I’m Answering Inkjet-related Questions on Photojojo.com for 48 Hours Starting 6/23/2008

On Monday and Tuesday, June 23 and 24th I’ll be answering questions on one of my favorite Photo-related sites, Photojojo.com. You can read the press release here, that describes the event. I’m really looking forward to it!

picture-24.jpg To go directly to the forum to read the Questions and Answers, visit this page on Photojojo.com.

Some Impressive Inkjet Printer Specials on Epson.com’s Clearance Page

I don’t normally post special pricing offers, but I just noticed some very good specials on Epson products listed on Dealmac.com . Four of the items that stood out in my opinion are:

  • Epson P-2000 40GB Multimedia Storage Viewer for $224.10 (a storage/viewing/backup device for media cards that has a sharp, impressive screen);
  • Epson PictureMate Flash PM280 Photo Printer for $111.20 (a very nice Claria dye-based ink 4×6 printer);
  • Epson Stylus Photo RX595 Multifunction Printer for $68 (a very good all-in-one Claria dye-based ink printer which I own); and the
  • Epson Stylus Photo 1400 for $220 (an excellent 13-inch-wide Claria dye-based ink printer)

I’ve also seen the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Printer (an excellent UltraChrome K3 17-inch-wide printer which I also own) recently on the Clearance area of the site for $945. This printer takes individual 80ml cartridges of ink (that’s about 5-6 times more ink than the small cartridges found on most 8.5 and 13-inch-wide printers–that means far less ink changing), and it is a workhorse.

To find the specials, visit the main page at Epson.com. The specials are currently highlighted, or you can click on the link for the Clearance Center on the right side of the page at Epson.com. I personally have had no problems with the 4-5 refurbished Epson printers that I’ve purchased from Epson or from resellers over the last 5-10 years. They generally come with the same warranty as new printers or products.

Amazon.com’s SearchInside Tool Enabled for 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques

picture-3.jpgI checked Amazon.com about a day ago and noticed the the SearchInside option had been enabled. This is a very helpful option for potential customers of books because it allows you to see the Table of Contents, Index and some content from within the book (the Suprise Me! link shows you a few random pages inside the book). You can check it out by clicking on the book link in the center column of inkjettips.com, or by visiting Amazon.com and searching for “301 Inkjet Tips.”

Thoughts on the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 and an Excellent Review on photo-i.co.uk

Epson recently announced the successor to its 13-inch-wide Stylus Photo R2400 inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Photo R2880. I’ve been using and teaching students and consulting clients how to use the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 printer for years, and this new printer looks very impressive.

There are a number of differences between the R2400 and R2880, including two USB 2.0 ports that allow two computers to simultaneously connect to the printer (the R2400 has both a USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) port). A welcome improvement is that Epson Stylus Photo R2880 will allow direct printing on CD/DVDs. Also welcome is a new ink-repelling coating on the print head, which according to the company, will prolong the life of the head and decrease maintenance time.

I do wish that Epson had added another ink channel to avoid the need to switch between Photo Black and Matte Black (a manual cartridge switch is necessary for optimum results on both semi-gloss/glossy and matte/watercolor papers).

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An excellent hands-on review of the printer can be found here, on photo-i.co.uk, a site that contains many excellent reviews, tutorials and DVD user guides.

The Epson R2880 is now available for an estimated street price of $799.99 through direct market resellers, specialty photo stores, computer superstores, online retailers, and Epson’s retail Web site at www.epsonstore.com.

Cost of Inkjet Printing Report v1 Published by Red River Paper

I just had a chance to read over a comprehensive ink usage test by the folks at Red River Paper. The company produces and sells many quality papers in many sizes and finishes. I specifically mentioned their Paper Sample Kits in my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, because I think that their sample packs of paper offer a fantastic value and opportunity for testing.

This quote from their testing page gives a brief overview of the report:

Using the Epson R2400 and Epson R1900, we conducted a series of print tests to determine how much ink is used in a full coverage 8”x10” print. From that figure we extrapolated ink usage per square inch. The objective is to share a realistic cost per print vision with inkjet users.

As the company indicated in their testing, some of the “real world variables” that may change the cost per page for many users was the amount of ink used during cleaning cycles. I’d also raise the issue of ink that is lost when switching from matte to photo black ink, which is necessary on some printers to get optimum results on matte and semi-gloss/gloss papers. The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is an example of a printer that requires inks to be swapped, unlike the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, which does not require inks to be swapped. Both printers were also tested for the report, and I hope that they test more printers in furture reports.

To read the entire Inkjet Printing Report, visit this page.

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