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I'm trying to find out the main differences between the Epson Stylus 600 and 800 (aside from the price) Or are there other brands I should strongly consider? I'm a digital designer/photographer, so I need one with high quality printing. Quality is more important than price, although price is an issue.
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Najjie,

The major difference between the printers is speed. The Stylus 850 is much faster then the Stylus 640. These are the newest model numbers and replace the 800 & 600 respectively.

Also the 850 has both serial and parallel interfaces while the 640 is parallel only. Don't know why anyone would use a serial connection with a printer.

If you want the best color photo prints look at the ALPS printers. They cost a little more than the Stylus 850 but all reviews claim better results. A friend of mine raves over his.

I personally like HP printers better than Epson. The print head is built into their cartridges. You get a new print head every time you change cartridges. Also they input and output the paper from the front of the printer. The Epsons feed paper from the rear and tend to misfeed more often. The Epsons are also prone to clogged ink tubing if they sit for awhile.

Hope this helps.

Cumbo
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