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Inkjet Printer Maintenance

by Confed / February 23, 2005 10:03 AM PST

Okay, I've had it with my Epson C80 and I'm looking for a new printer starting from scratch. The Epson self destructed because I didn't use it enough and it's design is as bad as its inks are good. Clearly, print quality alone, Epson would be it IMHO.

However, I'm now taking two other points into consideration: ink economy and maintenance. I want a printer that doesn't jam easily and I'm looking at the Canon PIXMA iP4000. Of course I'm also open to anything else that gets a strong thumbs up, so recommendations would be appreciated.


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Looks bad.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2005 10:27 AM PST

An Epson C80 would be some number of years old. If you feel that printers should last longer than what's on the (ink printer) market today is not worthy of your desires.

I'd look at color laser since it does not have an ink drying issue and I'm getting 5+ years from such in office settings.


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Laser Not an Option
by Confed / February 24, 2005 9:53 AM PST
In reply to: Looks bad.

But you can't get photo quality or anything even near from a color laser, can you? We have a high-priced one at work and the output looks terrible. There are no subtleties in color and the color overlapping is just a tiny bit off.

Given the design problems of the C80, do you think the Canon would be any better?


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You won't be happy with the Canon either.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2005 10:14 AM PST
In reply to: Laser Not an Option

The models you've noted last for just a few years. You want more. While the laser you have doesn't do photo, the current class of lasers is much better and doesn't have the ink drying issue or the short 2 to 3 year lifespan.

There was not a design problem in the C80. But you wanted something like a refrigerator. Something that just works for 7 plus years.

Again, any consumer ink printer will not satisfy what I've read in your postings.


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Colour Laser output
by Pooter / March 1, 2005 3:56 AM PST

Hi Confed,

I am a printer engineer, and think that your office kit needs calibrating... the output is usually pretty good.

I don't like Canon Inkjets, partly because if there is a quality problem and you remove the ink cartridge, it can take up to 10 cleaning cycles (with the wastage that entails) to get it to print again.

I much prefer HP or Lexmark. Bear in mind that due to the nature of my job I only see the problem kit, and I see far more Canons...

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