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21. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet
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22. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
$411.99 $369.98 list($399.99)
23. Konica Minolta Magicolor 2400W
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24. Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Inkjet
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25. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
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26. HP PhotoSmart 375 Compact Photo
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27. Epson PERFECTION 2480 LIMITED
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28. HP Photosmart 2710 All-in-One
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29. Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F Color
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30. Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOX Sheet-Fed
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31. HP PhotoSmart PSC 2610 All-in-One
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32. Canon PIXMA ip4000R Wireless Inkjet
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33. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
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34. Epson Stylus C86 Inkjet Printer
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35. HP Photosmart 8750 Large-Format
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36. Epson Stylus Photo RX620 All-in-One
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37. Epson Stylus R320 Photo Inkjet
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38. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
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39. Canon i80 Color Bubble Jet Printer
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40. Epson Stylus R200 Photo Printer

21. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet Printer (Silver)
by Epson
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B000086A2I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 404
Average Customer Review: 3.24 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Epson's Stylus Photo 1280S is a large format, photo-quality printer perfect for a wide variety of professional and home uses. With a high 2,880 x 720 dpi resolution, six-color ink palette, and Epson's Micro Piezo inkjet technology, the 1280S produces exceptionally crisp and detailed prints. This printer also offers BorderFree printing--the image goes right to the edge of the paper.

Supported photo sizes include 4-by-6, 5-by-7, 8-by-10, letter, 11-by-14, and 13-by-19 inches. A wide variety of paper types are also supported, including photo papers, roll papers (with included roll paper holder), inkjet transparencies, self-adhesive sheets, greeting cards, banner paper, labels, and envelopes. Media sizes range from 3-by-5 cards up to large-format 13-by-44-inch posters. Epson claims that when stored under normal conditions, images are water and light resistant for up to 25 years.

Compatible with both Mac and PC platforms, the 1280S's software bundle comes with both Epson's Film Factory and Adobe's Photoshop Elements 2.0 to help users get the best possible prints. Epson also provides a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Epson Stylus Photo 1280 inkjet printer, one black ink cartridge (T007201), one color ink cartridge (T009201), roll paper holder accessory, printer documentation, Epson Software Film Factory, PRINT Image Matching Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0; cable not included ... Read more

Features

  • 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
  • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Photo Printers Available
I've read all the prior reviews with interest. I bought my 1280 over a year ago based on reviews on several well known and trusted Digital Photography sites. I have been very pleased with the output of this printer. Yes, the printer takes more work to get a really GOOD print then the HPs. But then I have the HP printers also and they do not measure to pure quality of print. Yes, the ink cartridges are small and do not last long if you print alot of 8x10, 13x19 like I do. But, for 250 bucks you can buy a CIS (continual inking system) that pays for itself in 3 months. Yes, the Epson ink will jam the heads IF you do not use the printer at least once every few days. Again, the printer is for PHOTOGRAPHS, not text, not the occasional print job and certainly not the occasional picture. This printer is for the professional or serious amateur photographer. I have seen alot of prints from other printers and even with the flaws, this printer is the best. I wish a few things. Epson would update the drivers more often. The supplied software is marginally usable and they ding you 30 bucks for the real package. At 400 dollars for a printer, Epson could have given us the software given the price tag of the ink cartridges. I have run Epson, Illford and Inkjetart paper through this printer will very good success.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality but Helps to Know What You're Doing
I have used the 1280 for about a year-and-a-half, mainly to print fine art photographs in large format. I use a quad black ink set from Lyson, rather than Epson inks. The machine absolutely delivers. It is consistent, reliable, and has remarkable paper handling ability.

The head does have a propensity for clogging, since it is permanently attached to the printer and does not get replaced with each cartridge. However, I have found that cleaning the storage cap (right side, parked position) from time to time (with lint-free cloth!) helps. I also print a small full-gamut image once a week, if I am not cranking out the big stuff.

Always check a company's web site for updated drivers when installing! My drivers (XP Pro/Presario) have been well-mannered. Also, if you aren't satisfied with the image, keep testing the profiles that come with the 1280. Be patient. It took me a while to get the right combination, even though Lyson provided profiles for its own ink set. But once I got it, I was off to the races.

I am about to start printing fine art color, and for that I will buy a second 1280. Call me satisfied.

4-0 out of 5 stars I just got it...
I just set up my new Epson Stylus 1280 printer. It works great with my iMac computer. The only drawback I can see is that I was looking for a printer that used separate cartridges, and this one doesn't. Otherwise, it prints beautiful pictures, although I like the ones I printed on the Matte paper better than the ones I printed on the Glossy paper. It prints great documents, too. I think I'll keep it, for awhile.

2-0 out of 5 stars Save your $$
These inkjets are OK but you can get superior results at a cheaper cost by taking your digital images to someplace like Walmart or CVS or Walgreens. Ink is way over-priced and the photos are not as good as what you can get elsewhere.

2-0 out of 5 stars Driver issues and OS 10.3.3
I have been using this printer for about 2 years now with a Dual PowerMac G4 with 1GB RAM. Most of the time it delivers good prints, therefore it receives at least 2 stars. I said most of the time because the printer works a bit unpredictably. On upgrading to OS 10.3.3 and upgrading the driver to 1.6bA (release date March 6, 2004), the printer refuses to finish prints once they begin. I have been printing 13x19 pages and it works fine about 50% through the document. It will then stall, stop the print, extract the paper, put the print on hold and when you go to the printer utility to the start print button, it will print from the beginning again and stall midway.
I contacted Epson about the situation and they emailed me back with their copy and paste email response with the generic (condenesed version): go to the macintosh HD and delete your Epson Driver Folder and go to support.epson.com and download the driver, follow the instructions and reinstall. And of course, it did not work. The problems persist which means the printer is not compatible yet with OS 10.3 no matter how much Epson swears it does. I have resent Epson emails and they have not responded. ... Read more


22. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
by Brother Printer
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B0001ZJRTY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 586
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Printer, copier, scanner, fax, and PC fax
  • Up to 21 ppm print and copy speed; up to 2,400 x 600 print resolution
  • Automatic duplexing; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
  • Fax forward/paging, 40 one-touch memory locations
  • Parallel and USB interfaces, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of serious consideration!!
65% of its use is as a copier, 20% as a printer and 15% as a fax machine. So far, it has perfomed as I expected. We have 3 Brother laserprinters in the office. Brother has always proven to be an excellent workhorse and this is no exception. Also, Brother provides great tech support for both Windows and Mac systems. I have no loyalty to Brother. But as long as their products have proven themselves, they stay near the top of my list.

Software installed without any problems on both Windows XP Pro and OS X. Haven't used the scanning abilities and I doubt we will (so I can't comment on its capabilities). But as a copier, fax and printer, it has worked great. The ADF is a pleasure (no jams after 3,000+ copies) and the copier itself is fast. This copier DOES have a page counter, but it can't be reset. So if you have an unknown amount of papers to put in the ADF and need 20 sets, you can determine the amount of copies made.

Toner life is an expected 6,700 pages and I suspect we'll get close to 6,300 before needing replacement (always seem to get 5% less then the expectd yield on text imaging). The unit did come with a smaller yielding toner cartridge (3,500 impressions), but we had the higher yielding in the office and used that first.

