I had to do a fair amount of research before I decided to try this printer. I was impressed with everything I read online about it and could tell it would be worth a try. My only hesitation was if I would really like printing out scrapbook pages with it. I've been vocal about not liking the look of home printing for digital layouts in general. Um, I stand corrected... The colors were sharp and beautiful. No streaking, even on large portions of blue sky. True to life depth and very vibrant. It is very reasonably priced for the quality you get and I believe they have pared down the size as much as possible while still allowing you to print up to 13"x19" projects. Like any higher end printer, it does require a full set of cartridges, but I've been pleased with how many print jobs I've gotten out of them. I've printed out several photos and at least 8 large scrapbook pages and still have not run out any of the colors of ink. I really like that you only need to replace the cartridge you run out of instead of all of them at once. The bottom line? I won't be printing all of my layouts with this printer simply because of the really large amount of printing that I do. However, I will definitely use this printer for regular projects such as posters, prints, and also some scrapbook pages. I think it would be the perfect printer for anyone who is doing Project Life or pocket scrapping layouts on a regular basis. It would be so nice to print out your pages each week and slip them right into your album. I'm so glad that I had the chance to try this printer out in person. As soon as I printed my very first page, I was impressed. Nothing like being able to see the magic come together right in front of your eyes. If you print out larger projects, this is definitely a printer I would recommend!
The Epson C88+ is a great printer, but I can not get the exact blue that I want. I'm guessing because I am using sublimation ink. Great printer and simple to use!
Easy to set up (be sure you have a temporary USB cable to set up the wireless feature), handsome design details (damped lid, nice), quiet operation, auto shutoff, very responsive in wireless mode. This printer is essentially similar to the Epson Stylus 1400 (with added wireless); the similarity is why I bought it. My 4 year old 1400 is slowly wearing down--it is very heavily used in our home business. Check out the reviews for the 1400 to get an idea of how well this printer design is liked. Now to the actual printing--this is one beautiful machine. I print many, many archival inkjet (Giclee-type prints) from scanned or photographed images of watercolor paintings with all sorts of wild colors to deal with on 140 lb high quality (ISO 9706) cold pressed watercolor and glossy photographic paper on my 1400. I use Photoshop CS5 to help with the color control. The prints are fabulous with excellent color. Images with large areas of very red and certain blue tones are a challenge--but so are those tones on my HP. The water-resistant characteristics of the Claria inks on soft fiber papers is disappointing. I will occasional get an errant drop of ink with my 1400 on a print ruining the print (the 1430 uses the same cartridges). I single feed most large sizes and occasionally have to give the heavy papers on my 1400 a little nudge to get it started. I mostly print 13x19s and 11 3/4 x 36, but also lots of 5x7s. The color is consistently great. Black and white photography not so great. It runs through lots of ink--be prepared (probably the only negative with this printer). Fortunately, there are frequent sales of 10-20% off in the office supply stores on the ink. Epson could do a better job with ink purchase coupons or just plain reduce the price. Overall, great printer, good industrial design, fairly priced with a generational reputation from the 1400 as a real work horse. To get a better wide format printer you will probably have to pay a lot more!
Over the years -- we are now using our fifth Epson printer. The photos on photo paper are professional quality prints. Printing on plain paper is good as well. The DuraBriteUltra Ink holds up beautiful, even in direct sunlight. As long as the quality of the output is of the quality we have come to expect, we will continue to buy Epson printers. But I do not understand why in 2010 (almost 2011) all Epson printers are not Blue Tooth capable.
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