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Old August 24th, 2005, 07:31 PM   #1
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Printers for Labels

Need some advise. I presently use an Inkjet print for all my wedding DVD labels and I'm please with the results. Now with being able to print directly on the DVD disk I'm concidering going that route. The Epson Stylus Photo R320 prints directly into Cd or DVD disks. Does anyone have any thoughts on this epson printer or can suggest a better one for the price? Does anyone have experience with this one? NewEgg.com Has a good deal on this Printer. Thanks in advance.

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Old August 24th, 2005, 07:46 PM   #2
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epson inks are about 7ml, so youll be changing cartridges more than youll be printing...

also their driver updates regualrly "remanage" the ink, most of the time its forcing more ink to be used when its not needed.. this can be averted by using a program called "inksaver"

I find the Canon units are far more superior with ink management and generic ink tanks are about $6 each for 5 colours.
Also the canon ip4000/5000 offer awesome resolution of 4800x2400 with a great software bundle with picolitre drops at 2 and 1 respectively.
The new ip5200 prints at 9600x2400 or something stupidly high like that
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Old August 24th, 2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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Harry,

I've got a Canoni960 and an EpsonR200. I've have not experienced the excessive ink use on DVD labels with the R200 and have been VERY pleased with it. My Canon is what we use to print dig photos and it IS an ink piggy.

This is probably all confusing because my experience is exactly opposite Peter's, but that could be directly attributable to the models I have compared to the actual models he has. Not all siblings have the same temperment. I highly recommend the R200 for label printing though, it does a good job for me, meeting all my needs.

You mileage may vary (as obviously mine did from Peter's).
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Old August 24th, 2005, 11:06 PM   #4
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Hi to all, Over here in Singapore, we have some very innovative pple that came out with a system called Inkstation, that will save on printing costs. I have been using the system for a while now..

I'm using the Epson R310 model(not sure if its the same model in States). I do printing direct on the DVD too.

For more info, click on the link.. don't know if they do shipping to states but maybe someone may wanna try doing up a OEM version!

*Edited: I saw that the ink came from states, so im sure u guys can find something similar there. Cheers!

http://www.vip.com.sg/index.htm
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Old August 24th, 2005, 11:55 PM   #5
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The Epson R200 seems to be very popular, and with an $85 price tag, seems like a great deal.

I plan on getting one soon.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 07:57 AM   #6
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I am also planning to go on this route, i think i'll go for R210, according to the sales rep here, the only difference of R210 from R310 is it can sirectly print from a camera with usb. my 2-cent
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Old August 25th, 2005, 08:19 AM   #7
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The R200 is great! My cartridges are 1/4 empty and I have printed nearly 50 DVDs.

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Old August 25th, 2005, 09:00 AM   #8
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Ditto the R200 I picked it up from Amazon with 50 printable Verbatim DVD-R's for $100.. I use the R200 for CD/DVD printing only. It has yet to ever see a piece of paper. I have printed though my first 50 with edge to edge full color photo quality and I am still on the original ink..

I use a HP Photo Smart 7750(i think) for my DVD covers and inserts and my trusty old LaserJet 6P for B&W/Text..
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Old August 25th, 2005, 01:16 PM   #9
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Pat, I agree, for less than $100 its easy to make it a dedicated DVD label printer and get a personal laser printer for documents.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 02:34 PM   #10
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Cast my vote for the Epson R200 as well. Still using the original ink carts and over 50 DVDs printed. Can be a little cantankerous at times, but so can I. So we have a symbiotic relationship. I get information all the time about much more expensive units, but don't see that they do enough of a better job to be worth the cost difference.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 03:19 PM   #11
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Just an additional note, on my R200. I have not even needed to try them yet, as the original cartridges are still nearly full, but I bought replacement cartridges form a company on ebay for about $20.00 for a complete set of 6 cartridges. When I do use them I will post the results. The company has a 99.9% rating and all the dissenters I saw complained that the cartridges were not from Epson---Duh!

They are inkjetking99.

The printer is so cheap and easy to use, I can't see any reason to buy something much more expensive.

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Old August 25th, 2005, 03:44 PM   #12
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Hi Gang,

I have to throw my vote in on the R200 as well. I've only had to change the black cartridge and I've printed well over 70 full colour, "to the edge", DVDs.

I've managed to find a great company here in Canada called www.blankmedia.ca that offer third party R200 cartridges for as little $8/cartridge or under $47 for the six pack.

Unfortunately the R200 is difficult to find these days here in Canada, eh?

Still. I love it. It's a sight better than this crappy Dell printer I have with it's non-acceptance of third party cartridges and the outrageous charges (plus shipping!) for the Dell ink.

But I digress.

R200.

Epson.

I like.

That is all.

sincerely,


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Old August 25th, 2005, 03:56 PM   #13
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i am using the r300. prints good looking discs, which is why i have not even looked into the primera printers. the only complaint is that driver support is not always up to date for my os x machines. i am currently running it on 10.4 (tiger) by installing the r200 driver and then installing the r300 driver over top of it. the r300 driver only supports os 10.2 (jaguar).

also, the authoring application it comes with is horrible. just about as bad as the "discus" software that came with the "cdprint" printer i upgraded from. took me awhile (and a few printed cds) to figure out the offsets to make my own illustrator template.

i use an hp laser printer for all docs, and run all dvd covers off a fiery.

used to be a print designer, so i'm pretty picky about these things.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 06:08 PM   #14
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when you guys print on the printable disc directly... does the ink come off if someone touches it? It has always been a problem for me. btw, i use R300
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Old August 25th, 2005, 06:11 PM   #15
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Thanks to everyone for your input. This has helped alot for me to make a decison.
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