Ok, Ok, Everyday I get asked what kind of inkjet printer someone should buy. Let me answer the question with one word : EPSON…
No, I’m not a paid shill for Epson (I wish!). I’m basing this on the various printers that I’ve worked with and profiled. If you are looking to purchase an inkjet printer soon, you can’t go wrong with virtually any Epson photo printer.
This is not to say that your HP or Canon is worthless – FAR, FAR from it – I’ve seen excellent prints come out of quite a few. This recommendation is for those folks who are getting ready to purchase a new printer.
Ok, so which printer should you buy, you ask? Whether you are looking at Epson or another brand, it basically depends on three factors: 1) Your budget, 2) The largest paper size your expect to print, and 3) The inkset that you need.
#1 – Budget: Well, what can I say? Other than to say you should expect to spend a minimum of $400 to get the quality you will want. The more you spend, the more features you’ll get.
#2 – Paper size: What’s the largest print size that you expect to print on a regular basis? Also, will you only print on sheet paper, or will you need the avantages of buying your paper in rolls (cost savings, the ability to print panoramics)?
#3 – Inksets: Just make sure you are buying a printer with archival inksets, such as Epson’s Ultrachrome line. Past that, you can buy specialty inksets, such as portrait inksets, or those formulated for black and white.
I hope this helps, and let me know what YOU think…Please leave feedback or email me if you have a more specific question…
“Thanks for listenin’ ” … 🙂