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Thread: Printer Choice?

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    Printer Choice?

    I want to get a nice photo printer, and I have visited the canon and epson, they are said to be very good at photo printers. And I have found these two printers look nice:
    The only thing is that they are both too expensive for me, do you know where I can get one of them cheaper. And I have found a 40% off coupon on HP photosmart professional photo printer, I think the price there can be good, any good suggestions please??

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    Moderator Didache's Avatar
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    Re: Printer Choice?

    Your problem there is that you are looking at A3 printers. These are always going to be more expensive simply because they are made in much fewer numbers. In other words, you are never going to get them cheap.

    The question is: do you REALLY need an A3 printer, or will an A4 printer do? These are CONSIDERABLY cheaper - and both Epson and Canon make very good photo ones. Mine, for instance, is an Epson R200 which cost me 80 (about $160 in US) 4 years ago and hasn't given me a moment's trouble.

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    Re: Printer Choice?

    We recently bought an HP C6180 All In One and are quite pleased with it.
    I think it does quite decent prints.
    You have to remember that home prints are going to cost more than what you can get from on line printing due the ink and paper costs.
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    Re: Printer Choice?

    Trust me... buy prints online. If you just want snapshots to send to friends and family adorama makes them really cheap and pretty good (albeit not gallery quality). If you want extreme quality those printers aren't going to cut it. Get lightjet prints and even then the cost will be less than what you'll spend on ink. Ink is unbelievably expensive nowadays.
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    Re: Printer Choice?

    How often will you be printing A3 prints? I hardly ever, majority of the time its A4 maximum. That is why I decided to buy an A4 printer and when I really want an A3 print I send off for them.

    Since buying the printer I have sent off for 3 A3 prints in the last 2 years, It is cheaper to send off for that number of A3 prints than printing them yourself, in the UK. You use a lot of ink + cost of paper + cost of printer = a lot of A3 prints done by Photobox.

    I use a Canon iP6700D and very pleased with the results.

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