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1. Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet
$318.69 list($349.99)
2. Canon PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer
$117.74 $62.99 list($149.99)
3. Canon PIXMA iP4000 Photo Printer
$215.64 list($249.99)
4. Canon PIXMA iP90 Photo Inkjet
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5. Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet
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6. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet
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7. Epson Stylus R200 Photo Printer
$69.88 list($149.00)
8. Lexmark Z810 printer with Vivitar
Too low to display $189.00 list($319.00)
9. HP PhotoSmart 375B Compact Photo
$124.97 list($278.00)
10. HP Photosmart 7960 Printer
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11. HP PhotoSmart 7760 Photo Printer
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12. Olympus P-440 Photo Printer
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13. Epson Stylus Photo R300 Inkjet
$179.99 list($248.84)
14. Epson Stylus Photo RX500 All-in-One
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15. Olympus Camedia P-10 Digital Photo
$214.99 $184.89 list($379.00)
16. Canon CP-330 Compact Photo Printer
$379.95 list($499.99)
17. Epson SP1280 Inkjet Printer
$352.72 list($329.99)
18. HI-TOUCH HiTi Photo Printer 730PS
$129.85
19. i455 Desktop Photo Printer, ,
$45.76 list($183.00)
20. HP PhotoSmart 7660 Inkjet Printer

1. Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $549.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007OVML0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 229
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Experience the power and speed of the Epson Stylus® Photo R800. Print brilliant archival quality glossy and matte photos! The world's first printer with 1.5- picoliter ink droplets and up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, this revolutionary performer gives new meaning to quality and detail. And, it provides eight individual cartridges, including matte black ink and a unique gloss optimizer, for professional results every time - no matter what the paper type.Durable Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver long-lasting portraits, landscapes and more on virtually any media, including ink jet printable CD/DVDs and 4" and 8.3" 13" roll paper. It also prints borderless photos in convenient, frame-ready sizes. And, with innovative PRINT Image Matching II technology, you'll get brilliant prints automatically from popular digital cameras.The Epson Stylus Photo R800 offers groundbreaking quality and performance, for perfect prints made to last. With Epson Software Film Factory Epson Print CD software, and premium ICC Profiles, all included in the box, this affordable ink jet offers a complete photographic solution for many creative projects. Whisper-quiet operation and fast built-in connectivity make it an ideal fit for any home or studio, while high-speed performance makes it the perfect printer for quickly creating show-stopping high-gloss prints. ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution
  • 4-by-6-inch photos as fast as 42 seconds, 11-by-14 as fast as 1 minute 51 seconds
  • Prints directly onto inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs
  • Supports poster prints up to 13 by 44 inches

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional photo printer for professional needs
Quality
With 2 built in black cartridges (8 total), one optimized for glossy paper and another for matte paper, this thing specializes in output quality.Another cartridge is a gloss finisher to protect the output - either way the ink dries instantly.There's a UK web site that reviews this printer hard core and likes it.Everything that comes through my Canon 20D and out this printer is magic - film doesn't even come close.

Use
For best results, make sure your camera, software, and printer are all set to the same color space, preferably AdobeRGB, and shoot in 16bit full color.With these settings, even 8 megapixel's is enough for full bleed Super B (13x19) posters.I started out printing everything in semi gloss because it looks/feels like "real" pictures but after trying matt paper, I'm never going back.Not only are the colors richer/deeper, there is zero glare in any lighting environment - and the ink still won't smudge.Coming from a film background, the hardest thing has been paper size standards.Most of the best paper is 8.5/11 and all the picture frames are old sizes: 8x10, 5x7, 4x6 - I hate trimming everything.

Speed
Using the firewire interface, I sometimes wait longer for the print job to que up on my 1.2 G4 than for the print to appear.Translation: fast.Even full page 600dpi+ originals come out fast enough for instant gratification.

Appearance
The light/dark grey finish and relatively compact case (with in/out puts closed) are equally at home in an office or bedroom.The fun part is printing to a printer larger than the computer its coming from.

Software
Controls are easy to use (OS X) and photo quality output is nearly automatic.Whatever you do, figure out how to turn off Expansion.This on by default unfeature increases the odds for a full bleed but at the expense of stretching the picture to an unpredictably larger size (spent hours figuring out why my borders were off).Prints equally well from Photoshop and iPhoto.Its frightening how smart the ink system is, not only can you see in the software how much ink is left, it tells you how many pages "like the last one printed" you can do with the remaining ink for the lowest cartridge.

Alternatives
When it comes to printing photographs, ink is everything and Epson has it.With the right paper, this pigment is rated to 200 years, has zero dry time, and is crazy color accurate.All you need to do is pick your size
small = PhotoMate
medium = R800
large = R1800

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing to say the least!
I bought my R1800 two weeks ago and it's fabulous! I've been doing quite a bit of photo retouching in PhotoShop and was anxious to see some of my work in large format. The resulting output totally exceeded my expectations! I was also surprised at the speed at which such fine output was generated. I was somewhat concerned about the cost of maintaining an 8-color system as the cost of replacement cartridges ranges between $12.99 and $14.99, but I've done quite a bit of printing and the color levels have barely budged (and I use the setting for the highest print quality). This is truly a great printer for digital photographers, scrapbookers, and PhotoShop enthusiasts like me. It's an incredible piece of equipment.

1-0 out of 5 stars printer arrived dead
I ordered the eagerly awaited R1800 on first day of availability from Amazon.When shipped, item arrived dead.Printer carriage did not move into position, soink cartridges could not be loaded. Defective printer was returned to Amazon (which promptly credited the return, including postage).

On this single anecdotal incident, I do not fault either Epson or Amazon. Stuff happens.Perhaps damage in shipping.I merely provide this information for consumer information, in case other buyers have the same problem.

My star rating is nominal, since unit received did not function at all

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats any lab prints
The Epson R1800 is built like a tank.Upon first inspection out of the box, you will be suprised at it's size.Set-up out of the box was a breeze.About 10 minutes of unwrapping everything and software installation and I was ready to print.

The first prints came out amazing.I used to work in a one hour photo lab with a Noritsu QSS-3011, basically the Cadallic of mini-lab printers.The best of the best.I am college student majoring in photography so quality is #1 to me.I would always print my pictures at the lab and fine tune each print so I would get the best.With this printer, I get nearly the EXACT SAME QUALITY.Which is nothing short of amazing considering we are talking about a lab machine that is in the costs of tens of thousands of dollars.The prints that I have printed from the R1800 rival the quality of that from the Nortisu lab printer.

The 8 inks provide a cost effective method instead of replacing one expensive color tank when just one color runs out.You can just replace whatever color you run out of.

The R1800 prints bordless sizes up to 13" in width.It can print panoramics from 4" to 13" from rolls of paper. Imgaine having a 13" by 44" panoramic on your wall!With the R1800, it's just that easy.

The R1800 can also print on CD's, which is a neat feature, but one that I probably won't use too much until I get ready to graduate and create portfolio CD's with my work on them.

5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution is what makes these prints so amazingly crisp in quality.

The speed of the printer is pretty impressive too.11x14's in under 3 minutes?4x6's in under 45 seconds?Yes please!

I believe the best paper I've used with R1800 is Epson's Premium Luster paper.It's semi glossy with a sheer luster to it that makes the color and contrast hold of the paper look amazing.

If you are even an amatuer photographer and care about the quality of your printers and are in the market for an at home studio printer, you cannot go wrong with the R1800.I would reccommend nothing else. ... Read more


2. Canon PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer
by Canon Office Products
list price: $349.99
our price: $318.69
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Asin: B0002F9Y2I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
Sales Rank: 968
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

print resolution: 4800 x 2400 dpi black; 4800 x 2400 dpi color * ChromaPLUS 8-color ink system * direct photo printing with PictBridge-compliant cameras * dual paper path * two-sided printing * ... Read more

Features

  • Directly supports PictBridge-compatible digital cameras and DV camcorders
  • PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty with toll-free phone support
  • Sharp 4,800 x 2,400 dpi maximum resolution
  • Up to 16 ppm black, 12 ppm color; built-in 2-sided printing
  • Borderless 4-by-6-inch photo in just 23 seconds

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars Incredible printer
As many other reviews both here on Amazon and elsewhere attest, this is an incredible printer.The photos are amazing and the printer is really fast.Unlike previous printers where you more or less went and did something else while waiting for a print-out, you can just hit print and see the photo shooting out of the printer.It is also amazingly quiet.You literally cant hear the printer at work...

However, I do feel that the printer puts a little too much magenta in its output.A few (and only a small percentage) appeared to be redder than what was on screen or what is natural.I have read that this can corrected by not selecting vivid in the options while printing, but I have not tried it yet.This is perhaps the reason for the four stars (I would have given it a 4.5 if Amazon let me).

Finally, I have tried both the Canon Photo Paper Pro (their best) and the Konica Glossy Photo Paper (professional weight) and the Konica paper is way better.The colors are so much better than the Canon's and I doubt I will ever use the Canon paper again.You should really try the Konica paper with this printer (and perhaps with other brands as well).Best of all, its cheaper and heavier than the Canon paper...

3-0 out of 5 stars Way extra Magenta in pictures
I don't own this printer - I have the i960, and don't like the extra magenta you see in pictures.Close friends bought the 8500 and have even more magenta and green in the pictures.I thought I was just extremely picky but they were overwhelmed by the extra red and green in the pictures.

It's a shame Canon isn't paying more attention to accurate color representation vs. VIVID colors - vivid doesn't looks so great on flesh tones!

Make sure if you buy this printer you really try it out during the return period.


****Update*****
Since apparently I wasn't being very helpful - I thought I would hopefully add some helpful information, aside from what might appear to be a rant against Canon.I LOVE my Canon camera, BTW, and I loved my Canon S820 printer.

So, let me add:

1) Canon Photo Paper Pro will show MUCH more accurate color than the Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy.(This is one of my gripes - if I'm trying to fine-tune colors in a picture, I have to print tests on the expensive Photo Paper Pro because the colors are completely different from, say, high-res photo paper.

2) When you're printing, in the Canon printer settings, set Color Adjustment to Manual.Then Click "Set..." and check the "Enable ICM" box.In this window, you can also fine-tune color balance settings although I've never had any luck here.

3) Good points about Canon printers:they seem to use ink sparingly and the separate ink tanks are nice.They're fast.The resolution is great - even on my s820 prints you'd be hard-pressed to see dots or banding.The photo prints are glossy throughout just like "real" photos.No de-glossed black areas.I haven't noticed any fading in prints I've done, for over 3 years.


So, my hopefully helpful summary is:use Photo Paper Pro and make sure you're happy with the color in your prints.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for color
I've been searching for a good photo printer for ages. I tried an Epson and was so fed up with clogged heads (and ink consumption!) that I took it back as a defective product. The Epson PictureMate didn't last a day. (*miserable* beast of a printer!)So. I did my research. I read reviews until I needed new glasses. I took my own memory card to test printers, and I found the new love of my life! The Canon Pixma ip8500 is a *jewel* of a printer. It's the same ink/ink set/printer head as the $500 ip9900, but for $150 less.

PROS:
1) Set up was fast and easy (but come on - this no cable nonsense is getting old. Spring for the blasted cable, Canon!)
2) Right out of the box the colors were *better* than the digital processing done on Kodak paper by professional equipment.
3) 8 separate ink tanks means no more wasted ink. Cyan and magenta will be the first to go.
4) 100 pictures later - ink is still very full
5) I'm finicky, and after I've done my Photoshop work, I want the picture to print exactly as I see it - with the exception of *minimal* cropping (after some tweaks) this printer *delivers*. Gorgeous color, properly rendered. ZERO ink jet detailing in skies.
6) Prints up to 11x14, and has a tray for additional paper. Feeder holds plenty of heavyweight photo paper or card stock.
7) quiet as the grave! I often turn to look at it to see if it's working, because you can't hear it!

CONS:
1) Does not read memory cards. Must read from camera, or be hooked to computer. (but it does use USB 2.0 so is very fast)
2) Like most consumer level printers, this one doesn't do straight b&w photos well. Some images were "light b&w" and the printer interpreted this distinctly on the purple/blue side. The very darkest pictures fared better, but were still noticeably inferior to professional processing.

I can't speak highly enough about this printer. It's performance is almost without flaw (and hey, even the b&w pictures aren't *bad* they just aren't the *best*) Buy this baby and you will NOT be doing the trek to your neighborhood developer!


5-0 out of 5 stars What a GREAT Product
I had some minor problems with my previous Canon S800 printer, mostly in handling thicker paper (business card stock) so decided to upgrade. I knew I wanted a Canon printer and my choice came down to the iP5000 or the iP8500. I spent a lot of time searching the internet for reviews and talking to Canon tech reps. I got a lot of information but it still left me in a quantry, still between the same two printers.

