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Now, when they say it can 4800x1200, is that better than 5720x760? or is 1200x1200 fine? Isnt 600 dpi already super good quality? Please tell me what I am missing here, I want to a have some knowledge going into the store.
But most stores that sell a selection of printers will have laminated sample prints from each one sitting next to the display unit, so you can take a look and pick whichever one you like best. (I've even seen some stores that let you print sample images, but that's not too common anymore...)
Also, consider the ink each printer uses. The new Epson C series come with standard archival/waterproof ink now, which I think is very nice... but really doesn't make a difference unless you buy the super expensive archival photo paper to go with it... but if you want durable prints, water and fade resistance is something to look at.
The epson prints at 48bit, compared to 36 bit. But it uses 4 printer heads, instead of 2. This good? More money?
Here's a comparison between the 2 [futureshop.ca] im thinking about.
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One problem with Epsons is that the print head is actually in the printer, not the cartridge... so if the print head gets messed up, you have to repair the actual printer. On a lot of other brands the print heads are in the cartridges, so if they get messed up, you just pop in a new cartridge.
So each one has its plusses and minuses. I like Epsons, but other people swear by HP... ;)
Over a year ago I asked the same question in a technical forum for a relative wanting to buy a printer for his digital photos.
There are a lot of knowledgeable folks over in the "Ars open forum / other hardware" forum at Arstechnica.com. Suggest you do a search there (printer digial photo) or post a question for current suggestions. Just go to the Arstechnica.com home page, click on the Ars open forum link, then select search or "other hardware" and I think you'll find the info you're looking for.
For all-in-one printers, yes, there is the CX3200. You also might want to have a look at the CX5200 (the 5200 has individual ink cartridges - the 3200 does not).... The Epson models are NOT stand along fax machines - you have to fax through the computer. If you are looking for a stand alone consumer fax machine, check out the HP 2210.
Ive checked out the high end epson, and its jsut not really needed for me.. Already have a fax, and can jsut use fax software from my comp.
My mom gets free ink cartridges from work since they think she prints stuff out. will check out that 'other' ofrum..
IIRC Epson printers squirt four independent jets, whereas HP printers mix the ink before squirting it onto the paper. I suppose arguments could be made either way as to the superior method.
Printing photos takes a *lot* of ink on my machine (HP), though things may have improved in the three years since I bought it.
A combination printer/scanner/copier/fax is fine for home use, but let me be the first to warn you away from them for business use. If the fax part of it breaks down and you need to take it into the shop, you've lost the productivity of the three other devices and gained extra facetime with the manager of the local Kinko's.
But is 4800x1200 worse than 5760x720? What exactly does that mean?
Like I said before, the best way to tell which printer you want is to go to a big store like OfficeMax or something, where they have a bunch of printers on display alongside sample prints from each. Then you can see the actual output of each one, and decide which you prefer.
Everyone's got a different preference. I've got two printers right now... an Epson C80 for everyday stuff, and an ALPS dye-sub/wax thermal for transfers and photos.
With printers, you can never tell exactly what you're getting -- quality-wise -- from a website description... see if you can find store display models and sample prints to compare.
The people at futureshop are idiots, so i played with the outlets by the display printers and got a few to photocopy my wallet.... i was impressed by the epson, and bought it right away! It even came with a USB cable (which the guy said it didnt come with, so he made me buy one!).
Thanks for the info folks!
Maybe they finally decided that the cost of including cables was worth the goodwill they'd get from it...