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Craig, I assume you are in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. In the U.S., the 790 is known as 780 (who knows why?). I have used the 780 and its sibling the 785EPX quite a lot; I have never used the 890, though. I am, however, quite familiar with the 880, 1280 (1290 to you) and its predecessor, the 1270. The 780/90 is, indeed, not as well made mechanically as the 880. By extension, I assume the 890 to be substantially better, too. However, here in the U.S. one can buy three 780s for just a few dollars more than one 890. Thus, given that the two printers print identically, one has to look to anticipated print volume to provide justification for the price difference. Admitedly, the 780's paper-handling could be smoother - some find its 'snap, crackle, pop' initiation to be distressing - I assume the 790 is the same. The 8XX series printers are a lot smoother and quieter. Again, though, the 780 produces prints equal to those from the 890 at bargain prices and consumables will be identical. If I were buying a printer and my choices were the ones you have identified, I would pick the 780/90 if I only printed a few prints a day. Conversely, if my print volume was in the dozens a day, it would have to be the 890 for the increased potential reliability. Jim Wingo *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 8/21/2001 at 10:43 AM Craig Auckland wrote: ><- I asked this a few days ago but there were no replies so here it is >again -> > >Has anybody used the Epson 790 printer? It uses the same carts as the 890 - >has the same spec, except a slower print speed; and looks less robust - but >I don't carry the thing around so no worries there. Its very cheap, prints >full A4 at 2880x720 dpi. > > I already use a 1200; fitted with a CIS and MIS archival inks but I want a >backup (in case the 1200 goes down like it did recently) or to print text >files and images at the same time as printing on the 1200. > >So the question is: does it compare with the 890? Any problems I should >know >about? Etc? > >(I don't want to fit a cis to it) > >Craig > >_______________________________________________ >Craig Auckland | Photographer > >Tel: +44 (0)7930 337 226 >Fax: +44 (0)7931 607 428 >Email: email@example.com >Portfolio: www.aucklandphotographer.co.uk >_______________________________________________ >providing images of the built environment > > >- >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.
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