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Does the feeder tray or manual feed on the 1280 enable you to consistently get an accurate printout when using thicker media? We had a Epson Stylus Color 1520 that recently conked out on us at our office. We used it primarily to print color graphics on 11 x 17 paper and on 80 lb matte card stock for document covers. When we bought a new printer, it was an HP DeskJet 1220C. It claimed to be able to print on the thick paper we use for covers and does, occassionally. The problem is with the manual feed slot that allows thick media to run through the printer. It does not consistently take the paper due to the way that it must be loaded from the back during the print cycle. Loading from the back is awkward and getting the paper set in the tray perfectly is very difficult. Sensors pick up the paper and often take it crooked or a little late or even miss it completely and the printer starts spitting ink on the bottom of the casing, not realizing the paper isn't there. After hours of reconfiguring settings and customer service calls the problem has not been alleviated. On our old Epson there was a manual feed slot where you could kind of slide the paper in a little groove in the top feeder before sending a job to print. The paper was secure and although it was slow, the printing was good and reliable. We want to send back the HP and are looking into getting an Epson 1280, but I don't want to order it unless the feeder works in a more reliable way for thicker media. How does the paper feed work in the 1280? Any help or suggestions on a better suited printer would be much appreciated. Thanks, Leanna - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.