer Emeritus
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-printer
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 06:19:51 PM »
How small is small? I have an HP Envy 4500 printer/scanner that is quite modest in size, but it's not toss-in-a-drawer small.
Gary
--------------
Gary Brinck
Summers: Black Mountain, NC
Home: Ocala National Forest, FL

Sun2Retire

  • Photo moderator
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 3191
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-printer
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2017, 05:37:38 AM »
How small is small? I have an HP Envy 4500 printer/scanner that is quite modest in size, but it's not toss-in-a-drawer small.


No particular size but as small as possible. Your HP is a couple inches deeper but a couple inches shorter than the Canon. Still downsizing for fulltime so not sure how Iím going to deal with the computer equipment yet. I have a custom table the previous owner made for the steering wheel and may use that. Good use of otherwise unusable space
Scott
Fulltiming in a 2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Spartan, Cat C7 350
Eezrv TPMS, VMSpc, 970W Solar, Tri-Metric Battery monitor
2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab toad
Stowmaster towbar & Brakemaster toad braking system

shorts

  • ---
  • Posts: 135
  • Exploring the USA!
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2017, 08:56:44 AM »
We bought an HP Office Jet 4650 multi function printer just before going fulltime because it was smaller than our previous HP that was starting to wear out. Itís not super small but we needed the scanner and copy functions and wanted the top document feeder. The entire footprint is not much bigger than what the scanner screen calls for. We had a custom made dinette/desk put in with laptop and printer slide out trays and the printer fits perfectly.

Vicki
Vicki and Mark Shorter
2015 Forrest River Blue Ridge RS3600 5er
2015 Dodge Ram 3500 dually 4wd
On the road fulltime!

johnaye

  • ---
  • Posts: 188
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2017, 06:13:50 PM »
We have a hP 6962 multifunction and we like it.  We keep it in cabinet and it is always on.  I also uses a Pepwave SoHo for my network.  All the toys are wireless connected to it except to the NAS which is hard wired.  That way when we move I only have to connect the Pepwave and not all the various devices.  We are happey with both items
John and Becky
2004 Alfa See Ya DP
2008 Honda CRV

Experience comes from mistakes.  I have a lot of experience

LarsMac

  • ---
  • Posts: 479
  • Larry and Margo With Ami the Chi-cha
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2017, 06:32:31 PM »
I just recently picked up a new printer. An Epson XP-640.
It has so far been terrific. Set-up was extremely simple. Out of the box, and printing in about 15 minutes.
Not the smallest footprint out there (15.5 x 13 with about 6 inches in the front for the output tray, that can be removed when not in use. and 5.5 inches high) but for Printing/Faxing/scanning/copying with Wi-Fi connection it is a darn nice printer, and the precision is A-1
It can produce high quality prints. My boarding pass went through TSA checkpoint without a glitch. Something my HP printer could not do.

And, the Ink replacement is half the price of HP

« Last Edit: December 24, 2017, 06:35:37 PM by LarsMac »
2000 Itasca Sundancer 430V
2007 Saturn Vue

"The trouble with people isn't that they don't know, but that they know so much that ain't so."

rls7201

  • ---
  • Posts: 753
    • Midwest Prairie Schooners
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2017, 05:32:08 PM »
I stumbled on to an Epson ET2550 ink jet all in one wireless printer. No more over priced ink cartridges. It has refillable ink tanks.
https://epson.com/For-Home/Printers/Inkjet/Epson-Expression-ET-2550-EcoTank-All-in-One-Printer/p/C11CE91201


Richard  & Michele Shields
& Eg the Bounder Cat
Gladstone, MO
95 Bounder 32H F53
460/528 stroker
Web Master
MWPSchooners.com

docj

  • ---
  • Posts: 1317
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2017, 10:11:25 AM »
Sandie & Joel

2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton--425 HP/1550 ft-lbs CAT C-12
2014 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L with ReadyBrute tow bar/braking system
WiFiRanger Ambassador/RVParkReviews administrator
Follow our adventures on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weisstravels.net

rls7201

  • ---
  • Posts: 753
    • Midwest Prairie Schooners
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2017, 04:39:21 PM »
Very nice!  Here's a slightly newer model on amazon for $50 less: https://www.amazon.com/Epson-Expression-EcoTank-Wireless-Supertank/dp/B01NA8VVT3/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1514304587&sr=8-3&keywords=epson+et-2550+ecotank+printer

Doc, I wasn't aware of the newer model, thanks. I stumbled on to mine at Sams Club, on the discount shelf, for $125.00. No ink refill bottles with it. $15.00 later I had ink coming from Ebay.  ;D
Richard  & Michele Shields
& Eg the Bounder Cat
Gladstone, MO
95 Bounder 32H F53
460/528 stroker
Web Master
MWPSchooners.com

link30240

  • ---
  • Posts: 18
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-printer
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2017, 12:50:46 PM »
We have the MX490 in our RV, works great wirelessly. No problem with the feeder (Pull out to load and push back in, do not put too much paper in it.) I also like the copy function. Do not miss the Bluetooth at all. The printer is connected to the repeater, no need to hook up internet. Laptops and phones are also connected to the repeater. In this way, they are on the same subnet as the printer.
(Repeater can be connected to internet via the Mobley and/or Camp Pro, so printer works independently of internet connection)

I also have a mx490..  my opinion on it is not as high as yours.

Its much lower quality the the MX850 it replaced. And the ink on the MX490 is much more expensive.

all in one Printers are cheap. but before you buy any of them check on the ink costs.  that  factor can make a inexpensive printer very costly to own

TonyDtorch

  • Guest
Re: Recommendations for small, all-in-one printer
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2017, 05:47:16 PM »
Why bother to get attached to any printer.... it's always cheaper to buy a whole new printer,  than it is to buy replacement ink cartridges.   :o