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Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by fox10078, Dec 15, 2010.
Hello, I'm looking for a high-quality large format printer. Any suggestions?
Epson large format:
Epson printers are great. Reliable. But your decision depends on what you will print. fine art? outdoor banners?
I use an Epson Workforce 1100 with Cobra Ink pigment CISS installed from Cobra. I really do love it. Went with the 50ml tanks and got a full set up their 100+ml refill bottles. Quality wise its good and I am happy with it. The cobra system installed and filled by them is WELL worth the money, no need to run the lines yourself, or fill and bleed the tanks.
Go canon... For tabloid printing at least
a photographer friend and I have a running debate on Epson vs Canon, and we have had both. I recently replaced my large format Epson for a Cannon Pro 9000 Mark II. I paid around $300 (there were some sales and a $100 rebate), although you can find some steals on EBay for mint never unboxed ones (there were some offers that have away the printer with the purchase of a certain camera back). I think I dropped around $800 for my previous Epson...
The 9000 is blazing fast, especially when compared to most Epsons which are notoriously poky. I can print a 13x19 in about 5 minutes, whereas my Epson took easily five times longer. The Epson seemed to chew through ink even when not printing... Startups, preprinting, calibration, head cleanings... But even that didn't stop the continual head cloggings. Pigment ink just tends to dry out and clog a lot more.... Especially if you are not running it every day. I had only had a job every other month, often I had to replace the cartridges... Making the per print price pretty darn expensive. It produced beautiful prints, but I also had to swap black cartridges depending on if I was printing on matte or glossy papers... Pretty lame.
The canon can go borderless at 13x19. It does drink ink at a frightening rate, but at least it does that whle printing, lol. Buy ink at Amazon, get it on a delivery schedule and you will save even more. I pay about half what it costs at staples for ink.
Need a real large format printer? Then I would probably say go Epson...
not sure about the paper size you are looking for, but if budget is allowed, you should get an epson 3800 or 3880 printer and also a decent refillable system for it, here has some working flow and printing sample