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I need a new printer and I hate Epson. Any suggestions?

redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2009 6:07PM
I am sick of cleaning my printer nozzles every time I try to print anything, it seems to be an issue with Epson, I've had 4 of their printers and always had the same issue. I have got a Canon a3 but the blacks look terrible on it, so any suggestions what I should go for? I only need an A4 printer.


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catgirl73 10 144 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2009 6:18PM
I've got the Canon MP620 I haven't had it long only 3 months. Am happy with it so far.
Nick_Hilton 13 575 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2009 7:30PM
I would suggest your issue with blocked nozzles is to do with where the print sits not just as it an Epson. If it is in a bedroom I would suggest dust or heat causes the ink to dry on the head.
Or a blocked nozzle would be due to infrequent use - by that at least once every 2 - 3 days
Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2009 7:30PM
Pixma ip4600.

User_Removed 10 718 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2009 7:50PM
I hate Epson printers too. Agree with Redstag that they block if not used every few days at least. Not much good if you only print infrequently - ink and money down the drain.
I now use HP - good quality and far more economical.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
1 Aug 2009 9:47PM
Canon ip4500 or newer ip4600.....Smile Fab....!
RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
1 Aug 2009 11:18PM
Another vote for the ip4600.
elaineparker 9 13 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 3:59PM
I have had so many printers over the years and though i always prefered lexmark for quality of print, the cost of inks is outrageous! I used epson for a good while simply because there where lots of affordable online compatiable ink suppliers.

A couple of months ago i bought a Kodak esp5 as it promised high quality printing WITH affordable , long lasting inks. 100 ish for the printer and the inks where cheap at around 16 for a black and colour set, so i stocked up on ink and took the plunge.

I was delighted with the print quality, speed of printing and the lastablilty < is that a word ? of the inks. HOWEVER ... half way through 2nd lot of inks it all went horribly wrong, negative style printing and eventually no ink at all showing, I cleaned heads, nozzle check and all other avaliable maintainance options where used ... No good, returned to argos , after googling and reading several similar probs. Argos say that Kodak will not allow them to exchange so sent me new printer heads and it now works like a dream again ( its an all in one with a fab scanner , great speed and editing options ) .... SO, all in all i love it and it does all it says it will BUT the printer heads is an issue, i mean ... is this going to happen every 2 months ? WE SHALL SEE ... So at this point, i would have highly reccomended it , had i not had this issue.

MAYBE i was unlucky ?
elaineparker 9 13 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 4:00PM
GOSH! That was a long reply ( sorry ) ha!
steveb 13 343 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 4:36PM
I used to have to clean my old Epson 1290s heads sometimes if I hadn't used the printer for a month or so, but my Epson R2400 is perfect, no problems, excellent B&W and colour accuracy, supports a wide range papers and is archival as they get. If you didn't only need an A4 printer I'd of suggested the Epson R2880, the replacement for mine.
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 5:39PM
Some interesting views here. My issue I think is lack of use. I have a Canon A3 in a different location, it works quite well (But I think the blacks look a bit washed out, that could be my setting up though!)

I won't be buying another Epson, I do like their quality and vibrance, but I really hate the hassle. looks like Canon (I even saw a Nikon user recommending them!) or maybe Kodak (never even considered Kodak, but as they have always been about printing photos maybe I should.)

Thanks all for the comments.
3 Aug 2009 11:40AM
Never had a problem with my Epson Photo R340. Maybe you've just been unlucky. Are you not using it very often? I might leave mine unused for a week or more without any problems, though I don't know what would happen if I left it for a month. I'm using ProJet compatible inks too, 2 each against 11 for Epson. I've had a photo sitting on my office desk for 4 years now with no fading. I even printed it again a couple of months ago just to check. The only downside to my printing is that the genuine Epson inks give a near perfect mono print, but the ProJet inks don't, but I don't print anywhere near enough to justify having a dedicated mono printer.
Squirrel 11 450 6 England
3 Aug 2009 8:53PM
I 've got 2 printers.
Canon IX5000 get really good results with it using Fotospeed Pigment friendly gloss paper and a Canon Pro 9500, this has the two blacks. one for gloss and one for matt. I bought the 9500 in feb and I found the Fotospeed pigment friendly lustre paper gives the results I like. i haven't yet tried it with a matt or "artistic" paper yet.
PWhittle 11 176 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 2:25PM
just junked my R800 for a 4600i, and very, very impressed. Great results on default settings, especially from 5 carts.
The carts are small, so I hope they last ok, but it won't cost ~100 to refill like the R800.
Money very well spent (88 from Amazon)
Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
5 Aug 2009 2:55PM

Quote:The carts are small, so I hope they last ok, ....

Forlorn hope! Sad

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