>>>Nice thought, about the bulk Epson purchase--I will keep
>>>now sort of interested in the HP product!
>>Yah- I think that is more the direction I might go, too- but the idea
>>could work... Is anyone else interested?
>count me in. The added bonus is, of course, we'll end up with this whole
>community of knowledge about the same exact box - and its inks.
>Any one want to take this on? Someone want to address postscript issues?
>need an old-fashioned printer port connection (to a PowerMac 7300 - I
>I'll follow Mike G. to a G3 card). Are we at 8.5 x 11 or bigger? I have
>some interest in the latter.
The Epson 1520 is a nice mid-priced printer, at a reasonable $500. It has
an option for PostScript, which adds about $100 to the price. It uses 2
cartridges - black, and color (this means it is a 4-color printer, not a
6-color). Ink cartridges cost $25-35, which means approx. $50 for a set of
ink cartridges. It can print paper up to 13.5 inches wide; and can print
paper infinitely long (banners). It is a little tricky getting the
Postscript drivers to work, but they do work and they do produce good
results. This is a serial port printer, so you either need a serial port
a USB-to-serial port adapter (KeySpan makes some that work OK). This is
printer I use at home.
The Epson 3000 is a higher-priced printer (about $2000 last time I
which was a while ago). This printer also has the PostScript option, aslo
adding about $100 to the price. It uses 4 ink cartridges, each costing
approx. $50 (which means $200 for a set of ink cartridges). It can print
to 16 inches wide (though picking paper sizes from the menu can be
confusing [A5, super A3, etc. - these are not defined in the manual, so
some trial and error is necessary]). And as with the 1520, it can print
paper that is infinitely long (banners). This is also a serial port
printer, and I am presently using it with a serial port-to-USB adapter on
newer G3 and it works fine (though I'm using Ethernet rather than Apple
Remote AppleTalk). I was sure to update the driver for use with the G3,
and the USB adapter requires some additional software installation. It
I have had some difficulty lately with Quark... getting things to print
as they appear in the preview (images appear centered but then "fall" off
the edge of the page. It seems to be a problem with getting the printer to
recognize the size paper you are using. I end up getting it to work using
an unlikely arrangement, and it means some wasted paper. Have not yet
updated my 1520 drivers, but have heard new ones are available, so I will
search them out.
Hope this info is useful.
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