Colour photo prints are good, as advertised. Can't really see the dots at all, but that's to be expected. The colour is rather nice too - but depends on paper.
Sucky text printing, at least on plain paper. But text should be printed on plain paper anyway. No fight as compared against my old HP Deskjet 810. Can see noticable bleeding/ill defined, soft edges. No such thing on the hp, using the same paper. Note that this is at the quality setting - which is SLOW. At the draft setting too the quality totally sucks.
And if you don't print frequently, the print heads tend to clog up. :angry:
Actually, I'm eyeing the old Canon S800 since challenger is selling them at $328. I've seen the sample printouts for the Epson 810, looks pretty impressive for the price it commands. Then again, it is a well known secret that you have to 'sayang' (as in print something, just anything) the printer, otherwise high chances the head will clog. Bitten by Epson once, so now forever shy of buying another Epson ..... :embrass:
So far no banding that is visible to the naked eye.
Due to the halftoning process used by canon printers, you will be able to see bands using a loupe. This has not bothered me. At normal viewing distance, there is no visible banding as far as I am concerned.
I think the Epson printers actually dither the dots so that there is no (micro-)banding.
Not sure about CIS systems' availability in Singapore. Sorry about that. I am staying in US and bought my ystem from www.weink.com. You might want to check if they ship overseas. Another company that I have heard of is inkjetgoodies.
One problem with photo printers is the colour profiling. I used to use original Canon catridges on Kodak Premium Picture Paper. Using the Canon Photo Paper Pro setting in the print manager, the output is horrible - with a lot of ink puddles. I then downloaded tan ICC profile for this paper and the ink puddling went away. I was very happy for a while until I switched to the CIS. The ink is supposed to be very close to Canon ink, but I could not get rid of the ink puddling even with the ICC profile.
So I got no choice and switched to using Epson Glossy Photo Paper. Thet got rid of the puddling but then there is a strong magenta cast. So now I have to tweek the colour adjustment manually in the print manager. I got pretty close to what I used to get but still not quite there yet.
The best solution for me now is to purchase the Profile Prism software (www.ddisoftware.com) and I can generate my own ICC profile for any ink-paper combination. The cost of that is US$69.
If you ask why I don't use Canon Photo Paper Pro, my answer is "price". Canon PPP cost about US$1 per 8X10 sheet (or even more). I can get the Kodak and Epson paper from Costco at US$0.20 per 8X10 sheet.
I went for the CIS because I was printing a family album of my parent's visiting me in the US a few months back. I printed 2 5R photos on each 8X10 sheet, and filed the sheets using a ring folder with clear letter-sized pockets.
Before I got the profile for th Kodak paper, I wasted at least 30 sheets of 8X10 and approximately half a set of catridges trying to get the colour to be right...to no avail.
So you really need to think about how much of 8R and above do you intend to print before making the decision to buy.
I saw some demo prints... Quite good I must say for a $275 printer... But you do have to buy an extra photo cartridge though so that amounts to approximately $325... Hoping to get a discount at the upcoming COMEX... Any comments from someone who has first hand experience with it??...
canon photo paper pro costs about s$1.30/sheet in singapore.
i also use canon glossy photo paper which is about $0.75/sheet
banding issues etc.... test by printing image set at the 'native' resolution of the printer (eg: 300 dpi for canon, 360 dpi for epson) for important pics, better to interpolate (and sharpen) rather than sending a 274 dpi image for the printer driver to deal with.
Originally posted by ckiang Whatever you choose, just avoid Lexmark. They are super duper cheap (<$100 for some models). But when the ink runs out, you can buy a new printer coz the cartridges cost something like $70.