TheHoff wrote in post #6494310
The 980 just made it to retailers last week so there isn't much being said about it yet. I'm looking at it since it has an extra gray ink for smoother black and white gradations.
Yes, that is the problem I've had trying to get a feel for the MP980. I was hoping some of the early adapters around here might have already picked one up.
It seems like the magazine and website reviews are either very shallow or have built-in biases. For instance, I read one review on the C8180 that couldn't get over the fact that it was an "all-in-one" without a fax. And while some of the reviews focus a lot on film/slide scanning, I haven't found much said (good or bad) about scanning prints.
Just as an aside, when it comes to reviews (i.e. Consumer Reports, etc.), I've always wished they would score their reviews two different ways. First, I would like them to rate equipment models simply by what they determine to be the best performers. The second rating would then be what models the determine to have the best value (combine performance and cost). So many reviews seem to pick obviously inferior equipment over better equipment on the value aspect alone. I feel I can make my own value judgment. If they want to say Product A is not quite as good as Product B but costs half as much, that is fine. But don't rank Product A at 95 and Product B at 75 just because of cost when B outperforms A. JMO