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Stephanie Halstead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/3/2005

Inkjet Printer Needed

My Epson R800 that has given me years of faithful service has died. Any recommendations on ink jet photo printers. Have seen mixed reviews on Epson 1400 and Epson 1900.

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12/10/2009 9:46:35 AM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Stephanie,
I decided against the Epson 1400 and bought the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 because my previous Epson was costing me so much $$ in ink refills and worked sporadically. The Canon worked good (with an occasional streak on a 13x19 print) for a couple of months and then died (the paper feeder would not work). I thought about getting it fixed but with the cost of quality paper and constant ink refills and factoring in the throwaways of prints with streaks, I decided to just have my stuff printed by MPIX. Their printers blow away any printer I could afford and I am very happy with their quality & service.
I would like to get another printer but will not go for one that prints 13 x 19 as I want a smaller footprint than these require to save some work space.
I have heard some positive things about both Epson printers. Let me know what you decide on and if you have a recommendation for a smaller printer.
Thank you.

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12/11/2009 8:19:33 AM

Randy A. Myers
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/20/2002
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  I have a friend - also a member here - who just went through the same dilemma. His Epson 1280 was dying, and he had decided on getting the Epson 1900 but wanted my opinion. I suggested he get the Epson 2880. It costs more but I think it's worth it. He called me the other day and thanked me for talking him into the 2880. He said the 2880 is very easy on ink usage, which is one of the problems people keep reporting on the 1400 and 1900. I'm sure they are both very good printers, but I don't think you would regret spending the extra money for the 2880 in the long run. This is what I would buy at this time if I were buying. I have an Epson 2200, a HP 8750 and a Hp 130 that I use. Good luck in your choice.

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12/11/2009 12:03:59 PM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Stephanie: I would strongly recommend the Epson R1900. I have had one for a year now and am constantly amazed at the fabulous quality. I bought it after testing printers for HERE'S HOW magazine. Cheers!

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12/13/2009 1:12:35 PM

Donald R. Curry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2006
  I am very pleased with my R2400. I have had it for a couple of years with no problems.

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12/20/2009 6:30:18 PM

Stephanie Halstead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/3/2005
  Thanks for all your input. I decided to purchase the Epson R1900 and so far am pleased with it.

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12/20/2009 8:33:57 PM

Bruce A. Dart   Since you already got an R1900 this is a little late -- but for what it's worth: when my Epson 2200 died I bought the R1900 and wish now I had spent the extra money and got the equivalent of what I had before. The quality is great but the ink cartridges created a problem for me. I do not like the "gloss optimizer" that adds a coating to each print. I had been using the printer for everything and in spite of the fact that I turned it off in the preferences, it put the coating on checks, invoices, and any word processing documents. The tell tale sign is that all the inks come singly except for the GO juice (the gloss optimizer is labeled "GO" for obvious reasons) and that comes in a four-pack!
When it runs out, the whole machine won't print. My invoices were "soggy" as was everything else. Perhaps they all have that feature now but I miss my 2200!!! It served me well for nearly ten years.

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12/22/2009 5:38:51 AM

Deb Booth   Just my two cent's worth here: I recently bought the Epson 1400 AND a continuous inking system. I have been thrilled with the results. I got the inking system from (they bought Media Street, from whom I purchased my previous CISs). Their new system involves cartridge 'sleeves' and inserts. You fill the inserts with their inks, and then pop them into the sleeves which fit perfectly into the ink cartridge slots. No tubing peeking out the sides and over the edges of your printer, and the lid closes completely. I love it. I really want the control of printing my smaller stuff myself - from bookmarks to cards to 13x19 borderless.

I bought the 1400 as a refurbished unit from Epson's online store, and thus, receive the exact same warranty on it that I would have gotten had I purchased a new unit, and the $$ I saved buying the refurb covered the cost of the inking system.

Hope this helps!

Light and laughter,

Deb Booth

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12/22/2009 5:55:57 AM

Greg Lessard
  I have an r1900. It prints great, and its very fast. It is fairly large, but printing up to 13" wide is very convenient. It sips ink, compared to the r1800, but the 1900 ink cartridges hold roughly half as much ink as the 1800 cartridges and cost the same. There are 8 cartridges at $15 a piece. I can get approx. 50 8x10 prints before I have to swap out cartridges. Pretty pricey. (Staples recycles cartridges at $3 a piece which helps).

Greg Lessard

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12/22/2009 4:36:20 PM

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