Last week the HP 7610 printer that has supported me faithfully for nearly a decade died (RIP). It came up with a missing or failed printhead error?!??! I researched this error six ways from Sunday and after dismantling and reassembling the printer, I finally threw in the towel.
Now it was time to find a replacement. Since I tend to make quite a few designs for woodworking… so I was looking for a large format (11×17) multi-function device. I also wanted a separate ink cartridge for each color, since I hate the waste of the multi-color cartridges. I ended up ordering the HP 7740 and it showed up in 48 hours! It was easy to set up and only took about 10-15 minutes, to get my first print out.
This printer is a pretty large device and holds quite a bit of paper in two trays (of two different sizes of paper if I want). So far, I’ve been very happy. It prints faster than my old printer. The only downside I’ve come across so far is that it doesn’t have a duplexer. I don’t really do that much two-sided printing, so it’s not that much of a loss.
I was able to purchase the printer during the Memorial Day sale, so it didn’t cost much more than buying a set of print cartridges. I still have my HP employee discount, since I retired from there, so that was an added bonus.
Probably the biggest issue for switching printers was “What am I going to do with my backup inventory of ink cartridges?” Naturally, I turned to E-bay. There is still a little over a day left and the four cartridges I am selling as a bundle are bid up to the price of getting one of them new. Usually all the action is in the last hour, so hopefully I can recoup at least half that investment back.