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Old Oct 5, 2006, 2:18 PM   #1
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I have been looking at the R220 for printing on CD/DVD's. I have been reading that the inks are waterbased and therefore prone to smudgeing and running. Have also read that some have been spraying with acrylic to protect the printing. Anyone have any experience or knowledge of the new R260? Are the inks waterbased also? Is it prone to smudgeing and running also.

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Old Oct 5, 2006, 7:26 PM   #2
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I just bought the R260 several weeks ago. It's my first photoprinter so I don't have anything specific to compare it to, but I'm quite impressed with the print quality. I have printed both to paper and to CDs (both white and silver). Although they recommend letting the CDs dry overnight, they seemed completely dry and smudge-proof right after printing. The print quality on gloss paper is absolutely fantastic. The software is adequate, but not terribly impressive. However, the ink usage is pretty significant - I've printed 4-5 CDs and maybe a dozen 4x6 prints and I've used about 25% of the ink. In principle one need replace only the cartridge that needs to be replaced (5 colors plus black) but they seem to be dropping at similar rates. The ink is only just becoming available at retailers now. The standard size cartridges are ~ $14 each and the higher volume are ~$17-19, I believe. Costco has advertized on line a 6 color pack for $71, which I assume is the smaller size. The cost of 6 large size cartridges is equivalent to the cost of a new printer. Oh well.
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Old Oct 5, 2006, 8:36 PM   #3
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Cocobolo,

Have you found the CD/DVD's to be moisture/waterproof also? This is one of my concerns. That the kids will touch the DVD's with damp hands and the print will smear.

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It is my understanding that the Claria High Definition ink is supposed to be more moisture-resistant than the ink for the R220, but I haven't actually tested it with "wet hands". I can say that right after printing, the CD appeared completely dry to the touch and did not smudge with dry fingers.
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