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Snaggy
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posted February 04, 2002 11:00     Click Here to See the Profile for Snaggy   Click Here to Email Snaggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Arrrg! i'm just about ready to throw this Epson Stylus 500 into the lake.

So, who can recommend a good colour inkjet printer. For Mac, for OS 10 too.

many thanks in advance

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iballoondesign
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posted February 04, 2002 13:41     Click Here to See the Profile for iballoondesign   Click Here to Email iballoondesign     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ooooo! HP Inkjet cp1700

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted February 04, 2002 15:50     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Snaggy:
Arrrg! i'm just about ready to throw this Epson Stylus 500 into the lake.

So, who can recommend a good colour inkjet printer. For Mac, for OS 10 too.

many thanks in advance


HPs are generally good, all-around machines.
Stay away from the lower end items, though.
Junk is too high a complement to assign to these bits of flotsam.

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Evilbunny
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posted February 04, 2002 16:52     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an HP deskjet 932C that has served me well! VERY well, in fact. Also, it was CHEAP! About $100 if I remember. I think it may have been on sale though...

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Akira
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posted February 04, 2002 16:57     Click Here to See the Profile for Akira   Click Here to Email Akira     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got a Stylus 800 back when they were new, and apart being finicky about media (it really, really works better with Epson branded papers) I've had no complaints and solid results.

However, I won't be able to test it out under OS X for quite some time, as it still uses the old-style serial cable for connecting to the Mac, and the drivers for the adapter I have aren't OS X happy yet...so it may not be a good choice for dedicated OS X work.

Which is a damn shame, cuz otherwise it's a truly great printer.

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homesalad
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posted February 04, 2002 17:47     Click Here to See the Profile for homesalad   Click Here to Email homesalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My mom uses a Epson Stylus 900C with her G4 and OSX, via a USB cable. The OSX support for it isn't great, but under OS9 it was rad.

Printed all sorts of stuff real good.

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ZorroTheFox
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posted February 04, 2002 18:25     Click Here to See the Profile for ZorroTheFox   Click Here to Email ZorroTheFox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HP Deskjet 930C I haven't had a problem yet......Z

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nekomatic
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posted February 05, 2002 07:06     Click Here to See the Profile for nekomatic   Click Here to Email nekomatic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a warning, every HP inkjet I've ever met has had paper feeding problems. Perhaps it's only a problem when using ordinary copy paper rather than expensive inkjet paper, but the rollers that are supposed to draw in each sheet lose their grip and need constant maintenance (fine sandpaper or isopropyl alcohol fixes them for a while...)

I've heard good things about Canon printers, and they have individual colour ink cartridges which is a plus, but I don't know what their OS X support is like.

What's the matter with the Epson??

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Akira
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posted February 05, 2002 09:02     Click Here to See the Profile for Akira   Click Here to Email Akira     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While we're on the subject of HP warnings...every HP printer I have ever used has been more or less unable to produce the illusion of continuous tone printing -- they always come out looking really pixelated. Granted, I haven't messed with one since I got the Epson, but I went through no less than 3 HPs between work, school and home prior to that, and they all had this problem.

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iballoondesign
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posted February 05, 2002 12:05     Click Here to See the Profile for iballoondesign   Click Here to Email iballoondesign     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am think about get new scanner...What's your recommend? I still love my old scanner - UMax 1220A, but I need one that come with USB or firewire - faster if possible.

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Tau Zero
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posted February 05, 2002 13:00     Click Here to See the Profile for Tau Zero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Snaggy:
Arrrg! i'm just about ready to throw this Epson Stylus 500 into the lake.

You'd pollute such a fine-looking lake with a crappy printer?  For shame.

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Petethelate
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posted February 05, 2002 17:10     Click Here to See the Profile for Petethelate   Click Here to Email Petethelate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ghu knows if it's still being made, but HP makes|made the 970 double-sided printer. We used one for color pics in our club's newsletter, and it did quite well.

I've had a 720C for a couple-three years, and it's fine. Not sure about feeding problems for all papers, but the Advantage inkjet/laser paper by Georgia Pacific feeds well. FWIW, it works fine in Julie's OfficeJet 500.

