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I am considering buying a photo printer. My budget is quite limited so I am considering the Epson 830. However I know very little on this subject and want to know whether it is worth the money to do this. I want a printer to print my digital photos onto A4, plus onto "photo size" sheets (6x4), but also to print letters and documents. Is it worth buying this photo printer, or would I be better off using one of the processing services in the internet?
In addition, is it necessary to buy the Epson paper, or is the cheaper "works for all major brands" paper acceptable?
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if you look through the forums on this site you will find plenty of answers to both your questions. Try searching on keywords like "Epson 830"
I can't comment on the Epson 830, I use an Epson Photo 810, but to answer your question about paper...
I've tried many cheaper alternatives including Kodak, Ilford and always got poor results. I given up searching now & only use Epson Premium Gloss Paper which works out at about 50p a sheet but the result make it worth the extra cost. The area you can save money on is the ink. I use www.inkfactory.co.uk who will supply 2 compatible colour cartridges for the 810 for 12.40 (6.20 per cartridge) including p&p, and delivery is around 3 days. I can't tell the difference in quality to these and the Epson versions.
I have a quite new 830 which I am more than happy with for photo prints in colour. The borderless facility is very good. You certainly seem to get a fantastic quality of print without having to pay out for features such as fast printing or direct links to cameras.
I use Ilford pearl paper for quality output and am more than happy. I have not used non epson cartridges as my last printer went wrong after I did this. The cheapest way I think is to buy them in 3s from 7 day shop.
My only complaint about this printer is it's quality on black only printing - it's not good.
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