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Old 05-08-03, 01:37 PM
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Which Printer Should I Get ?

Between the Canon i850 and the Epson 825s ?
Both are $149.00

I've heard great things about the Canon i850 but also heard there are some problems with it and XP.

The Epson prints up to 5760 x 760 dpi and the Canon 4800 x 1200 dpi.

I'll be using it for printing out digital pictures (mostly 4x6, 5x7)

Are the replacement cartridges expensive for either one ?
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for photo printing, the Epson 825 is superior -hands down.
The color matching on the Canon is terrible, while this Epson supports PIM. Get the Epson.
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What mmconhea said. But in some ways, Canon is more economical than Epson. Some of Canon printer have separate color cartridge so you don't have to worry about replacing ink cartridge just because one of the color ink has drained out.
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My canon i850 has worked great - and the separate ink cartridges are cool. yes with xp.
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I have been looking at the i850 too. But, I have also been looking at the Epson C82.

The C82 is a bit cheaper, but is the quality that much less?
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Originally posted by Seeker
My canon i850 has worked great - and the separate ink cartridges are cool. yes with xp.
Yes with XP what ?
Is there problems with it or not ?
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Originally posted by eedoon
What mmconhea said. But in some ways, Canon is more economical than Epson. Some of Canon printer have separate color cartridge so you don't have to worry about replacing ink cartridge just because one of the color ink has drained out.
The Epson 825 doesn't have seperate ink cartridges then ?
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Originally posted by Struz
The Epson 825 doesn't have seperate ink cartridges then ?
Nope. afaik, Epson didn't make any printer with separate ink cartridges.
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My i850 works great with XP.
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Originally posted by Goblincat
My i850 works great with XP.
That's good to hear.
I like having seperate cartridges.

Do you print photo's on it and do they come out good ?
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Re: Which Printer Should I Get ?

Another question, what gives you a better print 5760 x 760 dpi or 4800 x 1200 dpi ?
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Originally posted by Struz
Yes with XP what ?
Is there problems with it or not ?
sorry i was unclear. I have had no problems with the i850 and I am using Windows XP Pro.

Photos look great. B&W also seems fine, but I use a laser printer for black & white printing.
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Originally posted by Struz
Do you print photo's on it and do they come out good ?
I've printed three so far and they look damn good. Much better than my old printer, the HP 930c. I'm quite impressed so far and paper is pretty inexpensive. Buy.com has the 50 pack of Cannon 4x6 glossy for $7.97.
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I have read at various places that text quality on the Canon i850 is not that good, is this true? Because I only have one printer, and it is not working correctly, so I would like to replace it with one printer that would be great overall.
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I have the Canon i950.
Runs just fine with XP.

4 X 6's printed on Canon paper are pristine .

I can not say enough about the photo printing quality of this printer.
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Originally posted by Phil L.
I have the Canon i950.
Runs just fine with XP.

4 X 6's printed on Canon paper are pristine .

I can not say enough about the photo printing quality of this printer.
Phil,

Do you mean the Canon i850 ?
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Re: Re: Which Printer Should I Get ?

Originally posted by Struz
Another question, what gives you a better print 5760 x 760 dpi or 4800 x 1200 dpi ?
don't get carried away by DPI. a lot of it is marketing gimmic, kinda like CPU speed. sure, more DPI is better, but if they're that close, then there are other things that determine the quality.

i don't know about the ink tanks for the 825, but the generic tanks for the 820 are around $5 or so.
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Originally posted by Struz
Phil,

Do you mean the Canon i850 ?
the i950 is the "upmodel" from the i850 - a little more expensive, with 6 ink cartridges vs. 4.

(6 color printing vs. 4 color printing)
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I've had the i850 for about two months now, running it with XP Pro and no problems whatsoever. It's a great printer and the photos I've printed look ggreat. The i950 would be even a little bit better.

Text looks fine, too.

I'm really loving the separate ink cartridges. Replacements are about $12 each, and because each one is considerably larger than the all-in-one type cartridges, they're lasting me a lot longer. I've printed a bunch of photos, and the other day I printed a 67-page Frontpage tutorial, complete with color graphics, and there's barely a dent in the ink levels.

I was an Epson devotee for a long time, but I could never go back now.
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Originally posted by Struz
Phil,

Do you mean the Canon i850 ?
Nope. The 950.

It's just a bit more $ then the 850 but higher res printing.
Very nice results.
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I have the Canon i850 and I think the pictures aren't coming out as nice as I want. Is there a way to tweak it or am I doing something wrong?

Link

You'll have to enlarge it.

The first picture came out blotchy and second picture was blurry.

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Originally posted by princessducky
The first picture came out blotchy and second picture was blurry.
Are the originals like that? Can you post them for comparison?
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I didn'y get originals, I just did them on my printer and was wondering is there a way to fix it.
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Originally posted by princessducky
I didn'y get originals, I just did them on my printer and was wondering is there a way to fix it.
I mean the original files you printed them from, not a scan of the pictures you printed.

Where did you get the original pictures? Digital camera? Scanned prints? Kodak picture CD? MS Paint?
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Originally posted by eedoon
Nope. afaik, Epson didn't make any printer with separate ink cartridges.
They've made a couple. There was one that looked like an all-in-one, but was only a printer. The C80 I think. Looked kind of like a tub or a cooler. It had 4 separate carts. There's also a high end $500+ model that has 7 or 8 different carts.

Epson in general has too many damn cartridges. Every model uses a different one it seems.

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