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Mon, 17 Feb 1997 23:52:45 -0500
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>Should I
>get a cheap bubblejet with no color but quicker high resolution production?
>I've been looking in computer shopper at articles and talking to people but
>do not seeem to be able to resolve the issue either way.  I'm not sure how
>large my budget is, it depends on how much debt I take on or what else I put
>off now.  Otherwise around $300.
>Thanks, Miriam

Frankly, I'm not even sure you can buy a b&w ink jet these days - I'm
pretty sure they are only color. But that aside, if your budget is $300 or
thereabouts, get an inkjet. Take a look at the Epson line of inkjet
printers... they can print up to 720 dpi if you use the requisite paper and
produce very good results. Everyone in my user group seems happy with them.
But keep in mind, inkjet printers are slower than laserprinters. If you
have intensive graphics, a page can take a long time to print (I had one
page take 20 minutes). This is partially due to the fact that inkjet
printers don't have memory, so the image is spooled to a file on your
computer and this process takes longer. You mentioned a poster project...
if you need to print larger than 8.5x11, then the cost will go up

Karen Ackoff
Scientific Illustrator
Smithsonian Institution
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