I think the information I found will be helpful to everyone who's goal is to find the best photo printer. The iP5000 is being pushed by Canon (rightfully so) as new technology, which focuses mainly on the small droplet size of the ink heads (1 Picoliter). The smaller the droplet size the better is the resolution (definition). Although the iP8500 has a 2 Picoliter droplet size, it has 2 additional ink cartridges-red & Green, which just happen to be primary colors.As Canon noted, this gives you an almost infinite range of colors allowing for "true-to-life" color.

My deciding factor was the droplet size of my current S800 -- it is 4 Picoliter.By buying the 8500, I decrease the droplet size, increasing my photo definition 200% and I added a broad range of colors to produce more accurate colors.

But these are just numbers. What was I really going to see and would I appreciate the difference. The answer is a resounding YES!!!!!

I had a picture of an Egret next to a pond. The 8500 changed the color of the water to the truer color as defined by my 19" flat screen monitor. The rocks along the edge of the pound on the S800 photo seemed blurred as if caused by the depth of field while the 8500 photo showed the rocks clear as crystal showing their rough edges.

Another photo of a brilliant California early morning red sky(actually more orange), which I always thought was a brilliant picture paled in comparison to the bright, vivid colors from the 8500.

A comment on the StevesDigicam website on this subject said: "...the iP8500 prints show a visibly wider color gamut than those printed with 6 or 5 color photo printers.Noticeably more vibrant are the reds and greens and the ability to reproduce varying shades of orange that prove difficult to impossible on the other inkjet printers".

Bottom Line: If you're an avid photographer and want your prints to accurately represent the quality of your photo equipment (I have a digital Rebel), I highly recommend the Canon iP8500.

I hope this information is helpful to your selection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Jackie Brown Says: Great Printer; Support Needs Improvement
J. Morrison I've encountered this driver (won't install) problem before with several other Canon printers. The issue has to do with Canon's idiotic insistence on making the driver (and Easy Photo Print) install via Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser only. If Mozilla's Firefox or Safari or any other non-Internet Explorer browser is set as your default browser, the printer will not install. Canon's website is equally IE-centric and horrible to navigate if you don't use Internet Explorer. Nowhere on their site or within the installation instructions does it tell yout that you must use IE to load the drivers and software. This is inexcusable in 2005. Make sure you let them know how irritated this situation makes you.

Anyway, to solve the problem, temporarily set IE as your default browser and then install the drivers. This worked like a charm for me with the Canon s9000, i560, i960 and i9900. When you're all done, return to your regularly scheduled default browser. :) ... Read more


3. Canon PIXMA iP4000 Photo Printer
by Canon Office Products
list price: $149.99
our price: $117.74
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002GU16A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
Sales Rank: 149
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

print resolution: 600 x 600 dpi black; 4800 x 1200 dpi color * direct photo printing with PictBridge-compliant cameras * two-sided printing * ContrastPLUS 5-color ink system * print sizes: letter (8-1/2" x 11"), legal, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", envelope * ... Read more

Features

  • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi color resolution, 600 x 600 dpi black
  • Up to 25 ppm black, 17 ppm color; 4-by-6-inch photo in about 36 seconds
  • ContrastPLUS 5-color ink system; built-in two-sided printing
  • Direct print port, PictBridge compatible

Reviews (74)

1-0 out of 5 stars Did not work straight out of the box!!
Received this printer 6/6/2006.Brand new, straight out of the box it would not print due to a defective printer head.Called Canon immediately - they assured us they would send a new print head ASAP.Still nothing as of 6/14/2005 - turns out they have no printer heads available - but of course they will not take the product back.$$$ down the drain.Would be very, verycautious about Canon purchases in future!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Affordable photo/all purpose printer
Pros:
- affordable especially with all the rebate savings.
- prints high quality photo.
- prints photo fast.default setting prints 4x6 in 45 sec.
- individual ink tanks lower ongoing cost
- easy photo print software is very easy to use
- paper can be autofed from tray

Cons:
- big and heavy

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get.
After my Epson Stylus Photo 820 robbed me of vast quantites of money, paper, and faith in humanity, I weep with joy every time I print something with the Canon iP4000. Firstly, it's so cheap that you can hardly go wrong, but it's so good that you'll never go wrong. The photo quality is wonderful, the ink cannisters are bottomless, and the duplex printing (it can print on both sides without you having to do anything) is a fantastic paper-saving feature. I'm very happy with it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't Use With External Print Server !!!!!
This is probably a great printer - fast, brilliant output, quiet, great price, top notch review in PC Mag and C/Net and all sorts of other places.I will never get the opportunity to experience this brilliance however because this printer flat out don't work with with an external print server.

Since I have 3 PCs that my family and I need to print from, since the printer is in the basement and none of the computers are there, I use an HP JetDirect external print server, meaning I don't have to dedicate an extra machine to run everyone's printing through.HP practically invented the print server, and I've never had a problem with any other printer - usually Epson.

Canon tech support confirmed the printer is unsupported through a print server.They suggest the iP4000R with a wireless one built-in which I may buy and sell my HP print server on eBay or something.But the beauty of an external one is that I shouldn't have to spend extra to buy future printers with this capability.I did find some postings on newsgroups hinting that some people have been able to get this printer to work through a print server, but usually some capability was lost, some other printer's device driver had to be used, etc.and I don't think many people are willing to give up features.

In the end as more features are stuffed into these printers, my guess is that this specialization will obsolete a lot of the printer servers out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great printer (okay, except maybe for shipping labels)
This is my fourth Canon printer, and generally I've been happy with all of them.Happier, on average, than I was with the three HPs.

I bought this one because, what with the cost of photo paper (and inks, though Canons tend to be a bit lower in this department), I was reluctant to print out my growing libarary of digital photos at less than optimum quality.I had a 2 1/2 year old Canon S520, which did well but was still noticeably below a good commercial 35 mm print.

Well, my wife needed a printer for her office at church, so she inherited the S520 and I sprung for the PIXMA.Good move.The photo quality is much better, now at least comparable to a 1-hour 35mm job.And, it's fast!A text page just blazes through.Not as razor sharp as my best HP, but you'd be hard pressed to notice without your nose down on it.

The up side of the Canon system is the permanent print head.You don't throw it away, which makes ink tanks cheaper.However, be aware it's not really the half price you might be hoping for.My best guess is that I'm going 70% the distance of an HP cartridge of same rated quanitity. But at closer to half the price, I'm still ahead of the game, so no complaints here.Also, you don't throw a whole color cartridge away when one color runs out.Makes sense.

Now, the down side is that, I assume, running ink through the same print head for years means you need an ink of greater fluidity so it is less likely to clog.And that is probably what makes it smeary for a bit longer as it dries. But with most office paper, you're fine in a few seconds, and with photos inside a minute or two. Thumbs off until then!

Bottom line: if you're printing lots of smooth-coated shipping labels, like our one-star reviewer, you should look elsewhere.The Canon method is not for you.But me, I'm still a happy Canon camper. ... Read more


4. Canon PIXMA iP90 Photo Inkjet Printer
by Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
list price: $249.99
our price: $215.64
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002OG6L6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
Sales Rank: 849
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Pixma iP90 Color Photo Printer ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi color, 600 x 600 dpi black
  • Up to 12 ppm color print speed, 16 ppm black
  • PictBridge support for direct-from-camera photo printing
  • Wireless printing with IrDA and optional Bluetooth

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
I was looking for a portable printer and this one was advertised as for home or on the road. Man, what a disappointment. For the price, this is a real loser. It is way too big. The cartridges are too small if you are buying it for fine color prints. It smears on photo gloss paper. I wanted something small that I can take in the same bag as my laptop. I had to put this in my checked luggage. For a much cheaper price, I could have got a regular small desktop printer and would have gotten much better results. I mean this printer was suppose to replace my BJC-50, a real portable, and now it sits in my office as I have to go find something much smaller. ... Read more


5. Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000WA8CI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2625
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Experience the power and speed of the Epson Stylus Photo R800. Print brilliant archival quality glossy and matte photos! The world's first printer with 1.5- picoliter ink droplets and up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, this revolutionary performer gives new meaning to quality and detail. And, it provides eight individual cartridges, including matte black ink and a unique gloss optimizer, for professional results every time - no matter what the paper type.Durable Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver long-lasting portraits, landscapes and more on virtually any media, including ink jet printable CD/DVDs and 4" and 8.3" roll paper. It also prints borderless photos in convenient, frame-ready sizes. And, with innovative PRINT Image Matching II technology, you'll get brilliant prints automatically from popular digital cameras.The Epson Stylus Photo R800 offers groundbreaking quality and performance, for perfect prints made to last. With Epson Software Film Factory, Epson Print CD software, and premium ICC Profiles, this affordable ink jet offers a complete photographic solution for many creative projects. Whisper-quiet operation and fast built-in connectivity make it an ideal fit for any home or studio, while high-speed performance makes it the perfect printer for quickly creating show-stopping high-gloss prints.

... Read more

Features

  • True border-free photo printing in popular photo sizes
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and IEEE 1394 FireWire interfaces
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution, 1.5-picoliter droplets
  • Up to 17 ppm black text, 5-by-7-inch photo as fast as 45 seconds
  • Prints directly onto inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best prints from digital pictures!
I just upgraded from the Epson 1270 1440 dpi printer to the Epson R800.While I loved the 1270 color prints, I find the R800's print's absolutely amazing!Even 8 x 10 blowups from a cropped 4Mega Pixel jpeg, zoomed to 2x it's cropped size, show absolutely no pixelation or edge artifacts (jagged edges to objects); and the gloss cartridge really finishes the pictures so they are undistinguishable from lab photos!

While the individual color cartridges cost around $14.00 each for genuine Epson, it may actually work out no more expensive than replacing the 6 color 1270 cartridge ($35) when one color runs out.

Great product, Epson!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great printer for the money.
I have read the other reviews and wanted to throw my opinion in. We have purchased one of these printers at work. I have turned out some really nice stuff on them. However,...

The one reviewer who said that the artwork on the discs is flat is correct. It is dull compared to the brilliant colors on the glossy paper I use for the Jewel case inserts. Still it looks alot more professional than the stick on labels that were previously used. I haven't seen anyone mention the fact that it does only print to PRINTABLE CD/DVD's. Don't buy this thinking you are going to slip in the leftovers from that spindle you bought (unless you slap the label on first of course).

The printer does only print on cd/dvd's using the Epson software. Near as I can tell other label software assumes you are using a sheet of paper and use a software based template.That template is in a corner of where a sheet of paper would be. The Epson however, prints on a special disc tray that sits in the center. The two techniques seem incompatible.This was a little frustrating as the Epson software was limiting in the design aspect as it has poor support for graphic formats such as PNG or TGA with transparenies in them.
As a work around,I have been using roxio to design my discs then "save lable design as image file". Then I bring the finished image in and plunk it down in the Epson software. I'm certain you could do the same thing in Photoshop/Illustrator, if you had the proper template.

As for the travel play in the insert tray (try saying that 10 times fast), the Epson appears to use a system to calibrate the tray position at each printing (Infra-red I am guessing)

I have only had the printer for two weeks so I cannot attest to claims of track marks or other problems that some have claimed after having the printer for months.

5-0 out of 5 stars So far, it's great!
Got this printer for a gift, without doing research on my own.What a thrill!Have had no trouble with ink as one reviewer said.Yes, it's expensive; it's not a toy.This is also not what I'd recommend if most of your printing is text.There are cheaper ways to send your 2000-page first novel to fifty relatives.This is THE ONE Professional photogs use for archival prints.It's NOT an ink jet printer, this ink is made of pigments, not dyes, and will not fade when used with the premier line of Epson photo papers.It prints cds perfectly, and I'm using old cheap ones with the stick on labels to clean out my supply rather than buy the printable ones.The programs for those never got right on the margins like this Epson R800 does.I did have just one photo that came out too red.It was a red toned pic of roses and the whole thing printed ruddy.But, that's adjustable with the Adobe photoshop CS software, and every other photo I've done has magnificent color and brilliant resolution.It's a keeper.I'm just a beginner as a photographer, but this makes me look good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome printer.
I can't believe how great my pictures are...

This is a top notch photo printer. I've waited and read a lot before buying this puppy but I couldn't be happier.

I'm stunned at the few negative comments here. They're probably coming from people using cheap compatible ink cartriges and non-Epson paper.

You can't go wrong. Go ahead and buy the R800.

1-0 out of 5 stars R800 is unreliable, too expensive & variable quality
This is my second--and last--Epson printer. I've had this junk since July, 2004.

I would have bought a Canon or an HP this time around but bought the R800 Epson (the stinkin' four HUNDRED dollar Epson) for one reason: it prints directly onto DVDs. The tipping point to decide on the $400 model? It has pigment inks that will last longer...IF THE INK EVER DECIDED TO COME OUT AND ONTO THE PAPER. But I'm yelling.

