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AuthorSubject: best mega-printer   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Joseph Horton
Posted on Fri Jun 27, 2003 9:17 AM

In the past years I have been lured to megachains for processing, scanning and printing. Sad, but true, I mean the Walmarts, Sam's Clubs and Costcos where I can get scans and 4x6s for 19cents and 8x10s @ $2. Its just too tempting for some work.

At one Walmart in SC (Fuji Frontera) I was thrilled with the results. Where I live now in Texas, the work is less consistent. As a result I've drifted around to a few megachains.

I have found that the Noritsu QSS-3101 at the local Costco does a pretty good job 85% of the time, but will sometimes scan and print consecutive (and virtually the same) image at different color tones--one more warm and golden, the next very cool and blue). Moreover their base scan, called a "4-base" Tiff size is just under 3x5 at 300dpi, making even 5x7's made from these scans dicey unless its a closeup. There are more costly and time consuming scan options but the scan goes up by a facor of 4--overkill for 95% of the applications since I just want to be able to touch up and print 5x7s.

One local Sam's with a Fuji Frontera has a higher scan quality (4x6 at 300dpi) for the same low price, but I have less confidence in the technicians since they have repeatedly mixed up, forgotten and otherwise botched my orders.

Apart from capable technicians what system/s should I be looking for?
I have assumed that the Fuji Frontera is top of the line, but I know relatively little about it.

Are there different versions of this system? Do other systems rival or surpass it now?

What questions should I ask labs as I continue my search for a mega printer?

Do any mail-off services stand above the rest?

JHorton










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