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I cannot activate it for the premium features. It says that the Mojave OS blocked it from running, even though in the security pane I allow Malwarebytes to have the run of the hard disk.
You have to explicitly allow the .kext to load where the General section (at the bottom) of the Security Pane should have asked your permission.

You aren't running a beta version of macOS 10.14.5 are you?
 


I'm a bit late to the Mojave party, but I have a predicament with regard to printing: my (now elderly) Epson Artisan 725 inkjet photo all-in-one printer apparently isn't supported with an Apple driver. The Add Printer dialog box suggests that I contact the vendor.
When I look up the Artisan 725, I see that it has a High Sierra driver, but no Mojave driver available. Is there any way to force Mojave to try this driver? Or will that fail?
I see that the Artisan 710 model is supported in Gutenprint; it uses the same Claria ink that the 725 model uses, do you think that is an option?
Just for reference, I should mention that my Mojave install was an upgrade from a clean install of High Sierra, but High Sierra was just a brief stopover as means to update firmware, in which I never got as far as installing printer drivers - I wonder if they would have been carried along into Mojave if I had installed them into High Sierra?
I'm using a 2010 classic Mac Pro 5,1 with the MSI RX560 GPU card, which is why I had the brief stopover in High Sierra.
macOS Mojave broke printing with just black ink in, using a perfectly good and working Epson R2880. Tried a patch downloaded from Epson, didn't help. Since I do a lot of black & white photography, the problem makes the printer pretty much worthless.
 


I'm a bit late to the Mojave party, but I have a predicament with regard to printing: my (now elderly) Epson Artisan 725 inkjet photo all-in-one printer apparently isn't supported with an Apple driver. The Add Printer dialog box suggests that I contact the vendor.

When I look up the Artisan 725, I see that it has a High Sierra driver, but no Mojave driver available. Is there any way to force Mojave to try this driver? Or will that fail?

I see that the Artisan 710 model is supported in Gutenprint; it uses the same Claria ink that the 725 model uses, do you think that is an option?

Just for reference, I should mention that my Mojave install was an upgrade from a clean install of High Sierra, but High Sierra was just a brief stopover as means to update firmware, in which I never got as far as installing printer drivers - I wonder if they would have been carried along into Mojave if I had installed them into High Sierra?

I'm using a 2010 classic Mac Pro 5,1 with the MSI RX560 GPU card, which is why I had the brief stopover in High Sierra.
I used to have a similar Artisan. I just looked at the Epson support site and this is what they recommend: (They indicate that it is current with both macOS 10.14.x and 10.13.x)
Description :
The latest printer driver for this product is available from Apple's Software Update. Here's how to get it:
  1. Do one of the following:
    USB:
    Connect your product to your Mac using a USB cable and make sure the product is turned on.
    Wireless:
    Make sure your product is turned on. Connect your product to your wireless network.
    Ethernet:
    Connect your product to your Mac using an Ethernet cable and make sure the product is turned on.
  2. Go to the  menu on your Mac, then select System Preferences.
  3. Select Printers and Scanners, Print & Scan, or Print & Fax.
  4. Do one of the following:

    • If your printer is not on the list, go to step 5.
    • If your printer is on the list, select your printer model and click the "-" (minus) button. Then go to step 5.
  5. Click the "+" button. (If you see the Add Printer or Scanner... option, select it.)
    In the screen that appears, select your printer model as below:
    USB connection: Select the EPSON Series (USB) product.
    Wireless or Ethernet connection: Select the EPSON Series (Bonjour) product.