Because I have had so many failed prints, I lost interest in printing and the printer sits idle and unused most of the time. Thus the print heads dry and clog up. I can't tell you how much ink (at $95 per complete cartridge set replacement cost) I have wasted in bad prints because the printer heads malfunctioned or the color came out wrong.

At first the print quality was stunning. Then it simply started printing too red. I contacted Epson "support" (what a joke) who eventually said they were having problems with the SP2 XP upgrade messing with the Epson driver. I downloaded the new driver. Still way too red. Flesh tone came out bright red and over saturated. It was so frustrating I simply quit printing and decided to take my Nikon D70's files to a photo finisher. Faster, cheaper and more reliable.

Believe me, don't bother with a printer if you think 1) it's cheaper or 2) faster. It's neither. And it's not even better in quality depending on how good your photo finisher is. A good color photo will last longer than any inkjet print. More durable and water resistant, too.

But I bought the R800 so I could print onto DVDs.

So tonight, knowing I had not used it in weeks, I wisely ran the Print Head Utility and verified that the heads were cleaned and unclogged (wasting yet more precious ink in the process). I then printed out a passably good DVD. Don't think it's anything to write home about: the print quality on a printable CD or DVD is not anywhere near glossy photo paper. Photo printing onto a DVD is dull and flat...not very exciting at all. But at least it's not on peel-and-stick label paper.

I printed a second DVD right away. True to form, even after the head cleaning routine, the black head cloged half way through printing and the lower half of the DVD is shot. Thanks again Epson. Even after the head cleaning routine (that takes about five minutes) it fails again and ruins a $1.50 printable 8x DVD. It's done this to many pieces of high quality glossy photo paper, too, wasting ink, paper, money and time. What a piece of garbage.

And it happens again and again. I just want to scream. And Epson support is nowhere to be found.

And just try figuring out all the color settings. Good luck. Let's see, under Color Management in print setup, should I use Color Controls, PhotoEnhance or ICM mode? If I use the ICC/ICM profile, should I select "off" or "applied by Printer Software"? What's the difference and when does one use which setting? Who knows? I dare you to find the documentation that even explains the sttings, much less actually helps you make a good print the first time.

Now, if you don't mind printing three or four to get one, go for it. And keep your wallet out. Those massive .5cc "tanks" (that should more accurately be called thimbles) empty faster than you can say "Replace Ink Tanks for $95." I love the way Epson puts a sales web link right in the print window titled "Buy Ink" so you can go straight to the Epson site and plunk down full price plus shipping for more ink that will clog and be blown out the head cleaning utility, and then clog anyway.

If you have to buy an Epson, don't waste your money on the R800. Get the $100 model R200. That way when you throw it away it won't hurt so bad.

Never Epson again. ... Read more


6. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet Printer (Silver)
by Epson
list price: $549.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000086A2I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2766
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Big Picture Without Borders

The EPSON Stylus® Photo 1280S ink jet printer is the ideal large-format choice. It creates beautiful 8" x 10" prints in less than two minutes, incredible 11" x 14" prints in less than four minutes, and inspiring 13" x 44" panoramas faster than ever.

Furthermore, this printer offers superior BorderFree™ printing for photo quality results that print right to the edge, delivering stunning 6-color prints. It produces captivating borderless 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter-size, 11" x 14" and 13" x 19" color photos on a variety of Epson photo papers, which are pre-cut in these popular, frame-ready sizes.

The EPSON Stylus Photo 1280S creates memorable results on everything from gallery exhibition prints to portfolio prints, duplicates, soft proofs, and enlargements. Epson also offers a variety of media ranging from matte to glossy to luster, for just the right print.

For such exquisite output (up to 2880 x 720 dpi), you can thank Epson's award-winning, advanced Micro Piezo™ ink jet technology, tiny 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets, smooth AcuPhoto Halftoning™ and quick-drying inks. Due to this combination of technologies, your prints will feature fine shadow detail, dazzling highlights, and accurate skintones.

Factor in laser sharp black text, easy compatibility with Windows® and Macintosh®, plus software that includes EPSON Software™ Film Factory™ and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0 (LE for Windows 95 or Mac 0S 8.5x users), and you get one big deal for photo enthusiasts seeking unforgettable borderless, 6-color results from a large format printer.

  • Superior, 6-color Photo Ink System
  • True BorderFree™ photo printing in 6 popular sizes
  • 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets
  • Water-resistant and lightfast media ... Read more

    Features

    • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
    • 6-color photo ink system
    • True borderless photo printing in 6 popular sizes
    • 2,880 x 720 dpi maximum resolution
    • 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets for fine detail

    Reviews (31)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
    When this printer was introduced about 3 years ago it was clearly the best printer in its class.The prints looked nearly as good as lab prints, and the large format and built-in roll feeder gave options available nowhere else.But compared the best of today (Canon), the Epson 1280 comes up short in print quality and cost of operation.

    Many people seem to complain about the multiple color ink cartridge, and blame that for the high ink consumption.I can say this is not true.Producing and marketing a three ink cartridge is no where near as costly as 3 times single-color cartridges.But Epson printers DO consume lots of expensive ink.

    Besides the cost, I have two complaints: 1) prints invariably have a reddish hue (even though I am using Photoshop with native color profiles), and 2) the management of the roll feeder is clumsy invariably wasting expensive paper.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not for Macs
    This cross-platform printer works fine with Windows. However, its Mac drivers are near useless. The prints are off center and the images fill 2/3 of a sheet. There are no layout options with the Mac drivers. I have written Epson 5 times - no response. I spent $15 for useless Epson Support. Mac users - look elsewhere!

    1-0 out of 5 stars what a dissappointment!
    I did not buy this printer to print photos, so that may be why I'm unhappy with it. I bought the printer expecting it to print out renderings, plans, and presentations for school.

    My first problem is that it DOES NOT print borderless at 11 x 17. If you read the specs carefully you can determine this, but it isn't readily apparent. It prints borderless at every size except for 11 x 17, which is the standard presentation size in many design programs. Also, it takes almost an entire ink cartridge to get one good print - the ink is always smearing or leaving droplets of cyan or magenta on the page as it prints out.

    I think this printer was a waste of money, and if I had to do it all over again I would spend more money on a better quality printer, because I know I would save the money in the end on ink.

    In short this printer has been a source of frustration and a huge headache.

    1-0 out of 5 stars don't buy
    This printer is crap. It makes great prints when it works correctly but it never ever works correctly. I've always had problems with it that I've managed to fix eventually but after my warranty ran out it started printing these pink lines and there's nothing at all I can do to get rid of them. I even called epsons customer support and I have to pay money to even talk to someone. And it says nothing about the problems on their website. Also it goes through ink like crazy and the ink is expensive.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Second Time Lucky
    Jan 21 2005:

    I recently bought a 1280 after having owned an Epson 740 for several years.Because I had had such good results with the 740, and because the 1280 was recommended to me, I had high expectations.Unfortunately, I was disappointed.The prints had a strong magenta color cast and "banding" in blue sky areas.I tried to correct the color cast (about -7 magenta),but could not get good results.The banding I could not correct and that condemned the printer for me.Thus I had to go through the painful process of returning the printer to the store.

    After having read a LOT of printer reviews, I am wondering if perhaps the increase in the number of inks has greatly increased the difficulty of achieving both color balance and evenness of color.With four variables it was hard, but with six, seven, or eight colors it is probably much more difficult to achieve.I wonder if manufacturers are being forced to sacrifice good color balance and evenness of color for highlight and shadow detail.

    I was also struck by the high expectations we users have for these inkjet printers.I think that basically they are ok for home use, but when we start using them professionally, they are are little marginal.

    I also looked at the Canon 9900 and the Epson 2200, but they were a little out of my price range.

    Update Mar 23 2005:

    I bought another 1280, and this one seems to work much better - no strong magenta cast.I also found that I had to dial down the saturation a LOT (i.e. 20 points on a scale of 25) to get natural looking prints.That should also save on ink consumption.Also, I found that a 10 foot USB cable didn't work properly on the Mac (i.e. the printer would spit out the paper part way through printing); a 6 foot cable works much better. ... Read more


7. Epson Stylus R200 Photo Printer
by Epson
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001FDPZ6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 859
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Stylus Photo R200 Color Inkjet Printer ... Read more

Features

  • Complete, easy-to-use CD and DVD face printing solution
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible, 1-year warranty
  • 5,760 x 1,440 dpi maximum resolution, 3-picoliter drop size
  • Up to 15 ppm color, 15 ppm black
  • Economical printing with 6 individual ink cartridges

Reviews (52)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, superb quality
The photos from this printer are superb.I've used it to print wedding photos and announcements - I couldn't be happier.It's kind of surprising that it only costs $99.Thus far, I've printed approximately 40-8x11 pictures and 80-4x6 pictures and I've only had to change ONE of the six cartridges (although another one is almost on its way out).

One tip... when printing, always open up the printer properties window and select the proper print quality (text, photo, 'best' photo, etc) AND paper type.It makes a huge difference.Although Epson suggests using their paper (of course they do) I've used cheaper photo inkjet paper with great results.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the best for disc printing.
Being on a budget, I bought this printer solely for printing discs. Now that I've printed more than 300, I'm skeptical about the glowing reviews I had read before purchase.

The word for this printer is temperamental. Going from power off to printing a disc is an ordeal, and the steps have to be perfectly executed. My tips: Make sure the disc door is closed, turn it on and wait for it to start up, open the door, put the disc in, and try to print. If you're lucky, the disc will print. If you're not, the printer will tell you to close the door by quickly flashing all of the lights. Close the door, hit the trash button, and wait. When it's done, open the door and try again.

Having 6 ink tanks is a hassle. All six ran out at the same time, and when each of the color tanks sell for $14 at Staples, with black being MORE expensive, oddly enough, replacing them is a nightmare on the wallet. Be prepared to spend almost $90 to replace the tanks with Epson brand ink. I got through about 250 discs, and more than half were very simple black text with a small red logo. I also couldn't find a bundled 6 pack, so there was no discount there.

Additionally, after 6 months, the R200 stopped ejecting the disc correctly. You'll hear the wheels spin, but the tray will go no where. If you don't help the printer eject the disc by gently pulling, the next job fails, and you have to go through the time consuming door close and wait ordeal.

Having never printed on paper, I can't speak for the quality there, but with discs, the colors have been inconsistent. I'll print out 6 that are right, and the next one will have too much magenta, or not enough blue. I've had this problem with and without Epson brank ink.

In conclusion, if you're looking for a low cost printer to print discs, look elsewhere. This printer is not worth the hassle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good news and bad news
The Epson Photo R200 is a mixture of sweet and sour to be sure - you will have to decide what will weigh heavier for you:

GOOD NEWS: 1) Boy, it's cheap. I got mine for $99 bucks, and that's pretty great for a printer that can do regular, photo, and CD and DVD prints. As far as function, it's one stop shopping; 2) It's easy to set up, and runs real quiet - Epson seems to have corrected the biggest problem with their previous printers: they were real noisy. The R200 is nice and small, very quiet, and prints reasonably quickly.
BAD NEWS: 1) Epson seems congenitally inable to create software for their printers that is completely useful, or completely functional. The disc printing software is clunky and awkward, and the most useful feature - being able to nudge a label a little in each direction to get it just right - doesn't work. Making a label that is a step above a Brother P-touch becomes a real effort, since the software doesn't play well with a lot of fonts, or more than one inset graphic. In short, for professionals or small businesses there will be a certain amount of frustration and set up time required.
BAD NEWS 2) The printer is confused easily, and doesn't recover well from a malaligned CD tray or paper misfeed. To reset the blinking lights you have to remove all media, close all the trays and drawers, and hit the blinking button, which don't seem to work reliably. Most times, it's simply faster to turn the thing off (closing all trays anyway) and reset it that way.
I would also add as "bad news" the six cartridges - even though the prints are very nice. Epson's business model is cheap printers, and supplies that are a little pricey. If you shop around, you can get the cartridges for 12.50, but more typically they're about $15 - $20, coming out to easily $20 more to fully reload the printer than any other printer with two $35 cartridges.

Unless you've got a high volume of cds or dvds to print, I would recommend another printer, specifically one of HP's excellent DeskJet series, which do excellent photos, and dual-sided prints, which the Epson doesn't do. If you need a CD printer, and don't mind a little aggravation for the functionality, the Photo R200 will serve up a decent helping of both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much better that I expected
I myself have owned at least close to 10 printers.Together with the printers I have used in the workplace and tried at the stores; this by far is the best.

1) Value wise, this is a sub $100 printers.It has a CD/DVD rack for direct to CD/DVD printing, borderless printouts, etc.

