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Old Dec 28, 2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I am shopping for an entry level photo printer, hoping that some of you can share your experience.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Requirements:

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"- qualitywise should be close to lab standard.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"- print photo mainly (at least 4x6). If possible, also to print CD label (either on paper or direct). Anybody know of any photo printer capable of doing this?

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"- style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"budget: <USD200 hopefully (the lesser the better!) style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Thanks.

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Old Dec 28, 2005, 12:37 AM   #2
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Hi guys,

I am shopping for an entry level photo printer, hoping that some of you can share your experience.


Requirements:

-qualitywise should be close to lab standard.

- print photo mainly (at least 4x6). If possible, also to print CD label (either on paper or direct). Anybody know of any photo printer capable of doing this?

- budget: <USD200 hopefully (the lesser the better!)

Thanks.

Alamak! :?

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Old Dec 28, 2005, 2:56 PM   #3
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To Alamak,

Lots of information here and on nifty stuff forums.

The hooker is wanting Cd printing-----a factory feature found on most Epsons.
The down side risk in most Epsons in that price range are less reliability.
Unless used almost daily Epsons have a high risk of printhead clogging
even with OEM ink. And if the printhead clogs its factory service only.

As a quick look at these forums will show, most like the Canons. Sadly Canon USA has declined to pay a small royality to Phillips to be allowed to make cd printing
a factory option. Other foreign Canon divisions have made the cd printing factory standard and most Canon printers have most of the internal guts to enable cd printing. There are multipage threads on how the do it yourselfer can enable cd printing on this forum for little money on most Canon models.

If you are interested in a high quality printer for little money-----get a Canon pixma ip4000 for $100.-----getting hard to find now but still possible. Do the cd modification
and get to use real cheap third party cartridges at less than 25% of Canon OEM.

If you want to stick with Canon OEM cartridges get a Pixma ip4200 for $100. or a IP5200 for a $150. or so.----and do the cd modification.
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Old Dec 28, 2005, 3:15 PM   #4
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The Epson line of printers will meet all of your requirements.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"With all of the holiday sales and rebates going on at your local store, you should be able to get a pretty nice one.

The R340 is priced at $199.99 but currently has a $30 American Express debit card by mail. Many of the local stores also have a gift card.

The R340 has the capability to print directly on printable CD/DVDs. It uses 6-color individual dye based inks for lab quality prints.A dpi of 5760x1440. It can print using a memory card or direct connect of digital carmera without turning on a computer. It has a preview monitor so you can do cropping.
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