My Canon Lide 30 scanner has decided not to scan finally. It was only managing monochrome text for the last month, but it can’t do that anymore. I have had it for eleven years and it owes me very little. I liked it because it was compact, didn’t require a mains outlet, and it was supplied with good software. The only Lide models available now are the 110 and 210, but I will not be replacing my scanner with either of these.
The HP 5150 printer is almost out of colour, and because there is a deal on at my local Staples store that will cost less than ink cartridges for the HP, I have decided to part company with the printer too, and get a Brother MFC-J470DW..
It cost me $60 + tax, and will be my first multi-function anything since I bought a Swiss Army knife years ago.
What I will miss:
A simple printer is just that and the likes of an HP 5150 will ALWAYS get support from the OS. No fancy driver is ever required. The present Canoscan Lide range has full support in Windows 8 and they are also fully supported by Vuescan which I already have. Vuescan saved my Lide 30 which lost Canon support for Vista, giving it 64-bit capability too.
What I get:
An all in one + FAX, a sheet feeder for copying or faxing multipage documents, a scanner no worse than a fully operational Lide 30, wireless connection, a printer which manages above average text for a budget all in one,. full Windows 8.1 support and a footprint no larger than an HP 5150..
I win, I win..