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Old Oct 6, 2003, 10:14 AM   #1
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Due to recommendations via this superb forum i have purchased a new 4MP digital camera, which i am delighted with. However, I own an Epson Stylus Color 600 printer, which does not really do it justice. I have a friend who has printed out a picture for me and it looks like it has been printed in a specialist store. Consequently, I have decided to treat myself to a new printer; here is what i am after:

1) Prints fantastic quality photos (as if developed in shop)
2) Fast prints
3) Quite quiet (this is not essential though)
4) Long-standing ink

Is this too much to ask for??? Am willing to spend well if something really catches my eye.

Thanks in advance

P.S. If i have missed out something crucial in my spec, please let me know; i am just really getting in to this great new world of digital technology!!!!!
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Old Oct 6, 2003, 10:36 AM   #2
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Look in the Inkjet forum for more reviews of printers. Based on the current reviews and specs on the Canon i960, it would be the printer I would purchase if I were purchasing a printer today.
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Old Oct 8, 2003, 2:14 PM   #3
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Everybody has a their own preferences, me included.
I recently purchased the new HP 7690 color printer.
Why HP?

1) I have used HP printers at work and at home for the last 6 years and have never had a mechanical problem.

2) HP guarantees their new 56,57,58,59 inks for a minimum of 73 (73) years. Thats pretty good archiving time - Long after I'm gone, for sure.

3) The 7690 has 4800 x 2400 resolution - the prints look absolutely great. People ask me where i had them "Developed"

4) Not the fastest, but is a minute or two longer, really that important ??
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HP Deskjet.

I have HP 990CSE. It goes and goes and goes.

You can test drive them at Best Buy.

Find one you like
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Old Oct 8, 2003, 5:03 PM   #5
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I have heard really good things about the Epson 2200. It is expensive, but produces really amazing results. It also supports archival inks (they had them before HP, but that really doesn't matter... just that it has them!)

The only downside I've heard is that the black isn't as black as many people would like.

Steve has a review of it here:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...pson_2200.html

I don't know how well it compares to the other suggested printers.

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Old Oct 8, 2003, 6:21 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies

Any more would still be greatly appreciated!!!

Come to the conclusion that not gonna go OTT with price. Realistically, text is gonna be printed more often than pics, but when I print my pics i want them to have the "where did you get these photos developed" response.

Hopefully, with this information, more recommendations/suggestions will follow................................. !!
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The 2200 fits the "amazing output" but its $700. There are very good photographers who sell their output from this printer (with archival inks.)

The resolution isn't the best you can get now (2880 x 1440 dpi) but the ink drops are amazingly fine (4-picoliter)

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If you want fast printing, good prints and reasonable print life that is the Canons.

IF you want excellent prints, with really long life that is the epson 2200, but it is not fast.

Can't comment on current HP, I have an ancient 1120c and the technology has advanced quite a bit since its day. :P
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