If there is one thing I wasn't expecting is the noise it makes. Not that it is any louder then the Canon 780 in our other office. Having various Brother printers throughout the office, this unit is a bit louder then I expected. Also, it is built well, but not as solid as the Canon 780. But comparing the two is like comparing a Buick to a Cadillac. Both good and reliable cars, just one make is slightly better constructed then the other. All in all, this is a great unit and worthy of serious consideration. ... Read more


23. Konica Minolta Magicolor 2400W Color Laser Printer (5250220-100)
list price: $399.99
our price: $411.99
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Asin: B0007IG202
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Konica
Sales Rank: 9114
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

ReplaceYour Inkjet With Speedy Laser The magicolor 2400W from KONICA MINOLTA is the color laser alternative to ink jet printers. It's small, quick, and ready for any print job—from letters and reports to family photos and fun flyers. There's no special paper required and it's got long-lasting supplies so you can print page after page of durable, high-impact color. Don't try this with a bargain-bin ink jet! ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 interface, optional Ethernet; PC compatible
  • 2,400 x 600 dpi resolution in black and color
  • Up to 5 ppm color, 20 ppm black print speed
  • 35,000-page maximum monthly duty cycle
  • 32 MB standard memory

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for the Typical Home User
I owned this printer less than a month and sent it back.

For: 1. Great price for a color laser printer.

2. Nice looking copies, especially photos.

3. Fast color photo printing.

Against: 1. Power consumption. It uses 11 amps of my 15 amp circuit when on. (Spec found on pg 87 of the PDF manual) It is like having a small space heater on all the time.

The lights flicker while the element stays hot. So I let it go into standby, which solved the flickering. When coming out of standby the power surge killed my ups (on the same circuit, but not powering the printer). Unless you have two circuits in your home office, beware.

2. No Surge Protection. The printer should not be plugged into a surge protector or ups. This is not stated in the manual, but you are told this by tech support when you call to complain about the flickering lights.

3. The time from warmup to print is 45 seconds. If you are only printing a couple of pages in black an inkjet is just as fast or faster. And the print quality isn't enough difference to be noticable for text.

4. Envelope printing. Typically home users print one or two envelopes at a time. To print an envelope, you have to take out all the paper, put in your envelope, move the slide, open the top, move two levers, close the top, and print. When you are done, reverse the process. In my HP inkjet, you put the envelope in the slot in the output tray and print.

According to the manual (pg. 23), "laser" envelopes only, lest they seal shut during printing. Staples has no such thing.

5. Lables. Precut or perforated lables need not apply. Whole uncut sheets only. (Pg 24)

6. Printable area. Normal margins = .157" all around...except for legal paper in color mode, when the bottom margin = .409". Since the printer is normally in color mode, it is one more thing to change when printing on legal and you need all the print area you can get or need an even print area.

7. Noise. It is extremely noisy when starting up or coming out of standby with a lot of loud clunking.

8. Tech Support. When I called about the power surge when coming out of standby (that caused the computer to reboot) I was told, "Don't put in standby."

On the second call to tech support for this problem I was told "Plug it directly into the wall socket, not a surge protector or ups."

When leaving it on caused the lights to flicker (Call 3), Tech Support Level 1 kept putting me on hold and relaying my questions to a Level 3 tech and relaying the answers back to me. The solution to the flickering lights...plug it into a different circuit. (Not an option in my home.)

Conclusion: For the average home office user that doesn't print a lot of color photos, get a good color inkjet. (I am partial to HP). For most printing needs it is just too much hassle.

If you do print color photos, just make sure you have a seperate circuit to plug it into.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is being returned
I did my homework and read many reviews. Not one mentioned that you can not share this printer. I didn't need network ready, but I do need to share with my home network. This is an important consideration and should be noted in the specifications.

Also, no one mentioned that to print an envelope I would have to remove all the paper, open the cover, adjust 2 levers, close the cover, load the envelope, print and do it all again to replace the paper. What a hassle!

One last complaint, and I read about that one. This is one very noisy printer. Don't expect to print while you are on the phone. Neither of you will be able to hear.

On the plus side, the print quality was good.

Overall, the negatives are not worth the cheap price!

5-0 out of 5 stars A COLOR LASER PRINTER THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET
I recently purchased the Konica Minolta Magicolor 2430DL Color Laser Printer and I LOVE IT!I run a small desktop publishing business from home and needed a reasonably priced color laser printer that would produce good quality products in a short period of time and this printer fits the bill.The text is awesome and graphics are awesome and the speed is just what the doctor ordered.The only problem I have with this printer is that the documentation that comes with it is awful.It's in at least 5 different languages and pretty much, all you can decipher from it once you find the English version is how to set it up.I still don't know how to change out the toner cartridges or even how to troubleshoot if I was to run into a problem.So for the job that it does, I give it 5 stars.It serves its purpose, it's compact and it's reasonably priced.As for instructions and/or tech support, I give it 2 stars.(Lets hope I never run into any problems with it.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excelent for home use
I bought that printer because I was sick and tired of ink jets:
* There would always be clogged heads and print output with horizontal bands
* You would use most of the expensive ink cleaning the heads
* The ink would run out in middle phrase without any prior warning, as opposed to the progressive fading of a laser
* You had to wait for the paint to dry
* The result was not waterproof
* Photo quality requires expensive paper

I was almost buying the Oki 5050. The Oki is fast even in color mode and has relatively inexpensive toner. But the 2400W was positioned as a photo printer and was just US$300! I ended up with the 2400W.

This is a great printer for home/home office use. It does print very decent photos even in plain paper. The results are even better with a light (90 g/m2) or matte (167 g/m2) photo paper. My mother stopped complaining that I don't give her enough pictures of the kids.

I have only a few complains:
* The toner is expensive. You can buy a 1500-page "standard" cartridge for US$70 each or a 4500-page "high capacity" cartridge for US$120 each. Since I don't print a lot of stuff, this is ok with me. Interestingly, the set of 4 "standard" cartridges might cost more than a brand new printer - that comes with the same cartridges!
* It cannot print a photo at full page size (Letter, A4) at maximum resolution (2400 X 600) because of lack of memory (it's not expandable); I have to settle with the still decent 1200 X 600 resolution. The most you can get at full resolution is 1/3 of a page.
* It does not come with an Ethernet print server and is incompatible with the Linksys PSUS4 print server that I bought.

Both of the last issues above are addressed at the 2430DL that costs about US$100 more, so I think you should consider that model instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent printer - worthless documentation
This is the second Konica-Minolta Magicolor color laser I have purchased. The first was a 2430DL which I purchased for my office. Basically the printers are the same except that the 2400W does not have ethernet connectivity, or an LED read-out (the printer messages from the 2400W pop up in a window on your computer screen), and the 2400W costs about $100 less.

Printing quality is the same on both units. Warm up time is quick, pages come out fast, and quality is good. Text quality is excellent. We also have a $10,000 color laser at work and the Konica units print text just as well and graphics almost as well.

Obviously I liked these printers enough to buy a second one, however I only give the product 4 stars because neither my 2430DL or the 2400W worked right out of the box and the accompanying "documentation" (if you can call it that) is a total joke.

Installation of my 2400W conked out with a message saying, and I quote: "Put Cyan toner". Huh? I opened up the unit and the magenta toner was on top. The rotate toner cartridge button refused to work and, as I said before, the manual is useless. I had to call tech support. Eventually we discovered that the magenta and cyan toner cartridges were switched. When switched back the unit performed perfectly.

Installation of my 2430DL appeared to work but the prints initially were faded and the toner rubbed off. Another call to tech support revealed that two clips that are supposed to hold the paper tightly against the fuser were not down all the way. When these were seated properly the unit functioned perfectly.

The installation instructions contain one page of sketches that look like they were made by a grade-schooler. Worthless. The thick "manual" consists of only one-quarter of one page of generic information which is repeated a bazillion times in a bazillion different languages, 4 per page. Curious, but utterly worthless.

On the plus side, Konica's tech support is excellent. The calls are toll-free, I only had to wait on hold a few minutes each time, and I got to speak to native English speakers who were very knowledgeable, polite, and helpful.

