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hello experts,
I am looking for a nice printer that can print images directly to CDs/DVDs
I found one here http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/consumer/consDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=37368464
what do you guys think about that one ? or do you guys recomend me a better one ?
thanks
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I was going to recommend Epson; some of their printers can, indeed print directly onto optical media, and they are decent printers for general purpose use as well.  I think that Canon makes a model or two that can do that also.

Understand, you need special media to do this, most media does not have a printable surface.  Also, I wouldnt print any media that you intend to keep on an archival basis for a LONG time (years), it's unknown how the ink will interact with the dye layer that holds the data if you are talking about truly long-term storage.  In fact, I wouldn't label truly archival media at all, in any way.  What I do is put them into one of those envelopes with the round clear window, then I write the label on the BACK of a "post it note" and stick that note on the INSIDE of the clear Window (stuck to the Window, not to the media).

Casio makes a thermal transfer optical media printer for under $100 (sometimes on sale for $49.99) that uses thermal transfer ribbons.  It looks like a portable CD player.  The advantage is that it can print on most media that do not have any special surface.  But it's only single color (you can get ribbons in different colors, but any one ribbon is one color only), and it's fairly limited in terms of what you can do, you can't to photos or highly complex artwork.

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