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.

Date posted: October 24, 2005 | Filed under geek | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to Printed Material.

  1. ren says:

    Glad you found a good one–my Epson experiences haven’t been so happy, but I’ve also converted to the PC dark side. Maybe that’s the actual problem.

    Photos, please…of trees and cabinetry and all fun stuff. Even not-so-fun stuff.

  2. Linds says:

    Love your cabinets. Very pretty (or handsome, actually).

  3. Linds says:

    BTW, have you seen my drill?

  4. tbtine says:

    Am I the only person who finds that question a little pornographic?

  5. Lindsey says:

    OH my gosh Jen, no I meant it like as in “Have you seen my baseball?” 🙂 From the “There’s Something About Mary” movie. I saw the picture with the 8 drills sticking out of your cabinets and found it funny. Ha, ha, ha! It’s Cory and my one-liner that never gets old. (Ignore my grammar, I’m beat, Ty was up at 3:00a.m. and 5:00a.m. screaming (potential ear infection reoccurence)).