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Re: filmscanners: Any insight on H.P. vs Epson printers

If you use the HP for plain paper text as well as photos I'd stick with the
HP as IMHO it does this much better.

In my experience I have found Epson photographic type output on specialist
papers is slightly better, but I have not seen the same image printed on
both printers by a competent operator.

One advantage with Epson is the jets are not part of the ink cartridge which
I understand leads to more consistant results from one cartridge to the
next. I have no idea how significant the difference is but it also means
clogging can be fatal.

See other reasons below from Art.

You can go to a shop and get a test print, but there are all sorts of
operator, media and software issues that may influence the result. Your best
bet is a friend with an Epson who knows how to use it. That way you can
hopefully compare the best possible results from each printer.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthur Entlich" <artistic@ampsc.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2001 8:34 AM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: Any insight on H.P. vs Epson printers

> I don't have either printer.  I do have sample prints from the 1270.
> There are more issues than image quality.  In fact, more and more the
> qualitative differences between basic print output is not "the issue"
> with inkjet printers, because, very simply, they are getting very close
> to one another in output quality.
> The issues are more complex, and you can't use a loupe to see most of
> How fast does the printer work?  Does output take 10 minutes or one
> What type of paper can the printer use, (surfaces, weight, etc) and how
> do the inks respond to different paper types?
> How much do papers cost, if the printer requires a special paper made by
> a specific manufacturer?
> What is the maximum print size, versus paper size that can be used?
> How long do the images last before fading, and under what conditions?
> Is fading fairly uniform or tend to emphasize one color more then others?
> How much does the ink cost per print?  What is the usable life of the
> ink carts, once opened?
> Is there more than one type of ink available for the printer?  Will the
> inks types available fulfill the needs I have in mind?
> Are the cartridges refillable, or are ink cartridges available by other
> than the manufacturer?  (what would happen if the company went under,
> decided to stop producing the ink carts, or simply made the carts overly
> expensive?)
> Can individual ink colors carts be replaced, rather than having to toss
> a cartridge due to one color running out?
> How durable is the printer?  Is the ink head permanent or replaceable?
> Will the head be more apt to clog in the type of climate I will be using
> the printer in?
> What is the warranty like?  How long is it, what's covered, is shipping
> included, will they cross ship?
> Years ago, print quality was a, if not THE major issue in deciding which
> printer family to buy.  With the current quality being offered in that
> department, other issues become the deciding factors.
> Art
> Dan Kimble wrote:
> > I am looking to buy another printer. I currently have an HP970cxi which
> > has PhotoREt III technology (HP's latest three color + black) and I
> > think it prints great. I have not seen a side by side comparison of the
> > HP's vs the Epson's. I have heard a lot of talk about the Epson 1270 on
> > this list, but has any one done a fair  comparison??
> >
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> >
> > Dan


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