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OK. If it hadn't happened, this printer would have probably gotten an ok rating. First of all I am writing this on behalf of my friend Darwin Parlson in Ottawa. But unfortunately, the little "incident" had done something to me.
1. The Looks
Something this printer lacks in. It looks like a block of concrete really shaped in the form of a printer. The dark grey color makes it look very dreary and not so much of a color printer. But if you want a printer looking for a printer and not so much looks, then by all means, this printer is ok.
2. The Print
The print was ok. There is pretty good color range, but you'll notice the dots in the color. It makes the picture look more non realistic. The ink sometimes is blotchy and leaves the paper wet. Also when it is printing, you'll notice the great orchestra of noise in it's printing process. Loud enough to wake up my friend's neighbours! Fortunately, they know all about it.
Now one decent thing about this printer is the price. My friend had bought this at the Future Shop (Canadian Store) for about $350 Canadian (Pound price, divide by about 2.25 on the calculator). I guess it is cheap enough if you look at the cartridge. I mean $49 for one and you need 3 to operate this printer. I mean how much ink this printer uses is a lot!!
4. THE INCIDENT
Now I think some of you are wanting to hear the incident which I regret would move this printer raiting from 3 to 2. I was in Ottawa to find work and at the current time, staying at Darwin's place. Anyway, I had a small job of typing up paper's for this office guy. So, one day, new cartridges were placed into the machine. I had just completed typing the 26 page report needed by the office guy (he didn't want his name on here), and so I printed it. I went to the washroom while the printer was printing. I come back and the printer was smoking! So, I quickly unplug the printer and guess what! Kaboom! Well not really an explosion, but the ink cartridges explode the ink. It destroyed the papers and my favorite shirt. Maybe I've done something wrong, but I'm pretty sure I haven't done anything. Besides, the ink cartridges were put in by Darwin (He's a computer technician). So whatever the real reason for the incident. I'm going to have to rate the BJC 5000 a mere 2.