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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:53 am 
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Just found an interesting (hallo zorro!) test of 7 DIN A3+ printers in the August issue of ColorFoto (Germany).
They tested the Canon Pixma IX 5000, Pro 9000, Pro 9500, the Epson Stylus Photo 1400, R2400 and the HP Phtosmart Pro B8350, B9180.
They measured praxis (max. 45pts) and quality (max 55pts) and added both up to a grand total. The results quality/total (street-price) were as follows (first number is quality/second number is overall score):
Can IX 5000: 47.5/80.5 (340€)
Can 9000....: 50.5/80.5 (550€)
Can 9500....: 52.0/82.5 (750€)
Eps 1400....: 48.5/76.5 (340€)
Eps R2400..: 52.0/87.0 (700€)
HP B8350..: 50.0/78.5 (300€)
HP B9180..: 52.0/81.5 (620€)

The most longterm stable colors were with the 9500 and the R2400 (pigment-based).
The lowest printing costs were with the IX5000 and the R2400.
The color-space of the 1400 seems a little limited with the blues, and both Epson-printers seemed more limited in their color space than all Canons.
The 9500 is the slowest, the 9000 the fastest printer.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:46 pm 
Thomas
Did it mentioned anything on individual ink cartridges and the cost of these refills or cartridges ? from their test, I mean.

TOC ? Total Ownership Cost ?

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I've given up looking at printers I'm afraid. They're fat too expensive to buy and even if I could afford the initial outlay I certainly can't afford the costs of replacement inks.

I am now looking for somewhere on-line who does good prints at reasonable costs.

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@DavidL: no TOCs were given only absolute printing-cost of the DIN A4 test-file incl. the 0.70 EUR for the paper:
IX 5000: 1.30 €
9000....: 2.24€
9500....: 1.86€
1400....: 2.11€
R2400..: 1.70€
B8350..: 1.94€
B9180..: 2.02€
So doing a little maths with 1000 color prints and assuming the printer is then ripe for a replacement you pay the following amounts per page:
IX 5000: 1.64 €
9000....: 2.79€
9500....: 2.61€
1400....: 2.45€
R2400..: 2.40€
B8350..: 2.24€
B9180..: 2.64€
My personal calculation with my Canon Pixma Pro 9000 says that I use 2.50EUR per print DIN A3 (!) (incl. 1.20EUR per DIN A3 page of PP-101), so end up much cheaper as you can half the cost for a DIN A4 print. Including the amortization of the printer after 1000 prints I get to roughly 3€ TOC per A3-print fully under my control. No way to get the same quality here in Germany from a Lab for that price.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:56 am 
Thanks Thomas

You ARE comprehensive !
I'll try to get a comparison on the pricing and cost - locally.
I know for certain A3 photo-paper is limited here - so that would definately add $ to the cost :cry:

One more question for now - do you print on glossy or Matte paper ?

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Everything on glossy paper, as I think for photos the matte paper limits the contrast and depth. But didn't try it out...

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