    Select your EPSON Series product in the Use or Print Using drop-down list, then click the Add button.
  6. Go to the [IMG]http://files.support.epson.com/faq/images/drv_mac_913_er.gif[/IMG] menu on your Mac, select Software Update or App Store, then click the Updates tab.
  7. Do one of the following:
    • If you see an update from Epson, select UPDATE to install it.
    • Note: Apple Software Update may find multiple updates for your system. You may choose to install all or some of the updates.
    • If an update is not available, you already have the latest Epson driver for your product.
Compatible systems :
macOS 10.14.x, macOS 10.13.x
 


macOS Mojave broke printing with just black ink in, using a perfectly good and working Epson R2880. Tried a patch downloaded from Epson, didn't help. Since I do a lot of black & white photography, the problem makes the printer pretty much worthless.
Mojave broke two-sided printing on my Epson Workforce 635. It always prints two-sided with short edge binding, regardless of the setting. I installed all the available updates. It's a 32-bit driver. Dare I hope Epson will update it for macOS 10.15? The printer is over five years old.
 


Mojave broke two-sided printing on my Epson Workforce 635. It always prints two-sided with short edge binding, regardless of the setting. I installed all the available updates. It's a 32-bit driver. Dare I hope Epson will update it for macOS 10.15? The printer is over five years old.
Guetenprint does seem to support a whole bunch of "legacy" machines:

Their supported printers page does list the Epson Workforce 635.
 


Well, I have an Epson Artisan 725 that is still plugging along. I have macOS Mojave 10.14.4 on an iMac 27" (late 2012) connected to the printer by wifi ,and it connects fine and prints two-sided whenever I want.

The Epson driver is version 9.00. I have updated the OS to each new release over the years and have never done a clean install. I don't have any ideas on how to get it working for you but just wanted to you to know that at least one does work with Mojave.
 


Ric Ford

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Here's another fix in macOS 10.14.4:
The Verge said:
Apple’s latest macOS software update may have made your new MacBook Air brighter
... Those who eventually install the update might be pleasantly surprised to find that their laptop’s Retina display is suddenly 100 nits brighter than it was before, for a new total of 400 nits brightness. The brightness change has been confirmed by users on Reddit and MacRumors; Apple’s recent macOS 10.14.4 update released on March 25th “corrects the default screen brightness” of the newest MacBook Air models.
 


I used to have a similar Artisan. I just looked at the Epson support site and this is what they recommend: (They indicate that it is current with both macOS 10.14.x and 10.13.x)
It should be noted, and I'd like to poll the group as well, that scanning has been severely hobbled by Mojave.

I have a Brother MFC-9330CDW and after upgrading (?) to Mojave and making sure I was using the latest Brother drivers, the scanner produces output with a wide bar of light blue and pink digital noise down the entire right side of the page.

I have two open tickets with Apple, the first of which was submitted in late November 2018. They escalated me to senior reps, who asked me to send a few scanned files that show the issue and then said "This is a known issue for a lot of people and it should be fixed in a future release." They also recognize this is happening to a lot of manufacturers.

Of course, with lots of people being affected, I expected a resolution fairly quickly. I submitted on macOS 10.14, and we are at 10.14.4 without any resolution.

I wonder how much mucking around was necessary in the OS that Apple seems to have broken both scanning and printing for a wide variety of machines.

Who else is seeing printing/scanning issues? Perhaps we can submit a group ticket of sorts to put more weight on the Apple bug queue.
 



It should be noted, and I'd like to poll the group as well, that scanning has been severely hobbled by Mojave.
I have a Brother MFC-9330CDW and after upgrading (?) to Mojave and making sure I was using the latest Brother drivers, the scanner produces output with a wide bar of light blue and pink digital noise down the entire right side of the page.
... Who else is seeing printing/scanning issues? Perhaps we can submit a group ticket of sorts to put more weight on the Apple bug queue.
I'm still scanning with a Flextight Imacon 343, using Flexcolor v4.8.13. With the next OS upgrade, that scanning software will not work. I will move the scanner to an older iMac here at that time. The OS will not be upgraded on it. I’m keeping it around because it will also read DVD data disks.
 


