> I plan to purchase an color printer very soon at Office Depot. It
> looks like the store pushes these two color printers, the
> HP 850C and the Canon BJC-610. Both look about the same to me.
> What is the better deal or is there another brand I should be
> looking at. The cost is not that important since I will have the
> printer for several years and a few hundered dollars will not make
> much difference, but $800.00 is my max. Both printers sell for
> around $500.00? Any help?
Something about the Canon you should know. 720dpi resolution is only available
using the driver in Windows. If you're using it for DOS beware.
I looked at the same two printers you're considering now and bought the Canon.
My overriding concern was text print quality. The HP had a "blur" that has
been commented on several times in this newsgroup. The Canon, while slower,
has excellent quality text printing. The HP is faster, but if quality output
counts go with the Canon barring the Windows limitation.
Couple more things - the Canon has a two year warranty versus the one year on
the HP. The Canon has four separate ink tanks, the HP two (one black, one
color). The HP 85X series has a long history of problems here on the newsgroup
particularly with black text printing. Both have excellent support based on
comments here and my personal experience with Canon. Overall it depends on
what's more important - speed or quality print.
Resolutions offers another difference. Canon's is 720x720 on plain paper, HP's
is 600x600 (unsure of paper type). The only other manufacturer to make that
claim is Epson with their Color Stylus Pro at $800. If money's no object check
into it. It's technology is different, saves ink (costs less to print), and so
far based on comments here is the unanimous winner in print quality.