I am very happy with my Epson 440. Just make sure you buy yourself a ream of the expensive, glossy, ultra-white paper costing about $30/200 sheets. You won't regret it. (This paper is always Made in Japan. Do trees in Japan produce whiter paper?)
Initially, I bought an open-box Epson 440 at Sears at a discount. It worked intermittently so I e-mailed Epson tech support and described the problem. I got a call the following day from Epson saying they will replace the printer. Talk about service. It was too late by then though as I've gone back to Sears and exchanged it for a brand new 440 at the usual price ($129).
I agree with vcarpio. Epson makes excellent printers. I don't know too much about HP, but I hear good things about them. I recommend you avoid Canon printers because the ink runs out fast, and they don't have an ink-level indicator so you don't know how much ink you have left. I'm not sure if the new models have the ink-indicator though.
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This is because Epson and Canon has the ink "needles" on the printer. So, if you don't use it for a while, you'll risk the ink drying and stuck in the small tube. HP's have the needles on the ink cadridge. So if there's any problems, you just change cadridge.
Go for HP 710C. The price difference between 695C is minimal.
yep the hp's have that photoret2 technology that lets them produce High color photos without having to go up to like 1200x1200 dpi. Epsons say they have the smallest drop so their pictures are better looking and crisper, not quite. I used to work at staples and saw every kind of printer that was out print. Hp wins hands down in my personal experience. Hp was the most bought printer in the store, I could barely hand out a canon or an epson except for the occasional buyer. Hp has wonderful tech support and help. My friend had a problem with his Hp printer printing lines through the text, he called them and had it fixed in like 5 minutes, they knew exactly what was wrong, they also exchanged my Hp 400 model (when I had it, I just bought an 895cse model, man does it rule!!!!)for another one because the paper feed went bad, didnt have to pay a thing and they took care of shipping too.
I would highly recommend an HP over any other printer, especially if you can afford to do so.
I've owned a Canon and an HP. The quality from the Canon was good, but I had to replace the ink catridges quite often (which of course got rather expensive). I bought an HP last October, and am very happy with it. The quality is good, and I owned it nearly 6 months before I had to replace the first ink cartridge (and I print things quite often). I've also had an Epson, but that was several years ago (both a 9-pin and a 24-pin dot matrix), so I'm not even counting those...hehe...
BTW, The reviews on the HP 710 series were much better than the 690 series. Also, I have a 695c at work and the text quality is a bit fuzzy. My mother purchased a 712c and the output on that one is excellent. For a few extra bucks, I'd definitely go for the 710c or 712c. Mom paid $199 for hers a few months ago, but I recently saw the 712c on sale at PCZone (http://www.pczone.com) for $149. Not a bad deal.
I have had no problems with my 440. One thing to consider, also, is the cost of replacing ink cartridges. Epson replacement cartridges are much cheaper than the HPs. With the HP, you are essentially replacing the ink AND the print heads, which leads to the higher cost. Replacing the print heads is good, but for a printer that cheap, is it worth it?
That's exactly my point with having the print head replaced with the cartridge.
I've had experienced quite often when customers haven't printed for a while and the ink had dried inside the head. Usually, the head has to be replaced and a replacement cost something like 50-75% of a new printer.
I have the old HP660c as my backup for my three 800series. I have to run it whenever I'm nearly missing my time committment to the customer. The Hp660c standby for 3 months with the two ink cartridges on its cradle. Still works without any ink quality problem.
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