It should be noted, and I'd like to poll the group as well, that scanning has been severely hobbled by Mojave.
The scanner on my Epson Artisan 725 works as before. The only issue I notice is that the settings return to default each launch, which I prefer, since I scan a variety of items and save to different folders or to email.

iMac late 2012, Mojave 10.14.4, Epson printer version 9.00
 



I have an Epson XP 830 sitting within my desk on a roll-out tray next to my 2012 Mac Pro 5,1 running Mojave 10.14.4. No problems scanning or even printing labels for DVD, CD or BluRay storage media. My Dell H625 cdw is set up on my system, as well, for my business, and it scans and prints amazingly well. Love the Dell!
 


Guetenprint does seem to support a whole bunch of "legacy" machines
Note also that Apple bundles Gutenprint drivers with macOS (at least they did the last time I checked - I don't know for sure about Mojave). They may not be auto-selected with discovering a new printer, but you should be able to select one as a part of manually installing a printer.

I've found that the quality of printing with Gutenprint drivers can vary significantly depending on the printer you've got. (The last time I needed to use one was with an old HP DeskJet 842C printer - text and artwork printed fine, but photo printing always wasted ink and produced bad color quality). Definitely worth trying if nothing else is available, but be sure to test them before you need the printer for something important.
It should be noted, and I'd like to poll the group as well, that scanning has been severely hobbled by Mojave.
I have a Brother MFC-9330CDW and after upgrading (?) to Mojave and making sure I was using the latest Brother drivers, the scanner produces output with a wide bar of light blue and pink digital noise down the entire right side of the page.
macOS has very little to do with scanners. Apple pretty much provides a framework (Image Capture) for third-party developers (like hardware manufacturers) to install drivers - that is, if they include Image Capture (ICA) drivers.

Most of the time, however, your scanner software (and I believe this includes the software from Brother, Epson and many others) only uses macOS for access to the USB interface and does all of the processing on its own.

If you are getting bad scans, then I would treat it as a bug in the Brother software. Go see if they have a newer version you can download and, if not, file a bug report.

Or switch to third-party scanner software (which will run independent of the Brother software or Image Capture). Your MFC-9330CDW is supported by VueScan.
 


Note also that Apple bundles Gutenprint drivers with macOS (at least they did the last time I checked - I don't know for sure about Mojave). They may not be auto-selected with discovering a new printer, but you should be able to select one as a part of manually installing a printer.
They may bundle some but certainly not all. My fairly stock macOS 10.13 system only has only four Epson models (the 9-pin series, 42-pin series and a pair of fax devices), at least that is what happens when I look in the "Use: Select Software..." window when adding a printer.

Similarly, when looking inside /Library/Printers, there is not much there. I seem to recall that printer drivers were no longer being included when we moved away from CD system installers to the online/download installers - maybe OS X 10.9? Since then, there have been some fairly workable "plug in the printer, and the OS downloads the drivers" things going on, so maybe that also includes Gutenprint drivers, but they don't seem to be there in the "standard" installation.
 


It should be noted, and I'd like to poll the group as well, that scanning has been severely hobbled by Mojave.

I have a Brother MFC-9330CDW and after upgrading (?) to Mojave and making sure I was using the latest Brother drivers, the scanner produces output with a wide bar of light blue and pink digital noise down the entire right side of the page.

I have two open tickets with Apple, the first of which was submitted in late November 2018. They escalated me to senior reps, who asked me to send a few scanned files that show the issue and then said "This is a known issue for a lot of people and it should be fixed in a future release." They also recognize this is happening to a lot of manufacturers.

Of course, with lots of people being affected, I expected a resolution fairly quickly. I submitted on macOS 10.14, and we are at 10.14.4 without any resolution.

I wonder how much mucking around was necessary in the OS that Apple seems to have broken both scanning and printing for a wide variety of machines.

