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Well it looks like my ~5 year old Canon Pixma MP830 is on it's last legs. Any suggestions for a good printer/scanner/copier with good Mac (10.6) support? I've been really happy with the MP830, even though the drivers weren't very Mac-like (they were still better than the HP ones and I never had any "You need to upgrade your drivers/You should never upgrade your drivers unless HP support tells you to" nonsense from Canon); however, I know five years can be an eternity in the computer world.

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Well, I had to get something "now", so I would-up with an HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless. I mainly went for it because:
  • The ADF was duplex -- It's scary how many ADF's can only scan one side of the page.
  • It did not need "vendor" drivers -- It's supported through the in-built Software Update.
  • It doesn't require vendor specific (which are typically, horribly, un-Mac-like) scanner, printer or fax applications.
  • The double-sided ADF actually worked (See below).
  • It was in-stock.
After testing a number of models, I initially decided to get the non-wireless HP OfficeJet Pro 8500, but it's really a different machine than the wireless, and (fatally) the "smart 2-sided" scanning software was busted -- It assumed that if it scanned a blank page, it was done, even if there were more pages in the ADF. It would still run all of the pages through the ADF, but just not print anything past the first blank page.

I really wanted to like the Brother MFC6490CW, because it could support up to 11x17 paper, but it only scans simplex. The MFC-6890CDW seems like it should be able to scan duplex, but I couldn't find any in-stock, and there were too many printers that could print duplex, but could not scan duplex for me to take a chance and order it without being able to try it first. Plus the MFC-6890CDW was over $300, which was pretty much the threshold I had to work with.

If anybody cares, I'll post any rants after I've been using it for a while.

Ray
 
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