April 17, 2007

Photo Printers' Fade Resistance Plus Reviews of Kodak EasyShare 5300 and Dell Laser Printer 1720

By Jason Sattler

Review Roundup: HP Photosmart Series Prints Photos for the Ages Plus Much More


HP Photosmart Retains Fade-Resistant Crown

Determined to find the photo printer that most resists fading, Tibor Antalóczy of Pixinfo.com printed photos from the Canon Selphy DS810 inkjet printer, Epson Picture Mate 100 inkjet printer, HP Photosmart 385 inkjet printer, HP Photosmart Express 385 inkjet printer, Kodak PP-500 and Samsung SPP-2040 dye-sub printer using Canon's Photo Paper Plus Semi Gloss 4x6 in. and Glossy Photo Paper Plus 4x6 in.

Tibor and his team exposed each print to sunlight on their ninth floor office for nearly a year (see actual example from the Canon Selphy DS810 above). The result? The HP Photosmart 385 won for the second straight year, producing "unbelievable" images that don't fade. While HP no longer produces the 385, the Photosmart line continues to use the same printing system that wowed Pixinfo.

Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-In-One InkJet Printer Put to the Test

Two months ago we introduced you to the new line of Kodak Easyshare inkjet printers. Now PopPhoto.com's Executive Technology Editor Michael J. McNamara has put the $199 Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-In-One printer's claims to the test: printing lab quality photos at 10 cents/print. McNamara found the Easyshare lacking in both categories.

The price works out to about 11.5 cents/print, which is still a bargain. But "the quality of the prints was so low in color saturation that they could be deemed no better than 'draft' quality by professional or lab-print standards." When it comes to bargain photo printers, McNamara recommends the Epson Stylus Photo RX580 at $150.

Two Takes on the Dell Laser Printer 1720 Series

Daniel Chapman at Snapshot Reviews provides a detailed overview of the $299 Dell Laser Printer 1720 finding it to be a "solid monochrome workhorse" printer for both home and office." If you need duplex printing and Ethernet connectivity, he recommends you step up a model to the 1720dn. Speaking of the 1720dn,

M. David Stone at PC Magazine rates it as "Very Good," praising its "network connector" and "good paper handling." Graphics wise, the 1720 produces "notable flaws" that make it less than ideal for business use.

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