Who else is seeing printing/scanning issues? Perhaps we can submit a group ticket of sorts to put more weight on the Apple bug queue.
More information could be helpful:
  • How are you connecting the Brother MFC-9330CDW?
  • Have you tried other than a USB connection?
  • Does it copy properly?
  • Have you sent a fax and checked the result?
  • Are you scanning from Preferences, Image Capture, or, something else?
 


I have an Epson Perfection 1200U that I think is 20 years old (the manual copyright is 1999, and I've probably had it that long - I know I used it under System 9.x). I long ago gave up messing with Epson drivers and just let whatever software comes with Image Capture drive it. It doesn't get heavy use, but has never failed me.
 


I have an Epson Perfection 1200U that I think is 20 years old (the manual copyright is 1999, and I've probably had it that long - I know I used it under System 9.x). I long ago gave up messing with Epson drivers and just let whatever software comes with Image Capture drive it. It doesn't get heavy use, but has never failed me.
I've only had my Canon LIDE 210 half as long, and have never used Canon's software. No issues with macOS 10.14, other than an aging bulb that takes 30 seconds or more to warm up to full brightness.
 


I have a Epson Expression 1600 that is ancient (it has both FireWire 400 and USB). I have used VueScan by Hamerick Software in Phoenix all these years with no issues. The latest Mojave burped over the the FireWire interface, but going to USB worked, and it continues.

I purchased VueScan when he offered free updates for life, and that is still in effect for me.
 


I've found that the quality of printing with Gutenprint drivers can vary significantly depending on the printer you've got. (The last time I needed to use one was with an old HP DeskJet 842C printer - text and artwork printed fine, but photo printing always wasted ink and produced bad color quality). Definitely worth trying if nothing else is available, but be sure to test them before you need the printer for something important.
I have had good luck with Gutenprint drivers. I have a HP 700 plotter that lasted much longer than the printer driver. Besides, this plotter was a PostScript plotter and thus the internal processor was limited and, as time went by, became slow in comparison with newer plotters. The Gutenprint driver on the other hand used, I think, Ghostscript, which was a PostScript rasterizer that ran on the host computer and bypassed the plotter processor. Effectively the plotter became a dumb machine just spraying dots on paper. The quality and performance of the plotter went up dramatically, since the host computer was continually being upgraded.
 


Mojave broke two-sided printing on my Epson Workforce 635. It always prints two-sided with short edge binding, regardless of the setting. I installed all the available updates. It's a 32-bit driver. Dare I hope Epson will update it for macOS 10.15? The printer is over five years old.
ArchiChect says about the current Epson Workforce 365 download for Image Capture (version 5.8.7), "No 32-bit only components were found."

According to the Epson support pages, removing and reinstalling the printer will provide support for macOS 10.14.x. I don't have this printer, so I can't persuade macOS to download the driver for a check.
 


Turning back to Dark Mode, I have found an app that lets me easily have the old High Sierra dark menu bar whilst keeping apps light (all, or individual app settings). It's called NightOwl and is donationware. If you have no desire to keep changing things you can quit it to regain menubar space and your settings remain in effect. No connection, satisfied user etc.
 


I have had good luck with Gutenprint drivers. I have a HP 700 plotter that lasted much longer than the printer driver. Besides, this plotter was a PostScript plotter and thus the internal processor was limited and, as time went by, became slow in comparison with newer plotters. The Gutenprint driver on the other hand used, I think, Ghostscript, which was a PostScript rasterizer that ran on the host computer and bypassed the plotter processor. Effectively the plotter became a dumb machine just spraying dots on paper. The quality and performance of the plotter went up dramatically, since the host computer was continually being upgraded.
I learned long ago to never buy a printer that requires company-supplied/supported drivers to work. Eventually, the company stops supporting it, and the printer becomes a paperweight.

I currently have an HP Laserjet 1320nw, bought around 2004, which is a Postscript networked printer. The wireless only does WEP, so I can't connect it to my Airport Extreme, but it still works over wired ethernet. HP quit supporting it sometime around Mavericks, but Apple's generic Postscript driver works fine. HP still makes toner cartridges for it; I am only on my second one.

