Photo Ink Jets - Canon i850 and HP 7550
I've been using a general purpose ink jet, HP932c, but now have a D100. Now I want to have better photo print capability, but I have not yet recovered from the D100 sticker shock.
If any of you have opinions on a good photo inkjet under $300, or on these two models specifically, please share them with me.
#1. "RE: Photo Ink Jets - Canon i850 and HP 7550" | In response to Reply # 0JoeSlotz Registered since 17th Jul 2002Fri 27-Dec-02 11:15 AM
I am in the same quandry. I have been using a Lexmark Z43 with excellent results. The Lexmark take 12 minutes to print an 8x10. I uses 4 colors in 2 cartridges that cost a total of $70 to replace. The entire printer only cost $80 to begin with.
I have done some research and I am leaning towards the Canon S900 (The S9000 does prints bigger that 8x10). I have seen prints from it and they are amazing. It has been reported that you can print an 8x10 at the highest quality level and its done in 2 minutes. It uses 6 colors, each color can be replced individually (about $11 each). The prints are suppose to last 25 years before fading (if using the right paper). Also, the entire print head can be replaced without sending it in for repair. The S900 was selling at BestBuys for $250 USD.
#2. "RE: Photo Ink Jets - Canon i850 and HP 7550" | In response to Reply # 1beezy Registered since 21st Dec 2002Fri 03-Jan-03 01:51 AM
I'm amazed at the quality of the Lexmark Z55 for plain paper printing. However, I'm also in favor of the S900 over the 850i because it uses 6/7 colors, each individually replaceable, and it seems there might be something to the tiny droplet capabilities.
I have only seen samples of the s900 and the other printers at the computer shops. Unfortunately, too often the quality is poor because the ink cartridges have run low, or the printers have been messed up by too many curious shoppers.
So it's down to the s900 or ... does anyone else out there have another recommendation? I can wait a while before the final purchase.
#3. "RE: Photo Ink Jets - Canon i850 and HP 7550" | In response to Reply # 2brooksfarm pa Nikonian since 04th Apr 2002Thu 23-Jan-03 01:13 PM
I just ran three borderless 4x6 prints off my new S900. I think this is going to work out fine! (I have heard, however, that you have to keep on top of the potential for clogged print heads.)
Canon is not selling this printer anymore from its website. They took my order, then said it was on back order, and eventually told me (after some prodding) that they would not restock. I was able to get a new S900, however, from B&H for $239 plus about $16 s/h. The cable is extra, the cartridges that ship with the printer are starters and I think will not last long, and the included medium is 5 sheets of 4x6 borderless pro paper.
The above is not a complaint--just information.
I chose the S900 over the S9000 because prints larger than approx. 8x10 are not important to me right now and thus not worth the extra money. I looked at the HP 7550 up close and read the specs. Even though I've gotten good use at home from my Photosmart 1215 and at work from another HP, I like the Canon 900 much more than the 7550. I also considred the Epson 2200--a beauty I'm told--but the best price I've seen is $699 at B&H.
I had a little trouble installing the S900 on my MAC (OSX 10.2.2), but got it up and running after a while and had to call technical support (free) only to figure out how to calibrate. The MAC instructions are not totally clear because they were written for MAC OS9, but it's doable, the download works, and tech. support was actually supportive and polite.
Hope all of this is not too much info.
Bottom line: on my first day using the S900, I'm glad I bought it.
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#4. "RE: Photo Ink Jets - Canon i850 and HP 7550" | In response to Reply # 0
I just now hooked up a new Canon i850s (Sam's Club version for $150; includes USB cable but not eligible for the $30 rebate). This won't be much of a review because I've only tried a few prints, but so far I'm impressed. It's quiet and fast, and did an amazing print (about 4 x 6) on some Epson Glossy Photo Paper, which was the only photo paper I had on hand. The image was dark, but it picked up the nuances of brown, red, and green and detail in the darker areas. I scanned the film negative with a Nikon IV film scanner to get the image. This printer has 4 ink cartridges, black, yellow, cyan, and magenta, but prints only up to 8.5" wide sheets. Apparently it is capable of borderless prints, but haven't tried that yet.
I purchased this after a fairly extensive web search. I was originally looking at the Epson C82, but this Canon consistently had better reviews. I'll be trying to brighter, more colorful images in a few days, so hopefully no negative surprises.
#5. "RE: Photo Ink Jets - Canon i850 and HP 7550" | In response to Reply # 0
Maybe we'll get some early feedback from Daishi above
re the new i950. Replacement for the S900.
Perhaps prices may drop on the i850??
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