By Ian Burley - Updated:
28th November - 2001
Cameras are cool. But the likelihood is that you’re going to want to make hard copies of those precious moments in time you have captured. You can get someone else to print them or you can print them yourself - which is a lot of fun, after all. So do your camera justice - find out the best ways to print your photos.
We’re aiming to bring you the Net’s most exhaustive printer reviews. Over the next three weeks we will be putting Epson’s Stylus 895 Photo, HP’s psc-950 and Canon’s S800 Photo through their paces. We’ll be finding out how fast they are, how expensive they are to use and how good their print quality is. We’ll be electronically analysing them and getting comment from print professionals too.
Part 1 looks at the cost of running your printer. If you’ve ever wondered how much it costs to print photos with an ink-jet printer, read on.
Part 2 looks at how good the prints are. Not only do we judge the print quality by eye using the manufacturers’ recommended printing papers, but we also put them under the electronic eye of a Gretag colour profiling analyser. Plus, while the printer manufacturer will be hoping you buy its brand of photo paper, we also test third party paper on all three models.
We've stopped short of testing third party inks. Printer manufacturers have given us some very good reasons to be wary of third party inks. We're not saying they are to be avoided totally, but we can't recommend any third party inks without adequate reassurance from the manufacturers that their use won't damage your printer. It’s a topic we aim to cover, in depth, at a later date.
Part 3 will be a full hands-on report of how well the printers work, how well they are made, how noisy they are and how reliable they have been. We will also be evaluating supplied software and drivers. Only at this stage will we be summarising the different models' good and bad points and making our recommendations.