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    Best Printer

    Hello,
    I was wondering what kind of printer everyone uses. I'm looking for a new one and am looking for recommendations.

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    Best Printer

    Great color coverage and handles large media, but pretty slow, about 3-4 pages per minute, one color per hour.... =p

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    I would check the "Similar Threads" links at the bottom of the page.

    CNet.com is also a good place to look for reviews.

    I have an epson 1400 and like it very much.

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    re:laser printer

    Why is a laser printer better than an inkjet for prints? From everything I've read inkjet seems to be the way to go.

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    Inkjet is probably the way to go for printing artwork, for example there are special printers for printing images that have more ink-cartridges with special colors that allow your artwork to "pop" more. This comes at a price offcourse, namely prints-per-minute and having to replace more expensive cartridges.

    Laserprinters are generally limited in resolution and achievable color-spectrum compared to inkjet. They are however, much faster and you don't have to change the toner as often as ink-containers on a inkjet.

    It all depends what you are planning to use it for, but generally, you would be better of buying the best inkjet you can afford. Money = quality... and there is a lot of difference between high-end and low-end.

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    I will second the inkjet over laser statement. I HATE Inkjet printers, but they are what you need to print decent artwork. Laser printers are nice, fast, print thousands of pages per toner cartidge, etc., but like kab said, they can't match the colour and print quality of an inkjet, especially a higher-end one.
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    I got an NX400 (Epson) on sale for $99, print/scan/fax combo... does very nice photo prints and pretty decent scans. Also comes with first set of ink cartridges included, which would otherwise cost more than the printer itself, so bargain there. Beware expensive refill cartridges.

    Check http://www.newegg.com, they tend to have good deals.

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    Obviously, if you are planning on selling your artwork as prints, you want pigment-based archival ink (no your prints won't fade in 5-10-20 years), this is only used by high-end printers and is, again, more expensive. Then you factor in the paper, which should also be archival and high quality and suddenly you start realizing why giclées are so expensive =)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giclée
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CcMmYK_color_model

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    Like scanners look for Epson and Canon printers.

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    I think Epson inkjet is certainly the best choice for art/photography.
    I use a 2200 and it works great for anything up to 13" wide.
    If I need something larger I let my best friend print it on his Epson 9600 (up to 44" wide).
    Pigment based ink is probably the way to go, but they do have some fairly archival dye based printers on the market now.

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