Best Photo Printer for a Mac?

miyan9

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Original poster
Sep 18, 2012
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So I've been battling with a horrible HP photo printer for the last year and the thing never works properly on a mac. The quality on the prints (with their own paper, of course) is great, but the thing is never consistent. it usually never reads my mbp unless i constantly reset it or power off reset (HP even has a page explaining this is a norm for this printer)

Like any angry person, i punched the LCD screen a few minutes ago so now it's really broken (and i feel really good about it...haha)

any recommendations for a good photo printer to be used on a mbp? I have mine connected to a mac display 24/7 so the mbp never moves (i don't know if that helps with any info needed)

thanks! :)
 

PerformaGuy

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Oct 5, 2012
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I used to buy mid to high end photo printers, but the ink situation just got really expensive. Especially when you have several individual color cartridges, and each one is $10-15 a color.

I've now switched to having Costco and snapfish take care of casual photo printing needs- they print with professional long lasting inks on photo quality paper. Stay away from CVS/Wallgreens/Walmart- I've never been happy with their quality and color reproduction.

For bigger/special pictures I go with Mpix. They are oriented for the prosumer-pro audience. They accept large PSD/TIF files with color calibration profiles, and there is an option where they won't re-color correct/mess with your files. (On Costco and snapfish, they will usually apply some auto color correction which can create some unpredictable results sometimes).
 

flynz4

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Aug 9, 2009
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Portland, OR
I have owned 4 color photo printers over the years. About 5 years ago... I had enough and now use printing services for the rare times I need prints. I also print photo books of specific projects.

Stopping home photo printing is one of the best technology decisions that I have made.

/Jim
 

MisterMe

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Jul 17, 2002
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So I've been battling with a horrible HP photo printer for the last year and the thing never works properly on a mac. ...
The problems that you describe has nothing to do with the Mac and everything to do with the underlying inkjet technology on which the printer is based. The printer stripes ink onto paper that is stepped through its mechanism. There is virtually no reason to hope for consistency.

Back in the day, the printer technology of choice for digital images was dye sublimation. However, this technology was even more expensive than inkjet cartridges. Believe it or not, I find that Xerox wax ink printers such as the ColorCube 8570 produce photographic images as good [or better] than inkjet printers.
 

Mike in Kansas

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Sep 2, 2008
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Metro Kansas City
I too have had problems with my HP Printers. After fighting two of them, I decided to drop the brand altogether and switch to Epson.

I have an Epson Aritsan 835 (current model is the 837) that I have had for a while which I love. Works well in my household of Macs and PCs. Wireless setup is a breeze 9if you happen to have more than 1 computer), and its color accuracy (when printing from an iMac that has been color calibrated and also when using printer profiles for specific papers) has been excellent.

I have also moved away from Epson inks and now refill using 3rd party inks and refillable cartridges. For the price of 1 set of Epson OEM carts, I purchased refillable carts and enough ink to refill each cart 10 times. Going forward it will be even cheaper as I will just buy ink. My ink cost per page is non-existant.
 

gsahli

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Jun 1, 2007
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Chicago
I think Epson and Canon have been in a tie for best photo quality for several years. I use Epsons and I also refill the cartridges...
 

marzer

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Nov 14, 2009
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any recommendations for a good photo printer to be used on a mbp? I have mine connected to a mac display 24/7 so the mbp never moves (i don't know if that helps with any info needed)

thanks! :)
I've been happy with my EPSON Stylus Photo R3000. Vibrant colors and consistent from print to print regardless of paper type. And it has WiFi built in so you can place it anywhere.
 

PlasticCard9

macrumors newbie
Oct 9, 2012
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Hi dear,
I hope you are well,

Best Photo printer for mac

Epson WorkForce 645 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printers
 
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