2) I love the Epsons for pictures.Prints from other manufacturers tend to be pixelated.If you look closer, you can see the dots that made up the whole picture.Epsons looks exactly like a traditional picture as long as you use the right paper and settings.(Although there is no reason to use a printer now that you have all the great deals from Costco, Sam's (online upload too - after uploading go to the store and it is ready).But for unconventional sizes and school projects, wallet sizes, pictures to fit your frames... I still use a personal printer)

3) Well, all the Epsons I have owned were as loud as a supersonic Concorde; but this one is a real surprise.With kids, my only time to work on the computer is late at night.This doesn't bother the neighbours at all.

4) There are some commercial covers that are sold just solely to protect your printer's innards from dust. I was very impressed at the ingenuity of the design.The top paper rack folds up on itself and serves as a cover for the printer, so you wont need to cover your printer.

5) It is fast.

1-0 out of 5 stars my last epson... promise!
I had the stylus photo 820 before and it went bad in a couple months and started spitting ink onto the paper rollers, which ruined every page I printed.I swore I'd never buy another Epson, but the CD printing feature reeled me in and I tried out this R200 model.I have the same issues others are having: the tray does not load properly so you have to do it over and over.The ink is STILL spitting onto the rollers, just like my last Epson, so it ruins about 75% of the discs that go through.Oh, and what did Epson say when I described the problems I'm having within a month of buying it?"Keep in mind this is a home consumer printer and has not been designed to perform bulk CD printing."Okay, so normal home consumer use is to print 10 discs and never use it again - I haven't even changed the ink yet.This time I'm serious: I'll never buy another Epson. ... Read more


8. Lexmark Z810 printer with Vivitar ViviCam 3632 Digital Camera
by Lexmark
list price: $149.00
our price: $69.88
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Asin: B0007LKVDI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lexmark
Sales Rank: 3022
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Product Description

Get two superb imaging products in one affordable bundle. This Lexmark Z810 Photo Printer and Vivitar ViviCam 3632 Digital Camera Bundle takes the technology and power of a digital photo lab and delivers it to your home or office. The Lexmark 6-color photo jet printer has up to 4800x1200 dpi resolution, and the 2.0-megapixel Vivitar ViviCam 3632 digital camera has 4x digital zoom, 1.5” TFT LCD display and 16MB internal memory. Bundle also includes Scrapbook Factory and Digital Photo Guru software, 10 sheets of 8-1/2x11” and 20 sheets of 4x6” paper and a USB port and cable to easily hook up printer and camera to your PC. Made in USA. Printer: 6Hx9Wx17-1/3L”. Camera: 2-3/4Hx1-2/5Wx4L”. ... Read more

Features

  • 2-megapixel digital camera with 1,600 x 1,200 resolution, 4x digital zoom
  • 4,800 x 1,200 resolution on photo paper, 2,400 x 1,200 resolution on other paper
  • Up to 20 ppm black and 14 ppm color print speed
  • 16 MB internal memory with SD card slot
  • USB 2.0 interface; Windows and Mac compatible

9. HP PhotoSmart 375B Compact Photo Printer with Battery
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $319.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002X1PFE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 6164
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Print and share the fun almost anywherewithout a computerwith the lightweight, portable HP Photosmart 375B Compact Photo Printer with rechargeable battery. Preview and edit on the big, 2.5-inch flip-up display, then print 4 x 6-inch color photos.True-to-life 4 x 6 photos... Conveniently print crisp, true-to-life, 4 x 6-inch color photos up to 4800-optimized dpi color. Organize, edit, enhance, and fix digital photos on computer with HP Image Zone Software. Professional-quality black-and-white photos with richer blacks and grays available with purchase of HP 100 Gray Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge; not included, sold separately.Portable and fun... Small, lightweight, and portableNow you can print and share memories with friendsperfect for on-the-spot photos away from AC outlets at home, as well as at parties, games, on vacation, and more. Battery has enough power to print up to 75 photos!Big 2.5-inch image display... Preview, select, and enhance photos before you print. Adjustable 2.5-inch flip-up image display and buttons make it easy to rotate, crop, zoom, and fix red-eye on photos and digital camera video clips, and delete unwanted shots from memory cards.Photos with or without a PC... Print 4 x 6-inch color photos with or without your computer using camera memory cards3 or direct print with the front USB port and PictBridge-enabled cameras.Print 4 x 6-inch color photos from digital camera video clips. Use your camera's memory ... Read more

Features

  • 1 USB port, 4 memory card slots; PC/Mac compatible
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi resolution
  • 2.5-inch color LCD preview monitor
  • PhotoREt III technology; HP internal battery
  • Direct printing, PictBridge, optional Bluetooth; video printing

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work out of the box
I am an IT professional (BSIT) and I bought this product because it is rated #1 by Consumer Reports and I own several HP printers that I really enjoy. However, I had the same experience as several other reviewers of this product. This printer simply does not work out of the box. After trying for 1 day I gave up and called HP customer service and they diagnosed the problem as a defective chip in the printer. They wanted to replace the printer with a refurbished one; I refused and threatened to return it back to Amazon. I was placed on hold and then told that I would receive a firmware upgrade via FedEx overnight. If this upgrade does not work I will be forced to return the printer to Amazon.

Deeply disappointed,

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Garbage
I had the same experience as another reviewer of the product. this printer does not work out of the box. After trying for 2 days I gave up and called HP customer service and they diagnosed the problem as a defective chip in the printer. They wanted to replace the printer with a refurbised one; I refused and returned it back to Amazon.

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Work Out Of The Box
I bought an HP Photosmart 375B from a major reseller.I spent hours trying to get my HP computer to recognize the 375B including uninstalling my all-in-one HP printer.I called HP Customer Service and they told me the firmware within the printer is defective.They promised to send a relpacement printer within 10 days.At 10 days, I got a call stating the 375's are backordered.At 19 days, I got my printer.Clearly labelled on the box is "REFURBISHED / REPAIRED".I called HP Customer Service and told them how if I wanted a refurb I would have bought one and can I please have a new printer since that is what I paid for and I never was able to use the defective one anyway.They said no, that is our policy.I can't return the printer to where I bought it either because the 30 day return period expired because of the HP backorder delay.I believe HP knowingly released to the market defective product to meet their sales goals and am disgusted that I am forced to settle for used when I paid for new.

5-0 out of 5 stars More fun with digital photography!
This great little printer brings the magic of Polaroid pictures to the world of digital photography. I got it shortly before Christmas and then when we had the great day with the kids and grandchildren we found that we could easily print pictures from each of three different cameras and share them on the spot. Needless to say, the grandchildren were the most 'shot'. Everyone went home to their faraway places with current pictures in hand - not in the camera! My daughter-in-law, who is heavy into scrapbooking, decided she had to have one.

I bought this printer on the basis of a comparison study in The Wall Street Journal and have been more than satisfied. The editing is easy and thorough, the color rendition is excellent and the printing easy to set up for a series of pictures and more than acceptably fast. One word of caution - the color rendition is honest and will show you if your camera is lacking - my old camera was. With a new Nikon D70, the color comes out accurate and truly vivid. I cannot wait to take this little machine to our next family gathering or to the next wedding we are invited to attend. Imagine, being able to send the couple away on their honeymoon with a nice set of wedding pictures in hand!

Buy this printer and you will never regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Portable Photo Print Shop Made EASY!
Imagine printing photos where ever you are with this Photo Printer. It comes with a power cord to use it in a powered setup and that allows you to charge the re-chargeable battery.Unplugged and with the battery installed, prepare to get over 70 photos from a single charge... about the same number of photos from the tri-color ink cartridge that comes in the box. It's compact design makes it easy to carry along with you to get the instant results from taking photos.

After looking at some of the other brands of 4 x 6 printers, I decided that this was the most flexible, easy-to-use and versatile printer among Epson's Picturemate (too bulky, very difficult to decipher screen instructions, no way to see your photos before printing, and leaky ink cartridge), Lexmark's 4 x 6 printer --- (also bulky, confusing menus on the screen and misleading "count-down" clock when it begins to print a photo)and Canon's you-need-a-television-to-see-your-photos dye-sub printer or "battery-wasting" pict-bridge connection

Not only can you see the photo you're going to print on the HP PhotoSmart 375, you can edit (without a computer)it in ways that are impossible on the others mentioned above. Zoom all over the photo image from 1.0x to5.0x ... the printer actually warns you if the image may not have enough file behind it to produce a quality photo. It allows you to print either with borders at 4 x 6 or borderless -- a single 4 x 6 or two 4 x 3 photos or four 2 x 3 photos on a single sheet of photo paper...The results are great and allow you to print your own postcards to send to the folks back home when you take this little gem on your next vacation.

I brought this HP PhotoSmart printer along with me to a friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner. The festivities were captured on my digital camera and then printed on the spot.Everyone left with fond memories of Thanksgiving 2004... no waiting for developing or sending files via email.


Need a passport photo?The PhotoSmart 375 also will print various sizes of two on a page photos.

Want your color photos in black & white or sepia? just toggle a setting and hit the print key.

It also has 6 pre-installed "borders"/ frames that you can select from 16 colors.

Buy TWO... one for you and give one to your best friend!And make sure you get the one with the rechargeable battery, 'cause you'll be taking this wherever you bring your camera. ... Read more


10. HP Photosmart 7960 Printer
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $278.00
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Asin: B0000C3GVX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 9172
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

You'll get full-color, professional-quality print results with the HP PhotoSmart 7960 Photo Printer. Delivering everyday print output at up to 21 ppm or 4-by-6-inch photos in just over 90 seconds, the 7960 can handle a variety of tasks.

The HP PhotoSmart 7960 features HP's exclusive photo resolution enhancement technology: HP PhotoREt Pro utilizes eight-ink printing, ultra small ink drops, true neutral grays, and photo blacks to print everything from professional color images to impressive black-and-white prints with accurate shadow detail. The eight colors come from the No. 59 gray photo cartridge with two shades of gray ink and a special photo black; from the No. 57 tri-color cartridge with cyan, magenta, and yellow; and from the No. 58 photo cartridge with photo cyan and photo magenta (the black in the No. 58 is not used for eight-color printing).

Designed for PC and Mac users alike, the 7960 also offers two USB ports and four memory card slots, so you can print images directly from your digital camera. And, the built-in 2.5-inch LCD lets you preview, edit, and even remove red-eye from images before you print. The printer offers versatile paper handling through it's standard 100-sheet paper tray and built-in 20-sheet 4-by-6-inch photo tray. It also supports an optional duplexing accessory. The 7960 is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.

What's in the Box
HP PhotoSmart 7960 photo printer, HP 56 black inkjet print cartridge (19ml) C6656AN, HP 57 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C6657AN, HP 58 photo inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C6658AN, HP 59 gray inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C9359AN, power supply, Basics guide and setup poster, CD-ROM with HP Photo & Imaging software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, HP Memories Disc Creator software, HP media sampler; USB cable not included ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi; HP PhotoREt Pro, 8-ink color
  • Up to 21 ppm black, 16 ppm color in fast draft mode
  • Directly accepts CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, Multi Media, Memory Stick, xD-Picture
  • Large LCD to preview, edit, even remove red-eye
  • 2 USB ports, PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty

Reviews (44)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, a great photo printer
I thought my HP 6122 office printer did a good job on photos UNTIL I bought the 7960!Try the 8 1/2 by 11 borderless - they are spectacular.The color is true and detail is excellent.Use HP paper and have a great time.I have framed some shots and they look most professional!

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible service
My wife and I wasted hours and hours trying to get HP service. HP has outsourced customer service to several developing countries, and each time we called, the representatives were unable to locate the record of our previous call. We were told time and again that we would be contacted by a "case manager" but that never happened. After weeks of trying, it became obvious that we need to discard the product (still under warrantee) and buy a new (non-HP) product ourselves.

1-0 out of 5 stars The decline of HP
Having owned several HP printers over many years, I have noticed a steady and unforgivable decline in the quality of this company's printers with each successive model.The final straw for me is the 7960, by far the worst HP printer I have owned.While producing acceptable prints under most conditions, this printer's liabilities far outweigh its benefits.The workmanship of the unit itself is the flimsiest and most disappointing I have encountered.And the printer's lack of consistent compatibility with the two separate computers I have used it with is both annoying and inexcusable for a supposedly renowned printer company.Bad drivers have caused numerous problems and the driver updates usually make the situation only marginally better.Plus the printer's general overuse of ink and poor paper and envelope handling make the overall experience of owning one distinctly unappealing.This is my last HP printer - I'll be switching to Epson.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Printer
I really love this printer.I have had it for almost a year now.It does a beautiful job on color 8x10's and prints fantastic black and white photos.Switching to the 56 cartridge makes it an excellent text printer as well.(It ships with all 4 cartridges). The 4x6 prints look much better than the ones from a photo shop or from the Kodak kiosk at Best Buy.

