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i want a new printer. lemme have some suggestions, please.

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Cjloncki
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Message posted at 08/06/2009, 01:01:37 AM by Cjloncki
i currently have an old HP photosmart 7350.

it costs $47 to print 100 photos.

its time for a new printer.

i've been reading a few dozen reviews on a couple specific printers.

its starting to get me pretty angry.



website A has a review that says 'its a great printer' - but website B says 'this thing is junk'.

and on top of that, there are multiple discussions from the website forum members saying exactly the opposite of what the initial reviewer said.



so, instead of tossing a dart into a catalog page, i turn to you for advice.



what printer do YOU use? (or have personal experience using)

is it reliable?

is it accurate?

can it print on cd's?



the brand name is unimportant to me.. so please, no arguments over which is better.

i just need some solid recommendations.



thanks!

Chas~
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Southernstar71
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Message posted at 08/06/2009, 08:12:16 AM by Southernstar71
Maybe some more information about what you're looking for would be useful.



Approximate budget?

What you're going to use the printer for? Contact sheets? Home prints (meaning that the final prints are made by a lab)? Prints that you're going to give to clients?

Type of paper/format you're likely to use most? (10x15, A4, A3+, special papers, etc.)

You mention printing on CDs, is this for your personal archive CDs or do you give them to clients?



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Cjloncki
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Message posted at 08/06/2009, 13:16:52 PM by Cjloncki

Originally posted by Southernstar71:
Quoted Message: Maybe some more information about what you're looking for would be useful.



Approximate budget?

What you're going to use the printer for? Contact sheets? Home prints (meaning that the final prints are made by a lab)? Prints that you're going to give to clients?

Type of paper/format you're likely to use most? (10x15, A4, A3+, special papers, etc.)

You mention printing on CDs, is this for your personal archive CDs or do you give them to clients?







great questions, Southernstar!

it would be for home/personal use.

i mostly print 4x6 borderless & the occasional 8x10 for the wife.

as far as budget goes... i'll go up to $500.

and the cd printing would just be a bonus feature.

its not required.. but it would be nice to have.



the main points are:

economy

quality

color accuarate



Chas~
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Cjloncki
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Message posted at 08/11/2009, 11:53:36 AM by Cjloncki
soooo....



no one has any ideas on a decent printer? :(

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Red
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Message edited at 08/11/2009, 12:25:13 PM by Red
There are so many printer reviews out there. Pick one in your price range and google for info. We still don't know enough details, Mac or Windows, do you want one with a card reader in it, what kind of paper do you usually use, is the cost of ink a factor, how many prints do you run off a month, do you want one that you can color-calibrate, etc? It's kind of like recommending a good restaurant - if you go and have a bad experience because you don't like seafood and that is the specialty you won't think it is as good as the person who recommended it. I've had Epson and Canon printers and they've worked fine, but each has it's quirks and strong points. It depends on what's important to you. Even if you find one with good reviews you could get a lemon, they are pretty much all made out of plastic. Here's a general review site (which was really easy to find) -



Inkjet Printers


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Noonie
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Message posted at 08/12/2009, 08:59:53 AM by Noonie
I have a 7350, too and was wondering about this. I love the quality I get from this one, so it's scary to get another. The option I would want is larger prints but is it worth the money? I've just outsourced all of my orders for large prints, most people will pay whatever....the 4X6 is no problem to me since they send me a ton of paper every time I order ink! Do you need some 4X6 paper?? Come get it.....
Nikon and sometimes an older Olympus.

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Susanfindlay
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Message posted at 08/13/2009, 08:01:36 AM by Susanfindlay
I have both an Epson 1410 and 9880 printers and I am happy with both.

The 1410 produces fantastic photos, however, the cost of ink is quite pricey, especially if you have quite a few images to print out. I also use this printer with dye sublimation inks, using a second set of cartridges.



I use the larger printer for my canvas prints and when printing on an archival photo paper, again the results are stunning.



All in all, I would recommend buying an Epson printer, however, where the ink cost comes into the equation, the larger printers are more economical.



Oh and I forgot to mention, the 1410 comes with a CD tray, although, mine is still in its wrapper.
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Macdaddy
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Message posted at 08/14/2009, 11:47:09 AM by Macdaddy
Here are the two printers that I use in my graphic design studio:

Xerox Phaser 6120

HP Photosmart C4480

I have the Xerox networked to 3 of my Macs and the HP to just one Mac. The Xerox is a Postscript Laser printer and the HP an Inkjet.
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