Canon MX870, MX8xx, Pixma B200 Error Trash It All !!
This is going to be one of my shortest grumpy old tech posts.
I purchased my first MX Pixma printer in 2008.
I used it mostly for the scanning feature, ADP, Full-Duplex, which means I could set double-sided printed paper in the automatic document feeder and press scan!
It failed to scan when it failed to print due to a failed print head.
Canon service quoted a price more than a new unit from Canon direct.
I was offer the new unit and purchased it.
That first printer wasn't used much, only replaced the ink twice.
The second printer, arrived 2013, MX870.
Failed 2014 B200 error, print head.
I didn't scan any documents that year and printed less than 40 pages.
The printer now costs more to repair than to replace.
This is what the real bitch is about.
I spent on average $85.00 each ink refill.
The first time the tech told me it might be the printer cartridges .
So I replaced them. $87.00
That wasn't it, wasted $87.00
The second printer the tech said the same thing, I was out of ink so I thought it was a good idea.
B200 error is not ink cartridges by the way.
Now I have wasted about $170.00 just to test these crap lasting printers.
Sure, when they work they are great. But when you need them to work ...
I took the ink, packed it up in plastic and let it sit.
The printers are int he garbage but only after being crushed by a 1 ton truck.
Now, I thought, if I was going to find a printer that worked for me I best keep in mind what I just wasted with Canon.
No More InkJet anything.
And if I need color I'll go to the Copy Store it's actually cheaper.
My Search ended Dec. 8, 2014 I found a Brother MFC-L2700DW for $149.00 or something like that.
I didn't buy any toner, it claimed to be able to print 600 to 800 pages on the starter pack. I had 500 pages of unused paper from my Canon piece of crap MX Pixma printer.
Well, today, 2-23-2015 I printed my last page on this starter toner, the actual count with my heavy printing was just over 525 pages. That's more than I printed from my last Canon and two thirds of the total printing since 2008 with both canon's.
In short, the Brother MFC-L2700DW has scanned, printed, faxed more than 2 Canon's could handle and hasn't broken.
I paied Less for my new printer than the wasted Ink for a Canon.
Now, you can claim all you want, when a printer fails for the same reason and costs me more in the "REAR" than what it's worth it's time to drop that manufacturer for life.
If you are one of those that have suffered under the BubbleJet to InkJet Printer Realm I welcome you to try a Laser printer.
The $64.00 for a new toner cartridge allowed me to purchase paper and I had enough to go to lunch.
If that was a Canon, they would have ate my lunch and then told me I needed to purchase a new printer, but because I'm a loyal customer they will give it to me for less but more!!!
OH MY GRUMPY OLD TECH BRAIN!!!
Canon, you need to be held responsible for that print head design. If it overheats it fails, if it runs dry it over heats and fails. If it's a chip sensor or a circuit sensor it all points to poor engineering and design.
When your ink runs low to out you risk the overheating and circuit board failure. Just Google and you'll see it's not worth the risk.
Thank you Brother for my first Laser Printer, I've learned that Shades of Grey are more readable than a B200 error.
FYI for new users, the printer is a WATT HOG! SO when you don't need it, turn it off and when you turn it on, be sure it's not on your small UPS that you use on your computer. This beast sucks current and dims lights.
But, my calculations on current usage to page print still makes this printers operational costs 1/2 of any Pixma Canon.
Thank you Brother for this Notice, I have more Toner!