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There are actually some very real and significant differences. The 820 is intended as a home-use machine that one uses to print great pictures for family and friends. The 890 is, on the other hand, intended as a printer that is capable of significantly higher volume. The build-quality, materials, and paper-handling mechanism for the 890 is quite a bit better than the 820. Clues to the differences can be found by doing a side-by-side specification comparison on Epson's website (www.epson.com). If one looks at the following sections, one will see real differences. Whether these differences are meaningful to you depends on how and how much you will use the printer. 1. Sound Level (a difference of 5 db - given that a 3 db difference means that something is twice as loud, this tells me that the 890 is much quieter) 2. Input Buffer (with 8 times the memory, the 890 handles large files better and gets out of the system memory quicker) 3. Physical Dimensions (while the two machines are similar in size, the 890 weighs almost twice as much - indicating the it is perhaps built more solidly) 4. Print Volume (the 890 is rated as a much higher volume printer) As I said earlier, the choice is yours - if you need the potential of higher volume without too much concern over its ability to withstand the rigors that entails, or if you just need it quieter, then pick the 890. OTOH, if this is a machine for occasional pix of the grandkids, your flowers, days at the beach, or your pets (or whatever), then the 820 can give you outstanding results. That is one of the wonderful thing about the Epson printers: if one dosen't fit another will. Jim Wingo *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 3/27/2002 at 11:09 PM Jon and Amy Harris wrote: >Are there any significant differences between the 820 and 890? The price >difference is significant ($149 vs. $299) but there doesn't seem to be much >difference in specs. Why the huge price disparity? > >- >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.