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As my Epson 895 seems to be dying (magenta and/or blue lines on prints- apparently this means the head is failing) I need to get a replacement. I only print for myself and not bigger than A4,usually on Fuji Multijet paper so am looking for a relatively low cost replacement that can use compatible inks.
The choice seems to come down to Epson R220 (or its big brother R340 if I can find one),or a couple of HPs the D7160 and D5160. I've never been very keen on HP inkjets as they seem to give nothing but grief in the office. Mind you an Epson's constant head cleaning is a pain as well! I have also considered the Canon IP5200, though in that case would have to get a cheapie to print the wife's school stuff given the cost of Canon inks.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I can comment on the R220, its a quick printer and as a photoprinter, it is pretty good; I've seen them priced from £58 to £70. You can pick up Jetec Ink @£3 a cartridge, or a complete set for £18 from some of the Channel Island based internet companies. If you haven't tried the SSC Utility, it's worth running that if you have an Epson printer. The utility lets you clean just the black head only or colour only (amongst other things!)
Thanks Andy, most useful.
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