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Old Dec 29, 2003, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Best overall print quality Epson 2200? Canon I960? Epson 300

Since the Epson 2200 has been out for a while and the Canon I9100 does not meet the quality I am after (banding) what is the best overall print quality printer available today regardless of large or small format?

I'm about to pull the trigger on the epson 2200 but I don't want to make another purchase and be disapointed, so any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

I plan on using this printer for fine art prints but don't wish to spend over $700 to $800.
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Old Jan 1, 2004, 6:46 PM   #2
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Since the Epson 2200 has been out for a while and the Canon I9100 does not meet the quality I am after (banding) what is the best overall print quality printer available today regardless of large or small format?

I'm about to pull the trigger on the epson 2200 but I don't want to make another purchase and be disapointed, so any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

I plan on using this printer for fine art prints but don't wish to spend over $700 to $800.
For fine art work, there is no better printer under $1000 than the Epson 2200. My only concern with recommending it results from a certain amount of bronzing on glossy photos. However, for fine art work it is unparalleled in the price bracket in both the quality and the longevity of the resulting images...

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Old Jan 1, 2004, 6:59 PM   #3
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Agreed The epson 2200 is one great printer.
Only other small format printer I would consider to replace it is its bigger brother the new Epsson 4000 when it becomes available.
And it would not fit the under 1000$ criteria a full set of 8 ink carts for it is close to 800$cnd. :shock:
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Old Jan 2, 2004, 2:11 AM   #4
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Agreed The epson 2200 is one great printer.
Only other small format printer I would consider to replace it is its bigger brother the new Epsson 4000 when it becomes available.
And it would not fit the under 1000$ criteria a full set of 8 ink carts for it is close to 800$cnd. :shock:
That's why I qualified my opinion with that price cut off. For personal use where large sizes don't matter, there may be another player in this market soon: the Epson R800. However, there is almost always something coming down the pike and if you start to wait for the latest and greatest, then you will wait forever.

It is interesting that you note the cost of a full set of ink cartridges on the $4000. I look at that as a benefit! First, the cost of the printer (which includes a full set of 110 ml cartridges) is actually closer to the 2200 than it appears to be because it includes what amounts to about 8 sets of cartridges for the 2200 which would cost about $800 US, thus bringing the comparative cost of the printer in this country down to a little over $1000. Second, I am spending at least $100/month on ink for my 2200. That cost would be substantially reduced for the 4000 -- particularly if I went to the 220 ml cartridges. It wouldn't take too long for me to recoup the cost of a 4000 in lower ink bills!

Having said all that, I guess you can see that I will be buying a 4000 in the not too distant future!

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Old Jan 2, 2004, 8:50 AM   #5
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Ha, again I agree!

The cost per print will be much lower for the 4000 and if it is a high use printer it will pay for itself rather quickly!
I buy some inks(the lights) for the 2200 by the carton.

It just feels easier to go out and pay 20$cdn for a cart rather than 100$ for it. Even though the 220ml carts have 20 times the ink in them
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Gentlemen,

thanks for the feedback. It seems I will be heading down the epson road afterall. When is the 4000 being released?

Also, I'm not clear on this but does the 2200 include ink tanks or is that additional?

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Yes, the 2200 comes with a full set of seven cartridges.
If you want to use matt papers you need to buy a matt black ink cart. Each of the 2200's seven ink carts hold about 20ml of ink.
Cost is about 11$us or 19$cdn per cartridge.

The 4000 is supposed to ship with eight 110ml carts(it comes with both matt black and photo black) and it can use the large sized 220ml carts as well.

Price point is in different ranges for the two printers, the 2200 lists for 999$cdn now, and the 4000 is listing at 2599$cdn (you will have to convert to US$ )
Also Stylus rip for the 2200 is 299$cdn and Stylus rip for the 4000 is 399$cdn.
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