If you don't need absolutely giant prints then the Epson printer recommended is really the best. I don't think that you will find anyone who will disagree; I have not seen a magazine or website that disagreed with this idea.
The only slight difference might be that some recommend using one for B&W and one for color. Going back and forth on the same machine between B&W ink and color isn't very practical. I think most think the color ink works well enough for B&W though.
Your thinking of the S9000 which does the large prints. THe S900 was replaced by the i950 as of February 3rd. THe new 2 picoliter nozzles give incredible color transitions. Do a Google search for "Canon i950 review" and take a read.
maybe you can point me to a URL but I haven't seen any reviews of the i950 yet, the printer is just to new
I know of someone on another forum who has one and he seemed to like it. I like the fact that the printer can generate color profiles automaticly for the different paper types you may use (this is a huge plus to me)
ive got a 2000P and unfortuanly its pretty poor and ive seen results of the new Ultra chrome ink in the 2200P and its also poor at reds and well i wouldn't buy one if i where you find a good lab that does printing from digital file onto FUJI Crystal Archive Gloss or matte thats archival and great colour and gess what No dots !!! give it a very high res file (400PPI and nosiless) and you wouldn't know its digital even under a loupe !!! I wasted thousands on inkjet printing and mine is now sitting next to me now with its ink lights flashing and it will continue to do so if how ever you wnat a inkjet get a normal plain ink non archival one as the colour is much better. whats the use of archival prints if they look faded out of the printer ! and they suffer from colour casts
My daughter, who works as a graphics designer in Los Angeles, has an Epson 2200 and a Canon S9000. She prefers the S9000 because the print quality was as good as the Epson and many times faster. She also felt the color accuracy was slightly better on the S9000. Her own experience with the S9000 was the reason for my decision.
I am in the process of trying to replace my old Epson 880 with a larger format printer that will use the newer inks. How do you feel about the 1280? I hear a lot of good things about the 2200,but also a lot of frustration on this forum, too. Also, what is the street price on the canon s9000 ?