Anything besides an i950 that fits this?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by F. Todd Wilson, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. Hello,

    I'm about to shell out for an i950, but want to make sure I haven't
    overlooked an alternative printer. I'm pretty sure, though, that the
    essentials leave me with the i950. Here are my priorities:

    - very high quality photo prints (all else being equal, I want to have
    to work a bit to be able to tell that it's from an ink-jet);
    - max 8x10 size prints (no need for anything larger);
    - replaceable print head (clogs on one manufacturer's printer are too
    much to take);
    - under $300;
    - fast would be nice, but isn't as important as quality.

    So, is there something other than the i950, that's equal to or better
    than it in these respects, under $300?


    F. Todd Wilson, Jun 29, 2003
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  2. Have you looked at the HP Photosmart 7550? It's $299.99. The printheads
    are built into the cartridge so when you change cartridges, you are changing
    printheads at the same time. Another benefit of the printhead being
    built-in to the cartridge is no priming necessary, therefore no wasted ink.
    David G. Stinner, Jun 30, 2003
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  3. F. Todd Wilson

    Wayne Guest

    Don't compare Photosmart 7550 to Canon i950. The 7550 prints like the
    old s900 and it's tiny cartidges and high prices for them, drive
    people crazy. They cannot do pure bordeless photos too.

    As to the printhead. Do you know that built-in printheads last the
    printers life? They are not the same printheads as in hp printers,
    which last one cartdidge and the printheads in nowadays Canons are
    user-replaceable, not permanent.

    Top printer manufacturers (Canon, Epson) are now using separable ink
    tanks with built-in printheads. All I can say is that HP (not to
    mention Lexmark) is still one step behind Canon and Epson in

    Built-in printheads waste alomost the same amount of ink as
    cartidge-integrated printheads. Not to mention the special waste ink
    tank that collects the wasted ink during the printhead cleaning
    process and doesn't spoil it in the printer.

    Wayne, Jun 30, 2003
  4. F. Todd Wilson

    Wayne Guest

    1.8pl vs. Canon's 2pl

    yeah, it's probably the most advanced epson: I have "ordered" it 2
    weeks ago and can't wait till I get it.

    But is it really faster than i950 ?
    i950 also has cd printing module (available also only in japan)
    on glossy paper, prints last 10 years on matte 20.
    does it print as well as i950 on plain paper?

    Wayne, Jul 1, 2003
  5. John Houghton, Jul 5, 2003
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