With respect to pixillation, watch the resolution and the application. The 720 is a more-or-less photo quality printer, and it does do better pics that Julie's OJ. Alas, the carts are incompatible.

And while I loathe Carly Fiorina, HP still makes good printers.

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ZorroTheFox
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posted February 05, 2002 17:23     Click Here to See the Profile for ZorroTheFox   Click Here to Email ZorroTheFox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by iballoondesign:
I am think about get new scanner...What's your recommend? I still love my old scanner - UMax 1220A, but I need one that come with USB or firewire - faster if possible.


I use an HP scanjet 4470c, it was the only one I found that scans negatives. But that was a year ago, there are surely better ones now.........Z

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Arlo
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I've been using a DeskJet 970Cse at work for over two years -- connected to a JetDirect 300x print server for ethernet access -- and it's been a real trooper. Keep an eye on the feed tray with heavier paper (e.g. labels) but it's sturdy otherwise.

I need a large-format printer at home for 11x17 flyers, so I recently replaced my Epson Stylus Photo EX with an HP 1220C -- the "big brother" of our printer at work. I think the Epson had slightly better quality, but the HP is much easier to get along with. (The Epson had a tendency to print pages of junk characters on a whim, and the Epson/Axis print server would randomly stop in the middle of large jobs.) I got the JetDirect 175x print server for home and it was plug-and-play.

HP has OS X drivers for both printers, but apparently they only work with a direct USB connection, not through a print server. So, I can only print to them from classic applications using the classic driver. That's a drag, but all signs indicate that HP will beat Epson in the race for printer drivers.

Good luck...

-Arlo

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+Andrew
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posted February 13, 2002 18:26     Click Here to See the Profile for +Andrew   Click Here to Email +Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't comment on Mac support, but I've been happy with the Epson Stylus Color 740 I've had for the past 6 months or so. It was handed down to me when someone else upgraded to a newer Epson model, and it's been great for printing out digital photos (even on non-Epson photo paper).

-Andrew

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baker_nat
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posted February 22, 2002 05:05     Click Here to See the Profile for baker_nat   Click Here to Email baker_nat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
probably my olivetti. It may be primative to own a 170, but it is reliable.

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Zwilnik
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posted February 22, 2002 13:23     Click Here to See the Profile for Zwilnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got an Epson Stylus 680. Although I've mostly been using it under 9 rather than X.

Good: Image quality, works well on 9.

Bad: 'chipped' ink carts (which you can either clock, or get 3rd party pre-chipped ones now) that cost a fortune and count themselves as empty when still 25% full (again, you can reset the chip to bypass this).

If you go with the Epson carts, it works out cheaper to buy a new printer than to replace the ink. That's pretty much put me off getting an Epson printer for my next printer. If the drivers and quality are there, I may go for a Canon, as they use seperate ink carts for each colour.

As far as scanners go, the Canon N6xxu & N12xxu range are great. USB powered, small, cheap and good scan quality. Also very easy to use.

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Charisma
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posted March 05, 2002 20:13     Click Here to See the Profile for Charisma   Click Here to Email Charisma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got an Epson Stylus Photo 1270, and while it is slightly slow printing, the results are increadable. We're talking photo quality on glossy paper. Wow! However, if you just want black/white, I'd suggest an Xerox because they're fast as all and almost never screw up, even under OS X, I think.

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macadddikt18
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posted March 07, 2002 08:43     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an espon 740. It worked great for a few months. now all i have is problems with the stupid think. i want to get a new printer. I am thinking an hp, anyone have any complaits about Hp's?
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Snaggy
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posted March 07, 2002 12:16     Click Here to See the Profile for Snaggy   Click Here to Email Snaggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ended up getting an Epson C60. The print outs are really good, and it's amazingly fast for someone used to an older printer. It is loud though! Sounds like it's bullying the paper through the printer.

If I would have had the extra cash, I would have gone for the C80, as it was quieter, and has the separate colur ink wells. Anyway, this one is working great so far.

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