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I am thining of upgrading my Epson stylus R300 and have seen both of these in the local PC World at about the same price. I hear a bit of criticism about the 1400 regards ink usage and sometimes reliability but Epson have led the field for quite a while. However I have heard good things about the 6550.
Does anyone have recommendation on which model to go for? Or maybe about the how the two companies square up regards printers? I have not wanted to printed much above A4 but I am thinking that if I am getting a new printer should I get an A3 printer just in case.
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I have go the Canon Ix6550 and I am mightly impressed with it, I got it from Amazon for £149.99 and its been very impressive all the way up to A3+! The inks it comes with also are proper full inks, not the setup inks you get with some printers and they last really well. I use Ilford Smooth Pearl and they have all the ICC profiles for this printer on their website.
I highly recommend this printer, its such good value for money!
I had a 1400 and was very impressed, didn't notice high ink usage, had trouble with blocked nozzles if not used for a while, cleaning cycle drained ink! I read on another forum a comment from an Epson engineer never to switch it off (applies to all Epsons), it proved to be true. Sadly sold it to buy a Canon Pixma pro 9500 for the long life pigment inks, which costs a fortune to run. Thankfully I have an Epson R340 for everyday printing.
The friend I sold the 1400 to bought a continuous ink system for it and has taken the mick ever since.
I have the 1400 printer, however the ink usage is high but perhaps it will be when printing A3. I have the Permajet Continuous Ink System installed and the ink cost has gone down significantly. But, it can be fraught with problems although Permajet help has been very good.
I bought the printer at Focus show last year and only bought the Epson because it was on special offer and Canon didn't have any A3 printers there. Been using Canon printers up to then.
BTW the picture quality is excellent.
Epsons printer suffer from blocked nozzles is left for more than a couple of days unused wheras my 4 year old Canon Pixma will print perfect prints even if not used for 3 months.
I bought an Epson 1400 a few months ago and I'm well pleased with it. I use compatible inks at £12.50 a set. Also found A3 paper on Amazon at £14.50 for 100 sheets. All works well, pictures look good, haven't found any nozzles blocking up at all.
I had to get a new printer after upgrading an ancient PC the even more ancient Epson 1270 and opted for the Canon 6550 and I am very impressed,good on ink.you will need a USB cable as one is not supplied.
I'd go for the 1400 as you can get neutral black prints from it....i doubt that you can with the canon
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