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Hey Everyone! My beloved 10 month old son, a curious soul, decided to rip the LCD display from my printer a couple of days ago. I’m in the market for a new printer and, from the emails I get from you guys, many of you are looking for good home printers, too. I had a Canon Pixma MP500. It was one of the best all-in-one (printer, fax, scanner) I’ve had though it had a tendency to get streaky on hi-res images. I had been using an Epson Artisan 800 but it died after a year and it never really handled heavier cardstock well. I’ve been asking around for recommendations for a new home inkjet that can handle most crafter-oriented cardstocks. Here’s what’s been recommended to me thus far:

  • Canon Pixma MP620
  • Canon Pixma ip3500
  • Canon Pixma Pro9500
  • Canon Pixma iP4500
  • Canon iP90
  • HP Photosmart 8000 (mixed reviews)
  • HP psc 750
  • HP 1200
  • Epson R340
  • Epson RX620
  • epson R1900
  • Kodak ESP 9 (mixed reviews)

The consensus is that a printer with a top-loading tray, rather than one that loads from the bottom and has to bend and spool through the printer, is best for heavy cardstocks. What are you using? Do you like or dislike it?

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  1. I use the Epson R1900. I Love it for an inkjet. It takes really heavy cardstock which I use quite often. And yes…top loading makes it much easier for heavy cardstock.

  2. I use the Epson R1900. I Love it for an inkjet. It takes really heavy cardstock which I use quite often. And yes…top loading makes it much easier for heavy cardstock.

  3. i splurged on an HP 9800 when i was in college because i had to print a lot of stuff on 11×17 paper for studio (i’m an interior designer). i LOVE it! it does amazing with graphics, is never streaky, you can print borderless, AND you can print up to 12″ wide and super long if you want. i didn’t have any problems with cardstock and i used it constantly throughout school. now that i work at an architectural firm in the “real world” we have the exact same computer there! i would highly recommend it!

  4. i splurged on an HP 9800 when i was in college because i had to print a lot of stuff on 11×17 paper for studio (i’m an interior designer). i LOVE it! it does amazing with graphics, is never streaky, you can print borderless, AND you can print up to 12″ wide and super long if you want. i didn’t have any problems with cardstock and i used it constantly throughout school. now that i work at an architectural firm in the “real world” we have the exact same computer there! i would highly recommend it!

  5. I have been using my Canon i9900 (13×19 wide format) printer with fabulous results since 2004. I love this printer, especially for top quality photos.

    I have had great luck with various (Letter sized 8.5×11) HP all-in-ones over the years. They seem to be more consistant and just keep going and going (better than the Epson and other brands I have tried out).

  6. I have been using my Canon i9900 (13×19 wide format) printer with fabulous results since 2004. I love this printer, especially for top quality photos.

    I have had great luck with various (Letter sized 8.5×11) HP all-in-ones over the years. They seem to be more consistant and just keep going and going (better than the Epson and other brands I have tried out).

  7. I got the Canon MP620 almost free when I purchased my Macbook Pro last year. I have always had Epsons, which I love, but was constantly buying ink. I love my new Canon. It loads from either a tray or on top, it is also a copier and it’s wireless! I can be sitting in my living room and print in the other room with the touch a button. No printer cords! Good luck in your decision

  8. I got the Canon MP620 almost free when I purchased my Macbook Pro last year. I have always had Epsons, which I love, but was constantly buying ink. I love my new Canon. It loads from either a tray or on top, it is also a copier and it’s wireless! I can be sitting in my living room and print in the other room with the touch a button. No printer cords! Good luck in your decision

    • I did! I went for the Epson R1400. Many of my stationer friends highly recommended it so I figured it had to be pretty good. I haven’t received it yet, though. Still waiting for USPS delivery.

    • I did! I went for the Epson R1400. Many of my stationer friends highly recommended it so I figured it had to be pretty good. I haven’t received it yet, though. Still waiting for USPS delivery.

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