I have used quite a lot of printers here and there, and I have had some experience with the quality of these printers. The results are different. I tell you. Sometimes one printer can be a joy to work with, and the next moment it’s just a pain. Oh, don’t get me started on my experience in replacing the toners and inkjet cartridges – I’ve spent many hours in college cursing under my breath when in the middle of the night I find that my school papers weren’t going to be printed because the cartridges were empty.
And then, there were the paper jams, and of course printer spooling – all of which happens when I’m in a hurry. What can I say? I consider myself a competent techie, but those printers can confound me really good.
Now I haven’t found the perfect printer for me to use with my laptop, but I’m rolling off a bunch of features that I want to see in future printers. Call it a wish list or a pipe dream.
- Portability – of course, with me running around everywhere and finding solace in whatever coffee shop I first walk into, it’s going to suck when I have to run home to get something printed when my destination is a couple of blocks away. It happened, and it sucks. I want something easy to carry around.
- Speed – I want a printer that spits out printed paper like there’s no tomorrow. I know, I know, printers today are way faster than the ones from the dot-matrix era, but it’s still not fast enough.
- Efficiency – I’ve complained about paper jams and printer spooling over in the first paragraph, and there really isn’t anything more I can add to this.
A few friends have recommended the latest Brother a3 printer, though. You can bet I am going to try that one out.