Hi You will find that views will vary with cannon and epson taking the lead in most cases, look for colour life of inks and ink costs(this can save more than the cost of the printer long term). six colour printers give a better tonel range, and if you are going to be doing a lot of pre editing of your photos on a pc is a built in card reader realy necessary(espsialy if you pay more for it)? Remember that you can now have 6x4 prints printed realy cheaply (19p each at tesco) strait from your chip in half an hour,so think about the type of use you will give it.
Personly I would not go past epson, customer service is second to non, had a fault once reported at 2pm new printer 8:30am next day and I have heard of this a number of times.
The point I was trying to make is if you are wanting to produce high quality long lasting photo prints, then at the moment Cannon and Epson probably lead the field. But think about the main use of your printer, all printers will now produce aceptable photo prints and if you only want to print the odd photo, but most of your usage is text then I am sure the HP will be fine. If most of your printing is going to be photos you are better off with a dedicated photo printer. Remember regardless of printer brand look at running costs, you will spend more on ink during the printers life than the cost of the printer! Cheep compatible inks could save you money but if you are printing photos will they give you correct colour tones and will the prints be colour fast. All these questions need to be answerd before you make your desision. If your head and hart says the HP is for me then go for it, HP produce good printers just make sure its right for your use.
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