Here are a couple of other tidbits which may be of interest. The 2400W only connects via a USB cable, which is NOT included. Also, the printer uses 4 toner cartridges: black, cyan, magenta, and blue. The combined cost of theses cartridges is almost as much as the printer sells for at discount office stores. And... the toner cartridges which come with the printer are "starter" cartridges which are only one-third full, so get ready to spend some $$$ on replacement cartridges.

Power consumption on this unit is high compared to my previous home laser (an HP Laserjet 6L). When the Konica unit is switched on my room lights flicker constantly, even when not printing. So I turn the thing off after every use. Normally you can leave it on all the time and it will go into power saver mode by itself after about 20-30 minutes (by the way, you will have to get used to the loud clunk it makes when going to sleep - initially it will scare you because 20 minutes after making a print you have forgotten all about the printer, and, as I say it is a LOUD clunk!)

Both the 2430DL and the 2400W have a paper tray with a complete enclosure, which is very nice for keeping the paper clean and out of the way.

Duplexing is manual. You have to print one side then put the sheet(s) back into the printer upside down for the second side.

So, in summary: some installation headaches, great tech support, worthless documentation, but very nice printing, especially for the money. ... Read more


24. Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $749.99
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Asin: B000067V0A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 302
Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed with the serious graphics user in mind, Epson's Stylus Photo 2200 is stylish and fast and comes packed with user-friendly features. With Epson's new seven-color UltraChrome inks and three times as many nozzles as the popular Stylus 2000P, the 2200 is able to print 8-by-10-inch color photos in under two minutes (in fine mode). The UltraChrome inks are formulated to resist water and light damage and to ensure longevity, all while providing more colors than any other pigment ink on the market.

The versatile 2200 makes it easy to print on envelopes, roll paper, and many types and sizes of single-sheet paper.
A maximum resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 dpi (both color and black and white) results in amazingly accurate prints. The 4-picoliter droplets are the equivalent of 2-picoliter droplets in ordinary dye-base systems, resulting in ultrafine detail and clarity. Interchangeable standard and matte black ink cartridges help you get the best quality from black-and-white prints, while the included Film Factory(TM) with PRINT Image Matching Support software ensures that prints from compatible digital cameras are true to the original image.

The 2200 supports a wide variety of paper types, including glossy, semi-glossy, luster, matte, and Epson's velvet fine art paper, as well as large-format sizes up to 13 by 44 inches. With the included roll paper holder and built-in automatic cutter, you can print borderless images easily, while a photo catcher neatly stacks multiple prints as they are cut.

Compatible with both Mac and PC systems, the 2200 comes backed with a one-year Epson exchange warranty.

What's in the Box
Printer, AC power supply and cord, seven ink cartridges (cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, light black, photo black), roll paper holder accessory, roll paper cutter and catcher; printer cable not included

... Read more

Reviews (59)

5-0 out of 5 stars Do you need a semi pro photo printer?
I've had my Epson 2200 for about six weeks. With free shipping Amazon's price was best on the net. Looked at Canon's and Epson's lower end models. I thought the Epson outperformed the Canon tonally. Have done about 45 8x10 glossies with medium grade Epson paper. Not disappointed in the output. Two pics were banded and short colored. Did a basic head cleaning and that corrected the problem. The light toned inks are used at slightly more than twice the rate of the dark tones. Am just now looking for a replacement for light magenta cartridge. I figure amortized cost per pic is about 1.25 per print with ink paper and printer costs combined. If you demand quality output for your pics with a fairly low volumne output, this is a hard printer to beat right now. If you're not too concerned about darker toning and flatter colors you can probably get by with something half as pricey. I'm delighted with mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars epson stylus 2200
received this printer only to have two faulty ink cartilages (still being cleared by epson). bought a pair and started printing sample papers from all over (red river polar gloss has equal output quality verus epson's premium luster paper).
At around 1200 dpi the test images are excellent with great satutation and contrast (at default settings) baby skin came out near perfect to the monitor. metalics are not grainy and the the multi color thread spool are rich and detailed. gradients dare i say are comparable to traditional photo-prints.
Printing is on the slow side when compared to other ink-jet printers. other then the oddly relaxing whishing sound its makes very little noise. heavy foot print on the desk. heavy with nice rugged construction (metal bracings).
was reviewed by lou (industrial designer) and joy (photograper)

5-0 out of 5 stars Prints as good as Ofoto
I researched photo printers for weeks and read all the reviews. I wanted a dedicated photo printer for the best prints so I did not care about text or speed. I had decided on the Epson 960 based on the PC World review that rated it just below the 2200 and above the Canons. I went to Compusa and they did not have a 960 and were sold out of the 2200 for weeks. While I was looking at the other printers a shipment of 2200's rolled in, so I bought one. I compared identical prints from the 2200 to an Ofoto print on photographic based paper and I can say they are equivalent. The 2200 had a little less contrast but better shadow detail. With magnification the the grain was about the same on both prints. I used Premium Glossy paper. You do get some obscuring sheen when you look at the 2200 prints at an angle due the pigment based ink, but it is not a problem in my opinion. I then compared these to prints from my Epson Photo 780. With the naked eye there is not much detectable difference, but with magnification you can see the ink pattern on the 780 prints. The skin tones were not as realistic. I expect with various photos the differences would become more readily apparent. I think the 2200 is a great printer but a bit expensive. The 960 may be a good choice for less $$. I wish I could have compared them side by side.
Addendum: Upon more research I've learned a big advantage of this printer over the 960 is the Ultrachrome pigment ink, which is water resistant and good for 80 years. All of the dye based inks apparently will start to fade in just a few years (or some in just a few months). There are also compatible generic papers (try Redriverpaper.com). This printer uses the same inks and has similar quality to Epson professional printers ... Getting the best prints with the 2200 may require a little tweaking of the settings and adjustments in Photoshop or the like, where you can set the contrast and color saturation to suit your eye. Plan to use some paper and ink experimenting. Professional photographers and artists like this printer a lot. It is outstanding for black and white and for artistic papers such as matte and card stock, and of course it prints pics up to 13 inches wide and 40+ long. If you want the best and have the know-how (or want to learn), this is the printer to get.

1-0 out of 5 stars My Epson Experience
My Epson Experience

Let me begin by saying that I have over ten years of experience with all things computer related. During that period I have worked in almost every aspect of computer support. I have personally cleaned out countless numbers of inkjet printers with q-tips distilled water and alcohol. I kept my own Epson 740 going for 5 years without too much difficulty. I only got rid of it because I had a client that was desperate for a printer that would accept a Mac serial port. Boy due I miss that Epson 740.

I bought a C82 a little less than a year ago, after reading good reviews. I assumed it would be built at least as well as the Epson 740 I was using before.

Even after ten months my C82 still appears in almost brand new shape inside and out. Heck, I've only used it about thirty times or so. I keep it inside of cabinet shielded from dust. Plus as a matter of standard practice, I turn off all inkjet printers as soon as I finish using them, and I always change ink cartridges as quickly as possible to prevent ink from drying out inside printers.

So was I ever surprised when my printer stopped working. It had worked fine with the first set of cartridges I had installed. However, as soon as I changed cartridges the printer stopped working. I tried cleaning it at least fifty times, but it did nothing to improve the situation. So I did the natural thing and googled my problem. I was shocked by the sheer number of search results.

After reading through the reviews at Amazon and the hundreds of messages at fixyourownprinter.com I've come to realize that Epson has built and continue to build a printer that is so poorly designed one must question their integrity as a company. To think that so many people would experience the same problem and that their only solution is to continue to send people refurbished printers until their warranty expires.

