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      24.06.2004 19:02
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      I bought my epson stylus color 680 about 15 months ago, i bought it for about £90 i suppose it wasnt a bad price until you have to fork out for the ink at around £25 for colour and about £15 for black ink. Its still in great working order, only problem i had with it is that if you dont use it for some time the ink doesnt work. You have to let the printer warm it up, its annoying when you have to print somethin off quickly because it takes a least 5 minutes to warm the ink up. This printer im reviewing about is a bit like a washing machine. sounds stupid but its true, with a washing machine if u dont get it level to the floor it'll vibrate and move around, well thats like this epson. When printing lots of pages it tends to vibrate and shake your desk like hell. Once i was printing off about 50 pages constantly and the printer managed to vibrate itself nearly off the desk. It prints out pages quite fast (not sure about the specs). The other bad pointer is that when printing and it pulls the paper in, it makes really loud cracking and banging noises. Overall all though to me its just an average printer, add a bit more cash and you can get a better one.

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        18.02.2004 04:39
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        bought my epson stylus color 680 about 15 months ago, i bought it for about £90 i suppose it wasnt a bad price until you have to fork out for the ink at around £25 for colour and about £15 for black ink. Its still in great working order, only problem i had with it is that if you dont use it for some time the ink doesnt work. You have to let the printer warm it up, its annoying when you have to print somethin off quickly because it takes a least 5 minutes to warm the ink up. This printer im reviewing about is a bit like a washing machine. sounds stupid but its true, with a washing machine if u dont get it level to the floor it'll vibrate and move around, well thats like this epson. When printing lots of pages it tends to vibrate and shake your desk like hell. Once i was printing off about 50 pages constantly and the printer managed to vibrate itself nearly off the desk. It prints out pages quite fast (not sure about the specs). The other bad pointer is that when printing and it pulls the paper in, it makes really loud cracking and banging noises. Overall all though to me its just an average printer, add a bit more cash and you can get a better one.

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          17.12.2002 05:17
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          Bought as an upgrade for an Epson 440, wanting better print quality having bought a digital camera, this printer was great value for money, has superb print quality and is very fast. The ink cartridges use the intellisense system which tells you precisely when they are going to run out, frankly the extra cost of the cartridges is not worth it. The printer also will not print when just one cartridge has run out. The major downside to this printer c/w the 440 is the different paper loading system; this unlike the 440, doesn't seem to detect jam-ups if several sheets have been fed at once, so its necessary to pull the mains plug very quickly to prevent it from wrecking itself. The printer now, after several such occurrences, is still functional but makes horrendous screeching & grinding noises and sounds as though it will shortly need replacing. Even if offered 2nd hand very cheaply, would not recommend it.

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            06.06.2002 06:16
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            I initially ordered an Epson stylus color 4-something. Imagine my glee when, upon delivery, I tore open the boxes to discover that they had upgraded my printer to the 680 "at no extra cost" to me! WHOOPEEE! Apparently it printed faster. Great. Well the printer comes with a multi language manual. Fortunately it's the good kind, where all the English section is together, rather than spaced out. In addition to this, it comes with a clearly diagramed quick start up guide, which was very useful for me. The printout tray doubles up as a dust cover, and just three buttons control the lot, making it easy to use. But, there are problems in paradise. The printer just loves to eat my coursework! Oh yes, it'll print it out nicely enough, but then RARGH RARGH MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH NUM NUM NUM! the beautiful essay is sucked backwards to its death, and there's nothing you can do about it. Pulling only makes it angrier and seemingly hungrier, so all I can do is sit back and weep as my brave little page is scrunched, pierced, and horrifically over-inked. Recently, the print quality has become poorer, but after cleaning the heads I managed to sort that out easily enough, though the alignment exercise my computer made me do to rectify the wonky writing was very hard to accurately do, especially if you're hypermetropic like me. (Ten points to anyone who didn't reach for the dictionary there ;-)) Now, we may think the good people at printer land are being very generous when they supply the printer with ink already in it-- but these cartridges are only ever around a quarter full. So before you know it, it's run out. Epson tells us we should only use proper Epson ink refills, but we all know that they cost a lot of money. In fact, Epson cartridges are specially chipped so you can't refill them. (Well, you can, if you know how!) The man in the shop actually advised me to get an alternati
            ve brand. But where from? All alternative ink refills in the shops seem to cater for everything bar this model. Angrily, I noticed that the printer I had originally ordered has available a wide selection of cheaper alternative inks. If they hadn't upgraded me I would have cheaper ink! Personally I'd rather have slower but cheaper prints than faster more expensive ones! Only after a month of trauling through the internet did I eventually find a company who made what I was looking for. So now I'm happy again. And one final good point: prints on photo paper are beautiful.