USB/non-Postscript printers - never again.
 


I'm having the same problem with the latest version of Mojave described on this page:
StackExchange said:
Automatically Mount Encrypted Core Storage Volume (10.14.4+)
Prior to Mojave 10.14.4, macOS would automatically attempt to mount locked Core Storage volumes, and if the necessary password was found in the current user's keychain this would occur automatically. ... However, macOS no longer appears to be attempting to mount Core Storage volumes automatically, despite the necessary passwords being in either my user keychain, or the system keychain, forcing me to mount them manually with Disk Utility.
Just wondering if anyone else has experience with this.
 


ArchiChect says about the current Epson Workforce 365 download for Image Capture (version 5.8.7), "No 32-bit only components were found."
According to the Epson support pages, removing and reinstalling the printer will provide support for macOS 10.14.x. I don't have this printer, so I can't persuade macOS to download the driver for a check.
I have removed and re-added the printer in System Preferences many times, because the scanner driver loses contact with the printer (connected by USB cable) fairly often, and this process temporarily fixes the scanner problem, but it has no effect on the two-sided printing problem.

I ran Howard Oakley's 32-bitCheck, and, indeed, the Epson printer driver is 64-bit, so my previous statement was wrong. However, the scanner driver I have installed, version 3.7.7.1 (the latest one listed) and other pieces of the Epson software are still 32-bit.

I'm having no problems with the scanner, though obviously version 3.7.7.1 will have to be replaced before I move beyond Mojave. I don't see how installing a scanner driver for Image Capture would affect the printing performance. Would you clarify why you recommended it?
 


Guetenprint does seem to support a whole bunch of "legacy" machines:
Their supported printers page does list the Epson Workforce 635.
I downloaded the latest Gutenprint driver, installed it, and restarted the iMac. I do not see any additional choices in System Preferences for using this driver instead of the Epson one. I could not find any guidance in the user's manual or on the web site. Can you tell me how to use this driver?
 


I downloaded the latest Gutenprint driver, installed it, and restarted the iMac. I do not see any additional choices in System Preferences for using this driver instead of the Epson one. I could not find any guidance in the user's manual or on the web site. Can you tell me how to use this driver?
When adding a new printer in the System Preferences, is "escp2-wf636" available when "manually" assigning the driver?
 


... I'm having no problems with the scanner, though obviously version 3.7.7.1 will have to be replaced before I move beyond Mojave. I don't see how installing a scanner driver for Image Capture would affect the printing performance. Would you clarify why you recommended it?
It was the only related software for your device I could download, so I did and then checked it simply for the information. I had also mentally combined this problem with a scanner problem posted by Hal Feldman.

When I do a new install of a Brother MFC-J450DW, macOS autoselects AirPrint for connections. Selecting Open Scanner on the Scan tab then offers to download the missing scan software. The scanner then responds perfectly in Image Capture.app. This has been tested on macOS versions 10.14.3 through 10.14.5 beta 2.
 


I'm having the same problem with the latest version of Mojave described on this page:
Just wondering if anyone else has experience with this.
Yes, I've been vexed by this as well. I end up having to use a command like
diskutil cs unlockVolume UUID -stdinpassphrase
which is pretty annoying when you have a couple of FileVault disks to unlock at startup. You get the UUID from running
diskutil cs list
as described at this web page:
Der Flounder said:
 


When adding a new printer in the System Preferences, is "escp2-wf636" available when "manually" assigning the driver?
Thank you. I wasn't sure what "manually" assigning the driver meant, even after reading the Mac's help. However, I figured that it meant manually typing something in the "Name:" field in the Add window of the Printers & Scanners preference pane. When the window first opens, that field does not allow data entry. I discovered that I had to select one of the existing printers in the list so that its name appears in the "Name:" field, then I could erase that name and enter the name you gave me. That added the printer with the new driver, but I haven't tried it yet.