Oh, and the part that will really get you, is that they require you to purchase and install a new set of four Epson branded ink cartridges to insure that your currently installed cartridges are not what is defective. So before you can even have your printer replaced you must invest at least sixty dollars on ink. Of course they offer to send you new ink with the replacement printer. Still to ask me to sink my time, energy, and sixty dollars into having my printer replaced with another one, which will simply get me right back to where I began. I mean really, the nerve. Is this what our present day world has come to? Have we set ourselves up so that these large corporations can totally take advantage of us in this way? Is there no recourse? Are there no standards of business ethics that they can be held accountable for?

The experience has left me feeling unusually sad. Epson has made me realize just how much I am at the mercy of these large corporations. I mean, if you want to print, who else can you buy a printer from?
I know that even if Epson would own up to this, they would argue that they had to make the printers so cheaply to remain competitive. Without doing so they would go out of business tomorrow. We've heard all that before. Haven't we?

Still though, this printer is made by someone in a Chinese factory. I know I'm going out on a limb here, but I would guess that that person is not well paid. Perhaps they are even exploited to some extent or at the very least we could guess that they are taken advantage of to some extent. Then as they role off the Chinese production line, Epson sends these defective printers all over the globe, wrapped up in fancy magazine advertisements. People like me buy the printer, use the ink, put in new ink, discover it no longer works, call Epson, ship the printer back to Epson, get the refurbished printer in the mail, and . Once the warranty is up we move our broken printer into the garage for a year or so, and then throw it away. It all seems so pointless.

Don't think me a luddite either. I love computers, printers, and gadgets as much as the next person. It's just that it disgusts me that I am forced to deal with a corporation that is not held to any kind of moral or ethical principles. As long as they are making money and growing we think of them as a good thing, without worrying about who they are taking advantage of. What are we doing here? How can we let Epson get away with this? Really!

Well it's not difficult for me to say I will be boycotting all Epson products in the future. I mean I'm sort of doubtful of their quality anyways. Oh and I haven't even mentioned the very unhelpful tech support and customer service representatives that I called long distance at my own expense. What a waste! Really what a waste!

Sincerely,

- Mark Whitney -
Hollywood, CA

P.S. I know the solution is to buy myself a do-it-yourself printer cleaning kit. If you google it you'll see that many companies sell them specifically for the Epson C80/C82. However, if you try to buy one you'll soon discover that they are all sold out, as I mentioned before I'm not the only one with this problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!! THIS THING IS AWESOME!!
I just bought this thing from Amazon and all I can say

is WOW!!!!

This is probably the best purchase I have ever made.

This thing is everything I ever expected and more!! It's

very easy to use as well!

I have bought other brands before, and this one just

blows everything else out of the water! I have to say,

everyone out there who is thinking of buying this, stop

thinking. I bought it and I am extremely happy with it

the moment I powered this thing on. YOU ABSOLUTELY

POSITIVELY CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS PURCHASE! I

GUARANTEE IT!!! ... Read more


25. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
by Microtek
list price: $1,499.99
our price: $1,028.94
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Asin: B000066TOR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microtek
Sales Rank: 7152
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With 48-bit color and an amazing 3,200 x 1,600 dpi optical resolution, the tabloid-size ScanMaker 9800XL brings high-performance scanning to the corporate user, graphic designer, or medical professional. The large 12-by-17-inch reflective scan bed easily accommodates A3 scans, and adding the optional transparent media adapter (TMA 1600) lets you scan transparencies up to 12 by 16 inches--including X-rays. Other great features include 3.7 maximum optical density with multiple sampling to reduce random image noise, a triple interface with FireWire, USB, and SCSI-2 for maximum versatility, and newly designed templates to accommodate a wide variety of film. Microtek includes a one-year warranty that covers parts and service. ... Read more

Features

  • 3,200 x 1,600 optical dpi
  • True 48-bit color
  • 3.7 maximum optical density
  • 12-by-17-inch tabloid size bed
  • Firewire, USB, and SCSI-2 interfaces

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars When a Large Bed is Necessary There is No Alternative
Microtek makes one of the only large format scanners on the market today, which concerned me as I don't like to see a monopoly as then product quality won't be job #1. I was surpised, albit pleasantly when I was received the scanner from CDW and how easy it was to use. It has SCSI, Firewire and USB connections on the back which make it easy to setup and install. Scanner quality is excellent as we scan dental xrays and then send them to insurance companies, who are always complaining about fuzziness of the scans. Needless to say we have had no difficulties with this Microtek and would probably buy another one in the future!

2-0 out of 5 stars Scanning lamp went out
I thought the scanner was great, but the lamp went out just after 1 year after I bought it. So now all my scans have a rainbow line from top to bottom. Microtek's extent of technical support is reinstall the drivers, if that doesn't work you have to return it so we can repair it, because there are no authorized repair people out there, but us. They will not sell me the lamp, because they need to repair it themselves (they want the labor dollars). So, after I paid $1,400 for this thing a year ago I am going to have to pay another $200-300 for repair and shipping both ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the scanner and an extra star for Amazon.com!
I have waited four years to buy a large bed scanner. I will never understand why the slight difference in scanner bed size increases the cost so greatly, (an 11 X 14 scanner is as little as $...) but that's the market as it stands. As an artist, I needed a scanner that would capture my work in one scan.

The Microtek scanner came practially ready to go right out of the box and installed into Windows XP effortlessly. It even came with a firewire card to install into the computer in the event the buyer didn't already have one. Very considerate! All necessary cables, both a Firewire OR a USB will operate it, and all the software was there and ready to go. Plugged in, it woke right up and scanned perfectly on it's first time out, as easy as downloading pics from my digital camera. No problems!

Amazon.com not only had the best price after a year of looking around, but offered free shipping and still got it to me the next day. If I had to spend this much on the scanner I at least got great service and treated well by the seller, as well as a quality product. OUTSTANDING!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a very good scanner
We are a small publisher who scans large print publications for professional use. We ordered the Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL without the optional slide-scanning attachment, since we never scan slides. (The Amazon listings are not very clear on this point, but the more expensive version of this scanner has the slide attachment.) We ordered the scanner on a Saturday and it arrived on Tuesday. It was probably drop shipped from the manufacturer, who is in the same state as us, but that's still pretty efficient. The scanner is faster than our large-format Agfa Duoscan (which we bought for $5,000 six years ago and which is now broken). The Microtek bed is several inches larger than the Agfa's.

The only think I don't like about the Microtek is, the lid will fold up on a hinge but only at right angles. This bunches up really large publications that need to slop over the edge of the scanner bed at that end. The lid of the old Agfa lifted off completely, and I liked that significantly more.

But other than that, the Microtek is a great scanner at a reasonable price. ... Read more


26. HP PhotoSmart 375 Compact Photo Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $235.00
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002MK9X4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 367
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Features

  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi color, 1,200 x 1,200 black
  • Color 4-by-6-inch photos in as fast as 60 seconds
  • 2.5-inch flip-up color LCD to preview, select, and enhance photos
  • Simple one-touch buttons; prints stills from video clips
  • USB, memory card, and PictBridge interfaces; optional Bluetooth; PC/Mac

27. Epson PERFECTION 2480 LIMITED EDITION ( B11B172171 )
by Epson

our price: $197.99
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Asin: B0006TVTGE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 17232
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28. HP Photosmart 2710 All-in-One Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002YT0J6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 385
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Features

  • Produces color prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 30 ppm print speed; up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 30 cpm, reduces and enlarges 25 to 400%
  • 2,400 x 4,800 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color
  • Ethernet, wireless 802.11g/b, USB, PictBridge interfaces; PC/Mac

29. Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner
list price: $129.99
our price: $129.19
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Asin: B0002OG6JI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
Sales Rank: 2862
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner combines sleek styling with heavyweight performance. One convenient cable provides both power and a USB connection, reducing the number of wires around your desk. A USB Hi-Speed interface* enables incredibly fast image transfers to your computer, along with the fastest possible scanning speeds. Previews of your scans are ready in seconds. For added convenience, four easy buttons - Copy, Scan, PDF and E-Mail automate the scanning process, so your projects can get done more quickly. Just position your original, select the use for the image and in seconds it's ready to go.You're going to love the results. The LiDE 500F scanner delivers a maximum 2400 x 4800 color dpi resolution and 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors. The unique Doubled-Hinge expansion top lifts approx. 1 inch vertically and lays flat on the page to help ensure clear, sharp scans with minimal light distortion.Here's a simple solution for all those old negatives you've got sitting in boxes, just place them in the LiDE 500F's film adapter and press the Scan button! These valuable images can be archived on your computer, safe from heat, humidity and dust, and then printed for family and friends. FARE (Film AutomaticRetouching and Enhancement) Level 3 is a built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. The result? The final scans of dusty and scratche ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface; PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 2,400 dpi optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale
  • Double-hinge expansion top for scanning bulky items
  • Scans negatives and positives with included film adapter

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars This was a bit of a let down
Scans photographs OK, but there are blurry areas on other images, around the edges. I've been using scanners for many years, was tempted by the slim design...just didn't work out.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best portable scanner available today
I looked hard at the Canon Canoscan LiDE 20 through LiDE 80 series and found much to admire. Even though I am a committed buyer of older-and-proven tech products, I paid a bit extra to get the newer Canon LiDE 500F. Why? Great design, great portability, great scanning resolution, great software - all for a great price. The LiDE 80 has these too, but the latest evolution of the Canon LiDE concept embodied in the 500F goes much further.

I'm a freelance writer, and I needed a slim and portable platen-based scanner powered through a fast USB 2.0 port to avoid a separate power supply for the scanner. I have a sheet-fed scanner built into my trusty old HP OfficeJet T45, but it's only good for documents neatly printed by PC printers, not odd-sized info from books and magazines that require a platen-based scanner. I use the Canoscan LiDE 500F to "copy" info when gathering research, both with my office desktop PC and in remote locations with my laptop. I use ABBYY FineReader 7.0 optical character recognition to recreate the original document or article's text (complete with the original graphics and layout) saved in Microsoft Word. The offsite alternative to this is a crude, time consuming, and expensive hassle using a local library copier.

The LiDE 500F's double-hinge expansion top design enables the platen lid to fold away flat, so any book or magazine covers the platen for scanning without having to deal with the platen lid at all. The Canon software is quite comprehensive, covering the gamut of customized scanning needs from simple office automation to highly complex scans for graphics. A built-in stand enables the LiDE 500F to stand on its edge in the office, enabling space-saving efficiency and convenience, with it's software-automated buttons for "copying" to a printer, scanning to a bitmap file, scanning to an Adobe PDF file, and inserted a saved scan into an email as an attachment. You will especially love the one-step convenience of inserting a bill or invoice into the scanner while mounted on its edge, and having the scanned item automatically print directly to whatever default printer you preselect. The software also well supports the external film/slide adapter up to the 48-bit 2400x4800 max - including the vaunted FARE Level 3 (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. Canon's FARE Level 3 works, and works quite well to my eyes.

Is this the ideal scanner for the graphic artist or photography enthusiast? No. Desktop-only scanners dedicated to these pursuits are far superior in every way, only lacking the portability and all-round usefulness that the LiDE 500F offers for the price. The LiDE 500F reminds me of why the Olympus DS-330 is such a great voice recorder for both workstation-docked recording of telephone interviews and on-location voice recordings: a combination of great design for both stationary use and mobile use, and great software that handles every contingency for both the professional writer or general corporate user.

Drawbacks? The LiDE 500F is larger than the LiDE 20-80 series, a bit heavier, and a bit thicker. Note that it is almost exactly the same size as an Apple 17" Powerbook, so an Apple neoprene laptop sleeve for that PC fits it perfectly for slipping into your briefcase (if your briefcase is large enough). Just make sure you lock the platen down with the switch on the back before moving it to avoid damage. I've heard that the LiDE 500F is "noisy." It's not, really - no more than any other scanner. Just a low hum when scanning that disturbs nobody in today's noisy libraries, and virtually unnoticeable in any corporate office. I read somewhere that it is "slow." All scanners are slow compared to a high-speed copier, but the LiDE 500F's USB 2.0 interface boosts its performance considerably compared to the earlier LiDE 20/30/35 models that use a slower USB 1.1 interface. The speed of the LiDE 80 should be about the same, as it also uses a USB 2.0 interface. The trick to fast scanning is to limit your scanned resolutions to 300dpi or less. The file sizes will be smaller, and there's less work for your PC to handle for each scan.

If the LiDE 500F is too pricey or fancy for your needs, be aware that refurbished LiDE 20's and LiDE 35's are available today (April/2005) for a song - $30-$50! But they are limited by a slower USB 1.1 interface, lower resolutions for your photos, and don't have the built-in edge-standing office convenience of the LiDE 500F. Note that I have not commented on the quality of the scanning, color faithfulness, or sharpness. I also cannot comment on its long-term durability. To me, the LiDE 500F performs quite well and exhibits none of the weird patterning and faint lines that seem to plague similar slim-profile models from HP. Truth be told, HP printing and scanning products seem to have suffered from shabby quality and design in the past five years, and are no longer the unquestioned "safe bet" they once were. In contrast, the LiDE 500F certainly seems to be a safe bet for those seeking an ideal balance of performance and portability that desktop scanners have never before offered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance for the price
This is the first scanner I have purchased. Setup was easy, the scanner driver software is simple to use and very helpful if you want to do multiple scans - just scan once - it sends the image to the calling application and then returns back to the scanning page. Repalce your items on the scanner and scan again for the next page - this is pretty helpful if you have to scan a lot of items. My friend has a HP scanner (6210) which does not have this feature.

My first scanner was a defective one (gave calibration errors), but Canon replaced it promptly (in 2 days).

The film adapter is also present for your 35mm scans.

Actually this is the only scanner in the market that has so many positive features

- self powered
- high optical scan resolution
- 35 mm adapter
- IR dust detection and correction (works quite well in the Medium setting)
- very sleek and small - can be easily put in a laptop bag
- has a LED based illumination system unlike other scanners - this means no need to wait for the 'warm up'

So far I haven't had a single problem. This is an excellent buy! 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars What more could you want?
I am quite impressed with this scanner.My last scanner was purchased back in 1999; this new one is in a different league!Scanning is fast and easy and I'm quite surprised by the quality of the images.I've scanned 20 year-old photographs and the quality of the scans easily matches the orginal prints!

Set-up was easy with the USB cable (no power cord needed); it is lightweight with a sleek design; and the software is quite usable.I spent a few hours reading reviews on the Internet before I purchased this and I am convinced I made a good decision.You're not going to do much better in this price range!

5-0 out of 5 stars Feature rich, mobile, quality - produce good scans for the $
Summary
+ Very mobile (no power cord uses USB connection for power)
+ Good quality
+ Plenty of useful software to get you started
+ Good resolution
+ IR image correction
+ Scans negatives (a 6 frame strip at once)
+ Small footprint, and 3 ways to setup the scanner on your desk.
+ Good match with the i950 printer.
+ No waiting for warm-up, just scan away.
(...)
+ Well matched with my I950 printer

- Slower than some of the $90 bulky scanners.
- Lower resolution than some of the bulky scanners.

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I purchased this scanner the day it came out (Jan 31 2005).(...)

There were more features, it was a newer product.So I gambled with the 500f and returned the LiDE80.
The reviews were mixed for the LiDE 80 to begin with.It seems that it's biggest asset was the slim profile.This attribute is compounded in the 500f since it can be setup "vertically".The footprint is minimized on the desktop.