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              04.10.2001 19:53
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              I got my Epson Stylus Colour 680 in December 2000 when I bought a new PC. I did not like the printer that came as standard as part of the bundle I was interested in and asked for an upgrade. I had a choice between the Epson and a similar model from HP. Having gone away and done a little homework I opted for the Epson as the print quality is really very good for a printer in this price range. The varying print options wnsure you do not waste any precious ink on everyday documents and will allow very high quality prints in photo mode. (Note: Obviously the type of paper used also effects the final outcome of the quality of print). I use my printer every day and am more than happy with it! The only drawback was the price of the replacement ink cartridges. I was originally paying between £20 - £25 per cartridge (PC World) before compatible cartridges were introduced and then was elated to find that I could half my costs by shopping on-line at www.cartridgeclub.co.uk - I bought several cartridges from them at what I thought was a very reasonable price until I discovered www.choicestationery.com - I am able to purchase a dual pack (black and colour cartridges) for £12.33 plus VAT. Now I love my printer even more and don't have to worry about printing costs! I would recommend this model to anyone for general use and for high quality images.

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              12.09.2001 08:08
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              This printer has excellent print quality of 2880dpi which is good. I bought mine when they were new and cost £120 but i wish I had thought about it more now as £120 is a lot of money and i realised that i cannot refil the cartridges such as some printer will allow you to do that. Also the carts cost a hell of a lot of money but just in the past few months there has been compatibles comming onto the market but they are still more expensive. This printer is good for its picture quality but for refilling and cost to buy the carts is a lot. The printer has a print rate of up to 8ppm (pages per min) but when on photoquality pics it does reduce that rate. Not good for an office but good for the home. Pricey after sales maintenace and also a little noisy but the carts are easy to load. Paper needs to be taken out of the input tray as it will flop and then will stay in that possition when exiting the printer.

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                14.08.2001 16:33
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                Printers have been the bain of my life for many years. I am a teacher of not only IT but also Art. For school I am responsible for choosing and purchasing printers. Being in education, the budget is limited, and yet you require a good speed of printing, good quality, durability (students aren't always careful!) and economical use. In the past I have sruggled with interchangeable cartridges, poor printing quality, refillable cartridges leaking everywhere, and spending £1000's of pounds a term on the cartridges themselves. Until now I have used HP and Canon. Unfortunately, they were expensive to run and not hardy enough. I came across the Epson 680 through Jungle.com on special offer (not having to pay VAT made the cost £55!) I decided to try one. The results were simply stunning. The quality produced, without changing the printer settings to best quality, is crystal clear. On best quality, it is photo perfect! I was convinced! I bought a batch for school and then one for myself. Unfortunately I have to pay VAT and so it cost me £67! A bargin!! The cost of running the printers at school has reduced from over £1000 to £400! What a difference!! As far as durability goes, we will have to wait and see....so far, so good. An excellent buy at an excellent price.

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                  26.07.2001 08:07
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                  I decided to write this opinion after experiencing dissatisfaction from purchasing the Epson 680 inkjet printer. When buying my most recent pc, I wanted a printer as part of the bundle. I had, had an Epson 600 inkjet printer from some years now an had been very pleased with it, it was strong, reliable and gave a good print quality at acceptable speeds. So when asked what printer I would like, with no hesitation I chose the new Epson 680 thinking it was to generation above mine (640 and 680) I though that there would be an improvement, and if there wasn’t then as long as it was as good as my 600 then I would be happy. But no suck luck, I have come to realise that Epson have come to change the way in which they make printers. The Epson 680 is far worse quality wise that the 600, the printer is light, made of thinner plastic and has one of the worst printed document holder yet seen in any printer. It’s almost like on of those plastic wallets, but sticking out of the printer, it almost bends when printout collect in it. Print wise the quality has been slightly improved, and it is faster, but the whole ink system I have to say has been designed very poorly indeed. There is only one light to tell you when the inks out only software tells you, while the Epson 600 has separate lights on the printer, which flashed also when ink was low, again another function that the new 680 hasn’t got. Also when the colour ink is out you can’t even just print a basic black and white document. The printer stops working al together. While I am on the ink thing the cartridges are very expensive and are also hard to get hold of. They are probably this expensive due to a new technology the Epson has put on then called ‘Intelligent’ ink. The have a little chip to sort of tell the printer how much ink was in them. So they are more expensive but the new technology is no benefit to the old. So in summery then
                  Epson 680 is more of an economy printer, it’s noisy, not very strong, not bad print quality and speed but very noisy. It reminds me very much of those disposable camera’s

