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Old Sep 20, 2002, 3:02 PM   #1
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Default Which should I buy? Canon S9000 or Epson 2200

I am torn between buying the Canon S9000 and the Epson 2200. The S9000 has a quick change printer head where the 2200 does not. The S9000 has 3072 nozzles where the 2200 does not. The 2200 is 2880x1440 and the S9000 is 2400x1200 etc. The S9000 is available now! The 2200 seems to be on back order everywhere. Epson doesn't seem to be shipping. Are they having problems. The S9000 is less than $400 on the web and the 2200 is $625.00. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. Kiwi4
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 3:07 PM   #2
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go with the s9000, very good quality print at higher resolution plus you save ton of money when ink need to be replaced
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 4:45 PM   #3
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do you need 25yrs or 80yrs of under glass lifespan? will you do B&W? $9 per cartridge or $11. auto fed cutter or not for roll paper? will you even use roll paper?
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Old Oct 13, 2002, 10:14 PM   #4
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I have the Canon 9000 and have used it with Olympus cameras (D-550 and D-40). The 4 X6's (and any other size up to 13 X 19) can be outputted borderless or with border. The ouput is fast and looks great - manual claims 37 seconds for 4 X 6. I just did an 8 X 10 today in less than a minute. And it is quieter than the HP or Epson.

I wouldn't get too hung up on the "2400 X 1200" v "2880 v 1440". From what I understand they use different printing technologies as well as different inks. FWIW the S9000 printhead has 3072 nozzles. You just need to look at both and compare using the media you would most often use as well as that you could see yourself growing into. Maybe arcvhivability and roll cutting are not important to you...they are not to me.

The software from Canon is very intuitive and "goof-proof" with a simple 3 step procedure with straightforward gui - pick photo, select media, chooze layout. That's it. THREE KEYSTROKES!!Cropping is a breeze, too.

Price is high end for personal use MSRP is about $499 but you can get it at least 25% cheaper buying it online. One caveat - for best results use Canon paper. Tried using a generic 4 X 6 media and got terrible sticky results. If archivability is not a big issue for you, i.e. 25 years us adequate life-span for your output. Then go with Canon. I am very pleased.
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