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If there’s one truth about every printer I’ve ever owned, it’s that I’ve dreamed of pulling an IniTech: Taking each one into an empty field somewhere and beating it into pieces with a baseball bat. If you don’t identify with this sentiment, chances are you’ve never owned a low-end consumer inkjet printer. I’ve had several over the years (I won’t name and shame the specific brands), and end up stuck in the same unpleasant cycle every time.
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First, I’m lured in by a low starting price, usually under $80 or so, but the setup is a pain, the printer only sees my laptop over Wi-Fi when it’s in the mood, and output ranges from fine to spotty, with colors and tones all over the place.