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Recommendation of new printer? HP Photosmart is done.

 
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Feb 06, 2015 12:53 |  #1

Hi Folks, after some years of using the HP PhotoSmart c410a, I believe it is time to upgrade to a new printer for both small volume photo printing (4x6's) and general printing jobs (resume, reports, etc).

I have Windows 7, Canon 7Dm prefer wifi printer. I'd like the scanning and copying capability too. I am open to brands, including Canon, Epson, HO, etc.

Let me know your experiences/recommenda​tions please. Thanks!




  
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Feb 06, 2015 14:13 |  #2

We recently faced the same situation with our HP 7280 photosmart all in one. It was misfeeding paper, tearing it, etc. It was about 8 years old so we thought it was time to buy something newer. Like you, we wanted to print a few photos but for the most part we were doing school and office printing and we wanted the all in one capabilities.

All of the new HPs as far as I could tell have only 2 cartridges, one black and one for 3 colors. I didn't want any part of that, running out of one color and having to buy a new cartridge for all of them. We looked at Canon and Brother and Epson and ended up buying an Epson Workforce 3620 all in one. The software is much better than the old HP software which was bloated and needed to be reinstalled frequently. It has a 500 page paper tray, it has separate color cartridges. You can load photo paper, or sheet feed it. Printing and photos are very sharp. Scanning is much simpler than it was with the HP. The touchscreen LCD panel is actually very useful. The only negative is that the single sheet feed is not very intuitive. It took us a long time to figure out how to do it. For us it was the best solution.

But if I were buying it again I would go with the 3640 which has 2 500 sheet paper trays. It's almost the same price but I thought it would be too big. Now I realize it would be nice to have one tray loaded with standard paper and one tray loaded with photo paper.




  
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Feb 06, 2015 16:04 |  #3

Kent Clark wrote in post #17418793 (external link)
We recently faced the same situation with our HP 7280 photosmart all in one. It was misfeeding paper, tearing it, etc. It was about 8 years old so we thought it was time to buy something newer. Like you, we wanted to print a few photos but for the most part we were doing school and office printing and we wanted the all in one capabilities.

All of the new HPs as far as I could tell have only 2 cartridges, one black and one for 3 colors. I didn't want any part of that, running out of one color and having to buy a new cartridge for all of them. We looked at Canon and Brother and Epson and ended up buying an Epson Workforce 3620 all in one. The software is much better than the old HP software which was bloated and needed to be reinstalled frequently. It has a 500 page paper tray, it has separate color cartridges. You can load photo paper, or sheet feed it. Printing and photos are very sharp. Scanning is much simpler than it was with the HP. The touchscreen LCD panel is actually very useful. The only negative is that the single sheet feed is not very intuitive. It took us a long time to figure out how to do it. For us it was the best solution.

But if I were buying it again I would go with the 3640 which has 2 500 sheet paper trays. It's almost the same price but I thought it would be too big. Now I realize it would be nice to have one tray loaded with standard paper and one tray loaded with photo paper.

Thank you so much for your reply. This is exactly what I needed to read...I too have had the issues you described with the HP printer. Scanning, bloated, etc. I will look into the Epson, thanks again!




  
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Feb 06, 2015 16:50 |  #4

I really like my Canon Pixma MG5150. Really good photo prints up to A4 (well actually I can do 8.5"×12" custom size, although you cannot print this borderless. I think the custom length will go to about 17".Scanner seems to give reasonable results too. This is an older printer, but I am sure they have similar still in the range.

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Feb 06, 2015 18:47 |  #5

We have an HP Photosmart all-in-one and it has 5 different cartridges (the regular CMYK and a photo black). We've been very happy with it. We love that it's also wireless so we can print from our iPhones, iPads or laptops.


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Feb 07, 2015 18:15 as a reply to  @ DGStinner's post |  #6

Yes, our old photosmart all in one had separate color cartridges too. But all of the current HP all in ones I looked at in Best Buy, Office Depot and Costco only had two cartridges, black and combined color.




  
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Feb 12, 2015 08:47 |  #7

If you look at website from some of the third party photopaper manufacturers, they seem to recommend either Epson or Canon printers. HP printers, at least for photos, simply do not perform as well as Epson or Canon.


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Feb 12, 2015 13:52 as a reply to  @ Kent Clark's post |  #8

I have a Photosmart 7520 in my office. It uses separate CMY&K plus a Photo Black cartridge.
I however do not recommend this printer if you want good quality output and trouble free performance.


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Feb 14, 2015 23:37 |  #9

Great, thank you everyone!




  
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