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Subject:QUESTION: Epson or HP? From:Kim Keegan <keegan -at- EXPLORERS -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 6 Feb 1998 14:12:58 -0500
Hi gang - I'm asking for your professional opinions again.
I'm in the market for a color inkjet printer. I've focused my research
on Epson and HP (pretty much because I know I can go pick one up off the
shelf at CompUSA or BestBuy), and have printed out specs for various
printers from these manufacturers' websites. Now I want to hear from
From the paper specs, I had it narrowed down to the Epson 800 and an HP
(11-something - my boss has all my printouts at the moment).
Color *precision* isn't that critical, and we won't be doing anything
high-volume. We need a color inkjet that will be used primarily for
low-volume documentation (maybe 2-3 copies of a 50-page doc at a time,
usually not even that much), snazzier proposals, etc. Basically, the
ideal printer would have print quality (black) as close to laser as
possible, with color when we need it.
At home, I have an Epson Stylus Color (pretty old, purchased before they
started numbering them 200, 400, 600, etc.) and have been generally
pleased except that the color on screen vs. what gets printed is "more
different" than what I would expect, but again, this printer is several
years old and I'm sure that the technology has improved.
As it turns out, I've been given the green light to go out this weekend
and pick up a printer, and I have a $500 limit, but I really don't think
I need to go above $400. Any opinions out there from other writers that
use color inkjets for documentation?