Printer comparison: Epson R800 vs Canon 9900

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J Warren
Oct 22, 2004
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A friend is looking to replace an Epson 890 printer. The candidates he’s considering are the R800 and 9900. He’s aware of the fact that the 9900 supports wider media, but is mainly interested in image quality comparisons. Has anyone made any?

Thanks,
Jason

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Bob Williams
Oct 25, 2004
J Warren wrote:
A friend is looking to replace an Epson 890 printer. The candidates he’s considering are the R800 and 9900. He’s aware of the fact that the 9900 supports wider media, but is mainly interested in image quality comparisons. Has anyone made any?

Thanks,
Jason

Both are outstanding printers. It is a Win-Win choice
The R800 uses pigment based inks.
Archival lifetimes and Water resistant.
9900 uses dye based inks which IMHO gies a slightly more brilliant image. You pay you money and you take your choice.
Its all about what you want your printer to do for you.
Bob Williams
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Uni
Oct 26, 2004
J Warren wrote:
A friend is looking to replace an Epson 890 printer. The candidates he’s considering are the R800 and 9900. He’s aware of the fact that the 9900 supports wider media, but is mainly interested in image quality comparisons. Has anyone made any?

Not really, but about Epson….

Most of Epson’s ink cartridges, especially multi-color ones, are not translucent, so you can’t see how much ink you’re discarding. Some cartridges are even filled with foam, so you can’t shake and feel how much ink you’re discarding.

Epson insists you have filled black and color ink cartridges in your printer, even though you only wish to print in black.

I’d go with Canon; I feel they’re not a money hungry as Epson.

Uni

Thanks,
Jason
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gewgle
Oct 27, 2004
Uni …
J Warren wrote:
A friend is looking to replace an Epson 890 printer. The candidates he’s considering are the R800 and 9900. He’s aware of the fact that the 9900 supports wider media, but is mainly interested in image quality comparisons. Has anyone made any?

Not really, but about Epson….

Most of Epson’s ink cartridges, especially multi-color ones, are not translucent, so you can’t see how much ink you’re discarding. Some cartridges are even filled with foam, so you can’t shake and feel how much ink you’re discarding.

Epson insists you have filled black and color ink cartridges in your printer, even though you only wish to print in black.

I’d go with Canon; I feel they’re not a money hungry as Epson.

For printing 8.5 x 11 sheets (or smaller), your friend couldn’t go wrong with either printer. (S)He would be very happy with either (and I speak as one who picked the Canon i9900 over the Epson 2200, but the decision was only "by a hair"). Between your two, the size of print is the biggie. It’s more than "width" of the print because the length is usually vaguely proportional. Doing 11 x 17 inch prints or slightly larger 13 x 19 inch prints can be very nice. Something that one will likely actually do if one can (unlike some things like really long panoramics (for most people)).

Mike
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John Doe
Oct 27, 2004
Canon’s are faster. But, quality wise they are about the same. I have the i9100 and the R200. I use the R200 for CDs and DVDs only and the i9100 for everything photographic.

John

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J Warren wrote:
A friend is looking to replace an Epson 890 printer. The candidates he’s
considering are the R800 and 9900. He’s aware of the fact that the 9900 supports wider media, but is mainly interested in image quality comparisons. Has anyone made any?

Not really, but about Epson….

Most of Epson’s ink cartridges, especially multi-color ones, are not translucent, so you can’t see how much ink you’re discarding. Some cartridges are even filled with foam, so you can’t shake and feel how much ink you’re discarding.

Epson insists you have filled black and color ink cartridges in your printer, even though you only wish to print in black.

I’d go with Canon; I feel they’re not a money hungry as Epson.

For printing 8.5 x 11 sheets (or smaller), your friend couldn’t go wrong with either printer. (S)He would be very happy with either (and I speak as one who picked the Canon i9900 over the Epson 2200, but the decision was only "by a hair"). Between your two, the size of print is the biggie. It’s more than "width" of the print because the length is usually vaguely proportional. Doing 11 x 17 inch prints or slightly larger 13 x 19 inch prints can be very nice. Something that one will likely actually do if one can (unlike some things like really long panoramics (for most people)).

Mike

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