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Old 03-04-10, 02:46 PM   #1
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Need a NEW home printer - recommendations?

My old work horse - Canon i900D which was at one time, top-o-the-line, died. Sucks cause I just bought a much of ink for it (which I hope to take back). Anyway, I need to find a general purpose photo ink jet printer, would like to stay under $500.

What do you use and what would you recommend?

Here are some I am looking at:

Canon Pixma Pro9000 II

Epson Stylus 1400 (but would love to get the 1900)

on the lowend:

Canon Pixma iP4700
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Old 03-04-10, 02:48 PM   #2
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Go to CNet and read some reviews. PM me and I will give you my user name and password for consumer reports if you want. Check the number and prints per cartridge and the cost of refill ink. That can make a cheap printer really expensive really fast.
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Old 03-04-10, 03:03 PM   #3
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Thanks JSharr have already been to Cnet and Consumer Report which is where I got those choices but... you never know - I always like to hear what people have to say and what experience they've had. I tried to get the old one fixed cause it was just a good printer that suited my needs but I think the mfg builds in a blow up button after awhile (plus sadly the engineer told me it was full of cat fur and that caused a short - now how did that happen? )
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Thanks JSharr have already been to Cnet and Consumer Report which is where I got those choices but... you never know - I always like to hear what people have to say and what experience they've had. I tried to get the old one fixed cause it was just a good printer that suited my needs but I think the mfg builds in a blow up button after awhile (plus sadly the engineer told me it was full of cat fur and that caused a short - now how did that happen? )
printing all those LOL cats pics I would imagine...............
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I had a Canon 560(?) that worked great, until it didn't. Lasted about 6 years. Right now use a Brother fax/copier/printer, that works ok....
We are not what I would consider heavy duty users, tho. Do use a fair amount of graphics stuff. (t-shirt transfers, photos, etc)
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OK here's what is funny - my printer - 6 years old. I tell ya - the mfg builds something in to blow it up after 6 years!!!!!
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OK here's what is funny - my printer - 6 years old. I tell ya - the mfg builds something in to blow it up after 6 years!!!!!
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Do you need an inkjet printer? Especially to print photos?

I recently bought a Brother 9840CDW color laser printer. $550. This bad boy has it all. No, it does not print high quality photos. However, my wife and I have gotten away from printed photos. And if the occasional need arises for a printed photo, there are a multitude of places online that can serve your needs cheaply and with better quality than a lot of inkjet printers can produce. That my wife, queen of a colossal hive of paper documents and photos, has accepted this change is a big endorsement for going away from inkjets to the laser printer.

Generally, laser printers are more affordable in the long run. Ink, even from alternative sources, makes inkjets too expensive despite their cheap upfront cost. Over time, your inkjet will fail to reproduce colors accurately as the print head ages. Just the way it is.

Consider a general purpose color laser printer and outsource your photo printing. Just my $0.02.
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Interesting never thought of Laser due to cost.

I do like to print photos but my main use of the computer is graphics/art work. I am into scrapbooking and design and I make my own cards and other silly craft stuff. I do like photography and will use my photos to make cards which is why I liked having a high quality photo printer. I just always thought laser cartridges were way more expensive than ink jet. I actually would like laser because it then allows me to draw over, watercolor etc the images which I can't do with ink jet.
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the ink jets I used way back when were always drying out = wasted $$. Maybe they've improved, but laser toner doesn't do that.
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Old 03-04-10, 04:49 PM   #11
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I switched from Epson to Canon (have the IP6700D now) after the Epson kept clogging after a few weeks of non-use. The Canon never clogs even if I don't use it for months and it prints very good quality photos.
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I switched from Epson to Canon (have the IP6700D now) after the Epson kept clogging after a few weeks of non-use. The Canon never clogs even if I don't use it for months and it prints very good quality photos.
My now dead printer was a Canon ( I tend to be a Canon geek having Canon cameras, scanner etc) - it was a good little printer - may it rest in peace!

