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New Printer

Anyone recently bought a new printer for photo's ?? I'm thinking of changing my old HP do it all for a more up to date version. Don't really need a fax now, but scanner is a must plus a copier, but primarily getting decent photo's without costing the earth for each print. Worth changing or shall I stick to downloading to one of the labs online to sort out?? I'm sure I will get some good comments on this subject...

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Re: New Printer

It all depends on how much control you want over your output, and how quickly you want to see results. Even cheap printers produce decent results the days. Of course, the cost of the printer is not really the issue, it's the ongoing ink costs.
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Re: New Printer

Thanks Stephen, of course ink costs can be expensive and you have to consider those....I have been looking at the Canon PIXMA Pro 100, but it doesn't seem to have a scanner!

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Thanks Stephen, of course ink costs can be expensive and you have to consider those....I have been looking at the Canon PIXMA Pro 100, but it doesn't seem to have a scanner!

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No, it doesn't, but it's one hell of an A3+ printer! You could look at whatever has replaced the Canon MP495. That's got a scanner and can produce excellent prints at relatively cheap OEM ink costs, but obviously not to the close-scrutiny standard of the Pro 100. And it's only A4. But at least you can produce something to tell you whether it's worth sending something off to get printed larger.
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Re: New Printer

Epson XP750 bought just over a month ago for £130. Epson XL inks run around £60for the set of 6. Luckily 7day shop sell a compatible set for whole lot cheaper!

Results are outstanding with cheap paper and inks and better than the last lot of prints I got done by a well known firm.
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Epson XP750 bought just over a month ago for 130. Epson XL inks run around 60for the set of 6. Luckily 7day shop sell a compatible set for whole lot cheaper!
Are the latest Epson printers any better than those of a few years ago that suffered from nozzle blocking.

With the last Epson I owned I used to waste half the contents of an ink cartridge in priming and clearing nozzles. This also was true of all the Epsons I've owned and I vowed never to buy another Epson again.

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Re: New Printer

Got to agree with Jim. That's why I moved to Canon. Epson PQ is superb - eventually. But unless you were printing daily, forget it. Maybe they're better now?
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Re: New Printer

I'm quite happy with the Epson XL950 A3 + Scanner etc plus I also have a Stylus Pro 7890 I've never had a problem with nozzles clogging which incidentally is usually caused by lack of use. Always run a couple of sheets of paper through the printer every week it's the best way to avoid head cleaning and nozzle clogging. As for using cheap compatible inks forget it you'll regret it in the long term.

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Re: New Printer

I've been struggling with this for a while. I've had both Canon and Epson in the past and always found Epson to be a bit more prone to head clogging problems. Trouble is my volume isn't great. I really like the sound of the Canon Pro 100 - think I saw someone on here (StephenL?) say they have one. Wondering what kind of print volume you put through it - I might not print at all for several weeks, and it's a pricey printer to bin if the heads get blocked.

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Re: New Printer

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Are the latest Epson printers any better than those of a few years ago that suffered from nozzle blocking.

With the last Epson I owned I used to waste half the contents of an ink cartridge in priming and clearing nozzles. This also was true of all the Epsons I've owned and I vowed never to buy another Epson again.

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Initial set up did use some ink, replacing the cartridge doesn't require any ink use, all you do is pop in the new one and go on printing. Time will tell regarding nozzles!
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I've been struggling with this for a while. I've had both Canon and Epson in the past and always found Epson to be a bit more prone to head clogging problems. Trouble is my volume isn't great. I really like the sound of the Canon Pro 100 - think I saw someone on here (StephenL?) say they have one. Wondering what kind of print volume you put through it - I might not print at all for several weeks, and it's a pricey printer to bin if the heads get blocked.

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It can go a week or more without printing, as I have an MFP for routine stuff. Canon heads don't block. But if you haven't used it for a while there's a lengthy self-cleaning process it goes through.
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It can go a week or more without printing, as I have an MFP for routine stuff. Canon heads don't block. But if you haven't used it for a while there's a lengthy self-cleaning process it goes through.
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