Inkjet Printers

HI all:

I’m looking for a new A4 Inkjet printer, possibly a multifunction although that’s not essential. It’s use is almost entirely for printing documents, although there is the occasional photo. The main thing is text (Primarily) and image print quality. I’m not a large volume user so a coloutr laser would be overkill.

Does the collective wisdom of the forum have any suggestion? I’ve heard that Canon offer the best print quality although they consume ink like a drunken sailor. The latest HP Officejets seem to have prioritised speed which is unimportant to me, over print quality which is, but running costs are lsaid to be low.

The older HP 8600 MFPs are still available at a discount so one of those might be a reasonable bet. No idea about the equivalent Epsons, although the large format photo printers have a high reputation.

Anyone any comments or experiences?


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I have a Canon photo printer and an Epson WP-4020. True, the Canon is an ink hog (and very slow) but quality is quite good, though overkill for general purpose office use. The Epson is magnificent. Very fast for an inkjet (approaches laser speeds), low(ish) cost-per-page though not quite as low as a laser, but close, and far lower than a Canon inkjet, Wi-Fi ready, color, double-sided printing. For general office use (small business) it’s a great option. I got mine on sale for $80. It is rather big and boxy - very utilitarian - so no svelte and sexy looks like some other brands.

Todd


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I use an Epson WF-7520, primarily because I do a lot of print work and the simple CMYK ink system is great for printing out proofs. Plus, it’s a wide format printer and can handle paper up to 13" x 19".

I absolutely love this printer. There’s a new version out that is a better design. See the link:


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Sounds to me that it’s worth looking at the Epsons. I know they have an excellent rep for the quality of their large format photo printers but I was unsure of the Office inkjets.

I’m probably looking for the impossible. Laser print quality for text and decent colour for documents.

The model nos are different in the UK but this one looks OK, if rather bulky and a touch pricey:

Thanks for the help.


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I should have added that I’m looking for an A4 rather than A3, but that Epson WF-7520 does look a nice printer.


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I had a Canon ip4500 (now discontinued) that was great, although it packed up after about six years of regular use. Duplex printing and individual colour cartridges. Don’t think it was a particular ink hog but I always used compatibles which only cost a fiver a set on eBay. I think the iP7220 is probably the closest equivalent:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/printers_multifunction/photo_inkjet_printers/pixma_ip7220

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On 20 August 2014 at 14:08:27, Tacitus (email@hidden) wrote:

HI all:

I’m looking for a new A4 Inkjet printer, possibly a multifunction although that’s not essential. It’s use is almost entirely for printing documents, although there is the occasional photo. The main thing is text (Primarily) and image print quality. I’m not a large volume user so a coloutr laser would be overkill.

Does the collective wisdom of the forum have any suggestion? I’ve heard that Canon offer the best print quality although they consume ink like a drunken sailor. The latest HP Officejets seem to have prioritised speed which is unimportant to me, over print quality which is, but running costs are lsaid to be low.

The older HP 8600 MFPs are still available at a discount so one of those might be a reasonable bet. No idea about the equivalent Epsons, although the large format photo printers have a high reputation.

Anyone any comments or experiences?


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