CDan pretty much summed it up nicely :iagree:
I haven't been lucky enough to grab a Canon at a good price (yet), but printer-wise...I'm pleasantly surprised by the print quality of my HP, even using the "everyday" (as opposed to photo) inks. But their printer software/drivers definitely leave a lot to be desired...putting it kindly.
Epson software is better and I've had a few Epson printers now, good printers also.
Paper-wise, I just buy whatever I can get a good deal on at the time :bigsmile:...more often than not, a Kodak or Epson glossy variety. I've used HP (glossy-ish) photo paper once...never again.