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                    16.07.2001 16:50

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                    Well, what can I say about the Epson Stylus Colour 680. I was having doubts about this printer when I first purchased it, but when purchased with the Epson Photo Quality Ink Jet paper - you could instantly turn yourself into a Priting Company. This is due to the fact that you can get so much out of a little printer. It prints so fast with even the best quality photo printing being printed in the quickest time I have ever seen. And now - the companmy have flipped their lid by making the Epson printer more stylish with there own visual effects. The print I have go is a transparent colour. It has a blue lid and blue paper holder which justs adds to the stylish looks. Its easy to use Windows interface is unbelievabley good. Also, the ink cartridges ahve chips on so you can see how much ink is available in the ink cartridges. This is the BEST BUY EVER!. Epson Rule!

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                    04.05.2001 01:26
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                    I tell you, you would not believe the amount of time I spent umming and arrging about which printer to buy myself. I have spent many a long hour browsing away at online shops, trying to find the best deal, and many miles walking around computer stores trying to find an elusive special offer. You'd think it would be easy for me to make a decision, as in my job you can't afford to be indecisive, but it has taken me about 4 months to finally decide which printer to buy! I'm normally very good at shopping and find spending money very, very easy indeed. But if I'm spending over £50 it takes me ages to decide what to buy. So how did I finally come to a decision, and how did I decide? The overriding factor when deciding which printer to buy it to look at what you are gong to use it for. There's not point buying an all singing, all dancing printer costing several hundred pounds if all you are going to use if for is to print out some letter. Conversely there is no point skimping on cost if you need a quality printer for photographs or presentations. I was after a printer to use mainly for printing word-processed document, but I also wished to have a printer that had the flexibility to print photographs and leaflets to an adequate quality. I also wanted a printer that would print pages fairy quickly, as I've had a slow printer before and I get really frustrated just waiting for a page to come out of the tray! The next factor is to look at your budget. Obviously the more you spend, the better the printer, and if you need a high performance printer it is not going to come cheap, but there is no point buying a cheap model if you need one with a high spec, as it just won't perform. Having said that, there are a lot of fairly good quality printers available for less than £100 (I should know, remember all that research I mentioned!). I had a budget of £90, but that had to include the cost of the cable as well. <br><br> Another thing to check is what sort of connection you need to your computer. There is no point going out and buying a Parallel printer that is cheap if you've only got a USB computer. I've got an iMac, which is USB only, so surprise surprise I needed a USB printer. Most printers nowadays are either USB or dual USB/Parallel printers, so this did not restrict my choice too much. After much browsing around I narrowed my choice down to 6. They were the Canon BJC-3000, Canon B-400, the Hewlett Packard 840c, Epson 580, Epson 680 and Lexmark Z32. So how did you choose between them? There are several differences between these printers. The first of these is the resolution, or dpi. An inkjet printer squirts dots of ink through nozzles to form the test or picture you are printing. The more dots used per inch, the sharper the picture. It's not quite as simple as that as the quality of the image produced depends on other factors such as the ink and paper used, but generally a bigger dpi figure means a sharper picture. Be careful not to use this figure as the sole basis for purchasing a printer, as for the vast majority of the time you will not use the maximum available resolution. For text you will rarely use a setting above 600 dpi, but it is nice to have the flexibility of being able to produce a sharper image if required. The next difference is in the print speeds. Again think about the sort of printing you are going to do a lot of. There is no point buying a printer which prints black and white pages quickly and colour slowly, if all you are going to print is photographs. Also, be careful not to pay too much attention to the published figures. Manufacturers obviously try to make their printer sound as good as possible and will publish the fastest speed that is theoretically possible from the printer, usually a text document in draft mode. In reality this figure may be different from the speed you
                    will achieve printing a typical page. Use the figures as a rough guide, but make sure you treat them as rough and not gospel! The best way to get an accurate view of the speed of a printer is to go to a reputable retailer and ask them to print you some test pages from the various models you are interested in. This way you can judge the quality and the print speed for yourself. Something that is often overlooked by people buying a printer is the ink cartridges themselves. Often the printer comes with a cartridge only half full, so you may have to buy a replacement sooner than you think, and the price of a replacement cartridge can be a bit of a shock! Find out the cost of replacement print cartridges, bearing in mind that the cartridges for some printers will print more pages on average than those for a different model, so an exact like for like comparison is not always possible. Also find out it there are generic cartridges available for your printer, rather than the manufacturers own make. Buying a compatible cartridge made by WHSmith instead of Epson for example can save you up to 70%, which can work out to over £10 per cartridge. Manufacturers always recommend that you only use their branded cartridges and threaten that you may invalidate your warranty if you use a compatible product instead, but in 3 years of owning an inkjet printer I have always used the cheaper compatible cartridges and never had a problem with quality or the function of my printer. If you are really brave you can even refill your own print cartridges. You can now get kits supplied with ink and syringes to refill your empty ink cartridges. Most cartridges can now be refilled, just follow the enclosed instructions. As long as you are careful its not too messy and is even cheaper than buying a compatible cartridge. Well, those are the main points to consider, looks aren't really all that important as a printer is more functional than decorative. Oh
