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Epson Stylus
Photo 700


Epson Stylus Photo 700Price:
Rs 14,395
Best result: Still life on Epson photo
paper
Colors: 5 (CcMYK)
Max res: 720/1,440 dpi
Mode used: SuperFine with MicroWeave

Epson
Photo’s output on photo paper was the best in the shootout. It performed
well on inkjet and plain paper too. However, its output of photos (skin
tone) needs some improvement. The red color in the photo appeared
artificial. Epson recommends using its own photo paper for prints. To
check this out, we took printouts of a test image on both Epson and Kodak
photo papers. The output on Epson photo paper was much closer to the
original.

Canon BJC
7100


Canon BJC 7100Price:
Rs 19,200
Best result: Still life on inkjet
paper
Colors: 7 (CcMmYyK)
Max res: 1,200×600 dpi
Mode used: Super Photo

Canon’s output on inkjet paper was the best in the shootout. Even on
photo paper, it was among the top three. However, it gave average prints
on plain paper. This was also the only printer to come with removable and
reusable printheads, which help reduce the cost of consumables. This top
scorer in print quality would be a better buy with a lower price.

HP DeskJet
880C


HP DeskJet 880CPrice:
Rs 18,988
Best result: Photo of model on photo
paper
Colors: 4 (CMYK)
Max res: 600 dpi
Mode used: Best

We got life-like photo output with skin tones on the DeskJet 880C.
Color reproduction is very good, on both photo and plain paper. Results on
HP photo paper were much better than on Kodak paper. The best part about
the printer is that it doesn’t use any extra color to produce photo
quality, and still manages to do a great job.

Lexmark
5000 Color JetPrinter

Lexmark 5000 Color JetPrinterPrice:
Rs 7,995
Best results:
Still life on photo paper
Colors:
5 (CcMmY, prints composite black)
Max res:
1,200×600 dpi
Mode used:
High

The JetPrinter gives good color output on
photo and inkjet paper at a low cost, and was the cheapest of the lot.
However, its skin-tone output isn’t as good as other printers’, and
shows a lot of patchiness. The main advantage of this printer is that it
is also suitable for normal use. You just have to pull out the photo
cartridge which adds the extra two colors, and replace it with the black
one. It’s also available in a trendy black color.

HP DeskJet
895 Cxi

HP DeskJet 895 CxiPrice:
Rs 25,250
Best results: Photo of model on photo
paper, still life on plain paper
Colors: 4 (CMYK)
Max res: 600 dpi
Mode used: Best

The DeskJet 895 gave good results on photo as well as plain paper. Its
skin-tone output was among the best in the shootout. It was also the
costliest printer of the lot. Just like the HP DeskJet 880C, this HP
printer too produces photo prints with four colors.

HP
DeskJet 710C

HP DeskJet 710CPrice:
Rs 12,373
Best
results:
Still life on plain paper
Colors: 4 (CMYK)
Max res: 600 dpi
Mode used: Best

If you’re looking for a photo-quality printer that can
give you good results on plain paper, the DeskJet 710C is a good choice.
The printer gave the best results on plain paper in the shootout. For its
price and quality, the printer is a good buy.

HP DeskJet
695 Cci

HP DeskJet 695 CciPrice:
Rs 8,787
Best results: Photo of model on photo
paper; color
picture on photo paper
Colors: 5 (CcMYy)
Max res: 600 dpi
Mode used: Best

If you’re looking for a low-cost solution to photo-quality printouts,
the DeskJet 695 Cci is a good choice. You can adapt it for normal use by
replacing the photo cartridge with the black cartridge.

Wipro
GeniusWriter IJC 955

Price:
Rs 12,930
Best results: Still life on inkjet
paper
Colors: 5 (CcMYK)
Max res: 1,200×600 dpi
Mode used: High quality

GeniusWriter’s best output is on inkjet paper. On other media, output
is average.

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