I am leaning towards the Epson - it uses a new dye formulation - Claria - that promises to be awesome...
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Old 03-04-10, 05:41 PM   #13
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laser is not expensive any more. when i last looked, it was a bit more but the ink was really expensive compared with the toner.
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Epson ink cartridges - WAY $$$$

Canon, Kodak - cheap ink that holds well. I buy printers based on ink prices.
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Yeah a friend who has a school photography biz bought a color laser for his level of commercial needs for <$1k (so presumably one just for home needs would be <<$1k).
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I hope my Canon MP780 never dies. It's going on 6 years old so I'm scared now.

I did replace the print head to the tune of $60. Totally worth it, as I can get a full pack of ink (2 black, 3 color) for $10 on Ebay. Not the refills, just good generic cartridges that print great pictures and last maybe 3 months of moderate use. An absolute steal compared to premium ink.

Conclusion: When my canon dies, I'll prolly buy another. That's all I got.
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I would probably stay away from a laserprinter; they simply cannot match an inkjet for photographic-quality prints. Not to mention they're prohibitively expensive in large-format sizes.

I vote for the Canon printers. It has much lower per-page ink costs than Epson or HP. I defected to Canon after 10-years of Epson support simply because the Canons' prints looks better and lasted longer for the same costs. I had cut out HP 10-years earlier because their software was crap and they didn't have a large-format printer on the market. The Canon Pixma line is simply incredible. I like the Pro9000 line they reviewed here: http://imaging-resource.com/PRINT/CP9KII/PRO9K2.HTM

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Have your pictures printed by a photo lab, less fuss and can find good deals in the sunday paper ads for pharmacies, which generally do a decent job printing pretty good pictures. My girlfriend printed an 8x10 of a beautiful falls picture I took, and it came out GREAT from a pharmacy photo lab. They have far better printers, and some might even have real photo developing machines

Then, buy a laser black and white printer if you still need a printer. My brother picked up a samsung a few years back on a black friday sale. WOW is that printer fast. about 2 seconds per page if that.

I will never own an ink jet again myself. I dont use them enough, and the ink dries up. Toner is good for quite some time... Cheap if you refill your own
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HP laserjets... if you can find one used with USB port and don't mind only having white, grey, greyer, greyest, black, blacker and blackest colours on your paper.
the sheer volume of papers a laserjet can print off far outweighs the initial cost and cost of the cartridges (which don't dry out like inkjets).

next in line is epson, then samsung.

but if you want quality photo prints, which probably cost more than having them printed out at a photoshop, pixima.
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Which printer is best will depend on your use for it.

My experience is this. Epson is geared towards the highest quality photo reproduction possible on high quality photo papers but compromises other uses to suit this end. They are slow at printing black and white text and don't produce the best quality prints on papers that aren't absolute top quality. Other printers out there such as Canon are much better all round printers but the lose a tiny bit of absolute photo quality on photo papers compared to Epson printers.

It sounds to me like you would be better off with an all rounder.

Now I DO use Epson printers for the photo quality but you put up with slow performance in other area's.
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Full-body shudder at the thought of using an inkjet ever again. Slow, noisy, expensive, wasteful, fragile... ugh.

It's all about laser for day-to-day use, and using a shop for actual prints.
Keep in mind this is not for the office or reports or representations. This is for photos and crafts. I haven't read anything that says laser is better than ink jet for that function.
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Which printer is best will depend on your use for it.

My experience is this. Epson is geared towards the highest quality photo reproduction possible on high quality photo papers but compromises other uses to suit this end. They are slow at printing black and white text and don't produce the best quality prints on papers that aren't absolute top quality. Other printers out there such as Canon are much better all round printers but the lose a tiny bit of absolute photo quality on photo papers compared to Epson printers.

It sounds to me like you would be better off with an all rounder.

Now I DO use Epson printers for the photo quality but you put up with slow performance in other area's.
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Thanks Anthony that's very helpful - I think you are steering me back to a Canon product - I know they are reliable.
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I've had a Canon IP3000 for quite a few years. Its a great printer. Photos are great.
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I have a Kodak "All in one" Printer (ESP-3). So far, I've been quite happy with it, and it only cost $98 at Walmart. The ink cost has been about half what our Epson cost us. Doc quality has been excellent, and photo printing looks like photolab quality prints.
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Tom you know I can't shop Walmart (just because)... but I have Fry's Electronics - the Ultimate Man Land - to puruse...
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