Inkjet-Printer: Heavyweights From Canon, Epson and HP

Monochrome Office Quality

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Our comments on color office prints apply more or less equally to monochrome. Epson is again affected by a raster in the background, HP is too pale, and not really black. Only Canon, though a bit too dark, comes out well in default resolution.

We should mention, however, that you can make Epson and HP do better. If you go into the Epson driver and raise print quality a bit, you'll get prints that are slower but much better. Epson will probably revise its default resolution, as it did on the C80.

As for HP, the solution is more expensive. It means buying a black cartridge to use instead of the photo one supplied when you want to print on ordinary paper.