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    Just wondering here, what would you buy if you had to replace your printer today and why?

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    Hi.
    As one Okie to another, I don't think that I will buy anymore photo printers. I am really tired of the ink expense and I am going to try to order what I want from my photo gallery site. I'll see how that works out. For now my wife wants me to support the Canon printer but I am loathe to buy ink for it.

    I have thought about a continuous inking system but that too is expensive and maybe a lot of trouble.

    I am just using inexpensive laser printers for text printing.

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    • #3
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      i'd like to try a printer that can be converted to print 4 color blacks:

      http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl;js...&category=1238

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        stardis

        have you tried Continuous Ink Flow System, its more cheaper

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          EPSON R 230 is working good for me. I've one and planning to buy one more.

          but always want CISS for it. without CISS lot of money loss.


          Ash

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          • #6
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            With regards to ink...does anyone have a recommendation where to buy ink cartriges at a respectable price?

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              Could you point out a source for the continuous ink system that you feel confident in? I would like to try it on a Epson R300 if it is supported. Thanks.

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                Icramer53,
                Can you be a bit more specific on some of the criteria ?
                - cost range;
                - paper size;
                - color or b&w;
                - image types;

                For example, a nice home inkjet printer for 8.5x11 glossy's can range from $90-$300. A semi-pro inkjet for a home-office going up to 13x19 and using art papers moves you up to $400-$800. A similar printer that accepts roll paper, better inks for extend life and better color gamut, gets in the $800+ range. And so on.

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                • #9
                  Re: Your next printer choice

                  since you put this as a totally subjective question, i'd get another HP D7260 (or whatever the upgrade might be now). it's quick, does great color matching, uses the MUCH cheaper 02 inks and beats any other printer i've tried for color printing.

                  now, had you asked what would i get as a second printer, i'd have answered a large format printer, one that does at least 24 x 36 (poster size).

                  but, my true dream in a printer is a true flatbed printer, one that moves the ink over the media or moves the media under the print heads and dries the whole mess with ultra violet or some other quick means. this would allow me to do printing on glass, wood, metal and other unusual media.

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                  • #10
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                    I am in love with my epson r1800, and you can buy ink online for about $12 cnd. it prints up 13x19, supports roll paper, fine media, printable cd/dvd. when i got the printer about a year ago it was about $600 cnd.

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                      Thanks to everyone who gave an opinion. I was purposely vague in my question because I didn't want to limit opinions to just one specific area/type of printing. And I'm glad I did it that way because I have learned something new from everyone who commented.

                      Hello Stardis - I agree with you about the ink cost. My first printer was a lower-end Canon that lasted quite a long while. It was used mainly for in-home document printing and a photo now and then. I thought the photo quality was comparable to a photo lab (and that was even before I had to start wearing glasses). But even at that, I couldn't justify the cost of ink, so I found refillable ink at Costco and began refilling the cartridges myself and had no problems.

                      Pixelzombie -"..can be converted to print 4 color blacks" - I had not realized until very recently that just because a printer can produce excellent color images, it may suffer in printing B&W . So, what you're saying is that you'd like a printer where there are 4 cartridges (3 color, 1 black) and that you would like to interchange the 3 colors with 3 varied intensities of black? That sounds cool. I tried the link that you supplied but there was an error.

                      Ashphotoart - I couldn't find the Epson R230. Thanks for the information regarding CISS, I never knew about it and am so very happy that you mentioned it. That's definitely the way I'll be going!

                      TommyO - I didn't want to limit this to what I could afford now because what if I won the lottery in the meantime? I'd certainly get something more than I'd need. The information you provided is very much appreciated, and right-on-target from what I've been learning through researching. Thank you!

                      Kraellin - Wow! The flatbed printer sounds amazing! I never knew that such a thing existed. Now that's what I want when I win the lottery!

                      Denschneider - Actually, before I even started this thread, I had been researching the R1800 and was thinking about going in that direction but found that they are discontinued Thanks for your opinion.

                      And now, here's what I did. I have an old Epson Stylus C60 that has mainly been used for in-home printing and rarely, the occasional photo. It served its purpose and will still be used for basic, unimportant printing. However, when I was asked to create some brochures for a local company, I realized that I would have to outsource the printing portion of the job since my C60 would not be able to handle it. So, I wanted to find a printer whose 1st priority would be excellent photo reproduction, and then possibly for small, brochure-type tasks.

                      I chose the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 because for my needs, I think it will fit the bill, plus, Epson had a $120 rebate going on which will bring the total cost for the printer to $179.99 and it isn't a refurbised one. I used it to print my portfolio and I am very, very happy with the quality, beautiful results! I will also be purchasing a CISS for it shortly because I just can't afford the ink costs.

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