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Epson printers

Epson printer. Need I say more?
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I can say Epson printer and win 7 !
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Come to think of it. All printers suck
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HP printers : Their drivers and software sucks, and you can't just download the driver alone - no, you HAVE to HAVE their bloated crapware also, which means a driverdownload is 500meg+!
(I've had ok luck with Canon printers...)
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Brother are the worst. You can still download the basic driver for HP.

Epson are great until you don't use it for a month. Then it's dead.

Sent from my PC36100
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Epson are great until you don't use it for a month. Then it's dead.
can confirm this has happened to me. a couple of times.
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no way. our epson artisan 725 is a beast... bought it to replace a brother model that sucked ink down like a 2 dollar *****... so far no problems... in use for 6 mos..
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Home printers are support mechanisms for the sale of expensive ink. I'm surprised companies don't give away printers, although some almost do now.

Convenient, but you pay dearly for it in driver frustration and ink cost.
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The one printer I had which didn't raise trouble was a once-15000$ beast I got used.. and a lot cheaper. It weighed ca. 100 pounds and if it's color powder wouldn't have been poisonous I'd still have it. Def no home printer.
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I've found it's easier to buy the £30 printer from whatever local PC shop and just replace the printer for the free inks every time I need a re-fill.

I hate printers.
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Originally Posted by valerianroot View Post
can confirm this has happened to me. a couple of times.
Had my Epson for over five years now , and it stands unused for months at a time .
The only problem I get with this is the heads clogging and the cleaning pad becoming saturated and sets solid with ink .
I just wash out the cleaning pad with IPA , then run a head clean .The IPA then gets rid of the clog (on heads) nicely and away I go printing .

I may have just been lucky , or it may be that my printer is a little better made as it is an A3 photo printer (1290 S) .

Now when it comes to sorting out the profile and colour management for photo printing from photoshop ....... well that gets to be an old pain in the arse quick enough .
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Epson Stylus Photo R-300-----freakin love it

13 years old and still going strong.

Cost over $300 13 years ago--- I needed to print DVD's so I took the plunge and got lucky.
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I've got HP and Canon, the latter is great and tiny drivers. The HP bloatware is unreal, I've not managed to find JUST the driver. Stay away from HP, I suppose.

It probably is cheaper to nip down the store and buy a new printer, the prices of ink are extortionate. I suppose that's where the Canon's fall down (with my model at least), they have 4 or 5 carts in their printers.

It'd be nice to get rid of all that calibration crap as well. Surely there's a software solution for that by now?

Ha, just checked, there is, it's £14.95
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Now when it comes to sorting out the profile and colour management for photo printing from photoshop ....... well that gets to be an old pain in the arse quick enough .
For color managements you need the color profiles the printing shops in your country have managed to agree on and then you have to install them on your computer and select them across all the software on your machine that works with color - a bit tedious but no rocket science ... and then Adobe has the nerve to efff it up with being, well, Adobe again. Their latest CS has 'issues' with color management - that's comparable to pro tools having 'issues' when you press play or record.
I imagine the board of Adobe getting together every monday morning and singing the company hymn which addresses their hate and scorn for their paying customers. Might as well try to get a wire tap of that song... and then get a few bands to cover that. Like I did with Microsoft.
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Don't have the time or know how to deal with 'home" printers. Went to Staples with some PDF files and i'm amazed with the quality of the final product. Feels like the original! Happy man here.
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