In my defense, I wanted to test this new machine before writing about it. In reality, I was too scarred from dealing with another photo printer mishap and didn’t feel like writing about it.
Brace yourself for some printer drama.
Earlier this year, I told you about my new photo printer, an HP 5510, and the issues I had with it. I was able to get a warranty replacement, but I did not recommend the product.
So I had the replacement machine. I leave the house and the printer goes unused for a couple of weeks. What happens when I return? The same freaking problem that it had last time. LINES all over the photos and everything turned orange.
I was pretty pissed.
I got a warranty replacement again. It did not set my mind to rest. How long would I have to wait before it broke again? If it keeps breaking, how good are these photos? I became convinced that if the machine was that flimsy, I’d probably find a couple of years down the road that the photos were crap.
That was it. HP was dead to me and I decided to invest in a higher quality machine. Mr. P agreed
so he wouldn’t have to hear me complain since it would put my mind at ease .
Lots and LOTS of research later and after a chat with the lovely Ali Edwards, I bought an Epson Stylus R2000. Yes, I spent a bit more money than on the last printer, but I was tired of second guessing the longevity of my pictures. I do all my photo printing at home, so the machine matters.
I’ve been mostly pleased with it so far – still working out a couple of kinks, but the photo quality and speed are really good!
One thing though – it is a huge machine. I didn’t need a wide format printer (it can print up to 13 inches wide), just one that was good quality. Unfortunately getting that quality means a bigger machine with more bells and whistles. I had to have a coworker carry it to my car for me and it almost didn’t fit on my printer stand!
So that’s it – so far. I’m hoping I can keep this machine without incident for a few years!