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Old 07-31-2007, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Inkjet Printer Comparisons - Epson & Hp models

Hello everyone!

Just wanted to know if any of you or anyone you know have had any experience with the following photo inkjet printers:

Epson Stylus Photo R800 Postscript an option
Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Postscript an option
Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Postscript an option

HP 9800 Not Postscript compatable

I've taken your responses in consideration, but I'm not yet sure a postscript printer will be useful. The Espon's above all offer it as an option (software sold separately). All the above are wide-format, which is important to me.

I can't yet afford the big fancy ones some of you guys use, but these are some I've been researching on the internet and there are some on Ebay (new or barely used) for a decent price.

Any thoughts appreciated!

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Old 08-01-2007, 05:58 AM   #2
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Any thoughts appreciated!

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KT already said it. Look at how much the replacement ink/toner costs. That is the first factor to calculate, and something you don't want to consider too late. Then figure longevity and reliability. A printer that lasts forever and never breaks down is best.

What helped me on printers was, in a certain section of the library there was this rack of magazines or something on computers, and one of them reviewed just about every type of printer. I stumbled across it and sat down with it for a long time. I can't remember its name. But that was really helpful.

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Old 08-01-2007, 12:08 PM   #3
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shelly: Epson Stylus Photo R800 Postscript an option
Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Postscript an option
Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Postscript an option
HP 9800 Not Postscript compatable
I wouldn't suggest the Epson 1280 at this point as it's a very old printer but if you got it at a really, really good price (like $50) go for it otherwise skip it...

Personally, I don't care for HP inkjets primarily because in the past--not sure if this is accurate now--paper selection was very limited--I do what most would call fine art printing with my Epson 4000 (17" wide printer) and rarely if ever use Epson papers as I prefer the paper from Hawk Mountain Art Papers--lovely paper and a nice company to work with. I also print my cards on Strathmore Creative Cards carstock (gorgeous stuff!) using a custom paper profile...

Of the printers you have listed above, I'd suggest the Epson 2200 or perhaps the 2400 (see below) as they both print 13" wide--the Epson R800 is a letter sized printer and I think that's too narrow...

I really don't know if you need the postscript option...a lot may depend on the type of stuff you are printing. I have an HP 2200D laser printer--1200dpi, postscript, duplex--that I bought on ebay for about $100 (with shipping) that I use for everything except my artwork. That might be an option for you...

I'm not sure if you saw my reply to your "Best inkjet for artwork" thread but here's what I suggested there:

There are also 13" wide Epson inkjets and if 13" wide would work for you, then you might consider:

1. Epson Stylus Photo 1400 - I don't know anything about this printer...I think it may be new but the price is certainly in your ballpark at $324 (after a $75 mail-in rebate--normally sells for $399)

2. Epson Stylus Photo 1800 at $549

3. Epson Stylus Photo 2400 at $849

Also take a look at the Clearance Center > Inkjets at epson.com (this is the link to the US site) as they have a refurbished Epson Stylus Photo 1800 for $349 which is a good deal--I've purchased Epson refurb's and can recommend them--and they also have a refurbished Epson Stylus Photo 2400 for $599...

Also check ebay...

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Be sure to look at the Canon printers as well. I don't know if they have anything in your size/price range, but people who have them seem fond of them. I've got one of the sub $100 cheapies and am delighted with it.

   
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A lot would depend on what Shelly's is printing...I think she's looking for a printer to print her artwork and I'm not sure that an inexpensive printer would do the trick--particularly if she wanted to use fine art paper. Additionally, I think these inexpensive printers all tend to be letter-sized which sort of limit you when printing artwork...

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I'm not suggesting the cheapies, just that if the Canon cheapie is this good, their higher-end printers should be worth a look as well.

Not that I put it at all clearly ...

And assuming (oops) that there *are* higher end Canon printers. Dunno, really.

   
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And assuming (oops) that there *are* higher end Canon printers.
There are these, at least. And I have recently seen big ads in the New York Times for Canon systems for large-scale commercial printing.

   
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LOL!!There are...I'd go with an HP before I'd buy a Canon inkjet (and the ones ref'd in KT's post are very expensive) although as I'm sure you know...I'm much more partial to Epson inkjets although after reading the review of the HP B9180 that Syllables mentioned, it sounds like a good printer too...

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Thanks ...

As Terri says, a bit out of the target price range, but good to know about.

   
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