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Old 02-07-2002, 02:13 PM
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Greg, if you cruise the Adobe boards, you'll see that most of the people there use Epson's. And frankly, I used their experience to make my decision. I don't know anything about the Lexmark, they may be great. My personal decision was based on what people (like Doug) who have a lot more experience than me choose.

I am sure there are some great non-Epson printers out there. I just don't have the money to experiment. ie. I went with the herd. moooo

My refurbished 1270 looked brand new when I got it. I couldn't find any evidence it had been used. I checked the company out at www.resellerratings.com

I subscribe to the epson-leben inkjet group and have learned a lot there.

I'll shutup now.

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Old 02-07-2002, 06:46 PM
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Just wondering, how much did you pay for your used 1270?
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Old 02-07-2002, 07:03 PM
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Hi Greg,

It was $238, plus a very reasonable shipping fee. The funny thing was, I found that you can get different prices from the same site using different search engines. I was using mysimon.com I think when I found this price.

I don't know if this was used or not. It certainly doesn't show any wear.

One hint though. I wish I had read more about this before. You don't need the paper holder to make large prints off a roll. I bought a roll of photo paper and a paper holder. The directions said to cut the paper so I didn't need the holder.

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Old 02-07-2002, 10:55 PM
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Sharon - I was being facetious - the 1160 is in fact a perfectly decent printer, ESPECIALLY (I've heard) when used with the Cone piezography system. WHICH I can't get in Zimbabwe, nor can I get ordinary Epson cartridges without remortgaging the house. Hence my problems, but you being in US should get along just fine with the 1160 - good luck!!

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Old 02-07-2002, 11:09 PM
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Okay, sometimes I want to divorce various parts of my computer too. Sometimes I want to....well, I better not say, it's running pretty good now. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't something intrinsic to that printer.

Thanks Sam,

Sharon
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Old 02-08-2002, 02:37 PM
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I am using the 1270's little brother, the 870, since (1) I am a cheapskate and found one *new* for $94, and (2) I am not a pro and have little need to produce anything bigger than 8x10, and if I do I can always send it to a bureau. I couldn't justify the extra cost for another 3".

The 870/1270 are more or less the gold standard for photo inkjets. For about 3x the money you might be able to find an entry-level dye sub printer, similar to the ones you find at the Kodak kiosks. Hard to beat the initial cost for the Epsons, though, and I have not found the expendibles to be all that expensive---a box of heavyweight matte paper, 50 letter-size sheets, runs about $10 by mail-order, and color cartridges are about $18. I can print four 4x6 photos on a sheet of heavyweight matte if I crop or scale them just a little, and that brings my per-image cost down to way under what even a drugstore reprint would cost.

Now, getting it set up perfectly has proven to be a chore for many. I find that color works quite well, to my eye anyway, but that black-and-white is often not quite up to par. Getting scanner calibrated to monitor calibrated to printer is always frustrating and rarely 100% successful, but the therbligs can be kept to a minimum with some experimentation.
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Old 02-08-2002, 03:59 PM
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H/P deskjet 952c
prints look wonderful/great color/sips ink/problem with h/p photo quality paper smudging if wet...if I take a q tip and smudge a corner...it will smudge. With Thomasgeorges suggestion of only using matte heavy weight paper this isn't a problem anymore....I am going to get an epson though!
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Old 02-08-2002, 04:30 PM
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I am using the 1270's little brother, the 870, since (1) I am a cheapskate and found one *new* for $94, and (2) I am not a pro and have little need to produce anything bigger than 8x10, and if I do I can always send it to a bureau. I couldn't justify the extra cost for another 3".

The 870/1270 are more or less the gold standard for photo inkjets. For about 3x the money you might be able to find an entry-level dye sub printer, similar to the ones you find at the Kodak kiosks. Hard to beat the initial cost for the Epsons, though, and I have not found the expendibles to be all that expensive---a box of heavyweight matte paper, 50 letter-size sheets, runs about $10 by mail-order, and color cartridges are about $18. I can print four 4x6 photos on a sheet of heavyweight matte if I crop or scale them just a little, and that brings my per-image cost down to way under what even a drugstore reprint would cost.

Now, getting it set up perfectly has proven to be a chore for many. I find that color works quite well, to my eye anyway, but that black-and-white is often not quite up to par. Getting scanner calibrated to monitor calibrated to printer is always frustrating and rarely 100% successful, but the therbligs can be kept to a minimum with some experimentation.
Is the 870 the same exact quality (6 colors) just 3 inches less?
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Old 02-08-2002, 04:55 PM
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It's more than 3". The 1270/80/90 print up to 13"X44". But if you don't need or want the larger size, then, yes they are the same. (As far as I know)

Sharon
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Old 03-01-2002, 07:24 AM
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Photo Printers

I guess no one likes the 2000P. Am I the only person who has one.
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