As an aside, this is a frustration I have with lots of open-source software. All the instructions are written for people with much more technical knowledge than I have.

In the case of Gutenprint, I see that the magic code "escp2-wf636" is shown in the page of supported printers next to my printer's name; however, there is not even a header on that column to explain what "escp2-wf636" is. Looking at that page, a 70+ page user manual, and a "FAC OS X," nowhere that I could find is a simple "Here are the steps to install this driver on your Mac."
 


Thank you. I wasn't sure what "manually" assigning the driver meant, even after reading the Mac's help. However, I figured that it meant manually typing something in the "Name:" field in the Add window of the Printers & Scanners preference pane. When the window first opens, that field does not allow data entry. I discovered that I had to select one of the existing printers in the list so that its name appears in the "Name:" field, then I could erase that name and enter the name you gave me. That added the printer with the new driver, but I haven't tried it yet.
I may have mislead you. After hitting the "+" button and selecting one of the printers that your Mac can see via USB or network sharing, the "Name:" field can be anything you want (such as "Pat's office printer" or "black printer on the left"). The driver software is defined in the "Use:" field.

The macOS software will try to select an appropriate driver for the "Use:" field (most printers will work with Apple's generic AirPrint driver, or "Generic PostScript" or "Generic PCL", but that might not have all the printer features available), but you can override whatever it comes up with by using the pull-down menu to "Select Software", which will pop up a window with all of your installed drivers, where you can search for the one you want, such as "escp2-wf636". You can limit the listing by typing some characters such as "wf636", or "Epson", or "HP", or whatever.
 


I finally installed macOS 10.14 on my late-2013 Mac Pro (trashcan) with D300 graphics processors, and doing so put several problems to rest:
  • My system is no longer randomly freezing or crashing due to a graphics card/driver error.
  • ChronoSync now can wake up the Mac when sleeping
  • SFGate.com doesn't use 100% of the CPU
I'm finally impressed with an Apple software release!
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. Those days appear to be gone. I have lost the scanner function of my Brother DCP-9045CDN multifunction printer since I upgraded to Mojave. Brother shows this unit as incompatible with Mojave.

Vuescan allows me to scan with the flatbed, but scanning with the document feeder leaves horizontal black bars on the output. I had no such problems scanning from System Preferences -> Printers & Scanners in El Capitan.

Anyway, I doubt Brother is going to provide any updates, the unit is big and clunky (> 50 lbs), and is out of toner anyway (it is a color laser printer). So I want to get a Mojave-compatible multifunction printer with a feeder and auto-duplex scanning. I am okay with an inkjet (I wasn't for awhile which is why I bought the Brother laser printer).

I have had a hard time confirming these requirements (Mojave compatibility, duplex scanning) and there are so many options. I did find a Canon support page listing macOS compatibility.

Any suggestions from the MacInTouch community? I am also looking for a flatbed scanner (for photos and documents) for home use, as my Canoscan 4400F will no longer power up.
 


My original Magic Mouse became very erratic under Mojave 10.14.4 on my 2018 Mac Mini, with frequent disconnects and failure to connect automatically after a restart. The problem began to appear before Mojave, but I learned to live with it.

Turns out MagicPrefs was the culprit. It's over 5 years old and no longer being updated.
MagicPrefs is more than 5 years old now and is no longer mantained, the functionality it provided was made possible by Api's that are now deprecated and reverse engineered private Apple frameworks. Apple is not likely to replace the deprecated Api's nor provide access to the underlying multitouch technology so that's the end of the line for MagicPrefs and similar software.

TLDR if it doesn't work anymore thats it, if it still works then its just a matter of time until it won't.
The built-in [macOS] support is adequate for me. I might try BetterTouchTool, though its myriad features are a somewhat intimidating. They offer a 45-day free trial. It's only $7.50 for a license with two years of updates, after which you are free to use it as long as it keeps working. A lifetime license is $21.
 


