cheap and quick a4 or smaller printer


Link Posted 19/11/2007 - 16:55
i am looking to buy a printer for some functions in the new year, i wil be selling mostly 8x6'' prints so i dont need anything bigger than a4.

i allready have a epson 3800 wich is great so i'm looking at the epson r800, it doesnt seem to be the quickest a4 printer out there but having only ever used epson i dont know wha the quality of the makes is like.

canon seem to have some quick photo printers but i dont know where to start.

the review on the cheaper (hiti) sub dye printer i had a quick read over did'nt seem much quicker than the r800 70seconds against 1min 20sec, and again i have'nt seen any prints from it.

i dont mind spending up to around 250, and of course cost per print will be a big factor.

thanks in advance for any help.

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 19/11/2007 - 17:10
I use a Canon iP4200, which has been superseded (probably a couple of times now) by the iP4500 I think. I bought it for its speed, decent quality prints, and also because it can print to CD/DVD (as long as they're printable ones).

You can get a test print done from any of their Pixma printers too, which at least gives you a good idea of how the quality compares to your current printer:

I imagine the quality would be fine for what you want, but I don't use it for doing prints very often, prefering 'real' photographic prints when it matters.

K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 19/11/2007 - 17:10
Oh, and my iP4200 cost about 65.

K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...


Link Posted 19/11/2007 - 17:18
Have a look at Epson's Stylus Photo R265.

Z1, K10D, D-BG2 Grip, DA 1:3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL, DA 1:3.5-6.3 18-250mm ED AL(IF), AF540FGZ Flash, FA 1:1.7 50mm, DA 1:2.4 70mm Limited, Wireless Remote (Did I offend you? Click here).

Kim C

Link Posted 20/11/2007 - 09:15
I don't think there is that much to choose between the Canon and Epson offerings in a similar price range. My preference is generally for the Epson's as compatible ink is more readily available.



Link Posted 20/11/2007 - 17:33
For an A4 printer at up to 250 then I think the R800 is still the logical choice. I've only had mine for a month or so but I've been very impressed with it, including print speed.
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