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Good point on the SD or Flash card. I forgot all about them and I use a
Flash drive every day. It's more convenient. The RX595 can also print
directly from them, which makes your chance of getting a test print a lot
easier...you won't need the computer.
As for the sheen...all papers aren't the same. You need to be really picky
and look at them from several angles and from various distances. You will
notice subtle differences. I've seen the difference on Kodak, Epson, Ilford
and Canon papers so far. As for the little black specks, inks dry so fast
today that dust shouldn't be a problem, unless you also have a dry
environment. In a dry environment, static electricity comes into play as a
real pain-in-the-posterior. I run a humidifier in the winter in my office.
Check out the longevity of your inks by visiting Wilhelm Imaging
Associations. They are "the" last word in archival quality for ink and
papers. Not all papers are equal and some of those that you think would be
rated excellent didn't cut the mustard. (Kodak paper was rated as one of the
worst for longevity.) It also depends on the model number of your printer.
Not all Epson ink can last 150 years without fading (under ideal
conditions), but most can. Not sure of the HP inks. Of course, all that is
needed is for the print to look good for the next 50 years...unless you're
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