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Attractive Features: General-Purpose Inkjet Printers

Summary Table And Conclusion

NameS300S500S630Stylus C60Stylus C70
ManufacturerCanonCanonCanonEpsonEpson
Price$99$149$199$99$149
Resolution2400 x 1200 dpi2400 x 1200 dpi2400 x 1200 dpi2880 x 720 dpi2880 x 720 dpi
Cartridges24424
Colors44444
Speed, B&W11 ppm12 ppm17 ppm12 ppm16 ppm
Speed, color7,5 ppm8 ppm12 ppm8 ppm9,5 ppm
ConnectivityUSBUSB & ParallelUSB & ParallelUSB & ParallelUSB & Parallel
Nozzles70410881088288540
Integrated memory56 kB62 kB62 kB32 kB256 kB
NameStylus C80Stylus Photo 820Deskjet 932cDeskjet 940c
ManufacturerEpsonEpsonHPHP
Price$179$149$130$149
Resolution2880 x 720 dpi2880 x 720 dpi2400 x 1200 dpi2400 x 1200 dpi
Cartridges4222
Colors4644
Speed, B&W20 ppm12 ppm9 ppm12 ppm
Speed, color10 ppm11 ppm7,5 ppm10 ppm
ConnectivityUSB & ParallelUSB & ParallelUSB & ParallelUSB & Parallel
Nozzles540288708708
Integrated memory256 kB32 kB2 MB2 MB

NameDeskjet 960cDeskjet 990cxiZ43Z53
ManufacturerHPHPLexmarkLexmark
Price$200$300$100$130
Resolution2400 x 1200 dpi2400 x 1200 dpi2400 x 1200 dpi2400 x 1200 dpi
Cartridges2222
Colors444 / 64 / 6
Speed, B&W15 ppm17 ppm12 ppm16 ppm
Speed, color12 ppm13 ppm6 ppm8 ppm
ConnectivityUSB & ParallelUSB & ParallelUSB & ParallelUSB & Parallel
Nozzles708708400400
Integrated memory8 MB + RISC processor,33 MHz8 MB + RISC processor, 33 MHznana

This set of printers can be divided into two groups.

The first consists of inkjet printers which only have ink tank cartridges, namely Canon and Epson. The cartridges don't integrate print-heads, which means a risk of clogging and damage to the heads. Since the heads are fixed to the printer, all print operations could be affected. Another problem is that when it has been idle for a long time, when it starts running again the printer often begins with an ink circuit cleaning cycle. This is noisy, prolonged and heavy on the ink. So this kind of device is better left to those who use it regularly. To give you an idea, if long idle periods are frequent, then so are the cleaning cycles, and the ink consumption can reach 30% more than in our tests. The costs per page will increase proportinally. Canon will always be the cheapest on the market, but Epson will shoot up even higher than they are now.

Note that Canon and Epson have different responses to the issue of heads. When failure occurs (head completely blocked, damaged, etc.) the heads can always be changed. With Canon, all you have to do is buy a new one and install it yourself, which takes 5 seconds. With Epson, you have to send your device back to the factory for repairs. This can cost you quite a bit.

Another feature shared by Canon and Epson printers: they are much faster than HP and Lexmark.