                    yes, make sure you get a printer that is compatible with your printer. Sounds obvious but if you are running a Mac or an old PC you might find not all printers will work, even if you have the correct cable to attach it. I've suffered this problem when my Dad gave me an old printer for my Mac. I could get a cable to connect it but no driver to run the printer, so his generous gift turned into a rather expensive doorstop! So, taking into account all the above, which printer did I finally go for? Drum roll please........ I bought an Epson Stylus Colour 680. One of the reasons I bought it was I got a really good deal on an ex-display model at John Lewis, so than paying the list price of £99 I only paid £67, quite a bargain when you consider it comes with the full one year warranty. It prints up to 2880 dpi, a higher resolution than any of the other printers I was looking at, and while I won't use this resolution very often (it uses shed loads of ink!) it's nice to have the flexibility of this resolution if I need it. When I had some test pages printed it seemed a fast printer for the price, certainly a lot faster that the Canon BJC-2000 I have been using. The difference is especially notable when printing at higher resolutions and in colour. The manufacturer claims it will print up to 8 pages of text a minute in draft mode. I've never managed to get it to print quite that fast, but it's still fast enough for my needs. The 680 has two print heads so you can have a black cartridge and a colour cartridge in use simultaneously. This saves a lot of messing about changing printer cartridges. The downside of this printer is, unlike the Canon s400 and BJC-3000, there is a combined colour cartridge, so if one of the three colours in there runs out, you have to change the whole cartridge. This is not too much of a handicap as you
                    will find that the colours are used pretty evenly in normal printing. <br>I think I was a little seduced by the price I managed to buy this printer for, as despite what I said above about using compatible cartridges, I?ve gone a bought a printer that you cannot yet buy a compatible printer cartridge for, so I?m stuck with buying Epson own brand cartridges, which cost around £20 for a colour cartridge and £24 for a black cartridge. This is pretty expensive, but you can print up to 600 pages from a black cartridge, and up to 300 pages with a colour cartridge, which isn?t that bad. It works out to about 4p a page for text printing and 7p a page for colour printing, which is fairly respectable, although I could have done better if I'd bought one of the Canon printers. I compounded the error by buying a printer that uses cartridges that cannot be refilled! What was I thinking! The cartridges are so called 'Epson Intellidge' cartridges which contain a chip that keeps track of ink levels. This has a plus side as you can swap around print cartridges with the computer always being able to know how much ink is left in each cartridge, but has the downside that they cannot yet be refilled. I have emailed JR, who make one of the popular refill kits, and they say they are working on a software crack that will enable you to refill these cartridges, but it has not been released yet, so I'll just have to spend lots of money on branded cartridges in the meantime. It's a good job I don?t do much printing! Overall I'm happy with my purchase, the printer does everything I need, was cheap to buy, fairly quick and prints good quality images. I only wish I'd followed my own advice and bought a printer which has compatible cartridges so I could save even more money. Never mind, better luck next time. Still, it quite a stylish design with a very cool flip top paper tray and looks good alongside my very trendy iMac! Oh, a quick note on cables. John Lewis were selling a USB cable for £13, which I thought was a bit steep so I trotted down to Maplin Electronics and managed to buy one for only £5. They come in a range of colours, I've bought a very fetching blue one, so don't get ripped off, shoppin around always pays off.

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                      15.03.2001 00:56
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                      Epson are a well experienced company, dealing with all aspects of visual technology. The Epson 680 is part of the new stylus 80 range, all claiming to give great quality printing at a low price. It claims to be quick, easy to use, with great prints. I have this printer and it does just that. It is under £100, which is very cheap for an Epson. It isd very fast, printing around 5 word-processed documents a minute. It even prints very good photos, without the need for an overpriced photo printer. By looking at the picture, you can tell that the printer is attractive. It looks perfect on your desktop! The software included is very easy to use, and gets the job done. The program intergrates well into all other programs, and offers great printing off of the internet. You also get a photo CD with it, giving you over 100 photos for use with your printer. The ink is quite cheap, and easy to install. It prints quickly and the quality is excellent. With some printers, a full page colour picture looks good when it comes out, but does not look right once dry. The 680 is different. You can print an A4 photograph, and the quality is the same, even once dry. On annoying thing is the time the ink takes to 'warm up' when the priner is switched on. Apart from that I have had no problems. This is another great printer from a well-known company, that fulfills everything it is said to do. With great print quality and software, and attractive design and a very good price, it blows opposition like the Lexmark Z32 out of the water. 'It does everything it says on the box'!!!! 9/10!