Both the Epson and Canon 8 color printers will not print true black and white photos. They have a pink, salmon or pale blue cast.This is also true of their 6 color printers.This printer is also substantially less expensive than Epson and Canon 8-color printers ($399 and $349 respectively).So whether you need or want the color LCD or card reader is moot.This printer is between a $120 and $170 less than its Epson and Canon competitors.Those printers also will not print regular text in sharp, clear, 1200x1200 dpi pigment based resolution.The text prints from their photo printers tend to have a dark grey tone, rather than crisp black because they use dye based, rather than pigment based black ink for text printing.Switching cartridges with the HP 7960 allows you to have the best ink type for your print job.

Finally, if you are looking at a Canon, be careful with the ink tanks.I have a friend who wasn't paying close attention and mixed up the color tanks and ended up sending the wrong color through the print head.She had to take out the print head and wash it for quite awhile in tap water.Then she had to prime (charge) all of the tanks several times to get the water out of the system.What a hassle.There are no keys or notches to prevent you from making this mistake on a Canon.The Epson tanks are keyed so this mistake can't be made and it doesn't matter with an HP. You can't ruin the print heads with HP because they are built into the ink tank.

No printer on the market is as versatile and easy to use.No printer on the market can do so many different things well.When I looked at the reviews in Consumers Reports there was not a big difference in print costs and there didn't seem to be a big savings because of individual ink tanks.Finally, the pictures will last longer.Canon only claims 25 years for framed pictures, while HP claims more than 70 years.Consumers Reports also says that Epson and HP are more fade resistant than Canon.

Color shading and tones is a personal thing.I suggest you take a picture you like with skin tones and shades down to a computer store and print out a 4x6 on each printer and see which one you like the best.After all what you like is the most important thing.All of the sample prints from all of the manufacturers are obviously skewed to present their features and benefits in the best light possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars cannot find a flaw yet
I received this printer last year as a holiday gift and I have not found a flaw yet......it prints very crisp photos that rival any camera store product, it is amazingly easy to use, has lots of editing capabilites, easy to navigate functions, accepts all kinds of digital cards (which is GREAT since you don't have to buy a different printer if you change digital cameras) and prints up to 10 x 12 photos.This printer is well worth the price; in fact, I'd be willing to pay more so it's a bargain.This printer gets heavy usuage (it goes thru at least one ink cartridge change per 75 photos) and I have two toddlers who have - not on my watch - "played" with it and it still works like a dream.Does it get any better than this?!?I think not. ... Read more


11. HP PhotoSmart 7760 Photo Printer
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $158.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000ACOW0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 3398
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This high-performance HP Photosmart 7760 photo printer produces vivid color and crisp detail with up to 6-ink color or up to 4800-optimized dpi. Edit, enhance, preview and print borderless 4x6 and standard size photos with or without a computer using the 1.8 LCD and top-panel buttons, or print standard documents up to 13 pages per minute in black and in color up to 12 pages per minute. For direct photo printing, simply insert the memory card from your digital camera into one of the 4 built-in card slots and start printing. Or, connect your computer or camera directly to the printer using one of the 2 integrated USB ports and a USB cable (sold separately). Perfect for all types of projects, it prints on a variety of papers up to 8.5x14, transparencies, envelopes, cards, labels and more. Includes HP 57 tri-color inkjet cartridge, HP 58 photo inkjet cartridge and CD-ROM with photo and imaging software. Memory card slots support CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card and xD-Picture Card media, all sold separately. Compatible with Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional and Mac OS 9.1 or later, including OS X. Requires USB connectivity. 15Hx18Wx7D. ... Read more

Features

  • 2 USB ports, 4 memory card slots; PC and Mac compatible
  • Print directly from your digital camera memory card
  • Preview, edit, and enhance photos with 1.8-inch LCD
  • Up to 13 ppm black, 12 ppm color with standard cartridge
  • Print a 4-by-6-inch photo in as little as 36 seconds

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value
Prints excellent pictures for the value.I use it exclusively for pictures, not text, so I don't switch ink, although it is easy to do.In my camparison this is less costly then 4x6 only printers, and I print other photo sizes frequently.Check consumer magazine ratings and you will find this printer rates high on the list.You'll find the best price is here also.Be careful; default print quality is set to 'best' every session which uses ink fast...

2-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, when it will accept the cartridges
The picture print quality is fantastic on this printer. HOWEVER, I am on the fifth time that I use the photo ink cartridge a few times and then the printer says it has failed. At roughly $30 a piece, this gets VERY costly! The photo store only charges 29 cents a print. I am learning that this is a much better deal! Very disappointing...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great all-purpose printer!
This is an outstanding printer.Aside from doing an excellent job with photos, it also functions extremely well as an all-purpose printer, running the gamut from high-quality photo printing to everyday correspondence and web page printing.

Right after I bought this, my 5-year old laser died, so I started using the 7760 as a temporary all-purpose printer.I was so impressed, I decided against buying another laser printer.The "fast draft mode" provides nice quality for everyday document and web page printing; very sharp for black & white, but just a bit lighter than normal mode, and is far better than draft mode on Epsons.There is also a "Fast Normal" mode that looks near perfect, yet provides some ink savings.Both modes print text and graphics far more quickly than earlier models, narrowing the gap against laser printers dramatically.Like all good-quality photo printers, it runs through ink quickly at the highest photo settings.But for everyday use in "Fast Draft" and "Fast Normal" modes, I'm satisfied with the ink economy.

I have had this printer for 10 months, use nearly everyday, and have never experienced any of the problems noted by other reviewers.I use only with a Dell desktop PC and IBM Thinkpad, so cannot speak to its viability as a standalone photo printer.I love having only one printer, as I never thought that a single printer could run the gamut from high quality photos to economical everyday use---let alone at this price.I've recommended this printer to others time and again, and I'd buy it again in a minute.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent printer and I bought it refurbished for $93!
I always buy refurbished simply because you know the refurbished ones will work!

I have no qualms about this printer, ok maybe a tiny one.

I would rather print a 4x6 picture on a 4x6 paper, I have no idea where to put it. There is a spot that looks like where the 4x6 paper would go into but when I put it in nothing happens, so I resort to putting the 8x10 paper in the tray (where it's supposed to go) and I waste my paper. I try sticking the 4x6 into the tray where the 8x10 goes, but I really have to stick my fingers all the way down so it can reach the mouth, and it still won't go.

I love this printer it's great,looks cool, and does a good job.
I just have to figure out this 4x6 slot that looks like a 4x6 paper would go.

1-0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't have purchased if I would have had all the facts
I purchased this printer for my mother.She doesn't own a computer and would always have either myself or a sibling print her pictures for her.So I thought this was a great idea since it has 2 USB ports and takes 4 different memory cards.Well what you are not told is that the USB ports are only for HP products and they do not sell an adaptor or anything else so that this product can be used with another type of camera.We have a Sony camera where the pictures are burnt on to a cd, so that is why we were looking for a printer that you can use a USB cable for. I emailed HP support and they told me to hook it up to a computer and then print or they suggested several HP camera's we could purchase to use the USB ports.I GIVE THIS LESS THAN A STAR.

The product did print one nice picture off of a memory card but really isn't serving it's purpose for my mother. ... Read more


12. Olympus P-440 Photo Printer
by Olympus
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B0000CEUMD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 25045
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PRINTER G* ... Read more

Features

  • Dye sublimation technology for professional-looking results
  • Directly supports xD-PictureCard, no PC required
  • Supports optional Type-II PCMCIA adapters for SmartMedia, CompactFlash, and Memory Stick
  • Prints 24-bit 314-dpi photos in a variety of sizes up to 8 by 10 inches
  • 1.8-inch preview LCD; USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRINTER! POOR REPAIR SERVICE!
I bought the printer 6 months ago and after a few months of great pictures there was a white line that developed on the
pictures. I had a 1 year warranty to get it repaired and so I sent it to the Olympus Repair Service via mail in great condition. It only had an internal problem. A few weeks later
the repair center sent me a letter stating that the product's mode dial was broken off, the front CVR cracked, the front door cracked, back cover broken, dented in back. That was completely wrong! It was in fair condtion when the printer was sent there to NY to have it repaired. I rate their service zero stars! I recommend not to buy this product. It was a simple repair that turned into a nightmare. It costed $230.00 to get it repaired. I spent $299.99 for that printer. The company Olympus is a rip-off!
I wouldn't buy there products! 1 year warranty! That is so untrue!


4-0 out of 5 stars Great photo quality!!
I was worried about spending 500.00 for a printer, which I knew nothing about, but after reading reviews on Google.com I felt comfortable about doing it. The quality comes out great. You can't go wrong with getting this printer. One thing I did notice, it left a scratch on my prints, when I printed 4X6 images. I have not had a chance to see if it was a one time fluke or what. I'm waiting for more paper to arrive. ... Read more


13. Epson Stylus Photo R300 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000E2Y7G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 7671
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Bypass your computer system and print photos directly from your digital camera's memory card, with the Epson R300. Just choose the photos you want from a proof sheet and press a couple of buttons, and then enjoy your borderless 4-by-6-inch photo in as little as 37 seconds. With clear border definition and
Printing directly on CDs
and DVDs is a snap.
color separation and genuinely realistic skin tones, the prints will be suitable for framing, as if they had come from a professional photo lab.

The R300 also does a splendid job on standard text documents, envelopes, labels or transparencies--you can even print on CDs and DVDs in both 8cm and 12cm sizes. When you're in a hurry, churn out draft-quality sheets at 15 pages per minute, or take your time and achieve the ultimate perfection of 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi photos. (All reported speeds are maximums [fastest possible]. Actual speeds will vary.)

Wireless connectivity: Print directly from your digital camera or, using the separately sold Bluetooth adapter, from other Bluetooth-equipped devices
Six individual ink cartridges keep the cost of consumables low; yields of 630 black pages and 430 color pages (based on 5% coverage) mean you won't have to replace any of them too often. A convenient USB port allows you to connect a Zip drive or PictBridge-equipped camera directly to the front panel.The sleek black and silver finish adds a streamlined modern look to your desktop, and the paper trays fold away when not in use to keep the area tidy. Epson includes a one-year warranty with the Epson exchange program.

What's in the Box
Epson Stylus Photo R300 inkjet printer; one each of a black ink cartridge (T048120), cyan ink cartridge (T048220), light cyan ink cartridge (T048520), light magenta ink cartridge (T048620), magenta ink cartridge (T048320), and yellow ink cartridge (T048420); CD print tray; CD-ROM with documentation, printer drivers, and CD printing and imaging software for Windows and Macintosh; printer cable not included

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Features

  • 2 USB ports; supports DirectPrint and PictBridge cameras
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution
  • Slots for digital-camera memory cards
  • Prints 4-by-6 photo in as little as 37 seconds
  • Accepts inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs

Reviews (56)

1-0 out of 5 stars Ink sucking monster
I had originally bought this printer to replace a defective HP, thinking that the photo quality would be better. I was wrong. The problems began on day one. Being a photo idiot, I usually simply print from the internal windows picture viewer. With this printer, that colors were all over the map. I now have to go through Photoshop to print out anything with colors, brightness and contrast even remotely resembling the original. Utterly infuriating.

Even more infuriating is finding out that the ink is costing me an arm and a leg. The ink runs out at an incredibly fast rate, and when one goes dry, YOU CAN'T PRINT ANYTHING! Argh! Almost ninety bucks to refill the darned thing. At a local (major) electronics shop, they were selling refurb units of this printer for less than the price of the ink. Since I had to buy new ink anyways, I bought the unit, used the factory new ink cartridges for mine, and had the pleasure of beating the crap out of the refurb unit with a sledgehammer. Saved a couple of bucks in the deal and vented my frustration at Epson at the same time.

No more refills. Next time it runs out, this unit goes in the trash and the ninety bucks can go a long way towards buying me a new HP printer.

2-0 out of 5 stars not that great
I have had this printer for just over a year and I must say that I am not all that impressed.All the photos I print (from several different programs) are all dark.I constantly have problems loading DVDs into the printer.Just yesterday it took me 8 attempts to successfully print 1 DVD.And this thing eats ink.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful prints, ink problem
I've heard some complaints that people have had to greatly tweak the settings to get the printout color accurate.I've never encountered this problem, but I HAVE encountered a different issue.

I've purchased 3 sets (18 cartridges) of ink since I bought this printer.One set was generic, the other two sets were genuine Epson.I have had a serious problem with diminishing print quality.With the generic set, my ink warning light came on, telling me to replace the cartridge.When I took the cartridge out to replace it, I could feel (and hear when I shook it), that the cartridge was still half-full of ink.