The LiDE technology allows the use of LEDs to illuminate the object being scanned.Other technology uses a cathode/fluorescent tube.The advantages of the LEDs are that there is no warm up and thus no waiting.The life span is much greater for LEDs, and they are not damaged by movement or vibration.Though most cathode/fluorescent tubes can produce just as good a sometimes much better image quality, their lifespan can be shorter and power requirements are much greater.This technology is best realized if you will be moving the scanner, using it adhoc, or if you don't want to wait for a warm-up.LiDE is also what allows Canon to make the thing so thin (1").

The 500f scanner is rather slow at higher resolutions 2-3 sec preview and 30 - 40 seconds full scan.Other tube type scanners offer higher resolution with faster scan speeds for less money.These scanners are fine if you are not interested in the space saving aspect, and don't mind an initial warm-up.

The scanner does a good job at correcting minor scratches and dust on slides and photos.I think the over all quality is fantastic, not to mention the price.

The unit operates pretty quietly and is a good match with my printer (Canon i950 - which is incredible by the way).

The software offered is complete and allows you to really use the scanner.There is a simple tool which scans and saves - a tool for photo editing (feature rich I might add)- a tool for assigning actions to the 4 buttons (mail, pdf, copy, scan).The copy is pretty cool if you want the image to scan and go right to the printer to be printed.You also get a program which scans and converts image to text.If you were to scan the pages of a book the scan would be converted to text.I have not used this text recognition software yet, but it could be useful at some point.

A nice feature of the 500f over the 80 is the fact that you can scan a 6 frame strip of negatives at once.The 80 requires you to manually advance 1 frame at a time.If you're looking to archive negatives, or perhaps make reprints of your negatives, this is a really cool feature simply made better on the 500f.Other scanners offer the 35mm negative functionality as well...

I'm very happy with the purchase of this scanner.People that may feel it is lacking is those who are not in the market for a $109 scanner.If you want a really high end scanner you're going to be paying more than 2 times that amount.However; there are some scanners for less money that produce scans just as good but lack the features.

The scanner is only going to be as good as your printer; and for what I do, its a real bargain. ... Read more


30. Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOX Sheet-Fed Scanner with Automatic Document Feeder
by FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)

our price: $432.99
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Asin: B0002AAQIY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)
Sales Rank: 1801
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Features

  • 600 dpi resolution keeps text and images clear
  • Scans up to 15 double-sided pages per minute
  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder
  • Automatic de-skew, image rotation, and paper size detection
  • PC compatible; 1-year warranty

31. HP PhotoSmart PSC 2610 All-in-One Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002YH8AY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 592
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Features

  • Color prints, photo prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 30 ppm print speed, up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 30 cpm, reduces and enlarges 25 to 400%
  • 2,400 x 4,800 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color
  • USB, PictBridge, and 802.3 Ethernet connectivity; PC and Mac compatible

32. Canon PIXMA ip4000R Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer
by Canon
list price: $229.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002RP2GI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 609
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Features

  • Maximum 4,800 x 1,200 color dpi resolution
  • Up to 25 ppm black, 17 ppm color; dual paper path with 2-sided printing
  • Borderless 4-by-6-inch photos in about 36 seconds
  • ContrastPLUS ink system for true-life photos and laser-quality text
  • 802.11g wireless, USB, and PictBridge interfaces

33. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
by Brother Printer
list price: $649.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001ZRMZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 1015
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 21 ppm print speed; up to 2,400 x 600 dpi print resolution
  • Up to 21 cpm copy speed; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
  • Fax forward/paging, up to 390 broadcast locations
  • Parallel and USB interfaces; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This is the best MFC out there -- no question. It scans at lightening speeds with the automatic sheet feeder. The printer prints very fast too at 21 ppm. Terrific controls, with multi-line display. This machine is built to last. I spent several months comparing all of the MFCs out there. I really needed a good scanner with a sheet feeder, but wanted to have the flexibility of a flat bed (for things that won't feed through a scanner. This unit does it all. Brother is definitely leading the way with this one! ... Read more


34. Epson Stylus C86 Inkjet Printer
by Epson

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Asin: B0002A9SKQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 253
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Features

  • Optimized resolution up to 5,760 dpi
  • Prints up to 22 ppm monochrome, 12 ppm color
  • Individually replaceable ink cartridges
  • EPSON PhotoQuicker 3.5 software
  • USB and parallel interfaces, PC and Mac compatible

35. HP Photosmart 8750 Large-Format Professional Photo Printer

our price: $476.99
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Asin: B0007MW0QI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 7455
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

If you're a professional, fine art, or portrait photographer, or even a serious amateur, your wish is granted. Yep, now you print your own professional-quality photos at home or in your studio, in sizes up to 13 x 19". HP's Photosmart 8750 prints with or without borders, in vivid color or in stark black and white. In very little time and with minimal hassle (no trekking to the lab), your best shots are ready to exhibit, sell, or simply admire . . .

Features:

  • Get rich color, fine detail, and realistic skin tones in nine-ink color with HP Vivera Inks
  • Get more realistic skies, water, and landscapes with the enhanced blues in the extended color palette
  • Get truly neutral grays, deep blacks, high contrast, and smooth transitions in black-and-white photos
  • Print in sizes as large as 13 x 19", with or without borders
  • Resist photo fading when displayed under glass for more than 100 years, or in a photo album2 for more than 200 years
  • Produce rich colors compatible with Adobe® RGB and sRGB with HP's color-management tools
  • Use on a small network of PCs and Macs, plus enable wireless printing
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Features

  • Borderless printing from 4 by 6 to 13 by 19 inches
  • USB 2.0 and Ethernet interfaces, optional wireless B/G; PC/Mac
  • Up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi black resolution, 4,800 x 1,200 dpi optimized color
  • Print speeds up to 19 ppm black, 4-by-6-inch photo in about 29 seconds
  • Direct printing from popular memory cards, PictBridge compatible

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful color and B&W prints!
The photosmart 8750 produces exquisite photos with sharp clear details, amazing transitions especially in blue skies, and real neutral black and white. The 9-ink system produces the colors I want out of the box, but I can also use ICC profiles for extra control. On glossy paper, the dye-based ink creates beautiful depth in the image without gloss differential issues. When printing black and white, only ink from the gray cartridge is used, producing true black and white prints that rival any other method I have used. With the deep blacks, the black and whites are particularly stunning on the HP satin paper. Overall, this printer produces fantastic prints and I love seeing my work in 13x19 inches! ... Read more


36. Epson Stylus Photo RX620 All-in-One
list price: $299.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0007QQSYO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 6843
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Great for Slides. Negatives and Photos

Make the most of every photo with the EpsonStylus Photo RX620. From restoring fadedfamily photos to creating black-and-white orcolor copies, this top-of-the-line performerdoes it all. What’s more, you can make reprintsand enlargements, without a PC, from slides,negatives and photos, that are perfect for scrapbooking and framing.Every copy, every print, every scan is bound to exceed your expectations.

With the Epson Stylus Photo RX620 there’s no fussing with computersit’s all right at your fingertips. Just insert any memory card, or connect yourcamera or external CD-R drive directly to this all-in-one. Then, see yourphotos on the convenient preview screen. Or, print out the proof sheet withthumbnails of all your photos and mark your favorites. The all-in-one readsthe ones you selected and they print automatically! You can even crop orresize with the easy-to-use, on-screen menu. Whatever you do, the EpsonStylus Photo RX620 makes your job a lot easier.

Don’t hassle with copy machines or special kiosks to get great resultstheEpson Stylus Photo RX620 is all you need. And, it speeds through everydayprinting and copying of your documents, recipes, rebates and more, savingyou time to do what really matters. With all these great features readily available,the Epson Stylus Photo RX620 is sure to make a lasting impression.

