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Old Sep 2, 2002, 2:59 PM   #1
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Default All around Printer for -$300

What is the all around best printer for under $300. I mean best for any or most paper? Printing Photo pictures and publishing projects like labels/stickers/ironion..ect. I have an old Epson 640 and it's starting to show it's age so time to buy new but not only which model but which manufacture? Epson, HP, Canon...?
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Old Sep 2, 2002, 3:34 PM   #2
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Might want to check out 960 when comes out this month.
Printing Method 6-color (CcMmYK) Micro Piezo ink jet technology, individual ink cartridges

Configuration Black Ink: 192 nozzles, Color Ink: 96 nozzles per color

Resolution Up to 2880 x 1440 dpi

Ink Droplet Size 2 picoliters

Print Speed 4" x 6" Photo: 1 min. (720 dpi) , 8" x 10" Photo: 2 min (720 dpi). Black text memo: Approx. 6 ppm. (360 dpi)

Sound Level 45 dB(A)

Ink Technology EPSON Photo Dye Ink (Lightfast Inks)*

Printer Language EPSON ESC/P Raster, EPSON Remote

Software Driver Windows USB- Windows 98, 2000, Me or later; Windows Parallel- Windows 98, 2000, Me or later; Macintosh USB- Macintosh System 8.6, 9.x and OS X 10.1

Input Buffer 256 KB

Interface USB, Parallel (IEEE-1284)

Print Direction Bidirectional with logic seeking

Paper Handling

Single Sheets Letter, legal, A4, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 4" and 8.3" wide roll paper and user definable (up to 8.5" x 44")

Thickness Up to 1.3mm via straight through paper path

Types Supports a variety of EPSON photo papers in cut sheets and roll types (4", 8.3"); plain and bond papers.

Envelope Types No. 10, DL, C6

Printable Area 8.3" x 44" Top Margin, 0"; Bottom Margin, 0", Left Margin, 0"; Right Margin, 0"

Paper Capacity Input paper tray: 100 Sheets/ 10 envelopes/ 1 transparency file.

Physical Dimensions 20.27" L x 26.10" W x 11.77" H (printing); 20.27" L x 13.10" W x 8.22" H (storage), 16.2 lbs

Environmental Conditions Temperature: Operating: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°); Storage: -4° to 140°F (-20° to 60°C), Humidity: Operating: 20% to 80% releative humidity, Storage: 5% to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)

Safety Approvals Safety standards: UL1950, CSA22.2 950, FCC part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B

Power Requirements

Rated Voltage 120V AC +/-10%

Rated Frequency 50 to 60 Hz

Rated Current 0.4 Amp (max.)

Power Consumption Approx. 15 W (self test mode)

Ink Cartridge Life

Automatic ink low/Ink out detection Yes

Black Ink Yield 630 pages using ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern, 440 pages of graphics @ 5% coverage

Color Ink Yield 440 pages (5% coverage per color)

Shelf life 2 years from production date; 6 months from first cartridge use

Warranty Standard one year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada including EPSON Exchange program. (Additional warranties available beyond one year).

PCMCIA Card Slot N/A

Software EPSON Software™ Film Factory™, P.I.M. plug in for Adobe PhotoShop 6.0, 7.0, and Elements

Print Volume 25,000

* Lightfastness rating of approximately 25 years based on accelerated testing of prints on EPSON ColorLife™ Photo Paper and EPSON Matte Paper-Heavyweight, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or laminations or properly store them.
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Old Sep 4, 2002, 12:54 PM   #3
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Default $300 Printer

I always wanted the 785EXP becasue it had a slot for smartmedia card and you could see pictures with out turning on the computer but i could not ge over that monitor size. Someone wrote if they incressed the monitor to 2.5" it would cost to much but i say bull because my portable color tv is that and cost less than $100. 785EXP also had all in one color cart like my 640 and i'm tired of dumping the whole cart becasue one color is out. Have you used third party inks yet? how you like them because you can save big bucks over Epsons' own label.
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Old Sep 4, 2002, 1:19 PM   #4
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Epson has current promotion for exchangeing the CF adapter for a SM with the 785. the are also selling the 890 for $210. Have an email to them about SM exch w/refurb 785. Have done well with aftermarket ink cart. found new source about $20 for both, they will be in in about 1 week, current source is about $8 more for the pair.
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Old Sep 5, 2002, 7:10 AM   #5
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The monitor make all the editing the 785EXP can do usless. How can you fix your picture if you can't see it. I saw the 960 and i think it's the best printer epson is offering this year under $500 which should come in close to $300. How long does it take until steve has a review of the 960 because i read some reviews on the new 2200 and seams it has trouble. So i would like to read some reviews before buying it.
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 12:40 PM   #6
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Default Best printer under $300

I have just purchased the HP 5550. It can print up to 4800X1200. It is about the same speed as my HP 970 (also an excellent printer). The HP Photo printer 7150 is a great photo printer and can be used as a standard printer. These can all be purchased for under $200 on the internet.
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