Another SERIOUS issue regarding ink supply, is I've been having to clean the print heads before and after every print job.It all started when I printed a photo and a HUGE drop of cyan ink landed right in the center of the image as I was printing.The rollers then smudged and dragged the drop all over the printout.I cleaned the print heads but the real problem was the ROLLERS.They were all covered with cyan ink and no matter how much I cleaned the print heads, I was still getting cyan-colored ink lines on all my printouts.I had no choice but to open the top and go in with alcohol swabs and Q-Tips, and slowly remove all the ink from the rollers.

Then it happened when I was printing on CDs/DVDs.I put the tray in properly and the printer was telling me I was low on black in.I began printing and walked away.When I came back, I had a CD with a huge glob of black, streaky ink ALL over the CD and all over the CD tray used to print with.I had to throw away the CD and soak the tray in soapy water... and go back into the printer with alcohol swabs and Q-Tips and clean the rollers off again because now they were coated with black ink.

I've since thrown out about 8 DVDs and 4 CDs because of this problem.Who wants to keep a streaky, blotchy DVD?Even if I'd wanted to keep it, the ink seemed like it would take 3 days to dry properly because it was such thick globs that had seemingly fallen out of the ink cartridge.It's as though the cartridge has lost its vacuum and all the ink was falling out when the print head opened.The ink dried in clumps that you could actually peel off - like when latex paint drips off the side of the can it comes in.

I've since replaced ALL the ink cartridges with genuine Epson ones and I've carefully cleaned all the rollers.I have not have the leaky ink problem as of yet but I am getting dull stripes across my printouts, like the printer forgot to throuroughly print in that spot.I'm hoping I can correct this with more head cleaning and nozzle checking.

If you're going to buy this printer - don't take the chance with generic ink cartridges.It seems like you'll save money but in actuality, you'll spend more time cleaning up the mess it causes and you may have to buy a new printer in the end.I don't know if that's what caused my problem but it seemed to all start with the use of the generic cartridges.They're set up differently than geniune Epson brand cartridges.They have a hole in the top of the cartridge that is covered by a label.You must peel off the label before inserting the cartridge in the printer and you can hear a *hiss* noise as you reveal the hole - almost as though you're releasing the vaccuum that keeps the ink in.That scared me from the start and I think that could be where my problem lies.

Hope I've helped.

5-0 out of 5 stars Epson R300
I do like this printer and I have a Mac running OSX 10.3.The R300just turns out superior prints--as simple as that.I didn't have any problems installing it and it's worked like a dream from day one. The blacks are black--and the colors great.I also use Adobe Photoshop and the colors are pretty true. I did purchase the Blue Tooth dongle for wireless printing but for photos that's way too slow.I have not tried other types of wireless printing.This is just a great overall printer--.

1-0 out of 5 stars NOT very Mac-friendly!
I have wasted much of two weekends trying to get this sucker to run on a network with two Macs (one wired, one wireless) and a PC (wireless) and a Buffalo print server box.Oh, I had the PC printing in minutes.It's the Mac part that has been the nightmare.The "geniuses" at the Apple Store were of no use whatsoever -- their only solution was to buy a brand new Apple base station, and from what I've learned since, I have no confidence that this would work either.I've written to the black hole known as Epson tech support, and have heard NOTHING back.
The problem is that there are no Mac OS drivers from Epson for the R300 allowing access across a network.In doing an "Add Printer" on Mac OS X, you look at the popup list of printer drivers, and yup, there's HP, and Canon, and even Lexmark, but no Epson.There's "ESP", which I learn stands for a third party entity, and there are some highly cryptic generic Epson options there.But so far, I've only gotten Postscript commands, junk, or nothing at all to be emitted.I found a web reference to some guy who managed to get the thing working, sort of, in some kind of kluidgy way, but now he was down to tweaking deep-innards settings to keep printouts from looking not-quite-so-horrible.Mac users, be warned! ... Read more


14. Epson Stylus Photo RX500 All-in-One
by Epson
list price: $248.84
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Asin: B0000T3CDI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 11535
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

If you love to play with your digital camera but also need a serious printer that can get your office reports looking great, consider this Epson all-in-one. Based on the engines of the popular Epson Stylus Photo R300 printer and the Epson Perfection 2400 scanner, the Stylus Photo RX500 adds standalone copying (no PC required) and saves valuable desk space compared to separate components. It is both versatile and reliable, enabling you to scan photos, text, or negatives; to make copies; and to print anything from borderless 4-by-6-inch photos to business envelopes.

The flatbed scanner offers 2,400 dpi optical (9,600 dpi interpolated) resolution and 48-bit color to bring your scanned images rich detail and crisply defined color separation. Archive your family photos, save your favorite articles on your hard drive, or assemble a slide show. You can also save your scans directly to a compatible memory card, even without a PC.

Instant copies can be created in four different resolutions--top speed for black copies is 10 copies per minute. When printing from your system, the RX500 produces black documents in draft mode up to 17 ppm, 16 ppm for color. Take your time and seek perfection with the optimized 5,760 x 1,440 dpi mode, for beautifully sharp photos. In a faster mode, borderless 4-by-6-inch prints appear in as little as 37 seconds. Insert your digital camera'scompatible memory card and print your evening's shots while bypassing your system. Just use the photo proof sheet mode to select only images you need.

Consumable costs are low, thanks to six separate high-yield ink tanks--you can expect up to 630 pages from the black cartridge and 430 pages from the color cartridges, based on 5% page coverage. The modern silver and black casing adds a sleek touch to your office space, while the included USB cable couldn't be more convenient. Epson provides a one-year warranty covering parts and service; Epson Exchange service is included.

What's in the Box
Epson Stylus Photo RX500, one cyan ink cartridge (T048220), one light cyan ink cartridge (T048520), one magenta ink cartridge (T048320), one light magenta ink cartridge (T048620), one yellow ink cartridge (T048420), one black ink cartridge (T048120), one USB cable, all-in-one documentation, CD-ROM containing all-in-one drivers and software (Windows and Macintosh), transparency unit, film holder, document mat, paper tray, paper guide ... Read more

Features

  • Digital-camera memory card slots for PC-free printing and scan-to-card
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi printing
  • Up to 17 ppm draft print speed; 10 cpm copy speed
  • Up to 2,400 dpi optical scanning, 9,600 dpi interpolated
  • Built-in transparency unit for 35mm negative and slides

Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars An Early Review
Ok, so it's only been running for a few hours...And ok, I have yet to print photos from it...But. I have printed simple Word documents and of course it's a bit slower than the garage sized laser printer I had from HP, but it's fast enough and the quality is just fine.I am a writer and photographer and I simply cannot wait to get this thing rolling on prints...The machine is gorgeous. It came together in a snap, loading the software was a breeze...I'll write more later when I put it through some of its paces...

4-0 out of 5 stars Complicated excellent Quality
After an extended search for all in one under $300 this was the clear winner.After searching the web for comparitives reviews for photo printing and finding none useful, I conducted my own comparison.I took a couple jpg files to the local superstore and had photos printed on the leading photo HP, Canon, Epson printers and at the local Drupstore.I also had the photo uploaded to Snapfish.Snapfish was clearly this winner in the test.Epson was a easy second - beat the drugstore by a longshot.Hp was next and Canon last - by far.
I was concerned about the durability of the ink from the Epsonprinter after reading some reviews so I conducted a test.I placed a few drops of water on each of these photos.Again, Snapfish and Epson passed this test.HP and Canon failed.HP claims to be durable but wasn't.What I learned in this test was the paper is the most important factor.Glossy paper is much more durable than a matte finish.
I've used the Epson for months now and am very pleased with the quality.
Now for the cons.The Epson was difficult to install.3 pages of instructions and several emails from Epson technical support were required to get the scanner feature working - and I'm a programmer.
The software can also be difficult to use.Even being very technical, I've struggled at times to perform some of the advanced features such as 35mm slide and negative scanning.Never the less, once I figured out the glitches, these advanced feature provide excellent results.
Keep in mind the ink is expensive - about $80 bucks to replace all 6 carts.I haven't had the nerve to buy compatable inks but these are half the price and claim to be equal quality.
I definitely recommend the printer/scanner for a person demandingquality photo printing.Someone less technically inclined may have trouble installing and using the printer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall, very pleased with my RX500 Printer.
I purchased this printer last week, and I have tried out almost all of its features, and everything worked well as promised. The quality of pictures I printed on Epson photo paper are excellant. It does use a lot of ink, but all good photo printers use a lot of ink. The text quality is good (just as good as any other inkjet printer). My printer read my digital camera card perfectly. The scanner does a great job. The ability to print from old negatives and slides was an important feature for me, and RX500 does a great job recreating pictures from negatives without any developing chemicals. It's also a great copier, and there is no need for your computer to be on when you just need to create a copy of something. The print speed is a bit slow, but it's probably fine for most home use. The Epson Software is okay, but you may find other software products that offer more features and flexiblity.

I considered the Epson RX600 printer, but with all my (...), the Epson RX500 printer was half the cost of the RX600. The only difference between the RX600 and RX500 is that the RX600 offers the Small View Screen and the ablility to hook your digital camera directly into the printer, but I prefer to view my pictures on my computer monitor before I decide to print them, and I can just as easily hook my camera to my front USB port. Also, I read on another website that on rare occasions this Small View Screen burns-out which concerned me. Overall, I am pleased with the RX500 printer.

Note: Epson printers sometimes have problems with clogged print-heads after 1 to 2 years (I encountered one myself), and the Epson clean features may not resolve this problem. Therefore, I also considered a HP Printer (which I have owned before and have usually been happy with) as the HP is less likely to have these print-head problems, but the HP2510 or HP2610 multi-purpose-printer cost twice as much as the Epson RX500 after all the (...), and the HP does not recreate negatives or slides. Also, on the HP, you have to change the printer cartridge to print good photos. Both of these HP printers offer a Small View Screen and also Direct Faxing, but on the Epson RX500, you must use your computer fax software.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Printer
I got this printer when Epson had a $80 Mail in Rebate.That made the deal very sweet.But even without the Mail in Rebate this has got to be one of the better All In Ones.Photos printed on Epson 4x6 Premium paper comes out perfect, you would never have to go to get your pictures developed again.Also the ink dries right away on this paper so you don't have to wait to pick it up.Scanning is very fast, pictures come out great.Everything this printer does was nothing short of great.The only negative I would say is that Epson did not add a fax.Other then that it would be perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars BESSTTT !ALL IN ONE PRINTER!
I love this printer, I have recently started digital and was going back and forth on printers for a few months and finally went with this printer. I couldnt have picked a better one. I was readin reviews saying the ink smears, well I dont know what ink they were using because the epson ink in the printer did not, put picture in running water and everything and the ink didnt smear. There is alot of settings on the printer but something easy enough to learn. The negative scanner works great! I printed a negative at best quality and compared it to a store print and mine was better! I guess stores are cutting down on ink. Overall the printer is great! If I had to say anything bad about the printer the only thing is it seems to use more black ink when printing a picture then the colors, but its still less expensive then printing a store or just as equal to. ... Read more


15. Olympus Camedia P-10 Digital Photo Printer
by Olympus
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000CEUN7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 3932
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

No more waiting for professional lab processing. Print clear, high-quality, film-like photos at home with this Olympus digital photo printer—no PC required! Print 4x6" or 3-1/2x5" prints, with or without borders on archival paper for durable, water-resistant and fade-resistant color prints. The printer doesn't use inkjet dots, instead, heat vaporizes colors that permeates the photo paper and creates smooth, more realistic, continuous-tone images. Includes AC adapter and paper tray. Imported. 7-1/2Wx7-3/4Lx6-1/2H". 5-1/2 lbs. ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface; remarkably small footprint; includes Starter Kit
  • No PC required when using a PictBridge-compatible digital camera
  • Dye sublimation technology for professional-looking results
  • Produces 4-by-6 and 3.5-by-5-inch photo prints, with or without borders
  • Fast, just 40 to 44 seconds per print

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great toy, fantastic results
The good:

Impeccable results - The photos are printed on high quality photo paper, just as if they came from a photo lab.Ease of use is (mostly) a snap - installation and printing is simple as pie.Color reproduction and detail is dead on.Printing speed is good.I couldn't be happier with the results it produces.

Cost - $150 for the printer is dirt cheap and you can grab a 100 print supply pack for $38, which works out to .38 per print.That's about double what you pay for digital prints at a store.But the .38 seems reasonable for all the enjoyment and coolness of printing your own photos, not to mention the convenience.

Design - It's a nice looking piece of equipment.A bit large in my opinion, but it's a welcome addition to my desktop.Build quality seems fine thus far, with no cheap looking or problematic components, but I'd need to own it for a few years before really speaking to the overall build quality.

