Printer Cartridges


M

M P

I'm eyeing the Canon i470D, i450 and the i850.

I noticed why the cartridges are so cheap. The printer heads are not built
on the cartridge but in the printer unlike other companies. This is why
cartridges are dirt cheap for Canon. Am I wrong or am I way off?

Also, pcworld rates the i450 a better printer then the i850 quality wise.
Wondering why this is so especially with the price difference.
 
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T

Taliesyn

M said:
I'm eyeing the Canon i470D, i450 and the i850.

I noticed why the cartridges are so cheap. The printer heads are not built
on the cartridge but in the printer unlike other companies. This is why
cartridges are dirt cheap for Canon. Am I wrong or am I way off?
Dirt cheap?... - it's all relative. A set of 4 cartridges for the Canon
i850 bought at my local department store will set me back about $110 in
Canadian Dollars. Nothing cheap about that. And 2 cartridges for the
Lexmark Z55 (with print heads on the cartridges) will cost me about $25
above the Canon cost. Neither to me qualifies as "dirt cheap".

You want dirt cheap - I refill both with quality bulk ink for about $5
each. Now THAT's cheap!

I believe the i560 (if I got the number right) is replacing the i850
since it was suspiciously absent from Canon's latest ads in the
newspapers here in Canada.
Also, pcworld rates the i450 a better printer then the i850 quality wise.
Wondering why this is so especially with the price difference.
Either their testing methods were off or the sample i850 they received
wasn't plugged in. ;-) Shouldn't be all that much difference between
the two anyway.

-Taliesyn
 
R

Ron Cohen

Actually the i560 is the successor to the i550, but with the technology of
the i850. The i860 is the replacement for the i850. It has a 5 tank system.
The extra tank being photo black. Do a google search on the new models
(i560, i860, i960). Lots of press out there already. Prices are lower than
the preceding models and some features have been added.
 
J

john

the only difference between the i450 and i470 is i470 has a built in card
reader. depending on where you are from, the cost of a card reader may cost
less than the price difference; and if you are thinking of just using the
card reader function to read data, don't forget that precious ink is use to
clean the head everytime you turn on the printer.

i got my i450 about a week ago to replace my Epson 640 (about 3 yrs old).
cost me US$96 and $34 for 2 sets of ink, relatively cheaper that Epson.

I was contemplating between i850 and i450, from the specs it says that the
print quality is similar, difference is that the one uses thinktanks while
the other uses tri-ink.

i've not seen any samples from i850, but the printout from the i450 is very
good, but do chk this url:
http://asia.cnet.com/reviews/hardware/printers/0,39001759,39149300,00.htm

canon just release some PictBridge printers, some looks distinctively
similar to the current series.
 
G

GB

what do Canon mean when the say "thinktanks"

john said:
the only difference between the i450 and i470 is i470 has a built in card
reader. depending on where you are from, the cost of a card reader may cost
less than the price difference; and if you are thinking of just using the
card reader function to read data, don't forget that precious ink is use to
clean the head everytime you turn on the printer.

i got my i450 about a week ago to replace my Epson 640 (about 3 yrs old).
cost me US$96 and $34 for 2 sets of ink, relatively cheaper that Epson.

I was contemplating between i850 and i450, from the specs it says that the
print quality is similar, difference is that the one uses thinktanks while
the other uses tri-ink.

i've not seen any samples from i850, but the printout from the i450 is very
good, but do chk this url:
http://asia.cnet.com/reviews/hardware/printers/0,39001759,39149300,00.htm

canon just release some PictBridge printers, some looks distinctively
similar to the current series.
 
J

john

the color refills comes in seperate tanks, so when one color is used up,
you'll just have to replace that empty tank.
 
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GB

just read it online, phew, was worried it was some new thing like cart
chipping
as in think=intelligent as in chip onboard.

Cheers
 

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