Gotta get a new printer. I had pretty well decided on the Canon i560, which is selling at my local Sam's Club for $79 plus change. Then someone pointed out to me that the Epson R200 ($92 shipped from Newegg ... and really only $6 or so more than the Canon if you consider the tax I'll pay at Sam's) will print directly on discs.
I'm having a real struggle with this (can't help it; I'm an indecisive sort). My primary motivation is cheap refill cartridges. It'll cost me nearly $60 to replace the color and black carts in my Lexmark (which are dried up - AGAIN), and I wanna start printing labels (just got a DVD burner).
So, the old conundrum . . . to print labels vs. printing directly on the discs. I've heard opinions both ways. Some swear that to avoid potential problems you should print directly to the disc if possible. Others are equally adamant that they've printed and applied hundreds of sticky labels to discs and have never had a related problem.
Now, super-duper-photo quality is not of the essence for me. I've done my share of photo printing, and the novelty wore off long ago. Frankly, I've got a Sam's Club right across the street where I can print 4x6s for about 0.18 a piece all day long, so I could care less about printing photos. I'll primarily print disc labels, case inserts, sheet music (all black) and plain text.
I cannot stress enough that cheap refills is consideration numero uno. I've probably paid for every printer I've ever owned 5 or 6 times over in refills. This time I've looked up the refill prices in advance. While the Epson's refills are pretty darned cheap, the Canon's are absolutely the lowest around (plus the Canon has 2 less tanks). I can get Canon black refills online for around $2 a pop, and even if I have to run out at a moment's notice to my local store they're only about $7 or $8. The Canon also has the PictBridge (something else I probably won't use, though).
On the other hand . . . the Epson has a front USB port where I can plug in my laptop for quick printing. Pretty cool. Might use that.
I guess I'm leaning towards the Canon. Even though I anticipate making lots of discs, I think only a small number of them will be "keepers" (a disc that merits its own permanent facial dÃ©cor). I think a nice case insert will do for most. Also, I'm still playing around to figure out which media type will work best for me in my 4 home DVD players, and it seems as if to get good quality injket-papered media you have to order a spindle of at least 25. I don't want to buy 25 or 50 +R discs only to find that -R work better for me. I haven't seen any inkjet discs in little 3- or 5-packs in my local stores, or am I missing them??
Guess I'm just wanting to hear opinions before I rush out to Sam's tomorrow. I've got these darned discs lying around that all look the same and I need to get printing.
Somebody say something to cinch it for me. Heeellpp