Printer Recommendations around $200 canadian?
to narrow down my search it would be helpful if some of you gurus could point out some printers in the $200+/- range? With that price, i'm obviously not looking for professional results, but they should be about as good as supermarket photolabs I figure. And cost of use shouldn't be crazy either. I hear Epson's new printers use chips to prevent aftermarket inks and refills to be used. And I also hear that epson's ink nozzles get clogged if you don't use the printer for a little while. So despite hearing epson's quality to be slightly higher, i'm looking for something more user friendly. Perhaps Canon? Any opinion on the i850? Any other thoughts? Thanks all!
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#1. "RE: Printer Recommendations around $200 canadian?" | In response to Reply # 0JMWarren Registered since 23rd Jun 2002Sat 18-Jan-03 06:20 PM
You can pick up an EPSON Photo 820 for around $149 here in toronto, sometimes less. The trick is to turn it off after printing. If you leave it on the heads will clog. I don't know much about Canon printers but my advice is to check out the same image printed on both. Most henrys will do this for you.
#2. "The Epson 820..." | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberSat 18-Jan-03 10:32 PM
...is $99 US, and has exactly the same print engine as its more capable brethren, including the 1280. If you start with an 820, you won't have to re-invent your workflow when you move up to the next level with a 1280 or 2200. I've owned both and 870 and (currently) a 1280, and head clogs have been few and far between. Turn the printer on when you need it, and off when you don't (at the printer, and not at the power strip) and you should have little problem. The few clogs I have experienced have been fixed by running the head cleaning utility or swapping the cartridge (especially when they are almost empty). I have run all of my Epsons (I have more at work) completely ragged, and they have all been troopers. I'm not a big fan of third-party ink, because of the potential for wreaking havoc with your color management and standard workflow, as well as the potential problems with hardware incompatibility and warranty voiding. If you choose to go third party, do so at your own risk. What you might consider is that even using Epson inks and paper, you can still print a letter-size print at 1440 dpi for just over $1 on heavyweight matte paper. At larger sizes and/or with more expensive media, your ink costs begin pale against the cost of the paper. And there ain't no way to get a quality print on cheap paper. The closest you can come is Epson's Heavyweight Matte, which is a really nice paper for many applications, about $0.25 a sheet at letter size.