best for mac - canon vs epson

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by selene, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. selene macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2005

    Im trying to decide which printer is best. I think Canon pixma ip5000 or epson r800 are the good choices but i heard some complaints about epson and macs..

    I do a lot of photo and drawing prints and i want to be able to use the printer in both iMac G5 and pc (i have a home network).

    the hp 8450 also recieved good reviews.

    can you please help to choose?

  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I've got no complaints for Canon or Epson with my Macs, even my older SC900, my CX5400, my parents' CX5200, or my Canon i9900.

    I don't care for Epson's photo printers because they've always been heavy on the magenta for me.
  3. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    I have a Canon i950. I got it about a year and a half ago. Right at a year after purchase, the power supply failed. I called Canon. They sent me a new printer, and I sent my old one back in the same box. No big deal, all was cool. Well, July the same exact thing happened to this printer.

    As a side note, I also bought a Canon Zr60 camcorder (actually on the same receipt as the printer). The camera failed back in May after only about 10 hours of usage. The problem was s a design flaw with the CCD. I googled and found many people with the same problem. I contacted Canon, and they repaired the camera out of warranty free of charge.

    These are the only Canon products I've owned, and sadly I've had problems with both. When they worked, they worked greatly. Both the printer and the camera worked well with my G5. I am still using the camera, but the i950 is parked waiting for the trash (or some other solution to present's out of warranty...too costly to repair.) The Canon service I’ve experienced is great, but when the design is flawed, replacing a flawed part with a flawed part really doesn’t help matters. ~Josh
  4. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I've got an Epson Stylus Photo R200 printer, and a new Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F scanner. I realize I'm comparing apples to oranges, but of the two, the Epson printer works much better with my Mac than the Canon scanner. I'm having trouble with the scanner right now. It keeps seeming to drop my settings presets, and half the time I get errors about recognizing the scanner. There's no consistent way to fix it other than unplugging it and plugging it in again. I'm actually considering taking it back. On the other hand, I've had no trouble at all with my Epson printer.

    Oh, this is my 500th post :D.
  5. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i've got an epson all-in-one printer hooked up to my mac mini. seems to work just fine.
  6. Prelude2Tragedy macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2005
    New Jersey
    Ight, well im an in-store canon rep. That being said i really like the quality of the epson. Stay away from HP, they really blow. If you looking at the ip5000 which i own and love to death, id wait another few weeks since canon announced a new line of printers in which the ip5200 will replace it and also feature archival inks with their 8 series ink.

    In PC mag's 18 annual reader survery (to be released in September), Canon scored or tied the highest score in every category and was the only brand to have a recommendation percentage of 9 out of 10 people.

    Also in the store that i rep in, epsons are the most frequent printer to come in to the tech shop for repairs. Mainly clogged print heads due to the pigmented inks and other just my printer wont print or turn on type cases.
  7. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Hi, I have a Canon i960 that I love for photos and an Epson R300 for my printing to dvds just in that order. I had the R300 before the i960 and wasn't happy with the photo quality of it. Funny thing is it seems to print better on cd/dvds so thats just what it gets used for :cool: Now the Canon i960 gets the work load since I use that for text as well as with my AE in a different room. Hope this helps.
  8. macEfan macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Forbidden, you do not have access to that server
    My hp 5550 works great on my mac. HP just needs to update their mac software more often!!!! :D
  9. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    I have an Epson Stylus Photo 1280 and I love it. The prints are beautiful, you can't even see the dots.
  10. selene thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2005
    thanks everyone!

    i decided to buy the canon. i hope its the right choice. anyway i think it wil be always better than my old hp! :)
  11. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    ANYTHING is better than an HP printer.
  12. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Not true, HP is better than Lexmark.

    Good choice on the Cannon. I just got the ip4000 (the step down from the ip5000 but almost the same) and it has worked beautifully so far. Photo print quality is amazing, fast and quiet. There is a reason the ip4000 got editors choice in about every magazine it was reviewed in.
  13. mongoos150 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2005
    I'm picking up the iP5200 in a few weeks - any experience with it and Tiger/Powerbook?
  14. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I have an Epson R310 6 colour printer. It suits my needs perfectly as I do digital paintings and drawings.

    Of course when I sell a piece I send the file to a professional printer.

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