Advice on choosing printer

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Luis Ortega
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I am now thinking of getting a newer printer than my current Epson Photo 700.
The Epson 1290s is not a new model but has good reviews and perhaps cheaper ink costs, plus can do A3, although this is not essential for me.
The others that I am looking at are the Epson Photo R800 and the R360 and the R340.
Can anyone please advise on their experience with these printers and if the R800 is really a superior printer to the others mentioned?
Thanks a lot for any advice.

Alan Roberts
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I had an Epson 750 for a long time (and was always delighted with the resultant quailty, but had lots of trouble with clogged nozzles) and have now moved onto Canon. I got an iP4200 (to live alongside a colour laser HP printer) really only to print directly onto cd/dvd, but was somewwhat surprised at the quality of glossy printing it can do (a good match for the 750), and the ridiculous ease of duplex printing onto paper (it does it all in the printer without turning the paper over). Plus, with the front-load paper cassette it doesnm't need top access at all, so it fits into a shelf space only 6.5" high, great in confined spaces like my "office".

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NickHampson
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I can vouch for Alan's comments on the 750, I had a 750 then the 1200 (basically the same but A3). I know have a R800 and R2400. The R800 is pretty fantastic for the money although I think my R2400 is now bettered by a Canon and HP model.
To be honest you simply get what you pay for, get the best you can afford to buy ( and run) the R800-2400 use many inks (£70+ to change the full set) so its not cheap to run and the results are only good using ink and paper you thats works in the ICC profile, you cant get other paper profiles from Epson unlike HP.
Last thing I have noticed with all my Epson inkjets is you must use them, sounds stupid but for a while they are prone to clogging up if not used for a week or two, this seems to go away afer some use but ist a slow process to clean them up so best do a print every day or two for a while.

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Luis Ortega
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Yes, I have found the clogging problem happens a lot at school when we don't use them for a few days or right after a holiday.
Is this more prevalent on Epsons because they use an electric charge delivery method rather than heating up the inks?

Alan Roberts
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My 750 clogged horrendously when I tried Jessops inks. It took a whole cartridge-worth of inks to clean them after that episode, after which I never tried anything other than proper Epson inks. Once I got the HP laser, the 750 was only rarely used, but each time I tried it I had to put it through a complete cleaning process at least once. The Canon iP4200 hasn't gone wrong so far, and produces cracking results.

Always, always, always, stick with one brand of inks, preferably what the maker recommends.

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