I'm currently in the market for a photo printer for my senior project. I've been trying to decide which printer to go with and decided on the 785 EPX, but after looking at both the 785 and the 820, they appear to be the same printer with the exception of the memory card slot. Is there something I'm missing?? I know its only $50, but right now thats an important $50 (Prom is comming)
If anyone has any insight, it will be greatly appreciated.
#1. "Same print engine..." | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberTue 30-Apr-02 09:11 PM
Basically, the 820 has a 32 kB print buffer, and the 785EPX has a 35 kB print buffer and a memory card slot. That translates to not much difference in print speed, so unless you need the card reader, save $50.
#2. "RE: Epson 820 vs Epson 785 EPX" | In response to Reply # 0Bob_H Nikonian since 09th Feb 2002Tue 30-Apr-02 10:47 PM
It looks to me that they use different ink cartridges. This could be an issue if you want to refill cartridges. I own the 890 and discovered that I could refill the cartridges. The savings are dramatic. For $80 (CDN)I have $800 (CDN) worth of new cartridges. I cannot tell the difference in the output at all. I needed to buy the chip resetter as well so my total investment was around $120 (CDN)
Epson is apparently changing the chip in there new cartridges and coupled with that software in the driver that will track cartridge serial numbers so that a cartridge can only be used once.
The only other issue is longevity of prints. If you keep them in a photo album or under glass no issue. If you display them without then they will fade. This is true of prints from the one-hour store as well. It just takes a little longer.
I would expect that the performance would be similar. I asked the Epson rep at a local computer store about the 820 and he said that it was similar to the 890 except that it was a little slower.
So after all that rambling if you are interested in refilling your cartridges to save money the 875 can be refilled. I don't know about the 820
Hope that is helpful.
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