January 10th, 2014

marcus 2013

Another Printer Bargain...

And this time there's no question mark!

For a while now I've been looking for a cheap wide-carriage printer for posters and game handouts etc. E.g. I anticipate including some very large spaceship deck plans in the Empire of Earth game setting. Laser wasn't really on because wide toner cartridges are hellishly expensive, so I knew I'd have to go the inkjet route. Bid on a couple on eBay but failed to get them.

But on Wednesday I found an HP Officejet K7100 for £20 on Gumtree - an A3 inkjet that must have sold for about £150 originally. To make things even better, the vendor brought it round to me since I was a bit worried about transporting it by tube. It's a truly massive beast, about 2ft wide and 18" deep, 2ft deep with the trays extended for A3 paper; I got inks today (cost a tenner for recycled cartridges) and the results are excellent. Provided I don't waste the ink it ought to be just what I need.

What I need to do, I think, is store the cartridges when they aren't in use to prevent them drying out. Am I right to think that you can do this by putting some sort of tape over the ink nozzles? If so, can anyone remember which works best?