This weekend, Jen and I went out and seriously looked at large-format printers. She’s been working on identities for a client, and our aging, 13-year-old Laserwriter 630 has started being balky after four years of faithful service.
Faithful readers may remember my research from the old weblog, and the same basic problems applied here as well: Give me reliable tabloid-sized color printing from OS X, out of the box, for under $500—without any PostScript or other driver hassles. We revisited the same two contenders, a Canon and an Epson, and found a new entry, built by HP.
The Canon apparently doesn’t like non-Canon brand paper, and the HP looked nice (network card, lots of slots on the front for memory cards), but I’m hesitant these days to buy anything HP after my last experiences with their hardware. We settled on the Epson 1280 and brought it home. Today, trying to distract ourselves from the noise downstairs, we hooked it up and got it printing. Boy, it’s nice. Clean, crisp prints with little or no hassle, directly from Illustrator, Quark, and Safari.