Just ran "Grand Perspective" on my Mac Pro 2009 running Mojave and noticed that the "install.log" (/private/var/log/install.log) is 3.6 GB in size.

Is there any way to compact this or otherwise make it smaller? I'm assuming that there are downsides to just tossing it....
 


Just ran "Grand Perspective" on my Mac Pro 2009 running Mojave and noticed that the "install.log" (/private/var/log/install.log) is 3.6 GB in size.
Is there any way to compact this or otherwise make it smaller? I'm assuming that there are downsides to just tossing it....
Answering my own question. I ran the utility "Cocktail" and the install.log is now 12k.
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. ...
Any suggestions from the MacInTouch community? I am also looking for a flatbed scanner (for photos and documents) for home use....
I have excellent success with my (several years old) HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 (I've seen more recent model numbers for today's equivalent printer). No problems connecting under Mojave. Very good flatbed scanner, which also handles multi-page feed. Good software support, including periodic updates to the printer's firmware and the HP/Mac software. Works effortlessly using AirPrint (i.e. without any special "driver"). But also works using HP's special "driver" for this printer. (Perhaps there are some extra features in the HP driver beyond AirPrint, but AirPrint serves my purposes.) Ink is expensive (like all these printers), but at least is available in large-cartridge format.

I don't do very much printing; more scanning, actually, digitizing documents for storage, etc.
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. Those days appear to be gone. I have lost the scanner function of my Brother DCP-9045CDN multifunction printer since I upgraded to Mojave. Brother shows this unit as incompatible with Mojave.
I've had no problems with my Brother printer/scanners. I like the reliability (so far, no repairs or problems in several years) and the double-sided printing. Using an MFC-7460DN, a DCP-L2540D, HL-3170CDW (color), and a DCP-7065DN.
 


One of the reasons I prefer Brother inkjet printers to HP (and maybe other brands) is that Brother has a "purge" function that goes way beyond the usual "cleaning cycles" that all the brands provide. Using the purge function requires some "magic keypresses" on the numeric keypad that provides a considerably stronger inkjet cleaning effect. Downside: It does consume more ink. Upside: It usually rectifies a clogged head in a way that other brands cannot, because they do not have this function. I have a MFC-J6710DW (which scans/prints/faxes 11x17). I've had it since 2011.

The cheap inkjet printers (those with less than 2-year warranties) are disposables; it's not just the cartridges - it's the entire printer. The manufacturers will not support them (with software) for more than a few years beyond the expiration of their warranties, because they do not expect them to last.

I suppose that there's a business case to be made regarding color laser printers, but my math (and my business situation) called for a Brother MFC-2700DW (letter/legal B&W laser), which handles 99% of my needs, and the MFC-J6710DW, as I required an 11x17 scanner (and got the color inkjet for special projects as a bonus). I know it's only a four-color printer but I use it for my B&W photographs and am very happy not to have bought a "photo printer" for many hundreds of $$ (and even more $$$ for the specialized cartridges).
 


I use a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M for scanning - multipage feeder, colour, duplex. That specific model is now out of production, but I think modern equivalents are equally good. I use it with Paperless in a futile attempt to manage all my scanned documents....

I'm generally happy with Epson printers. Use a Workforce 645 here - prints double-sided quite quickly, sheet-fed scanner etc. But like most inkjets, the ink is pricy.

Just bought one of the new Epson giant tanks o'ink (their 'EcoTank' products) for our other place. I bought bottom-of-the-range (2650?), so useless scanner (single sheet) and, although it does do duplex printing, the change-over is slow, so overall print rate for duplex is slower than expected. But man, oh, man - that ink supply! And quite nice photos on plain paper - though not the purpose, it's nice to have.
 


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