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Features

  • USB 2.0 and PictBridge interfaces, optional Bluetooth; PC/Mac compatible
  • Prints, copies, and scans with photo-quality precision; transparency unit
  • Up to 17 ppm black, 16 ppm color print speed; up to 10 cpm copy speed
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 dpi optimized dpi print resolution
  • Up to 2,400 x 4800 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S THE CABLE???!!!
Ok, perhaps I've been out of it for too long, but since when did they stop including the printer cable with printers?I still don't have the correct cable.I purchased my RX620 in a store and was blown away by the print quality of the store's demo.However the salesman let me purchase it without mentioning I'd need a cable.He should have told me since I had originally enlisted his aid in getting a cable for my old printer and decided on a new printer instead, "cause I'll get the printer AND a cable!"

Then I went back for a cable.They told me to purchase the wrong one.When I got home and found out it was the wrong cable, I tried to determine what USB cable I needed for this thing.(I didn't know there were more than one type of USB cable.)There is NO printed documentation that comes with this printer that specifies what type of USB cable is needed.Thought Amazon would list it in the accessories section, but wrong again!

Am I ever going to be able to print from my computer with this?!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute BEST bang for the buck!!
Before I start, I just want to emphasize that I have been in the IT industry for about 15 years and consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable about PC and PC peripherals. This DOESNT mean that I'm infallible, just simply that I know what to look for in a device. Now onto the review...

It was time to replace my tired HP Photosmart 7260, although still working and doing a great job, I may add, I wanted something, well.... different. So, I decided to delve into the AIO(All In One) category. I initally started with an open box HP 2355 from Sears and was initally pleased as punch. Decent print speeds, wonderful photo and text output and an awe-inspiring design. However my happiness was short-lived. Apparently there was a reason it was an "open box" and priced so cheap. It was defective. Continuous banding, horrible color output after sitting a few hours, etc. So, much to my dismay I took it back and decided to stick with my PS 7260 until I could afford a high-end AIO. Well the time came to purchase and I shopped around, read numerous reviews and finally picked up an Epson AIO cx6600. For those of you who havent tried this printer, its MORE than worth the money!!! Excellent speed, nice look and good print quality. All out of a 4 ink tank system! However, I just could not settle with this device(Nothing really wrong with this AIO except that I could not settle for the 4 color pigmanet-based print engine) and decided to return the 6600 in favor of the 6 color, dye-based RX620. I'm glad I did.Heres why:

1.) Print speeds seem to be on par with the cx6600 (Which has decently high ratings for speed).
2.) Photo quality is among the best I have EVER seen. This AIO is on par with the high dollar, 8 color dedicated photo printers. With Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper and a high-resolution image(i.e 4-5 MP high-end camera), you almost have to have a microscope to detect ANY dithering or banding. I have printed everything from 4x6 prints up to 8.5x11 and continue to be blown away by the quality. And I have a VERY keen eye for imperfections!!!
3.) Contrary to some reviews, text DOES appear sharp and crisp. Print speeds arent super-fast, but will suffice for most applications.
4.) Copy and scan quality are among the best Ive seen from an AIO. This is probably attributed to the excellent print engine and over the top scanner. I copied an older film photo on the photo setting(NOT best photo) and could not believe my eyes. The printer has the ability to restore old photos and I'm here to tell you...IT WORKS!! An adapter is included to scan negatives and slides as well, which I have not had a chance to play with as of yet.
5.) Setup and operation are a breeze! Even printing sans computer could not be easier. The full-color LCD is very informative and easy to use!
6.) Bonus features! You can even scan directly to a memory card, or backup to a Jump Drive/CD-RW directly connected to the printer!!
7.) Its relatively quiet! Much quieter than most of the HP's that I have used.

Everyone complains about the lack of a fax, but I do NOT see this as a fault! It is designed to be a home-based photo center. You CAN scan to fax with the included software, however and I found it to work as advertised.

CONS:
All in all, I have a hard time finding faults in this AIO and I'm REALLY looking. But there are a few irritations(Not really faults)
1.) The USB cable is attached to the machine from INSIDE the lid. You have to raise the lid to install the cable, which is fed to the back via a path notched out. Kind of crazy, but not a big problem.
2.) Epson thought it to be a good idea to put a product sticker on the top, which almost covers the entire lid. This includes the shiny black oval/oblong area that gives the RX620 a handsome look. When the sticker is removed, residue is left on the shiny part and is ridiculously difficult to remove. Solvents that are effective in removing the residue, cause swirl marks on the surface. Again an irritation, but does not take away from the operation. ... Read more


37. Epson Stylus R320 Photo Inkjet Printer
by Epson

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Asin: B0002SRLNE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 715
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Features

  • 6-color photo printing at 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi
  • Up to 15 ppm black print speed; 4-by-6-inch photo in as little as 39 seconds
  • Accepts wide range of digital-camera memory cards
  • Supports inkjet-printable CD and DVD media
  • USB 2.0 interface, built-in preview LCD; PC/Mac

38. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner with Transparent Media Adapter
by Microtek
list price: $1,799.99
our price: $1,473.99
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Asin: B000068CNE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microtek
Sales Rank: 17146
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With 48-bit color and an amazing 3,200 x 1,600 dpi optical resolution, the tabloid-size ScanMaker 9800XL brings high-performance scanning to the corporate user, graphic designer, or medical professional. The large 12-by-17-inch reflective bed easily accommodates A3 scans, and attaching the included Transparent Media Adapter (TMA 1600) lets you scan transparencies up to 12 by 16 inches--including X-rays.

Other great features include 3.7 maximum optical density with multiple sampling to reduce random image noise. A triple interface with FireWire, USB, and SCSI-2 provides maximum connectivity; and newly designed templates accommodate a wide variety of film. Microtek includes a one-year warranty that covers parts and service. ... Read more

Features

  • 3,200 x 1,600 dpi optical resolution, 48-bit color, 3.7 DMax
  • Handles transparencies and X-rays up to 12 by 16 inches
  • Includes Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Firewire, USB, and SCSI-2 interfaces
  • PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars great scanner for small business pror
Microtek is a great company with a great product! I recommend this scanner for the professionals who need a larger scanner without the larger price. ... Read more


39. Canon i80 Color Bubble Jet Printer
by Canon Office Products
list price: $249.99
our price: $221.94
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Asin: B0001DBGSQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
Sales Rank: 482
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi color, droplets as small as 2 picoliters
  • Direct photo printing from PictBridge-compatible cameras
  • True borderless photo printing in 3 sizes
  • USB 2.0, IrDA, and direct port interfaces; optional Bluetooth
  • 1-year warranty with Instant Exchange

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars portability at a price
I print on the go all the time, and sometimes, at conferences and events, it's been more than a lifesaver. Printing good photos on the go seemed a natural addition.

Problems with this printer include: need really good quality paper for decent prints (consistent with Canon printers in my experience); Canon's warranty is lousy (and they have screwed me before with products that broke a couple months after warranty expired); photo quality is less than a dedicated 6- or 8-ink desktop printer; expensive inks.

Primary use: printing at conferences or other public events that keep you away from an office. Kinkos beware--this thing handles most of the jobs that I'd run to a business center to do while on the go. HOWEVER, without buying the extra battery, you're still on the prowl for the power outlets, along with everyone else in the room.

Secondary use: traveling, where snapshots of friends can be handed over while still on the go. I tend to travel light, so carrying a printer is a bit nuts, and the inks run out quickly, but sometimes there's no replacement for printing a photo of some new friend and giving them a copy while on the go.

