When considering the purchase of a new printer, it is wise to consider maintenance issues, total cost of ownership and overall features before making a final decision. Some printers may appear competitively priced, only to cost more time and money in terms of maintenance and lack of features.
While both Epson and Canon offer quality printers, here are six facts to consider before deciding between an Epson and Canon printer.
- Canon has user-replaceable printhead. Users can replace the printhead in about 10 minutes. Epson requires a technician to schedule an onsite visit and costs about $ 1,200. The Epson head is very durable - but won't last forever.
- Canon thermal head tends not to clog. Epson printer heads tends TO clog. Canon heads will self-clean if it does clog. Epson's heads do not. Canon's thermal technology (heat) tends to keep the nozzles cleaner than the piezo-electric design Epson uses.
- Canon has built-in densitometer; the printer relinearizes itself when the environment changes or if you replace the printhead. The Epson requires a tech to visit to relinearize the printer with external electronic tools. The process usually takes a couple of hours and is expensive. The Canon does the relinearization itself and takes 10 minutes.
- Canon offers a PhotoShop Plug-in that allows you to print in true 16-bit.
- The Canon is faster.
- Canon has a media configuration tool that allows you to import custom profiles for any third party media right into the print driver and the printer firmware. AND you can name the media anything you like in the driver and on the printer console. Epson allows NONE of this.