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Harvey, Isn't it more complicated than that? As I read the specs, the 2200/2100 can print better b&w than a 1280/1290 because of the light black ink (and the new features in the driver for linearising grayscale), so you may be able to print high quality b&w and color from the same printer. BUT, the black ink comes in two varieties, photo black and matte black, one for glossy paper and one for matte paper. So unless all your color and b&w work is going to be on one type of surface, you may still need two printers (one for glossy and one for matte), because changing from the photo black cartridge to the matte black cartridge or vice versa on the 7600 uses a great deal of ink from all the color cartridges (according to Epson) and doesn't sound very practical. I can't find any similar details for changing the black cartridges on the 2200/2100, but it may be similar. Do you (or anyone else) have any info on the practicality of changing the black cartridges on the 2200/2100? Bob Frost. ----- Original Message ----- From: "SKID Photography" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Ursula, > I think you misunderstood the post. I think that person was saying that the > 2200 can do *both* color and B&W, without switching inks due to the 7th (grey) > color, where as the 1280 cannot. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.