Printer Recommendations

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by nachos4twoo, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. nachos4twoo macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    I am a graphic designer and in the market to buy a new printer. I would like a printer that also has a scanner feature as well. My budget is roughly 200. I have been looking at a few printer models off hand but open to suggestions. Main things I am interested in the printer is scanning, wifi, and a high quallity photo print capabilities.

    Ones I have been looking at are:

    HP officejet 8000
    Canon PIXMA 860

    Possibly the Kodack, but havent read great reviews yet.

    Also open to any suggestions
  2. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I bought a kodak, but it has been nothing but trouble. I'm on my third print head. Now I have had it a year, I won't be able to get any more replacements under warranty.

    The big problem with the machine though is that it automatically senses the paper type with no override option. Everything looks great on photo paper, but if I want to print a letter on normal paper, it looks faded out like a very poor draft quality.
  3. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    You have very high expectations for 200 bucks. I have a butt load of printers, including the Canon Pixma 850. When compared to the 860, there are cosmetic differences and the 850 lacks built-in wifi but I have AirPort and prefer Ethernet.

    Print speed is respectable and the duplex option is a plus. Frankly, the 850 has way more features than I need or use but it was under $200. The rear paper feed is good for envelopes or card stock.

    The printer uses teeny tiny ink cartridges. That's a concern for graphic designers who print large areas of color. The scanner is decent though the software interface is somewhat cumbersome. Photos print photos with an internal standard significantly different from Adobe RGB (1998). Image profiles are available provided so you can preview in Photoshop and likely add an adjustment layer. Nevertheless, I am unimpressed with photo reproduction.

    As a graphic designer, you'll be much happier with a larger printer that includes either user-configurable or professional closed-loop calibration system. Nevertheless, for your budget, the Canon Pixma is hard to beat.
  4. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    Depends on what kind of "graphic design" you are doing. $200 in not enough money unless you don't care about quality. Most cheap printers that come with scanners are designed for office work, not graphic design. I spend $150 on one of my printers, but it's only for printing out letters and research materials. I don't use it for art. For that, I source it out or use my wide format Epson. I have a separate scanner because I care about quality.

    I have an HP combo scanner/printer that I won as a prize. It's still in the box sitting in the closet because I don't have a use for it.
  5. Dennis Love, Apr 10, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011

    Dennis Love macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2011
    Best Printers Duplex and 12 point card stock

    I am looking for a great printer, not a good printer. I need a printer that will do about 40 PPM, print duplex on 12 POINT card stock, great registration, very high quality color, and do it in a mobile environment using a DC to AC converter. At a price of under 1,500. Paper size can be 8.5 x 11 but 12 x 18 is best.

    Any suggestions. :)
  6. CW Jones macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2009
    I use the Canon MX860 for my standard size print jobs, and my Epson WF1100 with Corba Ink for anything up to 13x19. Its a great combination, I love it.
  7. BBrandDesign macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2011
    The HP Officejet 8000 is reliable, fast, and easy to use. No doubt you are familiar with the HP line of products. They are known for putting out high quality and fast functioning electronics. It is an eco-friendly machine that uses 50 percent less energy than other printers on the market.

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