The bad:

Color reproduction.Wait, didn't I just say the results were impeccable?Well, yes, they are.But figuring out how to get those results took me about five test prints.Plus I own a Mac (OS X 10.3) which makes monitor calibration a snap, have a decent idea of what I'm doing, and am printing with a good program (Photoshop Elements).I'm afraid some users might become frustrated when printing, as the colors just aren't going to come out as they do on screen unless the monitor's colors are properly calibrated and the print options are set correctly.The manual isn't much help here because the number of variables involved is astronomical.

Misleading packaging - Says it comes with everything you need to start printing immediately.Lie!IF your camera is Pictbridge enabled, this is true.Mine's not, so I have to use the computer.This requires a USB cable that is not included with the printer.

Verdict:

On the whole I love the thing and would reccommend it to anyone with the ability and/or patience to get it set up properly.Once you're at the point, it's photo heaven.


Read on for a few basic tips.I'm using an iMac G4 with OS X 10.3.

1.Calibrate your monitor!Find a good utility (one may have come with your computer or be available with your video card driver).Maybe XP has color calibration built in.I wouldn't know.You want 1.8 target gamma.This is standard on Macs.PC standard is 2.2.

2.Printing:Get a decent photo program.Might I reccommend Adobe Photoshop Elements?Easy to use, powerful, great for printing.It's $80, but you get what you pay for.Also, when you print, be sure you're using procedural intent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent printer - used 9 hours a dayfor 8 days!
Purchased this printer versus a Sony due to name brand issues.

WORKS like a champ!We are printing:

On average: 90 prints a day for a 9 hour day * 9 days = 810 prints so far.

It has never jammed.

I have had fairly good luck buying the printer cartridge/paper (40 sheets or 100 sheet / pack) in NYC.Prices for the 40 print pack: $17.00 at J and R to as much as $25.00 at Compusa Midtown. Amazon sells the 100 print pack are $30.00 (through Adorama).

Print cartridge is easy to change (takes seconds).

Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mac OS compatible. Best of all Archival Quality.
One of the previous reviewers states that this was not Mac OS compatible. It is compatible with OS 10.3. I tried it with several computers using OS 10.2.8 and it did not work. Even called customer support. No dice. I think that they tried writing another driver for 10.2.8 but it still did not work. I upgraded to 10.3 and it works great.

There have been many comments about the colors being off. I have used this with 3 Macs and the colors are right on. There may be a slight problem with the brightness but otherwise the colors are well approximated. I noticed that those who complained were using Windows. Color management may be a little trickier on a Wintel than a Mac. I would consider calling customer support of either the computer maker or that of Olympus.

Ctein of Photo Techniques reviewed the P400 about 2 years ago. He had only praises for the prints. But the best part about the print is it's archival quality. Dye Sublimation with an overcoat apparently has a track record for good archival quality. Meaning it will not fade and will maintain it's image quality given certain parameters of humidity, heat, and light exposure. This is a same process that Kodak uses. I do not see the point of printing something only for it to fade on you a few years later. There a lot of claims of archival quality among other printer makers but personally, I do not know how true they are and if they have been proven.

Image quality is great. I really looks like a regular print from a photo processing shop. Colors are crisp and they are continous tone. No pixilation or lines to speak of at all. I have only been using it for snapshots printed from iphoto. I have not used adobe photoshop yet. I can't wait. Have not used it with pictbridge.

Basically, the lost star was for initially stating Olympus would not support the Mac OS then turn around and make a non-working driver for 10.2

2-0 out of 5 stars Printer is OK, but What if there are Problems?
The printer is OK.Its 6X4 prints are adequate.Colors are vibrant even if they are not quite true, and the entire system is easy to use.With so many upsides, there must be a few downsides to rate only two stars!The first is simply that if something goes wrong, the only recourse is to send it back to the manufacturer for maintenance.As the company does not pay for packing or shipping, you must pay the full bill.This policy includes problems for a printer during its first package of paper!There is no user maintenance available.The second problem is the printer's use of color management.As another reviewer noted, what you see is not what you get.He claimed that his black and whites were sepia toned.Mine are blue tinted -- just a hint.This is because I cannot fully control the gray scales via color management software.Technical support in this area was totally non-existant.Olympus should have paid more attention to color management and at least designed the printer for a particular color management scheme (such as sRBG or Adobe 1998, or ...).
While the color management problem might be considered "only for the professional", most people will not too happy when the colors they see on the screen are not what they get on the print.This is the case with the P-10.However, the lack of user maintenance and the lack of product support make this product a potentially poor choice among home consumers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for the serious
The P-10 is an adequate printer.If you base all that on the cost per picture, ease of use, and general quality.The down sides are more technical, but add up in the end.

First there is not XP digital signature; that cause my system to hang a couple of time when installing the driver.

IT DOES NOT PRINT WHAT COLORS ARE ON THE SCREEN.I am not just talking adjustment of contrast, brightness, or such.We are talking significant color shifts. If you are using an aim and shoot camera, it will probably be ok.If you use any program to adjust the picture, just be ready for some frustration.

In the end, when I was done, tweaking the pictures and the printer to get a print that was pleasing to the eye, the cost went up.I would print an average of four prints just to get the one I wanted.

In all honesty, I probably should have started with a higher end to begin with.This is adequate if you are not that meticulous about your photos.The colors are deep and vibrant; a very nice sharp and detail finish.It will not do well with Black and White.You end up with a sepia tint.

If cost is not that much of an issue, start with the Canon CP-330. ... Read more


16. Canon CP-330 Compact Photo Printer Kit
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $379.00
our price: $214.99
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Asin: B00021XICY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 13490
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Share your digital pictures even faster! Super sleek and ultra-light, the Canon CP-330 Compact Photo Printer gives you the power to print directly from a wide range of Canon digital cameras and PictBridge compatible cameraswith or without a computer! Fast and versatile it can produce color prints in just 85 seconds. Plus, a variety of paper cassette sizes allows you to print 4" x 6", 4" x 8", credit card, and mini-label size prints with or without borders! Uses Canon refills only. Camera not included. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-by-8, 4-by-6, credit card, and mini label sizes
  • Rechargeable batteries; USB interface; PictBridge compatible
  • Dye-sublimation technology for prints with professional look and feel
  • Water and fade-resistant protective overcoating
  • Postcard size photos in just 85 seconds

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I agree with all the reviews that say good things about this printer.For this printer to do its magic you really do need to have taken a snap that is well exposed in the first place.I have been amazed at some of the quality photographs produced.This printer does an amazing job on skin-tones.I have been disappointed with some land-scape shots, but they were realistic.I need to hone my photography skills more, perhaps.There is one amazing feature this printer has and no review, I have read yet, mentioned it i.e. the paper-tray doubles as a photo-paper holder (by folding over the flap) which stores your photo-paper and protects it from dust when it is not being used.Dust is the big enemy of photo-printing.

The only thing that prevented me giving this printer 5 stars was the cost of paper & ink and so far I have only being able to purchase them on line.Buying the large 108 pack does bring the price down and buying a few of them (if you can afford it) keeps the cost of post & packaging down also.

For portability, elegance and production it is one of the best photo printers out there at the moment.

2-0 out of 5 stars Paper Doesn't Fit Printer!!!
Canon suggests you buy 4x6 Paper to fit the printer. They don't give you a cartridge to use the paper with. They give you a postcard size and a Wide Size. They also only give you a ink cartridge to print 5 pictures worth. You would think with a printer that costs this much they could give you a proper cartridge, suggest the right paper to use and give you an actual ink cartridge that lasts at least 24 pictures!!

3-0 out of 5 stars am i not getting something here?
I received this printer as a gift, and was very pleased initially.... once i figured the cost per print, i wasn't sure if the convenience outweighed the cost... if you buy the 36 pack of paper and ink (you need to buy these, you can't use just regular photo printer paper) it works out to about 42 cents per... if you send yourimages to an online processor, it is anywhere from 22 to 29 cents per, and you have a guarantee that if it doesn't come out they will at least reprint it or refund your money. We were able to print out images on Christmas (nice feature, spontaneous and portable) but 2 of the 20 images printed out with a fuzzy on the photograph (which reprinted fine, but we paid for it basically).
the image quality is good, but the convenience factor is really what you are paying for, stock up on bulk packs and it may work out financially...
it is an excellent product, but there are limitations;
cost
size
quality (fuzzies)

other than that, it is a great product

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
First, if you shoot a SLR Digital and want a quick turn around for a proof, this is your printer (especially in the field).

The only calibration/setting that I have needed to do is in the Brightness and Red.It only took three prints total to get the color balance right.It appears to work with all other pictures without readjustment

A big plus: it does a great job of printing Black & White.I have only one picture that might have a slight sepia tint.That is a very big plus for me.I shoot mostly B&W, with the portability and product; it has helped with many of my film shots.

Two reasons why I did not give it five stars; first, a matte paper would be nice, second, in the preview/adjustment screen it would be nice to see the adjustment of colors to the picture you want to print (not a generic smiling child).

It is worth the cost for these reasons: portability, exceptional quality, ease of use, it is multi-voltage (110-240v) and more importantly, the compatibility with XP.

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional Quality Photos
I love having my own photo lab at home! This printer is simply fantastic and produces photos that look great. In fact, I can hardly tell the difference from the photos printed with my CP-330 and the ones I've had professionally developed. Photos come out incredibly sharp and colorful.

My favorite feature on this printer is the fact that I can plug my camera directly into it to print a photo that was taken mere moments before. It is so much fun to take photos and then almost immediately be able to have and share a print of it.

If you are looking for an easy to use, high quality photo printer, this would be the perfect choice. ... Read more


17. Epson SP1280 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000059SJ8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 21718
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The EPSON Stylus Photo 1280 ink jet printer is the ideal large format choice for superior Border Free photo quality prints of up to 13" x 44." At 2880 x 720 dpi Resolution with True 6 Color Photo Reproduction Quality create fast water-resistant prints. Hi Speed USB and IEEE-1284 connections. ... Read more

Features

  • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Fast, up to 9 ppm print speed, 4-by-6-inch photo in less than a minute
  • 2,880 x 720 dpi maximum resolution
  • Prints large format, up to 13 by 44 inches
  • Lightfast and water-resistant ink formula

Reviews (51)

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST EPSON PRINTERS EVER MADE
I have owned my Epson Stylus 1280 for over a year and a half now and have never once experienced any type of problem with this unit what so ever! I only use aftermarket Abacus Ink and have yet to have a glogged printhead issue. I use this printer to print images taken from my Olympus C 8080 widezoom at 8 megs.
The printouts are perfect! Epson has just released a new driver for XP which can be downloaded at the Epson site to bring this 1280's resolutions all the way upto 5620 x 720!

4-0 out of 5 stars The 5th star would be Linux drivers from Epson
My 1280 died over the weekend.So I did some shopping and bought an HP Photosmart 7760.I figured I'd save some money and wait to get a larger-format printer later.

It was a bad move.The HP is going back, and I've ordered a second 1280.I used my first one hard.For two years.I used it for everything -- normal documents, and lots and lots of digital artwork on matte paper.

Amazon currently has about the best price on ink cartridges and matte paper around.

I did my own tests on the inks -- both water resistance and ultraviolet light resistance.My Bic pen that marked the sample faded in two weeks of sunlight, but not my printed image!(I put a control in my filing cabinet to compare to.)I will not buy compatible cartridges, because I've already investigated the quality of the Epson ink and paper myself.I sell what I print for $185 a page.Sometimes a little less.With framing, more.

If you are a Linux user (and if you don't know what that means or you aren't sure, you can disregard this), you are in for a tough trip.The gimp-print drivers don't come close to matching the Epson Windows drivers for color quality.Not one little bit.Bug Epson about this.There are some adjustments possible with gimp-print, but it would be entirely trial-and-error.

I don't suggest going to the HP side to fix the Linux problem.HP says they "support" over 200 printers with Linux drivers, but the one I happened to try was abysmal.It couldn't even center the image on the page, Gimp didn't work at all, and neither did OpenOffice.At least with my Epson 1280, I have a little printing support (albeit with crummy colors).

If you've used other Epson printers, the 1280 might have slightly different color rendering.I had a Stylus Photo 820 which produced beautiful blues for sky and water.On the Stylus Photo 1280 (under Windows -- we're no longer on the Linux subject), these blues were more grey.I wish the 1280 came with the 820's coloring.

One other thing I like about the 1280:you can print very close to the bottom of the page.Not all the way, but closer than many other printers.This is very helpful.

I wish Epson made an affordable six-color printer like the 1280 with a wider format, perhaps 17" or 22".In my view, they don't.

One warning; Epson claims that the 1280 can print up to 13" x 44".I haven't found a supplier for paper that size.Epson doesn't seem to sell any.At least not in matte finish.

