Compact printer for index cards? any suggestions?

Hi,
I did a very quick search and didn't seem to find a thread that fit my needs.

I use the GTDtiddly wiki and often update it at the desk, but later have to update my paper notebook (containing cards I printed from the night before). Sometimes i'll have forgotten to print the cards from the night before.

I've got limited desk space at work and all we have are giant laser printers, so going over and putting in index cards is not an option. I've been toying with the idea of getting a refurbed photo printer (or any mobile printer) that i can print out my index cards. As it's only text (and not a full photo) i figured the ink would last a good long time. Does anyone know of a printer that would satisfy my needs? I'm basically looking for a printer that would take index cards (not 8x10 as those printers tend to be large), I'd like it to hold the cards rather than manual feed. I don't wish to spend much more than $70 (less if it's refurbed). The stuff i was reading didn't seem to indicate one way or the other if the mobile photo printers would take anything other than 4x6 or photo stock. And I work with a PC.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Canon PIXMA iP4200 Color Photo Printer for $40 shipped

Canon PIXMA iP4200 Color Photo Printer for $40 shipped

Specs say it takes paper sizes as small as Credit Card(2.13" x3.39"), so you should be able to do index cards with a custom paper size definition.
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Thanks for the link. It

Thanks for the link. It looks a bit big for my application. I was hoping that one of the photo printers (max size print is 5x7 photo) would sit on my desk with the smallest of footprints. I have really a small 3 foot by 5 foot desk that already has a laptop (docked, keyboard, mouse monitor and telephone) leaving me with a very small foot print to put a desk printer, hence my looking towards the photo printers.

Small printer could cost big bucks

Sometimes you pay for portability and reduced size.
Good luck. I'll keep sniffing about.
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PIXMA users - question about margins

What are the print margins for 3x5 pages when printed with a PIXMA? My HP inkjet needs 1/2" on the trailing edge, and I'd happily replace it for $40 if the PIXMA will do 1/8" all around. :-)

I'lll let you know

Not boarderless, but fairly small. I do not have the numbers at hand, but I'll get them. Sad thing is that it would be capable of it if Canon would unclench on their driver.
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Try this one

Lexmark Z1300 -- prices around $30

I googled "compact inkjet printer" and most of what I got had "photo" included. Compact photo printers ain't cheap to but or operate.

Again, good luck.

(Inexpensive/Small/Fast) <-- You might get two out of three.
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Cheap to buy ...

Lexmark printers are dirt cheap to buy but they are expensive to run. Their cartridges typically have only half the capacity compared to those of other printer manufacturers. So although you'll end up spending more than if you bought another brand. The real con is to follow the user manual and buy the same cartridge included with the printer --- those are half the capacity of other Lexmark ones, so you'll only get 1/4 of the print run you'd get from someone else's product.

If left for too long Lexmark ink dries in the nozzles and can't be cleaned off; this prevents the cartridge from being refilled (an increasingly common and cost-effective practice here in Europe).

All round better to buy an Epson or a Canon.

Or are you wanting something like this...?

Canon BJC85 Portable USB Color Bubblejet Printer

Not cheap (in either sense)
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May have found my own solution

I might have found my own winner
Check this out:
HP Photosmart A516

I downloaded the manual from HP and it does indeed support index cards. I've seen this printer up close at office depot the other day. It's 4.6x8.7x4.6 2.6 lbs perfect to sit on the only small square corner of the desk that happens to be empty. I think it maybe the only downside would be the cartridge in that there's no separate black. But as a dedicated photo printer, I'm not surprised. Also I'm hoping i can keep the cost down since i'm only printing text on index card (hence no full page printing with color variation). I'll post back with results.

Thanks ygor for your help!

I have one - it won't print 3x5 cards.

It won't print 3x5. I posted about it here:

Link

It's slow, and the ink will bleed on anything except special photo paper.

Photo printers

It's slow, and the ink will bleed on anything except special photo paper.

This will be a common problem with photo printers. They are designed with the special, coated papers in mind. 3x5s are not typically coated, not even sized or anything--quite raw. If you can find some decent 3x5s one of these would work. Otherwise, you might simply find cheap photo paper that can be printed on both sides--matte or glossy would work, I suppose--but then, you may have problems with pens with glossy--and matte too, now that I think of it.

I guess that maybe photo printers aren't the best way to go? Portable printers may do you better, but I don't know if any print on 3x5.

If possible, I would take a stack of 3x5s to the store with me, and try them out before purchasing.

-Jon

Sadly i figured out the no

Sadly i figured out the no 3x5 problem a little too late. The printer itself is kinda nice so i'm keeping it anyhow. I think ultimately, i'll convert of to 4x6 cards since i keep my cards in my Levengers Jr. folio anyhow. I guess the problem will be if i need templates from the hipster. I still like having this very small printer on my desk for accessibly dumping out new lists.

Help! Help! 3x5 Printer

I too am looking for a printer to print 3x5 cards. I would not object to a laser printer. Any suggestions?

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Please read the thread

I suggested three printers. Two of them very inexpensive.
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How bout a laser?

How bout a laser?

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Specs ?

Any requirements other than able to print to index cards ?
Price range ?
Color ?

Start with "Monochrome Laser Printers Reviews"
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Not terribly compact; Not huge - HP Deskjet 932C

I know it's an oldie! And it's not compact! But if you can find a used one around at a second hand store, they run forever. Ink is reasonable. And it prints index cards!

really?

I have one of these...how do you feed 3x5s for the best results? Thanks, --Ray.

Index cards

Don't do them myself. I primarily print classic size for my Daytimer. For best functionality of the Deskjet 932C, install the full HP software (930-enu-xp.exe). It's available as a download. This gives the options to print a handful of preset sizes as well as a custom size function.

Interestingly, ideas are contagious and I may have contracted the index card bug myself. Thinking of doing a 5"x7" index pda.

I'll be messing around with printing index cards this week and post my results.

Old Lexmark Z25/35

I had an old Lexmark Zsomething - I think 25 or 35 - that is the only printer I've had that will feed a stack of 3x5 index cards. This old printer was a freebie from Dell (IIRC) so wasn't an expensive printer and it made the loudest racket when printing! If you can find an old one, I can vouch that it does work with 3x5s.

I print most of my 3x5s with a B&W laser (Brother HL-1435) but the cards need to be hand-fed in the manual slot. They print fine, though.

A little portable printer I have, a Canon i80, also works well, but it's: 1) expensive, 2) has expensive and TINY refills, and 3) has be hand-fed like the Brother laser. (It's a very small printer and does what I need it to do very well, so , yes, it was worth the money, imo.)