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30 September, 2011

bargain hunting: a backup printer, actually two

For those who following this blog should know that between Laurent and I, we have quite a few printers. We do, have quite a fair bit for printing after all.

About 3 weeks ago, I saw this bargain - an entry level mulitfunction printer for just $39 (at Post Office). Then, I did my other shopping at Harvey Norman, and they had it for $38. After checking out the specs, and I bagged one home.

Here it is Epson Stylus NX125:

Epson Stylus NX125

The main reason I bought this printer is the price. Simply too cheap to refuse. (to Don: Antony is poor.) And the second reason is the type of ink it uses, the Epson DURABrite Ultra Resin–Coated Pigment Ink.

What's so special about Epson's DURABrite ink? Well, unless you are professional or photographer (which I will discuss this bit later), DURABrite is the type of ink suitable for most tasks. Although it is not very vivid (compared to Claria Photographic Ink or the top end UltraChrome), it is the ink that does not share common drawbacks of inkjet output, DURABrite ink is smudge, water and fade resistant. Smudge and water resistant are two very important features, just like the laser print outputs.

Some of you may recall that I have an Epson A3 format inkjet printer, well, it does produce good colour, but it uses Claria PHotographic Ink which unfortunately is not smudge and water resistant. Soon after opening this new entry level printer, I tested the output and run through water: paper curved, but ink stays.

As for the important print output, it is slow, reasonably sharp (okay, it is not as sharp as outputs from a (colour) laser printer), and colour is reasonably good. For this super-low price, I shouldn't not picky. As for scanning, can't be bothered.

When using proper photo paper, the colour output from this 4-ink printer is pretty good to be honest. The output is better than colour laser printer's output, just not as bright as on Epson Stylus Photo 1410 which uses 6 photographic inks.

To my surprise, it comes with full capacity of inks, not the usually lite/low capacity version. And a full set of inks (CMYK) would have easily cost over $70. And the other day I saw the same printer at OfficeWorks for $36-something, I bought another one.

For real professionals, they should consider Epson printers with UltraChrome inks, even better colour and smear and water resistance as well.

related articles:
a printer (Brother MFC-9840CDW) (22 September, 2010)
bye bye Epson Stylus Photo R230 (16 August 2010)
Brother MFC-8890DW (28 March, 2010)
Epson 1410 (Epson Stylus Photo 1410, 10 August, 2009)
Brother label printer (Brother QL-570 Label Printer, 12 May, 2009)
new toy - Brother P-touch 1280 (Brother P-touch 1280, 27 April, 2007)


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Posted by Antony on 30 September 2011 3:04 PM | gadget
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Was this what I have been waiting for all these weeks?
I am under-whelmed!...LOL!!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 30 September 2011 11:32 PM.
No, not this item. The "exciting" purchase it will be posted sometime.
Posted by Antony on 30 September 2011 11:36 PM.
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