I never print glossy stuff (longevity considerations), so don't consider me to be any kind of authority on glossy stuff.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I just bought the 1280 and I am extremly disappointed. I had a Canon i9100 for a couple of weeks, but returned it because it didn't print 11x14 borderless prints. The Epson did, so I bought it. Upon comparing the Canon i9100 to the Epson 1280, there really is no comparison. The Canon has vivid, and true color, the Epson prints couldn't come close to the Canon prints no matter what I did. The Canon is lightning fast. Even at it's highest resolution settings. The Epson is painstakingly slow at any setting other than draft mode. I was really hoping the Epson would work out for me, but no such luck. I'm returning the Epson and re-purchasing the Canon i9100. I'll just have to print out at 11x17 and trim off three inches when I need 11x14 prints. The $100 price difference for the Canon is well worth it.

1-0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment
I've had my printer now for 1.5 years, and have constantly battled with it.I've returned 3 and received 3 refurbished units, all with the same problems...(banding, ink randomly dropped on the photos, constant need to clean the print heads, etc.)...I thought it might be the USB connection, but saw no improvement when I switched it to the parallel port.I do think, however, that it has to do with the computer-printer interface, to have the same problem with 4 different units.I have 80-100 pages that printed so badly that I couldn't use them, which is pretty expensive given the amount of ink the printer consumes.Epson support was of very little help.I too have a friend who gets WONDERFUL prints off of her Epson 1280, but can't figure out why I don't get the same results...

2-0 out of 5 stars everyone else's is better than mine...
i am a design student and bought the 1280 because i could print 11X17's on it. i have had problems with faint horizontal lines and leaking cartridges, jammed heads just after i finished cleaning them, etc. i have a friend at school who also uses this model, and the same epson inks and epson paper as i do, and her print quality is much better than mine. the problems i've had come and go, and when i've gotten fed up, and called epson to replace it (within my warranty period) they wouldn't, saying it's the usb port that is the problem (i haven't had any other problems with the usb port on any other electronics). like i said, it usually works well, but it seems like when i need it the most, it fails for me. i wouldn'tpurchase it again. ... Read more


18. HI-TOUCH HiTi Photo Printer 730PS
by HiTi (Hi-Touch)
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B0001Z99MO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HiTi (Hi-Touch)
Sales Rank: 24505
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

HiTi 730PS, with its excellent photo quality and multiple printing modes, is able to select, edit and adjust images and to produce up to 6"x8" borderless photos all through the attached LCD handheld controller without a computer.HiTi 730 series Photo Printers use the newly designed ribbons that provide outstanding color performance and extra durability to maximize the photo longevity.Regardless of the brand of your digital camera, HiTi 730PS, with the support of 7 types of memory cards (CF/SM/SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/IBM Micro Drive), will read and print your digital photos as the best partner to your digital camera.Magic Coating Technology keeps your photo prints brilliant with a waterproof layer, which protects them against fingerprint and the UV radiation. It's easy to store your photos and to treasure your live moments permanently.HiTi Photo Printer 730PS stands excellent photo printing quality, various printing utilities as well as larger printing sizes. Elaborate your unlimited innovations, satisfying your diversified printing needs and enjoy the fun of DIY! Create your own ID photos, personalized calendars, greeting cards.You can select and edit your images without a computer by previewing them on a color TFT LCD Wizard Window. You will be attracted to the powerful functions of 730PS such as the multiple-sized photo paper, photo stickers with 4/2/4, 4x4 and1x1 formats and other combinations such as ID Photo, Index Print, Quick ... Read more

Features

  • Included Accessories Controller, Quick Guide, Paper Cassette, USB Cable, AC Power Cord, CD (with Printer Driver, Bundle Software and Electronic User Manual). Notice -no sample print kit included. Print pack sold separately
  • Professional-grade, high-performance dye-transfer thermal color printing process
  • Amazing printing speed and professional printing quality - a 6x8 photo is done in 70 seconds and a 4x6 in merely 45 seconds
  • Regardless of the brand of your digital camera, HiTi 730PS, with the support of 7 types of memory cards (CF/SM/SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/IBM Micro Drive), will read and print your digital photos
  • Magic Coating Technology keeps your photo prints brilliant with a waterproof layer, which protects them against fingerprint and the UV radiation

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!No Problems - Get the Photos You Want
We bought this printer ayear ago, travelled half way around the world with it and back, have printed over 1000 pictures on it and absolutely love it!

1.Picture quality is excellent.You read a lot about "photo quality" prints on printers.In our experience, many of those printers are not at all photo quality and you end up having to pay for prints anyway.We could see no point in having a photo printer that didn't really print great photos.We wanted to buy a printer to avoid having to print professionally.And this printer did it.It is worth the price.

2.The printer uses a different technology than laser printer which is used by the photolabs that you may send your digital prints for processing.It uses dye-sublimation and produces equally good photos.

3. Because of the cost of the ink cartridges and paper (which must be purchased together), the cost per print can still be around .29 to .35 cents, which is the same as many internet labs and more than some of the cheaper deals.So, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, this is not going to be it.But it is a lot easier.To save some money, look for deals on the paper/cartridge combinations (they have to be bought as a combo - it's not like you can use any paper and buy separate cartridges as you can with other types of computer printers.But this is true for most of the other dedicated photo printers anyway.)You can buy 60 print packs for 4X6 prints which will save you some money over the standard 30 print packs.

4.We chose the 730PS over the 600 series because we personally preferred the pictures.You can go to Hi Touch's website and request a sample from the printer you are considering.We requested a sample from one of the two we were considering in order to compare.For the longest time, we could absolutely not see any difference between the prints and certainly no difference from the prints and what we would get if we sent away to a print lab.Finally, we decided on the 730PS because the colors looked more vivid to us, which I preferred.

5.If you have any questions, email or call Hi Touch.They really know their stuff and were very helpful (even after we made the purchase).We got real answers from them, not stupid marketing hype.

6.For Mac users, we use the 730PS with our iMac.

7.We also liked the versatility of the 730PS - it can print 4X6, 5X7 and 6X8 and hopefully will do stickers soon though that isn't available yet.

8.You can do basic editing from the printer itself - including resizing (larger or smaller) and moving (recentering) the part you want to print.Though you can attach to a computer, you don't need to.The printer accepts all types of photo cards.We use Compact Flash cards but have put in even the Sony cards using an adapter that comes with the Sony cards.You can edit pictures (e.g. using PhotoShop) on your computer and connect the printer to your computer to print.

9.This has really expanded our use of photos and makes events more fun because you can immediately print out photos for people to enjoy.

10.We don't have any of the problems that we hear about from other photo printer owners.This company is very solid in terms of their technology.It's not a cheap printer but you won't be disappointed because you'll get a printer that does what you want it to do - produce truly great prints.We have absolutely no need to use photo labs any more unless we need a print that's bigger than 6x8.

11.As for portability, it's not as easily portable as some other dedicated photo printers but we did cart it half way around the world though we're not doing that again.It was tough to find a case for it - we ended up using a salesperson sample/catalog case on wheels w/handle but that fit in overhead compartments on the plane.

If you get the printer, enjoy.We've loved it! ... Read more


19. i455 Desktop Photo Printer, ,
by CANON

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Asin: B0000C4LOA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CANON
Sales Rank: 13041
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Note: The Canon i455 is no longer being manufactured. You may want to consider purchasing the newer Canon Pixma iP1500 instead.

Thanks to an outstandingly rich resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi, the Canon i455 is a compact photo printer that truly does justice to your masterpieces, whether they are vacation photos, brochures, or even multicolored spreadsheets. With print speeds of up to 12 pages per minute in color and 18 pages per minute in black, this snazzy little printer handily keeps pace with any home project--even holiday newsletters with matching envelopes.


This printer can connect directly to select digital cameras.Learn moreabout PictBridge.
Most convenient of all, the Direct Print Port allows you to connect any digital camera or camcorder that supports Bubble Jet Direct/PictBridge. Bypass your computer system and zip out your favorite event photos as instant party favors--a borderless 4-by-6-inch print is ready in just 93 seconds. Canon's microfine two-picoliter ink droplets ensure smooth, grain-free images, while the six separate ink tanks allow you to replace only the specific colors that are running low. Canon includes a one-year warranty with Instant Exchange service. ... Read more

Features

  • 4,800 x 1,200 dpi color resolution
  • Up to 18 ppm black, 12 ppm color
  • Borderless prints in 3 sizes
  • Easy-PhotoPrint and Easy-WebPrint software
  • USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars very nice indeed
Well simply put if u on abudgetthis printer is 4 u... the ink ain expensive at all and the print quality is outstanding and very quick I might add. BUY IT!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best printer for the money !
...It is an
amazing printer. Photos are superb although I did notice a slight
greenish tinge in some photos. Text priting is crisp. The printer is quite fast - I printed a dense, 30 page paper in about 3 minutes.
If you find this for [$] don't think twice. It is well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why pay more?
This is a great little printer.I have printed over 100 4x6 photos.The quality is excellent.Watch for specials. ....You won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Printer for the price!
I just recently received the Canon i455 printer as a gift. This is my 3rd photo printer to date. I am very pleased with the print quality I get from this printer. It is reasonally fast and best of all the ink cartridges are very inexpensive compared to other printers I've used. I have used both Lexmark & HP printers as well. Both of them printed well also. The lexmark was very slow to get good quality & the HP was both fast and had good quality, but both of them used very expensive ink cartridges. I don't know yet how long the ink will last in the Canon, but I will be printing a lot more photos than I used to simply because I will not worry about the cost of the ink used.

I would recommend this printer to anybody interested in getting a good photo printer without having to spend a lot of money! ... Read more


20. HP PhotoSmart 7660 Inkjet Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $183.00
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Asin: B0000ACOVZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 11132
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

HP Photosmart 7660 Six-ink color printing or up to 4800-optimized dpi. ... Read more

Features

  • Print directly from your digital camera memory card
  • Up to 12 ppm black, 11 ppm color with standard cartridge
  • Select images from an HP photo proof sheet without a computer
  • 2-line text LCD for simple operation
  • 2 USB ports, 4 memory card slots; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (25)

4-0 out of 5 stars Bang for the Buck!
Ok, I got this printer for X'mas 2 years ago and it's still awesome. I bought this for 50 bux during a sale and in addition to a gift certificate. I am surprised how some people can give this item a bad review, I'm sure they got a lemon because I have nothing but praises for this printer. My ONLY complaint is that does have a big footprint and the inks are expensive. But otherwise, the quality is great (it also depends on the photo printer paper you use and settings). The 4x6 tray is a nice touch and the mutliple memory card inputs! I bought tons of 4x6 photo paper and its an easy load and the printouts are amazing. Brilliant colors using my Canon SD300 digital camera. It's been 2 years now and I love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars HP 7660 is a joke!BUYER BEWARE!
This printer prints wonderful photos IF you can keep it printing!I constantly had error messages and cartridge incompatibility issues.Oh, and then there is the "failed cartridge" message.HP replaced the cartridge once, but I still got the error messages!I can't make them understand.. it's the PRINTER, not the cartridges!Whatever reads the cartridges is defective and HP won't own up to it! I decided to refill the cartridges and now HP won't even talk to me.Who can afford to buy their ink? Their ink is over 60 dollars!Unless youhave a spare job just to keep buying cartridges for this printer forget it!Buying a HP printer just allows the company to keep their hands deep in your pockets!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for 8X10's, terrible for 4x6
I have used this for over a year now.Can print out fabulous 8x10's.

It uses two cartridges for photo quality prints.And it is an ink hog.

Cost per 8x10 photos is about $2 a page.

Best paper is Ilford pearl type of paper.

For 4x6's forget it.It's very touchy with this paper holder (built in).After a few 4x6 prints it just decides not to print anymore.I had to get a Canon CP100 (4x6 thermal printer) which does a much better print than the HP, and it is more reliable.

I love HP stuff.But I would not buy this printer again.I would try another HP model, or a Canon.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
We've had the printer for about a year and have been very pleased with the quality of the prints. The borderless 4x6 prints are very nice. I was somewhat concerned with the flimsy lever mechanism for switching between the two print trays. Well sure enough, the lever broke. Now I can't switch between the two trays. Initially this was not a huge problem because we could still manually pull the 4x6 tray in and out. However, now after I've replaced an ink cartridge, it requires printing to 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper for callibration and won't recognize that I've pulled the 4x6 tray out. So now I'm out a printer (unless anyone has any suggestions).

1-0 out of 5 stars Engineered cheap
I was very happy with the 7550 for one of my computers and after reading the discriptions for the 7660, I thought "great - uses the same cartridges as the 7550". What I didn't read in the discription was costly: it only holds two cartidges at a time
-57 & 58- for color photos (the two cartridges in the box)or
-57 & 56- for standard black & color printing which I will use most of the time, while the 58 sits in its caddy where it can dry out or get lost. Anyone wanna buy an almost new 7660 real cheap? ... Read more


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