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                        25.02.2001 03:40
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                        It’s a good fast printer, and gets the top reviews in numerous computer magazines, I would recommend an epson to anyone, but not this model because here is the catch. Well, the Epson 680 unlike, its slightly faster brother(printers are male, scanners are female) the Epson 880, has a chip on the cartridge this is a security measure to stop you buying cheap ink to put into it. You can now purchase for about 20 pounds (www.zentrex.co.uk) a device to remove this chip, stick it one of their a cheap cartridges and make it thinks it’s a new one again, it works but it’s a bit of a hassle. So I advice you buy the Epson 880 costs about 10 pounds more, but the replacement ink cartridges don’t have any stupid chips so you can buy the ink for a few pounds, (have a look on www.choicestationary.com) to see the difference in price. Don’t get ripped off like me, unless you are one of the nice people who buy the ink from Epson rather than epson compatible ink. Don't you think it is interesting how the reviewers always suggest this model rather than the slightly faster 880,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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                          13.02.2001 21:38
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                          The Epson Stylus 680 colour inkjet printer is an excellent buy for anyone looking to upgrade their older epsons (eg color 300) or maybe their old HP deskjet printers. The max resolution on this baby is 2880 dpi --- half this resolution looks impressive enough but with 2880 you will get outstanding clear crisp photo's. The specs suggest 8 pages per minute max and 5 pages per minute colour but realistically you'll get about 6 and 3 respectively. In the case of printing a very high resolution picture it may take a couple of minutes, but that is only at outstanding quality, and it will be well worth that wait in the end. People who do not have a good quality printer but maybe have a digital camera and/or a scanner would benefit extremly from one of these printers, however if you are looking for a fast printer for black and white documents and the occasional colour printout, this would probably not be the way to go.

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                          16.12.2000 01:39
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                          Having bought this now pretty old printer fundamentally due to its price, I have been really impressed with the actual quality. Printing in 'Econofast', '360dpi', '700dpi' or even '1400dpi', this printer is certainly very versatile. The top resolution, 1400dpi is greater than that of many more expensive models currently available, and is excellent for printing off photos etc. Having said that, sometimes the detail is a bit muddy, so for someone wanting to use it purely for high-res graphics a higher specification printer would be better. Speed is moderate - obviously with the photo-quality setting taking quite a while to print off anything. The actual design is pretty basic and intuitive - facilties for envelopes, differing sizes of paper up to A4. It's quite a compact printer, although not particularly good-looking. If it hasn't been used for a while it can decide to clean it's print-heads which can take a time. The two cartridges, black and colour, are easily installed and widely available, and the Printer Drive program lets you know when you're running low. Although the Printer Driver is fine, the Help Program is incredibly irritating. Taking on a totally irelevant and obscure Jungle theme, you have to wait for example for a Monkey to swing across the screen before you can click on a certain question. The information is useful once you get to it, but loud Lion noises, and slow cartoon graphics are just pointless and are not the sort of thing to calm you down when you're printer's just done something it shouldn't. However, all in all this is a great little budget printer. It's wide range of functions means it's ideal for general non-specific home use - ideally for printing off text, the occasional graphic and photo etc. Yes, you will find better, sleaker, quieter, faster, cooler printers, but not for anything like this price.

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                            10.12.2000 05:16

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                            Well what can I say? It is an EPSON printer so you know that the quality is going to be good. Well in fact it is better than that, the quality is great, with printing on glossy paper producing 'photos' of such vibrancy. Compared to the older printers, the ink carts have been redesigned, and now feature a set of copper contacts...... so unlike in the past they are no longer simple containers for the ink. This may hinder the development of cheaper 'compatible' ink carts, so you will probable be lumbered with having to buy original Epson inks, which have always been more expensive. WARNING if you do choose to print glossy pics, you will notice the ink level going down quite quickly. Oh and the styling of the printer, especially the piece of near transparent plastic which they try and pass off as the paper tray may not be to every bodies liking. On the up side, it also has a USB port, so you can connect to your IMAC as well.

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