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Old Feb 7, 2005, 4:00 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I am interested in purchasing a printer solely for printing high quality CD/DVD's. At first I was going to go with a high dollar CD/DVD printer that would cost at least $1,000, but now I am contemplating purchasing the Epson R800 because I have read that it is a high quality printer that does a good job of printing directly to the CD/DVD media and it would save me at least $600 dollars.

My questions areif anyone has any experiences printing CD/DVD's with this printer? If i were using the printer ONLY to print high quality CD's will it work well for me? I know that ink refills are not cheap with this printer so does anyone know if printing CD's is very ink intensive? Also I have read that the software that comes bundled with the printer leaves a lot to be desired, so is there a way to use alternative software to design the CD layouts?

This printer will be for my business and the time for me to purchase a printer is drawing closer so I really appreciate any and all feedback!

Thanks!
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Old Feb 7, 2005, 8:31 PM   #2
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You have not stated which part of the world you are in,I believe that CD printing is disabled in some countries,I know it applies to Canon printers ,not sure about Epson.

I use Epson R200 (dye inks) good print but not waterproof ,I believe pigment inks are better,but depends on which printable media you use.

Yes, fairly heavy on ink,I use a CIF system,several available,I use JLW system.

I design in Photoshop and then use the "import' command to bring into Epson software to print.


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Old Feb 7, 2005, 10:15 PM   #3
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I apologize, I live in the United States, so i was assuming everyone knew that the printer I would purchase has the CD load tray and CD printing capabilities.

Does anyone have any idea how many CD's I would be able to print before i have to pony up for new ink cartridges? I guess that would also depend on the colors that i use for the cd's as well...

Fperry, so you can import photoshop files into the Epson Print CD Software? That would be great because i was under the impression that i could not do that with the Epson software...
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Old Feb 7, 2005, 11:03 PM   #4
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Epson will drink up your ink fast. If you want a Canon CD/DVD printer, you can try expansys-usa.com and order from their web-site. You will be paying a premium price though. If you know someone overseas, you can try and ask them to ship one here. Canon printersuse ink efficiently and won't disappoint you. I have a Canon IP5000 Hong Kong edition and it does a great printing job.
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Old Feb 7, 2005, 11:33 PM   #5
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fperry, are you working for JLW on ebay?

Why did you post their name here all the time?

Do you know their ink is extremely toxic?

If you are just an end user, I bet you have smelled "something" from their ink.

It's pitty that you have no idea what you have purchased. Stay away from China's or HK's inks, it hurts your health a lot!!!

Back to this topic, R800 is not a cheap printer, but if it is for your business, I think it is a good investment. Epson R800 is about $350 USD now, I am sure it will drop a little bit once its wide-formatted version coming out.

I dont have R800 with me, I only have C86 and an R200, and another expensive Epson 2200 for my business.

I have tried out several CIS/CFS from different sources:

http://www.InkSupply.com

http://www.InkRepublic.com

http://www.Mediastreet.com

Of course, I did not joke with my expensive R800 or R200, I only tried them with my C86. InkSuypply and Mediastreet have failed in my testing, they indeed clogged my printer. InkRepublic.com's past my 5 months testing, up to this point, their CIS works great and smoothly.

For the ink, inksupply, inkrepublic and mediastreet, they all have great ink and looks identical. As good as Epson's.

If you want to use pigment ink, you need to choose the spongeless solution from InkRepublic.com

If you do your printing job everyday, sponged system may not clog your system, but you just need to take the risk; besides, you have no way to purge or clean out the ink.

Now I have confidence with InkRepublic.com's CIS, and will purchase an R800 solution from them. I have heard many people are happy with their system, just want to try them out by myself.
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Old Feb 8, 2005, 4:15 AM   #6
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I think the misunderstanding is that you cannot OPEN a jpg file in epsom CDprint software,You can IMPORT. I produce the Cd artwork on a circular template of 118mm on a canvas size of 118mm square at 300ppi in PS and save as JPG,then import to cd print,it is then the correct size without any resizing.
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Metrolinkman wrote:
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fperry, are you working for JLW on ebay?

Why did you post their name here all the time?
Do you know their ink is extremely toxic?

If you are just an end user, I bet you have smelled "something" from their ink.

It's pitty that you have no idea what you have purchased. Stay away from China's or HK's inks, it hurts your health a lot!!!

Aren't all ink's toxic? Are you telling me I can drink the inks you use? It's a good job your not using Epson inks as they stink something awful while printing (assuming you stick your nose in the printer that is).
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Now I have confidence with InkRepublic.com's CIS, and will purchase an R800 solution from them. I have heard many people are happy with their system, just want to try them out by myself.
But remember the R800 uses pigment inks (more toxic than dye biased inks :-)) - just because InkRepublic ink works satisfactorily in your current Epsons, it doesn't follow that their equivalent pigment inks will be good (or non-toxic),- they could be just using some cheap Chinese imported ink....



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Old Feb 8, 2005, 8:01 PM   #8
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Well, no question about it, ink from China is toxic.

Here is a very good article talking about the non-toxic and toxic ink

http://www.digitaloutput.net/content...ntCT.asp?P=542



I am sure inksupply, mediastreet and inkrepublic's ink are all made in USA.

Ebay ink... well... God Bless you.


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Old Feb 9, 2005, 7:23 AM   #9
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Well, no question about it, ink from China is toxic.

Here is a very good article talking about the non-toxic and toxic ink

http://www.digitaloutput.net/content...ntCT.asp?P=542



I am sure inksupply, mediastreet and inkrepublic's ink are all made in USA.

Ebay ink... well... God Bless you.


Where exactly on that web page you linked to does it say ink from China is toxic - and where does it say other inks aren't?

Or perhaps you could provide another link that supports your claim that ink from China is more toxic than from the US?
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 12:16 PM   #10
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I believe it is so easy to tell the truth.

Read the article carefully.

"If it smells, it is toxic."

Does China's ink smell? Yes, it does.

Is it toxic? Definitely.

I bought ink on Ebay from some hongkongier, it smells... terribly...

now, you tell me, is it toxic?

I even asked them to give me more doc about their ink, like msds sheet, they could not provide me anything at all.

I am not saying ink from USA is better, but I am sure it is safer.
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