August 15, 2006

Epson Stylus CX7800

Just purchased an Epson Stylus CX7800, and the initial reaction is that its a very good printer. This printer is to replace my Epson Stylus 880 and Canon N650U scanner.

There's two reasons why I wanted to replace my old printer. First its about 7 years old, and second I wanted something that would allow my to scan images.

I have an old scanner and having a printer and scanner on my computer desk was taking up too much desk space.

Having an all in one unit is great because it means that its one cable to my computer, freeing up 2 USB slots. Before I had a printer, scanner and a Memory Card Reader connected to my Macintosh. Now the CX7800 does all with one USB cable and one power cord.

The only thing that recently noticed is that there isn't mention in the documentation that this is in fact a USB2 printer! That means that the built in memory card reader replaces any USB2 that I was using before. The computer instantly recognizes when I insert a card.

It was pretty easy to configure my Macintosh G4 with this printer, and scanning works great with Photoshop CS2. I still haven't been able to figure out how to do borderless printing from Photoshop or iPhoto. Hopefully that won't take too long to learn.

Printing does seem a little slow, but the quality is great! I need to configure disclabel so that I can print really awesome labels.

I selected the Epson CX7800 over others because I didn't need to have a fax machine. I don't send that many faxes and there is excellent fax capability built right into Mac OS 10.4.

At $140, its a good deal! It replaces a printer that cost me $99 in 2000 and a $45 scanner both bought a Frys in Campbell, California.

Download some Macintosh icons I created for the Epson Stylus CX7800


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