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Old 01-23-2005, 08:40 PM
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Question Printer advice

I'm hoping someone can help me..

I need a new printer. My budget is not great, but I have narrowed down 2 printers and I'm hoping someone has some idea of the worth of them. I've read reviews elsewhere, but hands-on users are a much better source of infomation.

The nominees are?

Epson Stylus Photo R800

Canon i9900 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

Any advice would be most appreciated.

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Old 01-26-2005, 12:04 PM
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I own the R800 and highly recommend it.
The prints are just perfect.
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Old 01-26-2005, 01:08 PM
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I have a Canon I950 (about a year old and smaller cousin to the I990) and it has produced excellent results, as good as any lab I have used.

I think both Canon and EPSON make excellent printers, and it usually comes down to features.

A great site to get excellent in-depth printer reviews is
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Old 01-27-2005, 02:07 PM
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Smile Recommended Printer

I have not yet ordered my new printer.

I want to decide between the HP Designjet 130 and 30.

I would have the most use from the Designjet 30 which prints up 13 inch wide paper. The 130 prints up to 24 inch wide paper.

Both printers have essentially the same features and use the same print heads and inks.

I would love to have the larger format, but I would not use it often enough to make that purchase practical.

Both compare favorable to the Epson 4000 and 7600 and cost considerable less to buy. Maintenance costs overall are about the same.

Photoshop CS printouts will work well through the Photoshop CS printer soft print software and the printer's own self calibrating software.

The only issue that I have not yet resolved before purchase is whether I really need the optional RIP software for Postscript, prepress and Pantone printing.
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Old 01-27-2005, 02:39 PM
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Besides the suggestions/comments you'll get here at RP, for a lot of additional ideas, info and opinions on printers, I'd highly recommend surfing the "Printers/Printing" forum at

The i9900 is among the more frequently discussed printers. One major consideration is Canon vs. Epson print longevity.

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Old 01-27-2005, 11:39 PM
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Thank you all for your input.

Thanks AJ & Danny for the links, very informative. So many options to consider.

Now I need to sit down and sort it all out and aim for the printer that best fits my needs.

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Old 02-03-2005, 01:49 AM
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Definitely Epson R800

Definitely go for Epson R800.

I have an R800 and got its continuously ink flow system from

Their system works pretty neat with my R800 and the printout is great too.
just for your reference.
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:12 AM
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I know nothing about the two printers you are considering except, they are HP. I strongly urge you to investigate the ink/paper combos for longevity. I did a lot of work a few [2-3] years ago that are now like 25 yr. old color prints. Check here: WILHELM
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Old 03-08-2005, 06:12 AM
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i don't know much about the quality difference between canon and epson, but these are both top printer brands so I don't think there's a big quality difference. I would suggest you take a look at, this site provides information about the costs of printing for 32 printers. It's easy so take a look, it might help you making your decision.


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Old 03-08-2005, 07:07 AM
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I own a Epson Stylus Photo R300 and its the best i have ever used.

This is the BEST review site i have seen!!!

This link your also find a review for digital cameras, i have a Samsung digimax A4000 i was very impressed this guy shows sample pictures for printers and cameras on what they can achieve.
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