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    Printer shopping!

    So, my lovely, adoring boyfriend dropped my printer last night, whilst moving it back into our nicely redecorated spare room, and smashed the front of it in. So now i'm looking for the best printer I can find for £50 - not much but it's all he's willing to pay to replace it

    anyhooz, i've spent all day looking at printers and now my brain has officially melted! The one i had was an Epson, and i really didnt like it, I couldnt get it to calibrate to my monitor and everything came out with a sorta blue hue to it, so it's kinda put me off Epsons, and my previous one was my beloved HP that did me well for 7 years, till I moved out and let my mum keep it.... so I was thinking about another HP, however i know from experience that HP carts are bloody extortion on a stick! I then started looking into canon's range... My very first printer was a canon and it just annoyed me, so that put me off a wee bit and now i'm thinking they HAVE to have improved, plus i'm a fan of their many other products, so i thought i'd give them a go again. Oh and I like the 4 seperate cart idea, it's tres handy, cos i usually end up running otu of cyan before anything else.

    SO! In short, someone help me either from experience or what you've read in reviews, I'm looking for:
    • a decent photo printer, that'll print up to A4

    • has seperate cartridges

    • around the £50 mark, possibly going up to £60 if it's a particularly decent one.

    • Doesnt have to be Canon, but i'm particularly keen to know more about their printers.



    Cheers me dears!

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    This seems to be a decent deal

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Pixma-...0035545&sr=1-1

    Might be able to get it cheaper elsewhere...

    The print res on that seems suspiciously high though, almost double what other Canon photo printers are quoting through Scan. Haven't seen any reviews, but the prices are good

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=472077 (has a scanner too)
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=576337
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=577090
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibm View Post
    The print res on that seems suspiciously high though, almost double what other Canon photo printers are quoting through Scan.
    The resolution is correct, though it's some software magic rather than it just being that good. They are cracking printers from what I remember. Quite surprised they're still for sale considering how regularly HP et all make changes to their ranges.

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    I bought an IP4300 the other week ater much deliberating and reading of reviews. Paid about £60 from Jessops (collect-at-store was £5 cheaper than in-store) as I have a branch 2 mins away.

    I mainly get my prints from a printing house but thought I'd have a dabble with this, as it wasn't too expensive if it didn't turn out to be that great.

    Couldn't be more pleased Really nice quality prints, quiet and quick. Piece of cake to set up. Also, the missus approves of it's styling so I don't have to hide it in a cupboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue View Post
    I bought an IP4300 the other week ater much deliberating and reading of reviews. Paid about £60 from Jessops (collect-at-store was £5 cheaper than in-store) as I have a branch 2 mins away.

    I mainly get my prints from a printing house but thought I'd have a dabble with this, as it wasn't too expensive if it didn't turn out to be that great.

    Couldn't be more pleased Really nice quality prints, quiet and quick. Piece of cake to set up. Also, the missus approves of it's styling so I don't have to hide it in a cupboard
    see, it was the ip4300 that i was looking at and quite fancied.... but my epson was bought on the basis of rave reviews i'd seen on various sites and it was pants, so now i tend not to believe things i read on websites and would rather hear it straight from someone else

    There's just soooooo many printers out there! I'm thinking i'll probably just go witht he ip4300 unless someone can find me a better one for the price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elmo View Post
    see, it was the ip4300 that i was looking at and quite fancied.... but my epson was bought on the basis of rave reviews i'd seen on various sites and it was pants, so now i tend not to believe things i read on websites and would rather hear it straight from someone else
    Well, you've heard it from me (though this is a website ) and I'm a reet fussy beggar !

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    The 4300 canon will produce good pictures . The cartridges are chipped though. If you want to use compatibles you will have to keep the original canon cartridges and peel the 'chip' off and stick it onto the compatible . Ere's a web address for cheap refills and it's 0800 plus freepost.
    www.inkandstuff.co.uk.

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    interesting!

    Well i'm off to pick up my lovely shiny new printer today boy shaped person gave me his earnings from last nights gig so i have plenty pennies! *excitement!*

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    right, so i got it, and i've printed off a few different photos, using both the software provided and photoshop, however i'm getting printing lines on the photos i.e they dont come out as "lab quality" prints, they look like they've been printed using an inkjet printer! I've set everything to "best quality" and its still doing it

    *edit* panic over, i just found the "photo quality" button!
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