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07/15/2005 01:04:25 PM · #1
I am in search of a new printer. Canon preferably. I like the i9900, but not sure I could get it through budget (i.e., my wife). Any thoughts on the Canon PIXMA iP6000D? Or, other recommendations?

-dan

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07/15/2005 01:18:38 PM · #2
If you are on a tight budget, I would recommend The Epson R200. It makes fantastic prints and is on special on the Epson web site for $89.
07/18/2005 03:16:23 AM · #3
The i9900 and PIXMA iP6000D are both great quality printers that I've used a lot.
If you want the very best quality image then the i9900 is definitely the best. Longevity, size, speed, connectivity are all fantastic and consumables aren't too pricey either. If you can afford it then I'd recommend it.
Otherwise the iP6000D has great connectivity, including IrDA, and can print on DVD/CD. The print quality is also fantastic and has single, transparen cartridges so no more wondering if your ink is actually empty!
07/18/2005 03:53:49 AM · #4
I know you said you prefer Canon, but I have the Epson R1800, and it absolutely rocks! I have had no problems with it. Because my work involves extensive travels, the printer remains idle for weeks and haven't had any clogging problem.

I spent a lot of time going around and around trying to decide on a printer. I wanted wide carriage, but couldn't justify spending too much money on the printer. It came down to the Epson R1800 and the Canon i9900. Haven't regreted my decision. If wide carriage is something you are willing to sacrafice for budget reasons, the R1800 is based on the R800.

Either way you go, I'm sure you will be very happy with you choice. Printers have really come a long way in recent years, and having the ability to control the output will make a big difference in your prints.
07/18/2005 04:45:32 AM · #5
I am in the process of buying a printer too. Among other criteria such as print quality, the longevity of the prints is of a major concern to me.
As we were browsing lately through the family archive, I realized that the 30-40 year old prints had become priceless. The "family value" of watching prints together with the grandparents and the children is really high to us.
The prospect of faded prints in 30-40 years time is nightmarish to me. So longevity of 10-20 years is not sufficient to me. In order to preserve the prints for our future grandchildren (hopefully) we need at least 30-40 years.

Moreover, I printed a 10x15 on an older HP printer (Deskjet 950c) on a third party paper. This print has been on the wall in one of our children's bedrooms for two months and is already faded. The risk of fading is alas so real.

Based on what I have read so far there seem to be only two printers left for my purposes: Epson R1800 (or R800 for A4/Letter size) and Epson 4200 using the OEM inks and papers.

On whatever less expensive printer, paper, inks I will print, the prints will always still be expensive. So I would prefer to print a bit less in order to be able to keep them longer.

Of course, all depends on your purposes and budget.

Any remarks and/or suggestions more than welcome.

Kind regards
Don
07/18/2005 05:46:16 AM · #6
Originally posted by Dvosdon:

Based on what I have read so far there seem to be only two printers left for my purposes: Epson R1800 (or R800 for A4/Letter size) and Epson 4200 using the OEM inks and papers.


Should of course be Epson 2400 (not 4200).

Kind regards
Don
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