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I can't answer the other questions, but yes, USB is much faster than Parallel. It is even faster than SCSI. I used to see system degradation when I tried to do other tasks while my prints were running. With USB, I see zero degradation. -Jim ----- Original Message ----- From: "Lew" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:24 PM Subject: Epson 1280 CIS and Software Questions > I just purchased a new 1280 as an upgrade from my EX. I have some > questions I am hoping you can answer: > > 1. The installation instructions said the USB connection was preferred to > a parallel connection. Is the transfer rate faster on the USB? I plugged > it into the parallel cable used by the EX for now. > > 2. Part of my upgrade reason to access longer life inks, either from Epson > or outside. I have a large supply of Epson Photo Paper and am trying to > find a place that compares expected life of the various Epson papers > compared to each other. Photo compared to PPG, heavyweight matte, etc. > > 3. I think I will need to buy a CIS system and am considering the > Niagara. There are three ink choices, plug-n-play, Generations, and > Enhanced Generations. I shoot glamour so my biggest concern is skin tones > (lots of skin :) and print life. I have never modified or created a > profile... I tweak the picture and print it so PNP compatibility ranks high > from that standpoint, unless someone wants to come over and show me how to > profile :) > > 4. Did Epson drop the B (Ledger) 11X17 Photo paper? I don't see it listed > in the Epson book of recommended papers that came with the printer however > an errata sheet did mention the new Colorlife paper not in the book, but > not the sizes. > > Thanks! > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.