Tertiary use: desktop printer. There's cheaper, faster, better alternatives for this use though--but it does fine as a backup (or when I want to print from a room without a printer without getting up).

My recommendation? Wait a little longer: the quality will only improve, and eventually Canon will bundle the battery with their 'portable' printer (instead of charging an extra hundred bucks to make your portable actually usable on the go).

4-0 out of 5 stars Good portable printer
The canon i80 is a good portable printer-not a replacement for a good workgroup printer or photo printer. I've had it for around 2 months now and put it through lots of use. In general, the quality is fairly good-monochrome printing is almost up to par with lasers. Color graphics are pretty decent-but remember that this is not a dedicated photo printer Speed is a bit slow-somewhat slower than advertised, but acceptable. It does tend to use lots of ink, and the ink cartridges are fairly expensive, though you do get 2 of them per pack. On the good side, the ink cartridges are easily refillable with any standard kit-but you will need to drill holes on the top after you peel back the label. It only holds around 20-30 sheets of paper and you'll need to fan through them before loading them in the sheet feeder or it will often pull in more than one sheet at a time. It seems pretty durable-I usually carry it with a laptop so it gets lots of travel and there are no alignment problems at all. My only real complaint is that I got it for its bluetooth capability. There is a dedicated bluetooth unit made for this printer, but it's not currently available from Canon or anywhere else I looked. I could get a universal, but that would defeat the purpose of having everything built in. If you're looking for portability, then this is the only way to go. Otherwise, you may be better off with a larger inkjet or a monochrome laser.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great printer
If you want a portable printer, this is what are you looking for. Excelent quality, small size, portable, no noise, good looking, and awesome!.

5-0 out of 5 stars Class by Itself
No real competition thus somewhat expensive. Fast, excellent quality photo prints even with generic cartridges. Comes with 120v-220v (to 16v 1.8a) dual voltage adapter. USB cable not included. IRDA. Excellent documentation. Somewhat flimsy feeling. Wish it were still lighter and smaller. Easy but seamful install.

update 08 Apr 2004: On more thorough examination, the generic cartridges made photos with a bit too much red, YMMV.

Want cheap wireless bi-directional printing? The Ambicom Wireless Printer Kit works great with the i80. See my Ambicom Wireless Printer Kit review on Amazon for more info. ... Read more


40. 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: 1
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 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
  • Complete, easy-to-use CD and DVD face printing solution
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible, 1-year warranty

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars CD/DVD Printing Makes It Worth The Price Alone
When I first read about this printer in a computer magazine, I was immediately impressed by its functions and price point. CD/DVD printers cost $100's more and even then, they usually just serve that single function. Later that day, I went out and bought one.

The R200 not only prints directly onto the discs, but is also a quality photo printer. You can print out crisp images with that function as well as carry out normal day-to-day tasks like homework and other documents. It's great because the printer has an extra USB port on the front of the machine for easy hookup to a laptop. The software for the printer is easy to install and there really was no printer alignment necessary. It did all the work for me.

The only thing you really need to buy, if you don't already have one, is a USB cable because it doesn't come with one packed in the box. Yeah, I know. I was disappointed in that too, but the features made up for that. Speaking of features, in order to successfully print onto a disc, you must use an Ink-Jet printable disc. Otherwise, you'll have a disc with a pool of ink on it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what it claims to be by any stretch
The good news.... OK it prints on white paper, and if you set it to its highest quality (slowest printing) it will turn out pretty decent photos. And on the off chance that you are able to load the CD/DVD tray into it exactly the way it wants, it will print on CD's relatively well.
Now for the real review of this printer: Text is abysmal, even on its best setting. I have a Canon i860, which in every way (text and graphics/photos) blows the doors off this Epson. Printing CD's which really is the ONLY actual reason anyone would buy this over ANY Canon, is a chore at best. You must print them one at time (choosing more than 1 copy craps out the tray alignment for the next copy, which brings on the error message) and it takes a REALLY LONG TIME. Don't get me wrong, the quality in "Best Photo" on CD's is pretty great.... but the hassle with the tray never being happy and the S L O W print speed is just not worth it. WAAAAAAAAYY better results are achieved using the Avery Afterburner kit and printing labels with ANY Canon printer. I had an Epson several years ago, and upon buying Canon, will never go back to Epson. The quality difference is measured in light years. But alas Canon has no CD printer in the U.S., only Europe. So if you're contemplating this as your primary printer, and just every once in a while will print to CD's... move on to another brand that is actually capable of printing clean black text. If you just need a printer to print 2 or 3 CD's a week, this will suffice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive brother of R300
Update of my first review below. I've now owned the printer for nearly three months and its everything I had expected. I don't use it for text so I don't know about its text quality, but its photo prints are awesome using Epson's Colorlife, Premium Glossy, and Heavyweight Matte papers which are good with the types of ink in this printer. Ink usage seems light. Its hard to estimate but I'd guess I've printed the equivalent of 70-80 4x6's and so far each of my ink cartridges seem to be less than half used. I chose the Epson not just for the print quality, which has not disappointed, but also for the cost of consumables. Check paper prices before you buy because you really do want to stick with the correct brand papers unless you really know what your doing. And DON'T use non branded ink if you really want pictures with accurate color.
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I don't own this, but I'm ordering it today. It has exactly the same print engine and software as the R300 that's almost twice the price - I checked the specs at Epson. If you don't need the card readers or pictbridge, buy this instead. On the Canon printers you have to go to the i960 also close to twice the price to find a six color printer. Read Steve's digicams reviews of the R300 if you want to know how well this prints. The best buy out there. The inks alone are worth $70.

5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't expect much but WOW!
I bought this printer and didn't expect much considering the price, $99.99 for a printer that prints on CD's and DVD's and supposedly a good photo printer too? Well, I figured that I could always return it if it didn't seem worth even the small price.

Boy, was I ever shocked!!! The first task I gave it was to print on a DVD that I burned. I couldn't believe the quality! Wow, was what I said and I didn't even have the printer set on the high quality. To say the least I was impressed. I found that the included software that you use to print on the DVD/CD works fine but is a little confusing but okay once you figure it out. Converting the printer from printing paper to printing on media takes about 10 seconds and is so easy that even the most inexperienced user will master it quickly. All you do is flip down a plastic hinged part and you're in business. You then lay the media on the included tray, slip it in and start printing, and you won't believe the quality.

I bought this printer to print on CD's and DVD's exclusively as I have another printer for daily paper use. But I can see now I'll use it to print CD's and DVD's and for all my photo printing.

After printing on a few media, I decided to try the photo print. I put in an 8 X 10 photo paper and printed a photo out. I tried the borderless option which this printer offers. I was again impressed in the quality printing out on photo paper.

After all of this printing, my cartridges are still plenty full so it doesn't seem too greedy on the ink use. I did increase the print color correction to +1 while printing on a DVD and it's plenty dark enough.

Printing directly on media is really nice and beats the heck out of printing labels and then sticking them on, hopefully straight. Finding printable DVD's was a little tough but I see they're becoming more common now. You can easily get them here on Amazon and a lot of other places on the net. I don't think it will be long until most all media are printable.

Once you print on the media, you'll want to keep this printer and never print a paper lable again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a great value considering black and white problems!
Before you buy this printer, beware: if you run out of color ink, but just want to print black and white, too bad! The "black ink only" function doesn't work if there are any empty ink cartridges (the printer has 6 total). Epson says, "To keep the print head clear, the printer uses a small amount of ink from all the cartridges whenever it prints. Even if you set the printer software to print black only, some color ink is still being used."

So, if you just want to print that text document, best run to the store and spend another $50-$60 for color ink. Que ridiculo!

Reviewers, please BUY the product and USE it more than once or twice before writing a review. ... Read more


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