When it comes to greeting cards, invitations and the like, it seems that a card made on quality paper or card stock makes a statement. In order to create high-quality printed goods, you must start with a printer that specializes in printing on card stock. RedRiverCatalog.com states that there are particular characteristics found among inkjet printers that will cause them to produce quality greeting cards and other printed paper goods. These qualities include a robust paper transport mechanism (enables printer to handle thick card stock), ink economy, color, detail, speed and product quality.
Canon Pixma iP4700
According to ConsumerSearch.com, the Canon Pixma iP4700 “is a solid blend of print quality and value.” Carrie-Ann Skinner, a product reviewer from the UK’s PC Advisor magazine, says this printer is extremely quiet and incredibly fast. It can print 8.1 pages per minute in color and 9.2 ppm in black and white. RedRiverCatalog.com says that the quality of the Canon Pixma ip4700’s “ink economy meets Red River's expectations.” It also notes that the printer sports a good paper feed system, which allows it to handle thick card stock.
Epson Stylus Photo 1400
ConsumerSearch.com rates the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 as the best inkjet printers for photos despite its price. The pictures this printer produces are comparable to lab quality photographs. According to photo-i.co.uk, when the ink quality of this printer was compared with the HP and Canon competitors it wins the competition by a far margin. The paper tray is also optimal for photo paper and card stock.
Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II
Paired with a high-price tag, the Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II uses 10 separate ink cartridges to produce an expansive range of colors. This color range makes the printer ideal for creating cards and other photo-enhanced paper goods. Although it produces some of the highest quality prints, the disadvantages of this computer are the near $1,000 price, as of 2009, and its slow speed.
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