questionsneed a new printer - who can help?

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What I think is that you should stay away from inkjet printers.

It is actually more cost effective to take your prints to walmart or Sams and have them print them for you. With the price of ink and the price of photo quality paper, it is hard to justify printing these yourself when several companies can print them for you cheaper.

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@dcalotta: Sorry for misunderstanding the question. I thought photo quality meant that you were going to print photos.

So if you're not going to print photos, why not get a laser printer instead? Inkjet printers have issues such as high costs of printing and jets getting clogged if you don't use the printer frequently.

A laser printer costs a bit more up-front but saves you money in the long run.

It is my opinion that companies are selling inkjet printers below their manufacturing costs because they know they will get their profit from you later in the costs of the ink. They are very protective of their ink and do not allow other companies to make compatible cartridges by patent control as well as having proprietary chips installed in their cartridges.

You may be able to refill your cartridges with 3rd party ink but it has been proven that the cheaper ink has its own set of problems such as bad archival times and wrong pantone matching.

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@cengland0: I don't think she is actually looking to print photos - she is looking for a high (I know it's a relative term) DPI printer, which tend to be branded as photo printers.

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She looked at lasers and wasn't thrilled with the print resolution they advertise. Now, I'm sure that advertised DPI is the same as advertised PPM or the weight loss potential advertised by Pill XYZ on tv at 4AM, but such is life. Unfortunately, I could look at two documents and if one was 300dpi and the other was 30,000 dpi, I'd have no idea - but she is a graphic designer working in print mediums, so I suppose her eye is a bit more trained.

I agree with you re: the inkjet business model. For my uses, I'd love a laser (monochrome, at that), but I'm not the only user here. :(

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@dcalotta: Get the Office Jet. The PIXMA tends to jam at the most expensive possible times (i.e. halfway through printing those invitations). I'm on my third all in one, and I've been happy with every one of them. My current printer is an L7650, and the feeder is one of the most important reasons I have it. I used to send out multipage faxes, and doing that one page at a time would be horrible.

It prints on photo paper, or regular paper, and I've even used it to make business cards.

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Yeah I vote laser printer (get a steal of a deal for a used one on Craigslist). If you must get an ink-jet, Brother is your best value especially when talking ink replacement.

But seeing as you and her have different ideas/uses... why not get 2 printers? You'll both need to print b&w documents for day to day stuff probably and will get a ton of use from it. Plus, you'll save a ton of money by using the laser printer for those type of uses.

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I am in love with my Lexmark Pinnacle Pro 901. Best bang-for-the-buck on inks, all-in-one format, Wifi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Ethernet and reads many types of memory cards and flash drives.

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I'm a fan of HP printers but I don't think that particular model will feed cardstock. Be sure you check that out before you buy.