What makes for a good all-in-one photo printer?

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Steven Harlow
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What makes for a good all-in-one photo printer?
Aug 28, 2013

I would like to read your opinions and experiences. I have found Canon printers (MP 990, MG5320) (9600x2400 res.) to be around the top of those I have used. The Kodak hero 9.1 also has the same res. and prints nice photos, plus they have pigment inks. Hp 7520e also has the same res. now.

But I have found some lower entry level all-in-one Hp's phtotosmarts (c6380) and some lesser still printed pretty good photos, even the two ink cartridge ones.

So in your estimation is there a singe factor or combination of several that make a all-in-one printer better at photos than some?

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Steven

Hugowolf
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In reply to Steven Harlow, Aug 29, 2013

Steven Harlow wrote:

I would like to read your opinions and experiences. I have found Canon printers (MP 990, MG5320) (9600x2400 res.) to be around the top of those I have used. The Kodak hero 9.1 also has the same res. and prints nice photos, plus they have pigment inks. Hp 7520e also has the same res. now.

But I have found some lower entry level all-in-one Hp's phtotosmarts (c6380) and some lesser still printed pretty good photos, even the two ink cartridge ones.

So in your estimation is there a singe factor or combination of several that make a all-in-one printer better at photos than some?

I don't see a single factor. Given I have couple of dedicated photo printers, the main thing I look for in an AIO are ink costs, although quality is also a factor. In an AIO, I am looking for good output quality on stock paper and how large the cartridges are - because that is a major factor in ink costs.

On the pure photo quality aspect, the number of colors and the amount of bronzing and gloss differential are the most important things.

Brian A

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Gesture
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In reply to Hugowolf, Aug 29, 2013

The Canon MG6220 has a fifth dye ink (grey). I think that is a factor.  I expect that unit to become a "classic," as the newer models lack the second bottom cassette and even the touch-top doesn't seem as functional.  If Ethernet isn't important to you, you can go with less expensive models.

Epson has a sharp demarcation, I believe.  NX and Workforce-4 DuraBrite pigment inks. I think Epson envisions these users doing more text and graphics.

R/RX series (R380 was quite popular), Artisan, now Expression-6 Claria dye inks.  More for photos.

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WBeeton
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In reply to Steven Harlow, Sep 3, 2013

my experience...when my old Canon MP600 died, I read all the reviews and bought a top of the line HP...it was reviewed as the best for small offices, and "produced very good prints".  Instead the colors were subdued and not astrue as my canon.  So I bought a dedicated canon pixma 7220 photo printer for $75.  The result:  perfect!

id stick with canon again, and go for the largest number of separate ink tanks I could afford

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In reply to WBeeton, Sep 5, 2013

for a good all in one photo printer go for the  EPSON PX830 !

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