A client of mine has a knackered HP printer that she needs to replace. She mainly uses it for printing documents etc (bit of colour but mainly black). She already has a USB scanner. Her main system is a Toshiba Satellite laptop (P4) running XP Home. She also has one dial phone line that she uses for phone/internet/email.
She's debating on whether to go for one of these multi-function printer/scanner/fax/photocopier things (no not a Lexmark, I've already warned her off those ages ago). She's looking mainly at Epson or Cannon, as HP are horribly expensive for cartridges. She would also like to have the standalone fax / photocoping capabilities.
Despite being a bottomless pit of knowledge on most things computer related I actually haven't ever had to deal with any of these devices personally.
Does anyone know anything about them in terms of any common problems or issues, reliability, ease of use, compatibility issues etc?
Also, do they normally use standard printer cartridges or do you need special (extra expensive) ones?