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Old Nov 30, 2006, 3:11 PM   #1
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Hi to everyone! I'm new here. I happened here by chance.
I bought a Panasonic FZ50 as few weeks ago. I haven't had much time to work with it, but I believeI will be quite happy with it. Now I need a new printer (all-in-one). My Dell 920 just doesn't cut it! I've been leaning toward an Epson rx580, but I am also considering an HP ps5180. Anyone have any thoughts on these 2? Is there another brand that is comparable in quality, functions & price (around $200)? I like this cd/dvd printing capabilities of the rx, but is the print quality as good?
I'll be honest, I am so tired of researching, first with the camera, & now the printer:?, I just need some good, solid advice! Thanks to anyone who can help!!

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I highly recommend you look at the Canon MP600 before you buy either the HP or Epson.

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...;modelid=13800

Right now Canon is making the best photo printer and is economical as far as ink usage.


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Thanks, Nightcrawler. I wiil check out the Canon.

I was just checking out the post about the chips in the Canon printers. Does the MP600 have one? I admit I am not too smart when it comes to all this stuff, the simpler, the better.
Thanks, again. I appreciate it.

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My vote goes to HP (and I've owned multiple printers from HP, Canon, and Epson).

My HP Printers have always been the most reliable (which is more important to me than supply costs).

If I had to pick another printer brand, *if* I were content with Windows XP as an operating system (and I'm not), it would probably be a Canon (even though my last Canon broke after only 6 months of light use).

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Thanks, Nightcrawler. I wiil check out the Canon.

I was just checking out the post about the chips in the Canon printers. Does the MP600 have one? I admit I am not too smart when it comes to all this stuff, the simpler, the better.
Thanks, again. I appreciate it.
The chips are not really an issue:

1. Use OEM carts and never give the chips a thought.
2. Use generic carts but remove the chip and add it to the generic cart.
3. Use refill ink in the OEM cart.

These options all work so it's not a big deal.

HP C5180 review: http://reviews.cnet.com/HP_Photosmar...-31901218.html

Canon MP600:
http://reviews.cnet.com/Canon_Pixma_...-32066901.html

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My vote goes to HP (and I've owned multiple printers from HP, Canon, and Epson).

My HP Printers have always been the most reliable (which is more important to me than supply costs).

If I had to pick another printer brand, *if* I were content with Windows XP as an operating system (and I'm not), it would probably be a Canon (even though my last Canon broke after only 6 months of light use).
Which Canon model was it ?
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MP600 is Editors Choice at PCMAG:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2051237,00.asp
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Pixma IP 4000. Dead as a doornail after a power blink (even though a PC and other devices plugged into the same surge protector were fine).




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MP600 is Editors Choice at PCMAG:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2051237,00.asp



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Pixma IP 4000. Dead as a doornail after a power blink (even though a PC and other devices plugged into the same surge protector were fine).
But, even if it wouldn't have failed, I use Linux more than Windows anyway, and since Canon doesn't provide Linux drivers for their printers (like HP does), I'll avoid Canon for future purchases until they provide better support for alternative operating systems.


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